Frank Schatzing The Swarm

ISBN 13: 9780061246616

The Swarm

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9780061246616: The Swarm

Frank Schätzing's amazing novel is a publishing phenomenon with translation rights sold around the world, drawing rave reviews for both pulsating suspense and great scientific knowledge.

The world begins to suffer an escalating and sensational series of natural disasters, and two marine biologists begin to develop a theory that the cause lies in the oceans, where an entity know as the Yrr has developed a massive network of single-cell organisms. It is wreaking havoc in order to prevent humankind from destroying the earth's ecological balance forever.

The Americans, under the ruthless General Judith Lee, take a more pragmatic approach than the scientists, seeking to wipe out the being of the deep.

The scene is set for a massive confrontation...

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This thriller is a space-ship bound for another world. (Die Zeit)

A suspense-packed ecological thriller (Financial Times)

A rip-roaring monster movie of a plot with unexpectedly credible human characters (The Times)

'[A] ripping yarn...I can't wait for the movie' (Brisbane News)

'The ultimate "man versus nature" epic...Schatzing's action sequences are breathtaking. There's also an enchanting metaphysical deepwater journey reminiscent of Dave's psychedelic flight in 2001: A Space Odyssey' (Courier Mail, Brisbane)

An international blockbuster . . . But think twice about making it your beach book. However hot the vacation sun, this novel may give you the shivers . . . enjoy (Evening Standard)

'Highly entertaining and very educational' (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)

Good fun, written in fluent thrillerese, and there are some vivid action-thriller moments (Metro)

'Gaia meets The Abyss...topical and thought-provoking' (Canberra Times)

Having sold more than 800,000 copies in Germany, this riveting eco-thriller is well placed for a repeat performance in the English language. (Publishing News)

'A sharp airport novel that will have you turning pages through the longest of flights' (Men's Style, Australia)

An effervescent cocktail of adventure (Der Spiegel)

A gripping thriller starring nature unleashed (Stern)

A cut above the usual ecological disaster fare (MX, Melbourne & Sydney)

It's hard not to get involved from page one (Weekend Australian)

A gigantic thriller (Die Welt)

'A massively good read. A gripping marine biodiversity thriller the like of which I have not seen since "Jaws". I particularly liked the portrayal of biologists as interesting, sexy human beings, rather than just evil or hopelessly mistaken gene-manipulators.' (Dr James Mallet, Professor of Biological Diversity, University College London)

A huge story...gripping (Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Queensland, Australia)

Tremendous and violent fun...keeps up a headlong pace (Interzone)

A mind-bending, Crichton-esque fate-of-the-planet thriller that whiplashes the reader from micro- to macro-terrors faster than you can say 'ecosystem'... never ever predictable... enormously entertaining science fiction / horror epic... I recommend you dive right in (Fangoria)

A gripping novel with fast-paced action, interesting and believable characters, and a fascinating look into the uncharted depths of the ocean . . . Enthralling, I was on tenterhooks throughout . . . Comparable in quality to Stephen King, Martin Cruz Smith, and Elmore Leonard (Peter Constantine, award-winning translator of Thomas Mann's SIX EARLY STORIES)

'An educational experience as well as an entertaining one...impressive...a cut above the norm...its bestseller status deserves to be repeated outside Germany' (SFF World)

The world could collapse around you [while reading DER SCHWARM], and you wouldn't notice. (Die Welt)

A monster of science-fiction, rich in facts (Stern)

After these 1000 breathtaking pages you see the sea with different eyes. (Focus)

This book wants to be read from beginning to end, morning, noon, and night. The outside world could disintegrate and the reader would not notice because of the spellbinding power of the collapsing world in Frank Schätzing's apocalyptic thriller. (Die Tageszeitung)

With THE SWARM, Frank Schätzing lifts the German suspense novel up to the international level. (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

THE SWARM must be read quickly because before the reader can finally get to sleep, he must wander far and wide before crossing the finish line happy but exhausted. . . .Whoever has read Frank Schätzing's novel will be thankful for every inch of dry land and will certainly avoid waterbeds. (Die Zeit)

With THE SWARM, Frank Schätzing competes with the likes of Michael Crichton. (Brigitte)

One thousand pages of extraordinarily stimulating mental images. At once intellectual and intoxicating, this novel is alarming, unnerving, and overwhelming in every respect. Its composition has a precise grasp on rhythm, language, and lustrous action scenes. (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger)

Topical and thought-provoking (The Canberra Times)

Highly entertaining (The Daily Telegraph, Australia)

A timely warning and a jolly good read to boot (South Coast Register)

Schätzing may be telling a story that relies on his vast imagination, but the research he uses to back it up remains firmly in the realm of facts...fascinating (Herald Sun, Australia)

Admirably engaging summer read...except that after reading THE SWARM you may want to avoid beaches forever (Globe and Mail, USA)

A work of eco-sadism par excellence.... The Swarm isn't just clever and engrossing. It deftly and entertainingly manipulates all the clichés of disaster drama (Chicago Sun-Times)

Great stuff (The Times)

May be closer to reality than we would like (Science Magazine)

Book Description:

More gripping than Crichton, classier than Cussler, Frank Schätzing's record-breaking ecological thriller is now in paperback.

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