Monday, 9 June 2014

Review: Swarm - Operation Sting by Simon Cheshire

Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Format: Paperback
Released: May 5th, 2014
Rating: 9/10

Amazon summary:

The Secret Intelligence Agency has a new weapon: SWARM - artificially intelligent robotic bugs that act as undercover agents. Operating below the radar, they can fly faster, see further and sting harder! In Operation Sting, the team are set a new mission. When a prototype weapon is stolen, it's a race against time for SWARM to locate and reclaim the weapon before the thieves crack the encryption code protecting it. Can they stop the villains before it's too late? 


Operation Sting is the first book in new series Swarm, aimed at readers 9+. It's an action-packed thrill ride of an adventure story featuring government agencies, nanotechnology and dangerous weapons that could destroy Earth. Exciting or what?! Readers of all ages will instantly be swept up in the fast-paced world of SWARM, not to mention be fascinated with all the futuristic technology. Maybe one day we really will have robotic bugs to save the world!

SWARM are a selection of micro-robotic bugs serving as undercover agents at the SIA (Secret Intelligence Agency). SWARM is comprised of Queen Bee, Widow (spider), Chopper (dragonfly), Nero (scorpion), Hercules (stag beetle), Sirena (butterfly), Sabre (mosquito) and Morph (centipede). Each robot has different features that make them the perfect undercover agents, like serrated claws, webs stronger than steel and venomous stings. Their size also makes them the best at their jobs because they can hide anywhere and not be discovered. It's genius really!

Operation Sting starts off fast and never really slows down. There's action scene after action scene, kind of like a James Bond film but with robotic insects instead of human agents. SWARM communicate as a team and get the job done, even if it means putting their nano lives at risk. Honestly, no bad guy stands even a sliver of a chance with this lot on the scene - they're far too clever and advanced for mere mortals.

Project Venom is the second book in the Swarm series and is published in July. I personally can't wait to get my hands on a copy and I love that Widow the spider is adorning the cover. Here's hoping it's just as exciting as Operation Sting and that the members of SWARM are once again successful with their mission. It looks like SWARM and their nano technology is here to stay!

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