The Swarm: A Novel of the Deep Paperback – 22 May 2006
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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 (Peter Millar, The Times)
'Good fun, written in fluent thrillerese, and there are some vivid action-thriller moments' (Metro)
'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)
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)
'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 effervescent cocktail of adventure (Der Spiegel)
A gripping thriller starring nature unleashed (Stern)
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)
A gigantic thriller (Die Welt)
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)
More gripping than Crichton, classier than Cussler, Frank Schätzing's record-breaking ecological thriller is here. After dominating the German bestseller lists for over 12 months THE SWARM is about to make waves across the world.See all Product Description
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I can highly recommend this book to anyone, even outside the Sci-Fi community.
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.Read more ›
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!
Perhaps The Epic would have been a better title - this was a really long book, and whilst that would always be my preference as I enjoy something deep to get my teeth into, sadly in this case it was so long because the author had been allowed to throw in all the research he had done in preparation for the novel. There are many places in the book where it is clear that Frank has done extensive research about a particular topic that is relevant to the story, but he then goes and spoils it all by basically regurgitating ALL his research over the next n pages and you get bogged down in incidental detail that doesn't help the story move along.
First though, I should say that I really enjoyed the premise of the book. I do like well written and intelligent sci-fi and whilst you wouldn't describe The Swarm as a sci-fi book, it touches on some topics regarding intelligence beyond ourselves that were really thought provoking.
At 500 pages I suspect this could have been brilliant - albeit with a stronger ending. At nearly double that I'm afraid it was a huge let down. The one saving grace is that if you are a quick reader like me, you'll soon get adept at skipping over whole swaths of prose when it's about characters you don't care about or research that you've read enough of now thanks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating and thought provoking read. I didn't understand much of the biology but it certainly made me think about it. Ace 👍Published 3 months ago by Bob and Isobel
Book is phenomenal, sad I can't say the same for its condition. From page 645-692 thePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Present for wife. It took her a while to finish it cause it is big. But she loved it and she is an environmental scientist so for fiction movie has some very established scientific... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Takis
I read this novel last year. It's a long read, but a very enjoyable one with some great characters. Very technical in places, but a fantastic read that i had trouble putting down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by RICK H
A great thought provoking story, I just felt that the story didn't flow very easily, why use one word when you can use 100. still a good read though.Published 18 months ago by Glenn
Interesting subject - but the whole story could have been told in half the pages.Published 18 months ago by nohopeinhel