The Colony by A. J. Colucci
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 A series of gruesome attacks have been sweeping New York City. A teacher in Harlem and two sanitation workers on Wall Street are found dead, their swollen bodies nearly dissolved from the inside out. The predator is a deadly supercolony of ants--an army of one trillion soldiers with razor-sharp claws that pierce skin like paper and stinging venom that liquefies its prey.

The desperate mayor turns to the greatest ant expert in the world, Paul O’Keefe, a Pulitzer Prize–winning scientist in an Armani suit. But Paul is baffled by the ants. They are twice the size of any normal ant and have no recognizable DNA. They’re vicious in the field yet docile in the hand. Paul calls on the one person he knows can help destroy the colony, his ex-wife Kendra Hart, a spirited entomologist studying fire ants in the New Mexico desert. Kendra is taken to a secret underground bunker in New York City, where she finds herself working side by side with her brilliant but arrogant ex-husband and a high-ranking military officer hell-bent on stopping the insects with a nuclear bomb.

When the ants launch an all-out attack, Paul and Kendra hit the dangerous, panic-stricken streets of New York, searching for a coveted queen. It’s a race to unlock the secrets of an indestructible new species, before the president nukes Manhattan.

A.J. Colucci's debut novel is a terrifying mix of classic Michael Crichton and Stephen King. A thriller with the highest stakes and the most fascinating science, The Colony does for ants what Jaws did for sharks.


About A. J. Colucci

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A. J. Colucci lives in New Jersey and spent fifteen years as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and writer for corporate America before becoming a full-time author.
Published November 13, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Until its somewhat pat ending, the book transcends its horror-movie basis with descriptions of the ants in action and of the science behind the Siafu Moto, which is part fire ant and part African strain.

Sep 16 2012 | Read Full Review of The Colony: A Novel

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Two years after a geneticist releases a huge queen ant in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, New York City comes under attack from a vicious new species of ant in Colucci’s exciting thriller debut.

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of The Colony: A Novel

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In winter, you are less likely to have an ant cross your path, though after reading THE COLONY, it will be hard to forget that at 7,000 for every one human, ants are the most populous insect in the world.

Nov 30 2012 | Read Full Review of The Colony: A Novel

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