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The Swarm

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  13,620 ratings  ·  859 reviews
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
Hardcover, First U.S. Edition, 881 pages
Published May 23rd 2006 by Regan Books (first published 2004)
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Jacob Jones-Goldstein
Sep 10, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: scifi
This is probably the only non-political book where I wanted to punch the author in the face after reading it. Possibly the most irritating book I have read since The Dark Tower. the book is fine for about 600 pages, then Frank loses it completely.

First off, if after 600 pages you don't care whether a single character lives or dies, you know your in trouble. Secondly, if you are going to make the argument that everyone is just a mass of DNA and everything we do is the sole outcome of that DNA, w
May 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Τώρα τι να πω? Αλήθεια τι μπορώ να πω γι αυτό το βιβλίο?

Θα παραθέσω γεγονότα:

1) Το ότι ήταν πάνω από 1000 σελίδες με μικρά γράμματα και χωρίς μεγάλα περιθώρια έπρεπε να με προβληματίσει… Δεν το έκανε.
2) Από την αρχή ξεκίνησε με βιολογία, ωκεανογραφία, μόρια και άτομα, μηχανήματα και εξαρτήματα. Κάπως έτσι άρχισε σιγά σιγά να δίνει κάποια δείγματα.
3) Το ότι μέχρι τα μισά του βιβλίου δεν είχε γίνει απολύτως τίποτα σημαντικό ήταν ένα καλό δείγμα να το σταματήσω… έλα όμως που έχω την λόξα να μην αφή
Eirini Proikaki
Tσουνάμι καταστρέφει τη μισή βόρεια Ευρώπη,φάλαινες βυθιζουν πλοία,μεταλλαγμένα καβούρια μεταδίδουν θανατηφόρους ιούς,σκουλήκια καταστρέφουν το βυθό της θάλασσας,η φύση δείχνει να έχει στραφεί ενάντια στους ανθρώπους και προσπαθεί να τους καταστρέψει.Τι συμβαίνει?
Αυτή ήταν πάνω κάτω η περιγραφή του βιβλίου,εκπληκτικό οικολογικό θρίλερ έλεγε,μπεστ σέλλερ ελεγε,μπάνικο εξώφυλλο είχε...Ουάου,σκέφτηκα,αυτό πρέπει να είναι φοβερο!Σαν να διαβάζεις ταινία καταστροφής!Και ήταν.Στην αρχή τουλάχιστον.Ξεκι
Alexandra Matobookalo
Το βιβλίο έχει μια πολύ ωραία και ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία. Αν καταλήγαμε πραγματικά σε αυτό το σενάριο θα ήταν σκέτος τρόμος. Η έρευνα που έχει κάνει ώστε να παρουσιάσει τα στοιχεία με σκοπό να φανεί αληθοφανής η ιστορία είναι άξια θαυμασμού. Δίνει πάρα πολλές πληροφορίες για τη θαλάσσια ζωή αλλά και όχι μόνο.

Όμως, η απόφαση του συγγραφέα να αποδώσει την ιδέα του περισσότερο με επιστημονικό, πάρα με μυθιστορηματικό τρόπο, εμένα δεν με κάλυψε. Θεωρείται οικολογικό θρίλερ άλλα πιστεύω έδωσε μεγαλύτερ
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Speculative fiction at it's very best, and if the genre in which it has been categorized doesn't make you curious perhaps nothing will, for this is an apocalyptic eco-thriller, focused on telling the story of who is behind a series of catastrophic natural events occurring all too close together to be coincidental.

I loved this book. Not only is the science behind it solid (the author even spent some time sampling the gelid waters of the Northern Seas along a bunch of scientist) but the story is
K.D. Absolutely
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
Nature strikes back. This is the most important message of this book: we have to take care of our environment and that definitely includes the sea, the ocean. In this wonderful sci-fi book, a group of scientists have to fight against the Yrr, an alien kind of one-celled microorganisms found in the bottom of the sea that have the ability to eat away the continental drift and when these pesky creatures destroy the drift, it causes tsunami and flooding. These Yrr can even pollute small crabs and lo ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
From the first time I laid eyes on the plot of The Swarm, I knew I had to read it. Nature taking revenge through marine animals for all the shit man has caused. Whales killing people, worms coordinating their efforts to cause tsunamis, mutant crabs spreading a deadly virus and so on... I was imagining Tool's Ænema in literary form. Now, I'm left wondering how such a good idea can end up so fucked up...

