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Prey : Review

Posted on: March 15, 2010

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles – micro-robots – has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.
Every attempt to destroy it has failed.
And we are the prey.

As fresh as today’s headlines, Michael Crichton’s most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can’t put down.

Because time is running out

The novel is narrated by Jack Forman, who lost his job six month back. He is a Software Engineer was working at MediaTronics,heading a program division writing distributed processing software or agent based software, He is fired for attempting to expose an internal scandal in his company.
He became a househusband, while his wife Julia is a vice-president of Xymos, a company specializing in high technology research, takes control of house.
So far the relationship between Julia and Jack and Children were good, but suddenly Julia starts to behave weird, and her action becomes unpredictable, she starts to come very late, and even some time she doesn’t come to home. One day in a car accident Julia injures, she refuses to take MRI. Jack receives a call from his Ex-Employer, The program he wrote “PREDATOR-PREY” Agent Based Program, where multiple agents work together to accomplish a common goal, they sold it to Xymos is behaving weird, and they need his help to fix it.

He accept offer not only because he is unemployed but also he wanted to find what his wife doing there at Xymos, He travels to Nevada desert center and what he finds there is beyond the night mares, a worst fear, where the nanobots designed to take picture by forming themselves as an human eye, each nanobot is very very small, which not visible to human eye, these nanobots are programmed using Agent-Based Program. This experiment has gone horribly wrong A cloud of nano-particles – micro-robots – has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. Can Jack Succeed to stop them ?

Michael Crichton is known as the Father of Techno-Thriller Novels,this book has written very cleverly, with lots of references at the end, so that one can read further about the topic. Michael Crichton has done plenty of research for writing this on nanotechnology and biotechnology. In summary a must read.

I give it : 4.5/5.

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