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The Hammer of Eden [Paperback]

Ken Follett
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8 Oct 1999

This is the question that troubles hotshot young FBI agent Judy Maddox in Ken Follet’s hold-your-breath new 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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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (8 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330375822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330375825
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Follett was only twenty-seven when he wrote the award-winning EYE OF THE NEEDLE, which became an international bestseller. His celebrated PILLARS OF THE EARTH was voted into the top 100 of Britain's best-loved books in the BBC's the Big Read and the sequel, WORLD WITHOUT END, was published to critical acclaim. He lives with his family in London and Hertfordshire.

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Ken Follett shook the mystery world with his debut (now classic) novel The Eye of the Needle and now he's shaking the earth again with The Hammer of Eden. Or, at least his bad guys are shaking it. The novel begins with a series of flashbacks while Priest and his girlfriend Star plot to steal a seismic vibrator. Priest, an illiterate street-tough-turned- hippie-guru, is rallying his commune to fight back against the state of California. Living out of time and out of society, the commune grows its own food, makes wine and smokes a lot of dope, but the lives of Priest and his cohorts are about to be destroyed by the construction of a new power plant in their valley. Priest takes his cue from Melanie, a seismologist who joined his commune after being shaken by marital difficulties. With their seismic vibrator and under the code name Hammer of Eden, they plan to rock California with earthquakes until they get a promise of work stoppage.

But Judy Maddox is on their case. Daughter of an Irish American cop and a Vietnamese mother, Judy is slight in form though a rising force in the FBI. Office politics have placed her on a ludicrous case involving an earthquake threat, but the more she looks at the Hammer of Eden, the more she is convinced that the threat is for real. Her contact, seismologist Michael Quercus, provides compelling evidence that a major catastrophe is in the offing. From there, the novel becomes a race between Judy and Michael and the increasingly deadly and desperate Priest and his followers. The Hammer of Eden isn't, in the end, as groundbreaking as some of Follett's earlier work; the commune's jump from peace-loving band of hippies to state terrorists happens just a bit too quickly. Nevertheless, Follett's gift for plotting and intrigue keep the cracks in the narrative in check, and the denouement is sure to send tremours through the most sturdy of readers. -- Patrick O'Kelley, --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.



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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ken Follett is not at his best 27 Sep 2000
By A Customer
I am a little disappointed by this Follett reading though the end was more of the page turner I expect from Ken Follett. The beginning kept me reading hoping for more of the romance and lust of Lie Down with Lions, or the breath stopping plot of Eye of the Needle but this plot of terrorists causing an earthquake for their noble cause just didn't catch my attention. I will keep reading Ken Follett, as long as he keeps writing them, but this one was disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 11 Oct 1999
By A Customer
An extraordinary book that had me hooked from start to finish. The book successfully empathises with two very different characters, each chapter alternating the viewpoints: terrorist, FBI agent, terrorist, etc, etc. And I could still understand the terrorist's passion for his cause. I was also VERY impressed at how well Mr Follet saw the females viewpoint, soooo right.
A very clever and well researched book that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Follett book and it caught my attention 24 Aug 2006
Format:Audio Cassette
This was my first Ken Follett book and my ealry entry in to this sort of thriller. I enjoyed it. It wasn't the most complex of plots, but as someone else mentions in their review, what got my attention was that this is something which feels like it could happen. I particularly liked the female FBI agent character. I'd love to read more with her in it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer of Eden 6 Oct 2003
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a sales rep I bought this CD to keep me occupied in the car on long journeys and it certainly did the trick. It is really well read by Lorelei King and it is a great story.
I didn't want to get out of the car, but wanted to carry on listening to it to the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Another good yarn from Ken Follett. It isn't the best book I've read of his, suffice to say I was able to put it down for a couple of days, to find other amusements. I found in the early stages of the book where the chapters were more categorised, I was more interested to read about the FBI agent than the terrorist group. That said once I got into it, the story was fast paced, explosive, tense and had just enough romance to keep me interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent Follett book 24 April 2014
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Not the most sensible premise for a book, but nonetheless well written and with the usual excellent crafting from this author. Its told from several viewpoints as is often the case with Mr Follett which works very well here.
Its not as good as Pillars of the earth, but a cracking read nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 17 April 2009
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I had forgotten just how good Ken Follett books are and "The Hammer Of Eden"grabs your attention straight off and doesn't let it go until the final word.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ground breaking thriller 14 Jan 2002
I initially had doubts about this thriller, probably to do with my general sceptism about this genre. After all, who really cares about the precise details of an automobile right down to its precise spec. However, Ken Follett soon makes you forget about such quibbles as he takes us on his roller coaster ride. Despite some pretty lurid details, both in its description of murder and sexual encounters, Follett writes with a sensitivity about his characters that makes you believe in them. Although not perhaps as gripping and enthralling as his Lie Down with Lions, it nevertheless keeps you hooked. And you will never look at a seismic vibrator in the same way again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great author his books are unputdownable, good price and quick servive. Joam
Published 6 days ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking good read
Ken Follett is never disappointing, and this is no exception. The pace of the story keeps you on your toes until the end.
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Published 27 days ago by canonbury
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Brilliant I couldn't put it down
Published 1 month ago by S L Whitman
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition
I found this a little difficult to get into, but once it got going it kept me hooked. Woke I agree that this isn't Ken Follett at his best, it is so better than a lot of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mmmppph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with all it's twists, turns and intrique.
Published 1 month ago by MissChiefs
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good story well written, typical Follett with excellent character descriptions.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. G. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A gripping tale to end as ever never disappointed with fillets books .you feel you know the characters and feel what they do
Published 2 months ago by stirl
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
A very good read on a long train journey enjoyed it very much made the journey shorter and held my interest
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. C. Allen-bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best!
Everyone knows Follett's books, but this is a title new to me. It was written some years ago and yet is still one of the tautest thrillers I've read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David George
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