The Swarm: A Novel

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For more than two years, one book has taken over Germany's hardcover and paperback bestseller lists, reaching number one in Der Spiegel and setting off a frenzy in bookstores: The Swarm.

Whales begin sinking ships. Toxic, eyeless crabs poison Long Island's water supply. The North Sea shelf collapses, killing thousands in Europe. Around the world, countries are beginning to feel the effects of the ocean's revenge as the seas and their inhabi-tants begin a violent revolution against mankind. In this riveting novel, full of twists, turns, and cliffhangers, a team of scientists discovers a strange, intelligent life force called the Yrr that takes form in marine animals, using them to wreak havoc on humanity for our ecological abuses. Soon a struggle between good and evil is in full swing, with both human and suboceanic forces battling for control of the waters. At stake is the survival of the Earth's fragile ecology -- and ultimately, the survival of the human race itself.

The apocalyptic catastrophes of The Day After Tomorrow meet the watery menace of The Abyss in this gripping, scientifically realistic, and utterly imaginative thriller. With 1.5 million copies sold in Germany -- where it has been on the bestseller list without fail since its debut -- and the author's skillfully executed blend of compelling story, vivid characters, and eerie locales, Frank Schatzing's The Swarm will keep you in tense anticipation until the last suspenseful page is turned.

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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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“... a mind-bending, Crichton-esque fate-of-the-planet thriller ... enormously entertaining ... I recommend you dive right in.” (Fangoria)

“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)

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