Well, the answer is rather simple. The greek edition is 1018 pages long. Every 20-30 pages of p
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Μετα απο 1021 σελιδες και 1066γρ(το εβαλα στη ζυγαρια) το τελειωσα.Αν εξαιρεσουμε τις τελευταιες 300 σελιδες που κατι ψιλολεγανε, οι πρωτες 700 ηταν : Βιολογια. μοριακη βιολογια, βιοχημεια, βιοφυσικη,βιοτεχνολογια, μηχανικη βιολογια,γεωλογια, γεωχημεια,γεωφυσικη,ωκεανολογια, ωκεανογραφια, μηχανολογια, πλατφορμες πετρελαιου, μικροβιολογια, γυναικολογια, χημεια σκετη,χημεια απ"ολα,πυρηνικη φυσικη, αστρολογια, αστρονομια,μαγνητικα πεδια, οινολογια,λογιστικη, αισθητικα, κοσμετολογια, θρησκειολογια,μ ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τεράστιο! Αλλά καθόλου κουραστικό. Σε βάζει σα σκέψεις για τον τρόπο με τον οποίο ο άνθρωπος χρησιμοποιεί τη φύση και τι θα γινόταν αν η φύση πάρει "το αιμα της πίσω" και αρχίσει να επιτίθεται στον άνθρωπο.
Morad Bagoury
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my life. First off, the plot is beyond epic. For as long as we can remember, we have always thought about the existence of aliens in outer space, but we rarely thought about them being underwater. This is where Schatzing does his magic and really gets you going. Many of you know the famous line:
We know more about space than we know about our own oceans
Well, this statement is out into action after (view spoiler)
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Pretty good yarn if not taken too seriously. The strengths are that the story is obviously well researched and the biological and scientific explanations given look quite convincing (although my knowledge of the field is admittedly limited). The "enemy" is interesting and adequately mind-boggling for a sci-fi yarn. The cons: The characterization is pretty weak, and some of the characters are far too cartoonish to be convincing (Judith Li, Greywolf...); the technique of the all knowing narrator i ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Sigur Johanson is a wormologist (He's actually a biologist at the university Trontheim and an expert for worms). Accidentally, there's a strange species of deep sea worms that eat a lot of stuff with complicated names. Things threaten to collapse on a continental level. Basically, the world as we know it will crumble under the impact of worms (so far so awesome).

Leon Anawak is a whalist (he's a maritime scientist and studies whale behaviour) and is taken aback when he watches whales attack boats
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) Fact1: Biyoloji dersi gibi kitaptı (iyi anlamda). Bu nasıl bir yazardır neresinden araştırmış bu kadar şeyi.
2) Fact2: Kötü editör iyi kitabı rezil eder. Gereksiz bölümler gereksiz diyaloglar gereksiz yan olaylar.
3) Öğrenilen ders: Film senaryosu yazmakla kitap yazmayı birbirine karıştırmamalıyız.
4) Uyarı: 6 punto kör eder.
5) Temenni: Gene de keşke her kitap bu derinlikte olsa.
Susen liest
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein epischer Meeres-Thriller, den ich schon seit Ewigkeiten auf dem SUB hatte. Wobei ich gestehen muss, dass ich den Wälzer ohne Hörbuch wahrscheinlich nicht bewältigt hätte. Das Buch ist sehr dicht erzählt, mit sehr vielen Charakteren und Handlungsorten, was eine kurze Zusammenfassung der Handlung nahezu unmöglich macht. Ich versuche es mal so: überall auf der Welt treten Anomalien auf, von aggressiven Walen und tödlichen Hummern bis zu sinkenden Ölbohrinseln und massiven Überschwemmungen. Es g ...more
Es fängt leise und kaum bemerkt an: Vor Peru verschwindet ein Fischer. Einige Zeit darauf beginnen verschiedene Tierarten, sich merkwürdig zu verhalten. Wale scheinen plötzlich aggressiv und attackieren Boote. Vor Norwegen finden Exploratoren eines Ölkonzerns Massen von Würmern, die nicht nur nicht dorthin gehören, sondern auch seltsame Mutationen aufweisen. Doch das alles ist erst der Anfang…

Mit “Der Schwarm” hat Frank Schätzing wohl das Werk seines Lebens geschrieben. Ich kann gar nicht genug
Jan 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cindy by: 1001 Books Group Read
I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars for this Crichton-esque brick of a sea-thriller.

On one hand you have whales, crabs, dolphins, sea worms, shoals, and sharks galore. All awesome. Oh and the top fru-fru Parisian restaurant infested with gooey lobsters. Right on. Also, there's some interesting thoughts on life-forms, consciousness, collectives and intelligence. I'll be thinking about those ideas for a while, even if they aren't anything new. The thriller and horror part of the story was plenty in
A Girl Has No Name
3.5 stars rounded up to 4!

The Swarm by Frank Schätzing has been on my TBR for quite a while and I am very happy that I have finally given this book a try. I liked the blurb and the premise of nature rebelling against how it is misstreated by humanity. Wales, worms and other animals are apparently working together in order to put a stop to the human infraction of nature.

