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Terrifying story about what could - and possibly has - happen(ed!) when Brazilian killer bees enter the USA and cause every disaster imaginable from mass panic to famine, Scientists and the military set up headquarters at Fort Detrick to stop the menace, but then as every conceivable experiment is carried out to fight the problem, including an immunologist injecting himself with a mass antidote, a massive swarm invades New York, where a major disaster occurs. This excellent novel was written in 1974 and is a hundred times more convincing than the hilariously cheesy Irwin Allen movie adaptation of 1978! Well worth tracking down!
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   cure/disease Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   bug/animal attacks Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Mid-Atlantic states Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   passenger plane    -   warplane City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   rude people Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   biology/medical Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   fright    -   run over    -   flamed    -   drowned    -   biohazard/virus    -   stampeded    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals)    -   exploded into bits Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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