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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340920750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340920756
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 5.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A suspense-packed ecological thriller (Financial Times)

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

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

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)

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

An effervescent cocktail of adventure (Der Spiegel)

A gripping thriller starring nature unleashed (Stern)

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 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)

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)

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)

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was a surprise bestseller in Germany and the paperback verison I got for Christmas was already the 10th reprint edition within a year. So I took it on a one week holiday in January and despite the 700 densely packed pages it ran out well before the return flight. This is not only a riveting read ala Michael Chrichton it is also an introduction into a huge number of current scientific theories that are brought across with both ease and depth alike. Not only will you be turning the pages to find out how the story unfolds you will also learn a great deal about marine biology, geology, genetecis, intelligence theory and numerous other scientific advances without actually realising it on the go. This is a book I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone and when the next holiday comes along I might just read it again...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kyle on 31 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I have seldom been so torn in the review of a book. In retrospect i have so many fond memories of this, and yet at the same time i remember the long periods of time when i simply couldn't be bothered picking it up to read because the narrative was flailing and little seemed to be happening. The opening part of the book is simply stunning, i don't deny. Some of the (for want of a better description) set-pieces involving whales and zebra mussels are simply excellent and some of the ideas brought into the novel throughout reflect this early enthusiastic and imaginative approach to the "monster movie" plot. Some of the characters are nice and believable, and each has their own personal demons to contend with, which makes the mix that little bit more exciting.
Scientifically the plot seems sound; i don't claim to know much about the genetics of amoebae, but i do know a fair whack about whales, dolphins and other denizens of the sea (I'm a Marine Biologist). I wasn't expecting a scientific account with no holes, i was expecting a Jurassic Park-esque almost-believable story, and thats near enough what i got.
The novel fails, however, on three counts. One; the middle section. Not much happens for a great deal and unless you're on a flight or have a particularly nice sunny day for some outdoor reading, or have a great deal of time (none of which befalls a marine biologist masters student in Scotland) then its difficult to battle through the lull in the pace. Two: the ending. Too complicated for its own good, it would have been easier to flunk for something less scientific and less confusing. However, it's original, i'll give it that. Three; the wish / desire to be the monster movie its alluded to be. I love reading novels and picturing my favourite actors in various roles, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carlo on 15 Jun. 2012
Format: Paperback
If you like Frank Schätzing you will surely enjoy this book. It has the same writing style as `death and the devil'. The story is completely different but I think that in this book the author surpasses himself. It is so incredibly surprising that you will not believe your eyes.
The author is able to create great suspense until the middle of the book and only after that you start to discover something. The plot is really intricate, the story is written with a very cleaver touch. Every character has their own story. Only in the end the characters meet together and the plot thickens.
This book is more than a simple sci-fi book; the author critiques modern society that is ruining nature and our world. It lets you think about yourself, history and the role of the religion in this world.
If you like to read short books or you read rarely this is not the kind of book for you!
Warning: it's addictive!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SPR47 on 22 Mar. 2006
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I have read this book in German. Even though the theme of deep sea science does not match my usual fields of interest I simply could not put the book down and I read it as fast as no book in the recent past. The plot is intelligent, extremely well researched (as I found out after watching a documentary on this book and author on German television) and reasonably plausible. The story is gripping, the characters compelling. I was also astonished to find out that most of the leading scientists mentioned in this book are real people and experts on the field of deep sea exploration and that Frank Schätzing extensively conferred with them during his researches.
I can highly recommend this book to anyone, even outside the Sci-Fi community.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bridgey on 27 Dec. 2011
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The main thing that I got out of this novel is a hernia... only joking but it really is a heavy book....

The worlds oceans are starting to turn against us land lubbers, and we see an array of creatures attacking mankind and its machinery. We encounter worms, crabs, jellyfish, whales & algae all out with a vengeance. We don't know why or how, but the resulting plagues, tsunamis and deaths mean we have to find out, and sharpish!

Colonel Li is assigned with putting together a team of scientists in order to safeguard the very future of the Human race, but is it too little too late? Luke Anawak is a marine biologist, a specialist in the field of whale intelligence, Jack `Greywolf' Bannon is an ex navy seal with a passion for animal rights, whilst Sigor Johanson is a leading expert in invertebrates under the sea. Accompanied by various others they must first find the cause of the uprising and then the solution.

This is a book of mammoth proportions, at times it seemed like almost a cross between Peter Benchley and Steven King. The only thing that stopped me giving the book 5 stars was that at times it was a little too preachy. We are all aware that the oceans are being polluted but an essay on the subject every dozen pages wasn't all that necessary. Despite its size the book held my interest throughout with a large number of characters with well rounded personalities.

Would I recommend it? Probably.
Would I reread it? Probably not.
Am I glad I read it? Definitely.
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