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 flesh ravaged and 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 burrow under flesh with 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 enormous and have no recognizable DNA. They appear to be vicious in the field, yet docile in the hand. When caught, they die within hours. 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 Nevada 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 nuclear weapons.
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 this indestructible new species, before the President nukes Manhattan.
New York Times Bestselling author Scott Sigler reviews The Colony:
"Colucci's exciting thriller debut...balances scares and science nicely. Michael Crichton fans will hope that this is but the first of many such outings from the author's pen." Starred review —Publishers Weekly
"Colucci's suspense-novel debut is a frightening combination of well-researched
science and scenes of pure horror... Full of suspense and intrigue, The Colony
will especially appeal to fans of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park and the like." —Booklist
"Few debuts cut to the quick as effectively as A.J. Colucci's The Colony. Razor-sharp writing, scientific intrigue, and political brinkmanship create a story as plausible as it is frightening. Here's a novel to leave your skin crawling—and wanting more!" —James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony
"Innovative, provocative, and exciting, The Colony possesses the three crucial ingredients for any high concept thriller. I'll never look at an ant the same way again." —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Columbus Affair
"The kind of story that eats you alive, one little bite at a time. Accurate research combines with pure horror for a fantastic read." —Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Infected
"A.J. Colucci has created an engaging, frightening tale mixing science and adrenaline in equal measure. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. If you like Crichton, you owe it to yourself to read The Colony." —Paul McEuen, author of Spiral
"Creep-a-palooza! A.J. Colucci's masterpiece combines whirlwind action, characters that make you stand up and cheer, and deliciously evil killer ants into a flesh-ripping joyride of a thriller. It's one of the most gripping stories I've read in ages." —Shane Gericke, National bestselling author of Torn Apart
"You'll think twice about squashing ants after you read The Colony. The novel is fun, scary and unsettling. Creepy in the best sense of the word." —Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory
"The Colony presents a horrific scenario that crosses compelling science with a common enemy. I found myself reading into the night, and the slightest provocation had me slapping at my skin." —Rhodi Hawk, author of The Tangled Bridge
Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, November 2012, ISBN-13: 978-1250001290