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The Hammer of Eden

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The one thing Californians fear most is a full-scale earthquake. The thing Priest fears most is the destruction of his commune in the Sierra Nevada foothills – the one place he can hide from his mobster past. He has to make the Governor of California listen to him. And now he has a way. He knows how to create an earthquake. And if his demands aren’t met, the next quake is just 48 hours away…

The Hammer of Eden is a story where the bad guys figure out how to cause an earthquake. They use a machine called a seismic vibrator which is an enormous hammer mounted on the back of a truck. It is usually used to find oil. The hammer sends shockwaves through the earth’s crust and the reflections of the vibrations are then mapped to show the sub-surface of the earth.

Ken’s view

I got the idea from New Scientist magazine. The debate about what actually causes earthquakes is long running and multi-faceted. There is a theory called the low stress theory which suggests that the triggering event of an earthquake is a relatively weak vibration in the earth’s crust.

I figured that if that theory was correct then a terrorist group could hijack a seismic vibrator and use it threaten an earthquake to further their own aims. That’s where the fun starts. I think The Hammer of Eden is my best book so far.

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  • “Crackles with suspense!” — The Daily Telegraph
  • “This book is so exciting I found myself setting my alarm clock for four in the morning to finish it!” — The Daily Mail

Published as

The Hammer of Eden by Ken Follett — Macmillan, UK 1998.
Apocalypse sur commande in French by Robert Laffont
Die Kinder von Eden in German by Lübbe
Il Martello del Eden in Italian by Mondadori
En la Boca del Dragon in Spanish by Random House Mondadori
De vuist van Eden in Dutch by Uitgeverij Unieboek

Also published in many other languages, and available as an audiobook and as an ebook.