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From the bestselling author of 'Jurassic Park', a terrifying page-turner in classic Michael Crichton tradition, masterfully combining the elements of a heart-pounding thriller with cutting-edge technology. / With international bestsellers such as 'Jurassic Park' and 'The Lost World', Michael Crichton is one of the biggest-selling novelists in the world today. / Film rights in Prey have been acquired by 20th Century Fox / New package to match that of massive bestseller 'State of Fear', which has sold over 400,000 to date. / Being re-issued to coincide with Crichton's new thriller in the run-up to Christmas.

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Michael Crichton is the author of `The Andromeda Strain', `Congo', `Jurassic Park', 'Rising Sun', `The Terminal Man', `The Lost World' and `State of Fear'. He is the winner of an Edgar Award (1980; `The Great Train Robbery') as well as an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Writer's Guild of America Award for the television series `ER'.

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Adult/High School-An absorbing cautionary tale of science fact and fiction. Jack Forman has been laid off from his Silicon Valley job as a senior software programmer and has become a househusband, while his wife continues her career with a biotech firm involved in defense contracting. Jack is called in as a consultant to debug one of their products, and finds himself confronting a full-blown emergency, about which his wife and others in the organization have been suspiciously deceptive. Crichton's sure hand sustains a tension-filled narrative as harrowing events unfold. Jack discovers that the "problem product" is a lethal, self-replicating swarm of bioengineered particles released into the desert that imperils the environment as well as the scientists who created it. He is pitted against an exponentially growing and increasingly sophisticated organism encoded with predator/prey behaviors, capable of mimicry as well as learning. Final scenes are dramatic, brutal, and jarring, with the outcome tantalizingly unresolved. Significant chunks of scientific information are packaged within the story line, and some segments are blended less smoothly than others. This scarcely matters, however, as most readers will speed past the rough spots and accept improbable leaps of imagination whenever necessary in hot pursuit of the gripping, fast-paced action. Overall, a compelling read for students intrigued by cutting-edge technologies, and rife with opportunities for discussion of ethics in scientific research.-Lynn Nutwell, Fairfax City Regional Library, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'One of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around ! 'Prey' sees him doing what he does best -- taking the very latest scientific advances and showing us their potentially terrifying underbelly. Another high-concept treat ! written in consummate page-turning style ! fascinating.' Observer 'This is Crichton on top form, preying on our fears about new technology and convincing us that we aren't half as afraid as we should be.' The Times 'Mixing cutting-edge science with thrills and spills, this is classic Crichton.' Daily Mirror 'Reading Crichton is like taking a speed-reading course, your eyes flying across the page because you're completely gripped and desperate to know what's going to happen next.' Time Out 'Having written about dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park", Crichton has gone to the other extreme by casting micro-robots as his latest villains!the race to combat the deadly swarm, which reminded me strongly of his first novel "The Andromeda Strain", is as gripping as anything he's ever done' Mail on Sunday 'Riveting, masterly entertainment' Evening Standard 'Very good' Daily Telegraph

The concept of nanotechnology can be traced back to a 1959 speech given by physicist Richard Feynman, in which he offered to pay $1,000 to "the first guy who makes an operating electric motor... which is only 1/64-inch cube." Today the quest is to make machines that would be about 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Enter Jack Forman, a recently unemployed writer of predator/prey software, whose nearly absentee wife, Julia, is a bigwig at a tech firm called Xymos. When a car accident hospitalizes Julia, Xymos hires Jack to deal with problems at their desert nanotechnology plant. The techies at this plant have developed nanomachines, smaller than dust specks, which are programmed with Jack's predator/prey software. Not only is a swarm of those nanomachines loose and multiplying, but they appear to be carnivorous. The desert swarms are the least of Jack's worries, however, as the crew inside the plant are not entirely what they seem. Like Jurassic Park, this "it could happen" morality tale is gripping from the start, and Wilson's first-person reading as Jack sets the pace. His confident, flinty voice and his no-nonsense delivery makes this a solid presentation of a high-speed techno-thriller. Crichton gives the audio an air of sobering authenticity by reading its cautionary foreword himself. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 28, 2002). (Nov.)

Crichton's latest thriller combines the biotechnology of Jurassic Park with nanotechnology, creating a new menace for the human race. Julia Foreman and her team at Xymos Technologies have developed microscopic artificial organisms designed to function together as a group. However, they used a computer program, developed by Julia's at-home husband and programmer Jack, which employs a hunter and prey behavior model to allow the organisms to achieve stated goals through experimenting with different behaviors. However, the organisms escape the Nevada-based factory and begin to reproduce, evolve, and learn, and they are learning to hunt other life forms. This story is fast paced, with interesting characters and enough twists and turns to hold the listener's attention. Narrator George Wilson effectively tells this exciting tale in both productions; except for the price, the recordings are the same. Recommended for all audio collections.-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ., Parkersburg Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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