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Book Review - PREY
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Last edited: Monday, March 31, 2008
Posted: Saturday, January 10, 2004

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Leland Waldrip’s Book Review of Prey, by Michael Crichton

ISBN:0-06-101572-5 Mass Market Softcover 502 pages

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For me, Michael Crichton’s works have been either phenomenal or disappointing. With this bestseller he definitely gets back into the phenomenal column. It has aspects reminiscent of Jurassic Park and most especially, The Andromeda Strain. Mr. Crichton’s knowledge and research in the fields of computer science, distributed agents, biology and genetics, as well as with the cutting edge of nanotechnology he has condensed into a novel that informs the reader in stages as he weaves a tale of harrowing danger not only to the protagonist and his family, but in theory, to us all.
 

 
 

This is a first-person account of Jack, a computer software engineering manager turned house-husband turned consultant, who becomes involved with microscopic molecular robots. These tiny particles are supposed to be functionally programmed for tasks to assist man, such as a composite lens camera that can operate within the bloodstream of a person. However, they are evolving by the minute toward whatever goal their self-awareness leads them — and taking over humanity has become their goal.
 

 
 

I think what I like most about this tale is Mr. Crichton’s dexterity in weaving the fine aspects of human attempts at evolutionary exploitation with their inevitable failure to be able to control the monster that emerges. He puts evolution in a laboratory and speeds it to the pace of microbial life cycles—with surprises aplenty and clear explanations to keep the reader abreast of the technicalities involved.
 

 
 

I literally found I didn’t want to put the book down. I recommend it for anyone interested in a thrilling story and as a bonus, a “soft” education in current technologies, particularly nanotechnology--which is to be in our future, and in fact, is already here.
 


 

R. Leland Waldrip
 

 
 

           
 

 

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Reviewed by Tammy Cravit
I too enjoyed Prey, though I've found that Michael Crichton's most recent few books have all seemed rather too much alike to me.

Warmly,
Tammy
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
The last time I read Crichton was "Terminal Man." Have been avidly following his mixed-review movies ever since. I even aspire to write like him. If he and non AD writer Jim Hull (no relation to me) are right, then we have much to fear for our love of technical solutions.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Thanks for this review, Leland. I definitely want to read it now.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
Very vivd review in author as well as the book Leland!!

Had to grin right at the beginning!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Tami Ryan
A well-written review. Thanks for sharing this, Leland.
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