On the SPIEGEL-bestseller list for months (hardback #1 in October 2009, paperback #1 in April 2011)
On Italian Bestseller list in December 2010 (best placement #5)
English Synopsis available
The first space elevator connects the Earth to the Moon, prompting a breathless race between the Americans and Chinese to get to the Moon’s helium-3 – the rare element that promises to solve all the world’s energy problems.
In Shanghai, cyber-detective Owen Jericho has been hired to find Yoyo, a missing girl, but what started as a routine investigation soon develops into a nightmarish hunt. There’s a crazed assassin hot on his heels, all because Yoyo accidentally stumbled onto a secret society called Hydra – and now it’s not just her life at risk. Following the Hydra trail takes Jericho and Yoyo round the world and finally to the Gaia, the Moon’s very first hotel, where a billionaire entrepreneur is entertaining some of the world’s richest and most influential men and women. But the secret society that is Hydra has its own plans for the Earth – and the Moon. And nothing and no one will be allowed to stand in its way.
release: 05. October 2009
1328 pages, gebunden mit SU
- 26,00 €
- 0,00 sFr
- 26,80 €
Czech Republic: Euromedia (published in March 2011)/ Great Britain: Quercus / Greece: Kastaniotis / Hungary: Athenaeum (published in November 2010)/ Italy: Casa Editrice Nord (published in November 2010) / Japan: Hayakawa (published in July 2010)/ Netherlands: Bruna (published in June 2010) / Norway: Aschehoug / Poland: Arkadia / Portugal: Dom Quixote / Slovakia: Ikar / Spain: Planeta (published in November 2010)/ Spain/Catalan: Columna / Taiwan: Ye-Ren / Turkey: Pegasus
About the Author
Frank Schätzing, born in 1957 in Cologne, studied communication, worked as a copywriter in international agencies (BMZ, DDB) and is the co-founder of the Cologne-based advertising agency Intevi. In the 90s, he began to write novellas and satires and in 1995 he published the historical novel Tod und Teufel which first became a regional and later a nationwide bestseller. After two more novels and a collection of short stories, in 2000 Lautlos was published, a political thriller about the 1999 world economic forum, which was praised in the press as “a dazzling snap-shot of the late millennium”. His national and international breakthrough came in the spring of 2004 with his novel Der Schwarm. Since its first publication more than 4.5 million copies have been sold and it was published in 26 countries. His latest thriller Breaking News was published in March 2014. Frank Schätzing lives and works in Cologne.
Other titles: Die dunkle Seite (1997), Nachrichten aus einem unbekannten Universum (2006), Limit (2009), illustrated edition of Nachrichten aus einem unbekannten Universum (2010).
Awards: Corine Award (2004), German Science Fiction Prize (2005), The Golden Feather (2005)