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Two formidable SF talents converge splendidly in this disaster thriller, which offers sleek action-adventure writing, world-class tumult and a coherent near-future based on sound yet innovative social and scientific speculation. Thirty years ago, as a child, Lewis Crane was scarred physically and mentally by the Los Angeles earthquake of 1994. Now he spends his days tracking earthquakes to minimize their damage. He also harbors a secret hope that he can, through a daring plan to fuse the earth's plates by exploding nuclear devices along their fault lines, stop the earthquake menace forever. Lewis is aided and stymied in these actions?and in his attempts to warn of the monster quake implied in the book's title?by a gallery of realistic characters and well-developed political factions, including the suppressed but still potent Nation of Islam, a powerful women's bloc and the Chinese business interests that now really run America. The plot permutations are as rich as the premise and settings, involving maturing characters, shifting allegiances, betrayals, open conflict and hidden agendas. Clarke's trademark technological mysticism and McQuay's tight plotting (as evidenced in his SF detective novels) make for a moving, convincing and engrossing yarn.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Sf guru Clarke (The Hammer of God, LJ 5/15/93) teams up with McQuay (State of Siege, Bantam, 1994) in this novel about a young seismologist in California who pinpoints the location and date of The Big One.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
As an Arthur C. Clarke junkie, I was surprised to find a book by hin that I hadn't read that was also eight years old. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by James A. Fletcher
I actually give this book 3.5 stars, as I don't think it quite deserves four, but it doesn't deserve three either, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Victoria
Clarke fans may be upset to learn that he did not write this book, but come on -- the man is about 500 years old and still cranking out good ideas for stories. Read morePublished on July 31 2002 by J. B. Rainsberger
Before you pick up Richter 10, read the authors notes at the end of the book. You will discover that this book was not written by A.C.C. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2002 by Vic
I read this book looking for escapism sci-fi, and instead found a book grounded in science FACT and having a great plot to boot. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2000 by Mike
The story was very immersive, and though some have denounced it because of it's technical innacuracies, I believe the good story behind it more than compensates.Published on Nov. 15 1999
This book is great, the characters come alive and you feel their pain and their joy. The story I think is one that sweeps you up and is quite realistic(however it would be in the... Read morePublished on May 30 1999
I read this over a year ago, and have thought many times about little things from the book, like www on everyone's wrist, and the daily effects of possible nuclear events. Read morePublished on June 23 1998
It seemed like a chore to finish this book. I cared about none of the characters or the situations they were in (the racial stereotypes were especially bothersome), and the... Read morePublished on June 5 1998