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The Swarm

Written By:Arthur Herzog - 1974

  • The Swarm  - Arthur Herzog cover


Family Attacked By Bees—2 Killed

Maryville, 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 alos attacked, one, Karen, age 12, severely.

What caused the bees to attack is not known.

This was the beginning, barely noticed. Only a few scientists felt the first stirrings of terror. But then the death toll began to mount—and terror erupted into national panic as great swarms of savage bees, deadly killers, blotted out the sun in their spread across the country.

Now, with town after town falling under the devastating black cloud of bees, a crack team of scientists races desperately against tim to fight an enemy they only partly comprehend...


A masterpiece of chilling terror that just might come true!

"For those who relished The Andromeda Strain, a suspense story of death and destruction wrought by a new, deadly species of bee." —Washington Post Book World

"The novel that tops them all in horror!" —John Barkham Reviews

"Chilling... riveting... harrowing... disturbing until the last word and beyond..." —Newsday

The Swarm is a novel of almost unbearable tension built around one of man's most haunting fears—that the forces of nature will overrun his defenses and exterminate the human race...

"A hairy, scary read—the more so because there really are such bees, they have broken loose, in Brazil, and are steadily migrating toward your own back yard right now!" —Playboy

"An absolute humdinger... tight as a honeycomb and stinging with utter plausibility!" —novelist Lois Gould

"In the league of Michael Crichton... hums with horror." —Kirkus reviews

"A fascinating story that rivets you." —Robert Ludlum, author of The Rhinemann Exchange

"The best since The Andromeda Strain!" —Publishers Weekly

"Terrifying and alarming... the most horrifying thing is that it could happen—and soon!" —Boston Herald-Advertiser