The Swarm

The Swarm

A Novel

Book - 2007
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A mysterious life force called the Yrr takes control of various forms of marine life to exact revenge on humankind, as whales begin sinking ships, crabs poison the water supply, and a tsunami devastates the coastal regions of the world.
Publisher: New York : HC, 2007
Edition: 1st paperback ed
ISBN: 9780060859800
0060859806
Branch Call Number: SF SCHATZI FRANK
Characteristics: ix, 898 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Spencer, Sally-Ann
Alternative Title: Swarm

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bibliotecaria1950
Sep 29, 2017

The Swarm. One of the most accessible books on chemical and geological oceanography for anyone interested in the effects of climate change, oil and gas drilling, and the scientists who study these issues. The book is hundreds of pages long, but worth every pound of its verbiage. The characters are given room to grow, with a richness and depth I haven't seen in a while. While one might find this book on your science fiction shelves at your library, it could well be in fiction or science...dare I say non-fiction as well. I was constantly perusing Google for more information on continental shelves, methane distribution world wide, Northwest Native culture (Makah and Inuit), where certain areas such as Georges Bank and the Grand Banks were. Bottom line. One if the most engaging, educational, mesmerizing books, I have ever read. Protagonists galore and realistic, and baddies, especially the US intelligentsia. Riveting! It even sparked a conversation with my 94-year-old father, who is as cognizant as ever. Okay, I am done. Frank Schatzing is a master of the music of language.

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BWilsoned
Jun 21, 2016

The ocean itself is wreaking havoc on humans and their technological intrusions. The world governments create a group to figure out what is going on and how to stop it, peacefully, of course. Oops, secret agendas, jellyfish swarms, and orcas waiting for a snack as other whales sink boats. It is thought-provoking, although a bit predictable as to who's left at the end.

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davidx2718
Jan 15, 2010

Catchy plot, a well researched book, crammed with cool scientific ideas and discussions, very educational, makes you think about life on this planet and how we fit in.

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