Nobody can cause an earthquake...can they? This is the question that troubles hotshot young FBI agent Judy Maddox in Ken Follet's hold-your-breath thriller. Judy's boss has a grudge against her, so he gives her a dumb assignment: to investigate an anonymous threat from a group that claims that it can trigger earthquakes. Judy's research leads ...
Nobody can cause an earthquake...can they? This is the question that troubles hotshot young FBI agent Judy Maddox in Ken Follet's hold-your-breath thriller. Judy's boss has a grudge against her, so he gives her a dumb assignment: to investigate an anonymous threat from a group that claims that it can trigger earthquakes. Judy's research leads her to maverick seismologist Michael Quercus, who tells her it is possible for an earthquake to be caused deliberately. And when a tremor in a remote desert area shows signs of being machine-generated, Judy knows he was right. But who is responsible for the earthquake? Judy must find out before another tremor strikes. Helped by the erratic but attractive Michael, she races to pinpoint the terrorists' next target before they trigger the ultimate disaster. With The Hammer of Eden Ken Follett is at the top of his form, delivering a state-of-the-art suspense thriller to rival his best work. 'Crackles with suspense' Daily Telegraph 'So exciting I found myself setting the alarm clock for four in the morning to finish it' Daily Mail
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Re: The Hammer of Eden Great Psychological Insight
As I read this book I couldn't help but compare the main character to the religious leader, Mohammed. Priceless! If Mohammed were alive today would he be like this person? A very moving story with priceless action and realism.
Aug 11, 2011
Another good Follett book
Like all of his books that i have read I have enjoyed very much.This is the 8th book and they all have been good or better.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-08-31 After 20 years of writing bestselling novels, Follett is enough of a pro to produce a reliable page-turner from a flimsy premiseæas he does here. His working out of how a rural, socially radical California commune moves not heaven but earth to stave off the loss of their land to a government dam and the ensuing flood is smartly paced if nearly devoid of inspiration. What distinguishes it is not the communards' weapon, a stolen seismic vibrator generally used by oil companies to sound for liquid gold but also handy for starting earthquakes. Nor is it the mechanical progression of the plot, as the radicals, calling themselves the Hammer of Eden, escalate threats and consequent quakes in order to blackmail the state into halting the dam until the finale finds them about to devastate San Francisco. Nor is it the by-the-book chase of the terrorists by a headstrong female FBI agent who might have walked onstage from any of a dozen other thrillers. What doesæother than its efficient tellingæraise the novel above mundanity is the depth of characterization of its villains, a Follett forte since his splendid debut in Eye of the Needle. Follett devotes many pages to backstory, creating in Priest, once a smalltime hood and now the commune's leader, in Star, his hippie earth-woman, and in Melanie, a bitter young beauty who throws in with the commune, fully realized outcasts, crazed and desperate idealists whose actions are as believable as they are heinous. All else in the novel, including the perfunctory prose, serve only to push the story quickly through its paces, but Follett's troupe of lost souls makes it dance to a memorable, mournful tune. Agent, Al Zuckerman; major ad/promo; simultaneous Random House audio and large-print edition. (Nov.)
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