Well to be fair,
I had not read any of Michael Crichton’s books till now. By chance I
picked up his book Prey and started reading it. As with everything
there are a lot of pros and cons with the book. Though the book is not
slow at any point it lacks in the story part.
It has an engaging storyline about artificial intelligence
basically. A cloud of nano-particles have escaped from a research lab
in the desert of Nevada which is evolving with each hour.
The protagonist Jack, a programmer is married with three kids. He
finds that his wife starts to behave in a strange manner and he
suspects an affair. He is unemployed and currently a house husband due
to no fault of his. He is suddenly asked by his former boss to help
settle a programming problem in the same research lab in the Nevada
desert, where his wife works. But before he can come to any decision
his wife has an accident which makes him more determined to find out
what is the problem is.
What he finds, does indeed blow him away. The situation gets totally
out of control and he finds himself totally at a loss. To make matters
worse two of his former subordinates who were working for him in a
previous job die albeit unexpectedly and to top it all his wife joins
him at the lab.
Jack finally manages to stop the nano-particles havoc but upon doing
that is immediately confronted with another bigger threat. This is a
great twist to the story which will be ruined if I mention it here.
At the end I would rate it a 6.5 out of 10.