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Good but not his best,
This review is from: Prey (Paperback)The story line is simple enough. As it says on the cover, Jack is called in to help with a problem at a company his wife works at. The problem is that the company has a runaway swarm of nano-robots with lethal intentions.
In many ways it's remeniscent of his other books ("The Andromeda Strain" and "Jurassic Park" come to mind) and, I feel, is poorer in comparison. The main reason being the fact that's it's written in the first person. This limits the number of subplots so it loses the richness of the other books. After all (with the exception of one scene) you only know what's happening to the hero of the book. As most people seem to agree, the characterisation is poorer in this one.
That aside it is a good read. The pace, once we get to the lab, is fast and the explanations of the technology comprehensive. There are one or two plot twists.
When you read the disclaimer at the end (which is not the standard disclaimer) you realise what drove Crichton to write this. He fears that it might really happen. He has a bibliography in case the reader wants to find out more about current research in the field.
It's an exciting, fast-paced novel which is based on research. On the other hand, the concern that Crichton has has made this book slightly more "plot heavy" and "character light". If you're looking for a light read then it's worth a try, if you like the characterisation that Crichton normally manages then you're in for a disappointment.