I definitley liked the whole concept of the story and the fact that dangerous things are happening at different places all aro
Oct 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
A great plot idea by a terrible author. Not recommended. Characters are flat, one-dimensional, and predictable, at times the book is downright sexist and, yes, racist. Language (I read the German original) is puerile and often vulgar in a dumb, embarrassing way. While some of the science in the book appears plausible to me, other aspects are strangely under-researched: Who ever heard of the rank of "general commander" in the US Navy? The absolute low is when Schätzing descends into the depths of ...more
Christine Goudroupi
Δεν είναι τόσο τα μικρά πράγματα (χαρακτήρες, δομή πλοκής κλπ) που κάνουν αυτό το βιβλίο φανταστικό. Αν θες να του προσάψεις ελαττώματα, σίγουρα θα βρεις πολλά. Η ιδιοφυΐα του Schätzing, που φέρνει τον προβληματισμό για την ανθρωπότητα δίπλα δίπλα με τη φαντασία και την επιστημονική έρευνα, σε συνδυασμό με το θριλερικό στοιχείο είναι που κάνει αυτό το βιβλίο πραγματικά ξεχωριστό.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, read-in-german
Ein Buch mit absolut tollen Passagen und dann auf der anderen Seite unheimliche Längen. Die Idee -> top! Umsetzung = toll aber einfach 200-300 Seiten zu viel
Valeer Damen
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schätzing has done a great amount of research for this, inquiring at actual marine biology institutes and other knowledge centres. If you look around a bit, you will note that his information is still up to date.

He manages to tread the fine line between too much information and superficiality very well. He makes accessible scientific information to a lay audience, which might be the most praiseworthy author's activity there is. I'd be grateful if he could write a book like this on every other su
Woah. Ich habe diese Monstrum endlich fertig gehört. bin so glücklich gerade darüber :D
May 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
A well written thriller with a very interesting plot. Despite its strengths it is held back by an unlikely premise and the author's inability to stop pontificating about international politics through his characters.

It reads like a bit like a multi-writer Mary Sue story. I don't mean the fact that pretty much every important character is a certifiable genius, that's fine since the story revolves around the top experts in multiple fields working together. Okay, that's wrong, it's not fine. It's
Cooler Umweltkrimi - ala die Natur schlägt zurück - zwar Fiktion aber schlüssig und gar nicht so weit hergeholt. Die Killer in diesem Buch sind sehr variationsreich - alles was die Natur so zu bieten hat: Wale, Krabben, Hummer, Würmer....

Hier steht die Story im Vordergrund, die menschlichen Charaktäre sind nicht so liebevoll entwickelt, aber das macht nicht viel, man sollte sie eh nicht so sehr ins Herz schließen, denn sie sterben wie die Fliegen. Kurz vor dem Ende spekuliert man schon, ob überh
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein unglaublich starkes Buch!
Jahrelang lag dieser Schatz in meinem Regal und ich habe nie in diese Buch reingefunden. Nun bin ich froh, dass ich dieses Buch nicht aufgegeben habe. Die Geschichte ist verdammt realistisch geschrieben und alles super durchdacht und erklärt, dass man sich wirklich die Frage stellen muss, was in den tiefen der Meere vor sicht geht.
Ich kann auch sehr das Hörbuch ans Herz legen!
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What an incredible book this is! Recommending it to anyone who's ever had scientific interest, wondered about alien intelligence, chaos, the environment, animals, people, humanity, politics... anything really! What an incredible book

Reading it again, it's so awesome!!! 😋
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reina by: Gálceran
Reseña, tomada de:

"Probablemente muchos pensarán que no serán capaces de leer un libro de 969 páginas. Es cierto que es difícil mantener el interés durante una obra tan extensa, pero estoy seguro de que El quinto día, de Frank Schätzing, no os defraudará. Con un ritmo trepidante, casi desde la primera página y hasta la última, cabalgando entre la ciencia ficción y la divulgación científica, este autor alemán os mantendrá enganchados y os sorprenderá con un
Free Fall
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After I read this book for the first time, it remained my favorite for half a year. I still enjoy going back and reading my favorite parts occasionally. On the other hand, it's really heavy. Difficult to curl up in bed with.

The plot starts with several scientists scattered around the world who start to notice odd things about the ocean. The odd and disturbing occurrences build up until - bam - apocalypse. Actually, it's a small version of the apocalypse, but close enough.

And the scientists gathe
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1032 intense pagine gustate a pieno, fino alla nota dell’autore e i ringraziamenti finali!
È vero che una risposta è sempre la fine di una ricerca ma è altrettanto vero che più la ricerca si spinge nel microcosmo più esso si rivela immenso e nessun luogo è più sconosciuto delle profondità abissali.
Ed è l’abisso che si solleva contro gli uomini per lo schifo che si ritrova dentro a partire da centinaia di migliaia di km di cavi a fibre ottiche che formano in tutto il mondo la spina dorsale dell’e
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tolles Buch! Intelligent geschrieben und clever recherchiert, da gibt es nicht viel mehr zu sagen. Die paar kleinen Kritikpunkte gehen in der Masse der grossartigen Sachen an "Der Schwarm" unter. Kann ich nur empfehlen!
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Schätzing was born in Cologne and studied communication studies; he later ran his own company, an advertising agency named INTEVI, in Cologne. Schätzing became a writer in 1990, and penned several novellas and satires. His first published novel was the historical Tod und Teufel in 1995, and in 2000 his thriller Lautlos.

Schätzing achieved his greatest success in 2004 with the science fiction thrill
“I'm a reasonable kind of guy. If I hear something that seems to make sense, I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. If the alternative explanation has to be pounded into shape before it fits the mould of our experience, it seems to me that it's unlikely to be true.” 7 likes
“And yet most people would be lost without the idea that life increases in value the more it resembles our own.” 2 likes
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