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Publisher's Summary

America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses - it could not be allowed to continue. What they discovered was a nightmare more horrific and hideous than even their paranoid government minds could devise.
First published in Galaxy magazine in 1973 as "Project 40", Frank Herbert's vivid imagination and brilliant view of nature and ecology have never been more evident than in this classic of science fiction.
©1973 Herbert Properties LLC (P)2008 Tantor
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"A speculative intellect with few rivals in modern SF." ( The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)
"Brick never ceases to up the ante and terrify his audience." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By DJM on 05-08-08

An Old Friend

I first read Helstrom's Hive in college in the early 70s. I re-read it a number of times over the years until I lost track of my copy. I was delighted to find it in the new audio releases.

Herbert tells a fascininating and provocative story about governemnt out of control in conflict with a new societal order. Throughout the fast paced story you are constantly pulled from one end of the story spectrum to the other, not sure who you want to prevail. Both groups are admirable and repellant. Beyond that are the disturbing implications for humanity if Helstrom's society could actually work.

I was a little worried that almost 40 years would make the story jarringly out of date, but I found that it still works well. Just as I re-read the original over the years, I expect to listen to this audio file again and again.

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4 out of 5 stars
By neil b on 01-16-18

Good story and narration

There was no definitive ending which is disappointing, but the story was good. I enjoyed it. Quite interesting how things operated especially with the Hive. Quality sci-fi. This book is very much of the 70's the time that it was written but still stands well. The narrator was very good.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin on 03-23-09

Aged well

I was a little wary that this book would be dated, but there was suprisingly little to give away the fact it is set in the early seventies (on earth), you could pretty much forget that side of it. Has everything you would expect if you liked Dune series, breeding programmes, sign languages etc etc. A much more fast paced story than anything I heard from Herberts stuff which I liked. Recommend it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By IanRobinson on 01-24-09

Frank Herbert's best book - brilliantly read

Hellstrom's Hive is a brilliant story. I think it is Frank Herbert's best book. Scott Brick reads it very well and manages to convey all the nuances of the text. Highly recommended.

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