- Paperback: 896 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (22 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340920750
- ISBN-13: 978-0340920756
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.9 x 17.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Swarm: A Novel of the Deep Paperback – 22 Feb 2007
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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)
More gripping than Crichton, classier than Cussler, Frank Schätzing's record-breaking ecological thriller is now in paperback.See all Product description
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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.
My question is: how come there is no movie yet???
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