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.
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
The Hammer of Eden by Ken Follett, Macmillan, London, 1998.
- The United States and Canadian edition is published by Penguin Random House
- The British and Commonwealth edition is published by PanMacMillan
- The Danish edition, Guds næve, is published by Cicero
- The Dutch edition, De vuist van Eden, is published by Uitgeverij Unieboek
- The French edition, Apocalypse sur commande, is published by Robert Laffont
- The German edition, Die Kinder von Eden, is published by Lübbe
- The Greek edition, Το Σφυρί της Εδέμ, is published by Bell
- The Hungarian edition, Az éden kalapácsa, is published by Gabo
- The Italian edition, Il martello dell'Eden, is published by Mondadori
- The Norwegian edition, Edens hammer, is published by Cappelen Damm
- The Polish edition, Młot Edenu, is published by Wydawnictwo Albatros
- The Portuguese edition, Os Filhos do Éden, is published by Editorial Presença
- The Russian edition, Молот Эдема, is published by AST
- The Serbian edition, Rajski čekić, is published by Evro Book
- The Spanish edition, En la boca del dragón, is published by Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
- The Swedish edition, Edens hammare, is published by Albert Bonniers Förlag
Also published in other languages, and available as an audiobook and as an ebook.