"Wonderful stuff...Documented with grisly detail...Superior"
- The New York Times Book Review
Professor Parmiter: "I had an idea, Metbaum. Suppose God transferred his covenant
from man to the insects. It would explain a lot."
Metbaum: "Um. Maybe the next Jesus is a roach."
Out of the brimstone and hellfire of the North Carolina sandhills comes a simple,
deadly challenge to man's supremacy on earth: The Hephaestus Plague. Blind, black,
armoured and unstoppable—a fire making beetle with an amazing scientific secret.
A secret that the reclusive, monomaniacal Professor Parmiter is obsessed with sharing
and an insect whose biological destiny he is determined to fulfill, without regard
for the human consequences.
With a preface by Jeannot Szwarc, director of the motion picture based on the novel,
BUG (1975), and of hit television show Heroes, this new edition puts this brilliant
novel back in its quintessential context.
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|Automat - 04 August 2008
|A highly entertaining read and I am glad to see this back in print. Including an introduction by the director of the film is the perfect touch. The only problem is the cover. While it's a quality picture, it doesn't match the content and resembles a Field Guide to Insects. It should be changed immediately for the next print run. Make that beetle black - carbon black - black as midnight on a moonless night - an unholy scarab encasing the spark of doom. Exploit, damn it! (You know how to exploit, don't you? All right then. Give this book the Trashface cover it deserves.)
|Book Worm - 15 July 2008
|This is **** brilliant! The whole time I had this feeling like it could really happen- all the bug-details are so accurate! There's this terrifiying reality that bugs are better equipped to rule the world than we are, and man will pay for his hubris!
I don't usually like sci fi. I got this cause the cover was great- and I'm so glad i did!
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|Olly - 14 July 2008
|Brilliant stuff. Very enjoyable romp through a shlocky sci-fi scenario involving flame-throwing bugs, mad professors and a species of sentient bacteria older than humanity. Well written and concise, The Hephaestus Plague is a constant page turner which takes itself just seriously enough to raise it's head above the level of its pulp gross-out peers.