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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (Nov. 2 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449004589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449227541
  • ASIN: 0449227545
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #356,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The unlikely idea of a bunch of commune-dwelling radicals deliberately setting off an earthquake starts making sense in this unabridged reading of Ken Follett's thriller. Alexander Adams's radio-friendly voice moves smoothly from narrative to dialogue to flashbacks. He's especially terrific when narrating the violent, unspoken thoughts of Priest, the illiterate but charismatic villain, whose plan to save his idyllic commune could ultimately destroy much more nature than it preserves. (Running time: 13 hours, eight cassettes) --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After 20 years of writing bestselling novels, Follett is enough of a pro to produce a reliable page-turner from a flimsy premise?as 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 does?other than its efficient telling?raise 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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pangloss on June 30 2003
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This story is good, but certainly not up to Mr. Follett's usual tales of suspense and intrigue. There was too much emphasis on the romantic interest in the story which bogged the plot line. The environmental terrorist concept was chilling and could have been better developed.
It is difficult to believe that a seasoned FBI agent would let her personal feelings intefere with a serious investigation.
Mr. Follett usually writes great stories but this was not one of them.
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Take a group of communal hippies, held together by a slightly likeable, but desperate, determined and deranged leader, called Priest, then add one smart, relentless female FBI agent. Add a slice of an environmentally insensitive California governor, sprinkle lightly with multiple-partner sex, add good California pot, a vicious back-stabbing at the local FBI office, then throw in a killing or two; shake well with earthquake force, then you will have a gripping Ken Follett novel.
Follett is a master of creating conflicts within conflicts, a crisis within a crisis. In "Hammer of Eden" he draws you into the contrasting worlds of a free-love hippy commune and the regimented FBI. Follett enlightens you with some interesting and informative insights on how the FBI uses linguistic analysis to profile suspects.
However, I did have difficultly accepting Follett's portrait of the FBI. After the gross intelligence failure of September 11th I believe it will be a long time before any author will, as Follett did, portray the FBI as being a technologically omniscient, an agency that is able to out think the common terrorist. That said, this is a engrossing read and highly recommended
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Take a group of communal hippies, held together by a slightly likeable, but desperate, determined and deranged leader, called Priest, then add one smart, relentless female FBI agent. Add a slice of an environmentally insensitive California governor, sprinkle lightly with multiple-partner sex, add good California pot, a vicious back-stabbing at the local FBI office, then throw in a killing or two; shake well with earthquake force, then you will have a gripping Ken Follett novel.
Follett is a master of creating conflicts within conflicts, a crisis within a crisis. In "Hammer of Eden" he draws you into the contrasting worlds of a free-love hippy commune and the regimented FBI. Follett enlightens you with some interesting and informative insights on how the FBI uses linguistic analysis to profile suspects.
However, I did have difficultly accepting Follett's portrait of the FBI. After the gross intelligence failure of September 11th I believe it will be a long time before any author will, as Follett did, portray the FBI as being a technologically omniscient, an agency that is able to out think the common terrorist. That said, this is a engrossing read and highly recommended
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Okay, so it's fluff and yes, there was an overload of profanity, and yes the story that Judy tells young Dusty before he goes to sleep is one of the most ridiculous ones ever, but this book is fun. That's why I liked it. It had me interested all the way through, cheering on feisty Judy Maddox and hunky Michael Quersic, hissing at the nasty villains Priest, Star, and Melanie. The plot is a little far-fetched, but isn't that what good writing is all about; transporting you to an unbelievable environment and making you believe it at least for the length of time it takes to read the novel?
Follett has a particularly graphic and disturbing murder early in the book, that made me hate Priest immediately. Even though Follett tries to make the reader understand where these eco-terrorists are coming from, Priest's way of life is no better than the life he is condemning; he has no conscience or moral code, and he has to have things his way or else. I cannot understand how Star could have stayed with him so long. The book's pace is commendable and Follett has a way with words that keeps everything smooth and interesting.
The climax is powerful and the wrap up of all the characters is a nice way to let us know what happens with all these people. Poetic justice befits Mr. Priest's eventual outcome, but I wish he had gotten a little more of what he deserved.
All in all, though, it's a good read.
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Ken Follett's novel "The Hammer of Eden" is a good novel about terrorism, love and suspense. Follett has also written some great stories, his "The Pillars of The Earth", "The Man From St. Petersburg", and "Eye Of The Needle" are all generally regarded as excellent. It could be that this story does not measure up to his earlier works but "The Hammer of Eden" is fun to read and fast paced. It took me 2 days to read the entire story.
The plot is pretty straight forward; members of a commune in California's wine country try to prevent construction of a power plant near their property. Lead by a brilliant but illiterate criminal called Priest they devise a plan to create earthquakes. The FBI is called in to stop the eco-terrorism and story takes-off. Overall the characters are standard fare and they react pretty straight forward to very unusual set of circumstances.
What I enjoyed the most while reading this story is the writing. Follett is a master and the novel is very well written. The action is crisp, situations and descriptions are well illustrated.
If you are looking for a well written fun novel, look no further.
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