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The Colony: A Novel Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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“New York City comes under attack from a vicious new species of ant in Colucci's exciting thriller debut....Colucci...balances scares and science nicely. Michael Crichton fans will hope that this is but the first of many such outings from the author's pen.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Colucci's suspense-novel debut is a frightening combination of well-researched science and scenes of pure horror. Downright gory in places, the tale is rounded out by the usual corrupt officials, warring industries, and failed romances. Full of suspense and intrigue, The Colony will especially appeal to fans of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park and the like.” ―Booklist
“[A] grimly entertaining debut...the book transcends its horror-movie basis with descriptions of the ants in action and of the science behind the Siafu Moto, which is part fire ant and part African strain....Not a book for picnic-goers, this tale may have you rethinking those warnings about fire ants heading north.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A quick-paced read, this is creepy, terrifying and impossible to put down.” ―Virginia Living
“Few debuts cut to the quick as effectively as A.J. Colucci's The Colony. Razor-sharp writing, scientific intrigue, and political brinkmanship create a story as plausible as it is frightening. Here's a novel to leave your skin crawling--and wanting more!” ―James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony
“Innovative, provocative, and exciting, The Colony possesses the three crucial ingredients for any high concept thriller. I'll never look at an ant the same way again.” ―Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair
“The kind of story that eats you alive, one little bite at a time. Accurate research combines with pure horror for a fantastic read.” ―Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Infected
“A.J. Colucci has created an engaging, frightening tale mixing science and adrenaline in equal measure. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. If you like Crichton, you owe it to yourself to read The Colony.” ―Paul McEuen, author of Spiral
“Creep-a-palooza! A.J. Colucci's masterpiece combines whirlwind action, characters that make you stand up and cheer, and deliciously evil killer ants into a flesh-ripping joyride of a thriller. It's one of the most gripping stories I've read in ages. Read it tonight, and I guarantee you'll be canceling tomorrow's picnic.” ―Shane Gericke, national bestselling author of Torn Apart
“You'll think twice about squashing ants after you read The Colony. The novel is fun, scary, and unsettling. Creepy in the best sense of the word.” ―Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory
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With books about things like killer ants, you want the story to get started right away, and not involve too much build-up. The Colony does just this with a contemplative prologue that sets up the story, and goes straight into some opening chapters of ordinary New Yorkers going about their daily lives, and then being attacked and overrun by millions of ants, as they are poisoned and eaten alive.
Our main characters are Kendra Hart, a brilliant entomologist working in the deserts of New Mexico, who is picked up by the US government and taken to New York to join the team, which includes her ex-husband, Paul O'Keefe who has become an international celebrity as "the ant guy" and made fortunes from it. Kendra also finds her ex-boyfriend, Jeremy, on the team, using his entomological and computer skills.
But the bodies are piling up, and things are turning into a national catastrophe. What all these talented scientists know is that the big invasion is coming too; trillions of ants of a new, murderous species have been growing and multiplying beneath New York City and will soon begin their attack. It's up to the ant scientists to come up with a plan to stop them, because they have the military breathing down their necks with the only sure and known way to kill these ants, but that will involve destroying Manhattan with a nuclear bomb.Read more ›
Weaponized ants. Government secrets. A panicked, dying public.
And the scientists who can save them.
It's a sci-fi thriller that's more Hollywood than pulp fiction. To me it's more Michael Crichton than Stephen King because I wasn't afraid to sleep or wondering what sick mind came up with this nightmare.
My list of things to kill without mercy and to the very last one:
1.) Bed bugs
has now grown to include:
2.) Some species of ants
I wasn't scared of ants before or after reading. However, I wasn't aware of just how much damage fire ants were causing, which is a growing problem and actually threatening to our way of life.
The opening was really enthralling. Then I started seeing how it was going to go and interest waned. It really picks up again after 100 or so pages for me, making a great ride to the end; where instead of racing off the cliff into glory, it sputters and stalls in an anti-climatic huff.
I didn't have a problem with the dialogue or the writing. It's just Hollywood style. Of course, I can see how that's an issue for some people or not their style. There's not much depth, except what you can imagine seeing as flashbacks and information nuggets in dialogue like they do in movies. Usually, I'm all about character depth but this book works. It is what it is - an enjoyable, short, entertaining movie-like read. Best used as a guilty pleasure, simple escape for a couple of hours. Not really a must read or must own but I don't think you'll regret borrowing it or buying it on sale. It's not bad, just average. Nothing really stand out or outstanding here.
I do not like love triangles.Read more ›
I have a bit of an ant problem at my house this summer. This book didn't do anything to help that issue.
This is the first book written by AJ Colucci, and what a book it is. There are several factors that had me from beginning to end, not the least of which were the Driver ants, or Siafu.
Did I mention some can fly? Time to get scared.
These things have colonies in Africa that are in upwards of 20 MILLION ants. I thought the few that I'm killing every day in my kitchen were a lot!
Now imagine that someone has genetically altered them to be a little larger, attack humans, and inserted a queen into a colony in New York. You now have the perfect killing machine. These things will attack, sting, and liquify you from the inside out all in about 10 minutes. It's painful, and I'm sure watching the ants literally crawling under your skin in the last paralyzing moments of your life isn't too wonderful either.
The ants have essentially started eradicating humans from New York, and the Mayor has sent for the top two ant entomologists in the world to help figure out how to kill these things. Pesticides don't work due to the way their exoskeleton has been evolved, and you can't step on them and squish them...have you tried to kill 2 million ants with your foot at once?
The two entomologists, Paul and Kendra, just happened to have been married at one time and are now forced to work together again. Throw in someone whom Kendra had an affair with to help and you have a bit of a love triangle mixed in with the ants. The ants were more compelling. The biggest problem this book had was characterization.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good read on a rainy day and you don't want to be weighed down with the serious things of life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MPR
This stunning debut thriller is impossible to put down and I challenge anyone to begin to read it and not finish in one sitting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hillel Kaminsky
While I understand people may enjoy Colucci's fast pacing, "witty" one-liners, and shallow characters because of their movie-ish feel, it does nothing for me. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kyle
Creepy, crawly, scary old fashioned reading. Will make your skin crawl. Old fashioned happy ending. Predictable throughout but in a good way.Published on February 11, 2014 by 224perweek
Colony was a quick read that kept me interested (and itching) the whole way through. I look forward to the next novel from this author.Published on August 28, 2013 by Burr
Never thought a book about ants would swarm my attention. It is about more than well-organized creatures, however, it is about how tough it is to get people to cooperate. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Veronika Roo