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Empire Of The Ants

In this exceptional first novel, Bernard Werber describes with chilling accuracy a universe of crime, a world of inconceivable brutality, hidden beneath the soil. The day of the ants is near at hand. In the short time it takes to read this simple phrase, well over 700,000,000 ants are born. Ants have inhabited the planet for over ten million years, and from small beginnings, they have created intricate cities and empires across the globe. They have developed their own civilization, built up kingdoms and formed a highly sophisticated army. Ants have perfected the art of war; their guerrilla tactics are second to none. They have their own leaders, equivalent to Attila the Hun, Christopher Columbus or Julius Caesar. A phenomenal bestseller throughout Europe, Empire of the Ants primes the imagination to wander and enter the world of the inter-terrestials. Once you have read this fascinating novel, reality will never seem quite the same again.
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A fascinating novel about the world of the ants.

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Bernard Werber is a young scientific journalist who has studied ants for the last fifteen years. He lives in Paris. The sequel to Empire of the Ants, Le Jour des Fourmis, has already been published by Albin Michel.


"Don't go into the cellar" is the warning given the Wells family as they move into the dingy Paris flat inherited from Jonathan's Uncle Edmund. But when the family dog disappears down the basement steps, the Wellses follow, one by one, into the mysterious darkness below. Uncle Edmund was an eccentric author and scientist whose particular passion was ants. Thus, it must follow that the mystery of the Wells's basement lies in the parallel universe of an exotic ant kingdom. Struggling to rebuild what was once a vast empire in the face of the terrors of contemporary human society, the ants are compelled to deal with cars, tools, and other technopredators. The sf movies of the 1950s are immediately brought to mind here. The one-dimensional humans definitely take back seat to the anthropomorphized ants as characters in this novel of survival. Werber tells us much more about the intelligent and highly structured world of the ant than we may care to know. Readers captivated by Richard Adam's Watership Down might be attracted by this premise but will quickly tire of the novel's uneven characterization and didactic style. Not recommended.‘Susan Gene Clifford, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, Cal.

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