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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250001293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001290
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When ant attacks lead to a number of gruesome deaths in Manhattan, Mayor John Russo turns to ant specialist Paul O’Keefe to solve the crisis. The ants are unlike any Paul has ever seen, and even with the help of his ex-wife and fellow specialist Kendra Hart, he’s not sure he will be able to understand the vicious creatures before they embark on a full-scale attack on the city. The ants seem indestructible, and with death tolls rising, there is even mention of nuclear intervention. With the government and the military breathing down their necks, Paul and Kendra have just hours to discover what will kill the murderous pests and save the city from destruction. 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. --Cortney Ophoff

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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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Great pseudoscience novel, that was a page turner.
Grant
The depth and layers of the characters relationships are interesting and exciting.
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Didn't really like the ending and the flow was a bit jerky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 224perweek on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Creepy, crawly, scary old fashioned reading. Will make your skin crawl. Old fashioned happy ending. Predictable throughout but in a good way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Burr on August 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony De Porben-platon on July 16, 2013
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A very fast moving book with a cast of characters and situations that may seem familiar to all. Evil military, bad scientist, unleashed monsters etc. The success is in the blend and Colucci does this very well. I found it entertaining and if you like mutated beings books so will you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex C. Telander on June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Colony, a debut novel from author A. J. Colucci, who has spent fifteen years working as a magazine editor and newspaper reporter, combines elements of styles of the horrific with the likes of Stephen King, along with the science and fast-paced thriller of a Michael Crichton novel. Slap a catchy James Rollins quote on the cover, and you've got yourself a creepy, terrifying, addicting read.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DWM on March 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There is a place for books like this... they are a quick read and fun, in a goofy way. If you don't mind wasting a few hours on mindless nonsense this is OK. I remember as a kid reading a book (I believe it was called Feral) about killer cats in Long Island (seriously- though I can't find this book on amazon anywhere). This is pretty much in the same league. Goofy stereotyped characters, evil military, evil corporations, illogical (and annoying) characters, bad dialogue, poor grasp of physics (using Neutron bombs as a way of killing underground ants?) all sum up to harmless fun- if you have nothing better to do (no friends, no dates, no better books to read like and encyclopedia) this ones for you. If you like movies like Armageddon or The Core, which cheerfully dump anything realistic, then climb on board.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Barricklow VINE VOICE on December 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a va-va-voom 50s B-movie genre plot, revamped to interface with 21st century science with a hip B-52 band sound track. Up-front-and-center is an animated tripping-on-the rift sexy-doll, whom the author fleshes-out with literary aplomb; plus adds to this curvy bosum-blonde, a non sequitur high IQ. Her x is a good looking professor who was once her teacher. There's a boyfriend, who is the x'es academic competitor. There are the military testerone jocks, and the general whose empathy places him, all too soon in the crosshairs. And, of course, there's the fiercely-imagined ant super colony.
The reference to Crichton is well placed, in that the science is cutting-edge, and the themes of caution that Crichton addressed so well; are thankfully, superbly carried-on by author A. J. Colucci.
There are many hot bottoms in this scientific thriller: collective decision making; IPM, or integrated pest management, which involves sophisticated, biologically based methods of controlling insect populations; manipulation of insect pheromes; synthetic versions of a females mating order; the world's pesticide-dependent mentality; and much more. Plus the author goes into detail. For example, he tells of the six agricultural chemical giants, who were only to happy to push the next generation of toxic chemicals on farmers, as the insects became resistant to the old ones. Poison was the solution of choice, despite the fact that only 2% reached the intended targets & the other 98% ended up in the air, soil, and drinking water, while killing off beneficial indigenous insects.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brooke B. on January 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for review.

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.
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