- Paperback: 896 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (22 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340920750
- ISBN-13: 978-0340920756
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 5.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,289 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)
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)
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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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 ›
I can highly recommend this book to anyone, even outside the Sci-Fi community.
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!
Mr. Kus's review is about spot-on, so I won't repeat what he's said. Suffice it to say I'd wholeheartedly recommend it: this really is a cut above most thrillers, and is fantastically topical, highly intelligent, and very exciting.
The premise of this book sounds quite exciting. The problem is, the author has spread all the excitement over 911 pages (at least in the Finnish edition), and there's at least 300 pages too much. He spends some time on his main characters, and I didn't care about a single one of them. There's endless lecturing and preaching. I'm sure a skilled script editor will make a really great movie of this book, but as it is now, there's so much dead weight it took some real effort to make it to the end.
I made it, though, and found the ending ultimately disappointing. I mean, was that why I went through the 900 pages? The book was interesting enough to keep me reading, but in the end, felt like a disappointment. If you can read Finnish, Risto Isomäki's Sarasvatin hiekkaa has a similar theme, but is much superior (at least three times better, with just one third of the pages!). (Review based on the Finnish translation.)
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A fascinating and thought provoking read. I didn't understand much of the biology but it certainly made me think about it. Ace 👍Published 10 months ago by Bob and Isobel
Book is phenomenal, sad I can't say the same for its condition. From page 645-692 thePublished 15 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 21 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 on 8 Feb. 2015 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 on 10 Jan. 2015 by Glenn
Interesting subject - but the whole story could have been told in half the pages.Published on 5 Jan. 2015 by nohopeinhel