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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
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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-29-16

Great listen.

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.*

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By Mary Karowski on 02-12-16

Would make a great film

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

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