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The Swarm: A Novel Paperback – May 8, 2007
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“An effervescent cocktail of adventure.” (Der Spiegel)
“A gripping thriller starring nature unleashed. A monster of science-fiction, rich in facts.” (Stern)
“The world could collapse around you [while reading The Swarm], and you wouldn’t notice.” (Die Welt)
“After these 1,000 breathtaking pages you see the sea with different eyes.” (Focus)
“A gripping novel with fast-paced action, interesting and believable characters ... Enthralling. I was engrossed and on tenterhooks throughout.” (Peter Constantine, award-winning translator of Thomas Mann's Six Early Stories)
“The outside world could disintegrate and the reader wouldn’t notice because of the spellbinding power of ... Frank Schatzing’s apocalyptic thriller. (Die Tageszeitung)
“With The Swarm, Frank Schatzing lifts the German suspense novel up to the international level.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
“Whoever read[s] Frank Schatzing’s novel will be thankful for every inch of dry land and will certainly avoid waterbeds.” (Die Zeit)
“With The Swarm, Frank Schatzing competes with the likes of Michael Crichton.” (Brigitte)
“At once intellectual and intoxicating, this novel is alarming, unnerving, and overwhelming in every respect.” (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger)
“It’s doubtful you’ll ever come up for air ... this ultimate summer read that recalls the best of Crichton and King.” (Contra Costa Times)
About the Author
Frank Schatzing is the author of the international bestseller The Swarm. A winner of the Köln Literatur Prize, the Corine Award, and the German Science Fiction Award, Schatzing lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
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Top Customer Reviews
Turns out there are forces we, the people of the Earth, do not control, and the hard earned moral of the story is that we'd better behave, or we might be thrown off the planet.
The build-up is really good, with lots of strange things happening that are explained semi-scientifically, but not so complicated that I couldn't follow it. Then there's an action movie bit, and in the end it's all kind of falling apart, with lots of unexplained bits, and not something that I would be inclined to mistake for realism. Too bad, because this could be a good sci-fi story. Instead it's just an average ecological thriller.
The translation must have been done really fast. A lot of the German language shines through, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Some embarrassing spelling mistakes annoy me. If a book sells two million copies in one language, they should be able to afford a couple more proofreaders in the next language than they actually used.
I like the flow in the writing, but there are a bit too many clichés in there. The US President has a ridiculously religious attitude towards everything, and stereotypes in general abound. "His partner was a small Frenchman with bushy eyebrows and a very large nose." Oh, please.
Some knowledge about genetics, chemistry and bacterias is likely to increase the reader's satisfaction with the book. (How often do you hear that about a book that sell millions?)
I was disappointed, yet not suprised by some reviews that complain about volume, style and scarcity of heavy action. Sorry my friends, this ain't AVP or StarWars. I recommend this novel only for the ones amoung you who still like to use the brain they have. You'll love it.
What its about. I don't think any other reviewer actually mentioned this. What the book is about is a superior intelligence existing since time immemorial on earth...a sort of hive mind consisting of microbes and inhabiting the oceans and seas. It is everywhere, knows everything and forgets nothing. And humans have become a plague polluting its environment. And it decides to fight back and get rid of this thing. So the book is about the discovery of this entity and(well, of course, politics rears its ugly head) how to contact it and what to do about all the damage it is causing to humans.
There is so much interesting information in this book that it becomes an obsessive read. As well, the main characters are very well developed, not just card board figures functioning in the midst of a lot of scientific jargon.
Yes, this is an eco-thriller, I guess, but so packed with information that I, at least, couldn't put it down through two readings. And, it asks quite a few philosophical questions about humans and their place on this planet and in the universe. I recommend this book absolutely. As a reader who reads three or four books a week, running into something like this is stupendous. Books like this, filled with such a wealth of information and so many intense ideas are very rare indeed.
And the plot...what a plot. It's as immense as the book. A very original end of the world scenario. From armies of poison toting crabs to brute force attacks by conglomerates of whales (varied species working together) the book kept me turning pages. A small complaint is that for all the pages in the book, I longed for a little more action. Of course, when the action came it was of gargantuam proportions, so the wait almost always paid off.
So why not five stars? Though the book should be long, I do think it's a little to long at 900 pages. I think a lot of techincal details (I skipped several sections containing info I really didn't need to believe or enjoy the story---they only slowed things down) muddled the story some and the book could probably lose 200 pages without sacrificing too much story or character development. It would have been impossible to put down had the action been more compressed. My other complaint is that seemingly out of no where, the author inserts an anti-Christian rant that has absolutely nothing to do with the novel. It hadn't been a theme throughout. It just appeared, out of the blue, as though someone had taken a few pages from The Last Templar and inserted them in The Swarm. It totally pulled me out of the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very captivating novel about marinbiology, climate changes, politics and how people deal with the problems caused by climate changes in the oceans. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marit
The introduction drags a bit, despite ample disaster. The precept is interesting, the science well-researched, but the author is too explicit about the points he wants to deliver. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emmet
So, I happened to find this book on my Kindle app after looking for some apocalyptic fiction, and after reading the description I was thoroughly intrigued. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dref
While its slow to gain sleep, once it does you will have a very hard time putting it down. Makes you ask the question; is mankind in control, or are we simply riding the waves left... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jmalcolm517
Very detailed, scientific and interesting. Kept me on the edge of my seat. I'll read this again and again.Published 3 months ago by KS
Loved the experience of reading the book, just like a Dan Brown novel, but I found the ending a little disappointing.Published 3 months ago by Dan M
the story starts slow and almost drags along, however it gets better to the point you dont want to put it away, the only disappointing thing about the book is the ending. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer