Family attacked by bees - two killed Maryville, N.Y. Sept. 26 (AP)
A family of five on an outing in an isolated spot by a stream were attacked by bees here.
Mr. and Mrs. William Peterson died as the result of bee bites. Their three children were also attacked, one, Karen, age 12, severely.
The local coroner, Dr. David P. Znac, speculated that both adults had allergies to bee bites, which can be fatal. About 30 deaths a year in the U.S. are attributed to bites from bees, wasps and hornets.
What caused the bees to attack is not known. This was the beginning, barely noticed. Then the terror began to spread terror that was to erupt into a national panic as the strange, seemingly purposeful murderous attacks of a new and vicious species of bees began to mount. Against this background, a band of scientists draw upon their knowledge to fight an enemy they only partly comprehend in a desperate race against time.
Built around one of man's most haunting fears that the forces of nature will overrun his defenses and exterminate the human race, The Swarm is a vividly imagined masterpiece of chilling adventure.
©1974, 2002 Arthur Herzog (P)2014 Arthur Herzog
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!! While listening to it, I kept thinking that it would make an awesome movie, only to realise it was one once upon a time! Before my time though so I can't comment on it!
The plot is easy summarised, basically it's about bees attacking people and the scientists trying to figure out why.Well there's a lot more to it that that, but that's the basic idea. I have to say that I really enjoyed the plot and found it to be quite spooky. The idea of the African bees swarming and attacking people was frightening. Also the idea of the bugs getting immune to pesticides and actually being able to use them against other bugs or humans was truly scary. The best thing about the book was how well researched and executed it was. You can just see from reading it, how much the author put into the story! It really makes the book stand out.
In all, I really enjoyed this. It would definitely make a good movie, once done right that is. It's easily believable and a quick read and I'm glad I listened to it.
*I received a copy of this for review. This inn no way affected my thoughts.*
Does for need what Alfred Hitchcock did for birds. Spectacularly written. Great narration. Enough science o keep it realistic and enough terror to keep you on the edge of your seat. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review
Never read the printed version, so I can not compare the two. Since I love audible books, I would have to say the audio version.
Have to be the bees. I grew up with my father having bees, so I've heard about the African bees and their chances of coming to the America.
This is the first book I've listened to by Charles Henderson Norman. He did a good job, so I can't complain.
It makes you think about the threat these bees pose in America and the chance they could still do this. I wonder if they came now (since the book was written in 1974?) and how would we really be able to handle it.
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This seems like just a basic story about killer bees. It's not tho, there is so much more to it.
It begins with bees attacking people, first thought to be random but quickly becomes an obvious widespread problem. A group of scientists are brought together to combat this growing problem (each one having different approaches to the issue as well as varied personality traits). The scientists bond together, while bringing to the tale a lot of gathered data and knowledge. The author creates a story that is both technical and readable.
Listening to this novel, you can tell how much research was put into this. Without being given this book to review, I don't think I would have picked it up. I'm glad I have it now, honestly I will be listening to this one a couple more times just to be informed on the subject matter.
The narration was great, just perfect for this story. I'm always pleased when an author and narrator come together so well when they create an audiobook.
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It was written almost like a news report, think orson wells 1938, which is fine but I would liked to have had more accounts of the bee attacks and descriptions of what kind of physical effects being stung to death would have had. I think the author could have really terrified us.
Overall it was a very believable premise and a readable story.
Yes because I like this type of animal apocalypse story.
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The book was okay. The ending seemed a little rushed.
I think the build up was too long. I think more time could have been spent on the repercussions.
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I don't rank my books, but it would be right next to Herzog's Orca the Killer Whale (fantastic!) and both would be rated fairly high up.
I guess the bee swarm showing up in New York but saying that really gives a wrong impression, the book spends most of its time with the scientist trying to figure out where the bees come from, how they are different and what strategies if any can be used to stop them.
He was clear cut and dry but something of a noir like cynicism in his voice that fit the clear cut, dry but noir like cynicism of the book.
Not sure it's those types of characters, the book is written almost like a journalist would write it, attention to the facts a clear presentation of the science ( as it was understood at the time) and an impression of the characters involved but nothing really in dept. idk it's kind of a strange question. Lol
Kind of short and that made me hesitate buying it. But I'm really glad I did can't say that my experience will be universal but I really appreciate this writers style and really enjoyed the story. So much in fact that I will make an effort to track a copy of the made for TV movie that was based on it.
This was a well written, but dated book. I found it entertaining, but not exciting. It read like an interesting text book. If you can get it on sale I say go for it, but I'm not sure that it is credit worthy. I received this book at no cost, in return for an honest review.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
The Swarm is a book from the 70's about the 'Killer African Bees'. I liked it.I found it to be interestingly dated and technical.I enjoy that kind of stuff.I must say though,that I did enjoy the movie more.Mr Hertzog wrote this brilliantly.Mr Charles Henderson Norman,Narrator,gave it life and voices.
BEES CAN KILL
None other like it
All the books Charles Henderson Norman has done are FABULOUS. He has an incredible voice.
This book was made into a Movie. Arthur Herzog kept sending telegrams to the director that said ONE BEE AT A TIME, as Arthur thought the suspense should build up. However once you sell the rights, no one listens to the Author.
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