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The Hammer of Eden: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ken Follett
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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

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,


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Er ist einer der populärsten Autoren überhaupt: Weltweit hat Ken Follett mehr als 100 Mio. Bücher verkauft. Gleich sein erster Spionageroman "Die Nadel" wurde ein Riesenerfolg. Dieser Bestseller sorgte auch dafür, dass Ken Follett seinen damaligen Beruf als Journalist aufgeben und sich fortan nur noch seinen Büchern widmen konnte. Seiner Phantasie scheinen dabei kaum Grenzen gesetzt zu sein, bereits die Titel seiner Werke atmen förmlich das Abenteuer: "Die Säulen der Erde", "Der dritte Zwilling" oder "Mitternachtsfalken". Der Grundstein für diesen Erfolg wurde offensichtlich schon in Ken Folletts Kindheit gelegt: Der 1949 in Cardiff (Wales) geborene Autor wuchs ohne Fernsehen, Kino oder Radio auf - stattdessen wurden Geschichten erzählt.

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What I enjoyed so much about this book was that the reader gets to know the protagonists as well as the antagonists from the very beginning and feels that both parties are right. Just while reading you start to sympathize for one side. I felt I could not put this book down for only a minute because I simply had to know which way the plot would lead. Since the idea that somebody might be able to cause an earthquake seems absurde at first this is exactly what puts the reader into the position of the FBI agent Judy: You have to know whether it is possible or not.
This is an excellent pageturner and the best book to keep you from worrying while you're lying sick at home...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad, but not Follett. 21. Februar 2000
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The first Follett book I read was The Pillars of the Earth, probably seven or eight years ago. I don't really remember too much of that book, but for years, the sentiment has been with me that it is the best book I have ever read. Now, after a long hiatus from Follett, I came back to The Hammer of Eden. It's not a bad book -- and I think a lot of the reviews here are overly critical -- but I just don't have the same awestruck feeling following this book that I did after Pillars. It should be said that Follett at his worst is better than most authors at his best. This really is a decent book to read, and is quite entertaining -- but it must be disappointing for readers already used to Follett's other majestic works. So, I guess if you haven't read anything else by KF, go ahead and read this; you'll like it. But the Follett connisseurs out there who have been spoiled by his astounding works like Pillars may be disappointed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Hammer Of Eden 19. September 2000
A friend gave me this book to read, and I wasn't sure what I was in for. Although, at first, the plot was hard to believe, but I couldn't put the book down and kept reading chapter to chapter. I enjoyed it.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What happened, Ken? 10. Dezember 1999
I've been a follower of KF's work since "Eye of the Needle" and have read nearly all his paperbacks. My favorite by far must be "Pillars of the Earth."
As many of these readers have pointed out, there are major problems with this novel. The most glaring of which is the plotline.
In the journalism industry, we are taught one basic rule about writing a story: do you understand your assignment to the extent that you could chat with your neighbor "over the fence" about it and have it make sense? If not, go back and do your research.
Okay, it breaks down like this: a bunch of forgotten hippies from the 1960's cause a series of earthquakes with oil-drilling equipment to stop the State of California from taking their commune, and a beautiful FBI agent must stop them to win fame, career advancement and love(!). That about right?
I'm from Northern California, and the area has a flavor all its own. KF captures some of it. (I especially liked the segment where the N. Cali residents justify staying in California with the imminent threat of another earthquake looming.)
But KF's strongest area is historical fiction focused on England and/or Europe. His war dramas also ring true with most readers.
This experiment with modern American culture tended to fall short, as did his previous work in this area, "The Third Twin."
Folks, if you need your KF historical thriller fix, pick up a copy of "London" - it's bland in places, but it will keep you going until KF decides to write again about his homeland.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ordentliches Buch, aber mit Schwächen 13. November 2009
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Ich mag Ken Follett sehr, aber leider ist dieses Buch eines seiner schwächeren. Es ist grundsätzlich spannend, aber die Handlung ist etwas zu abgedreht und verliert sich gegen Ende in Action und Verrücktheit.
Bei der Bewertung schwanke ich zwischen 3 und 4 Sternen. 3 wegen der schwachen Handlung, 4 weil ich es doch recht zügig durchgelesen habe.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen What was Follett thinking?!! 10. November 1998
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After reading some of the reviews posted on Amazon about this piece of drivel, I am shocked and amazed. Booklist has the nerve to call this "skillful writing", and someone from Iceland says that Follett is now "on his way back to respectability". Incredible!! I read this book with mounting horror, wondering just how bad it was going to get. It kept getting worse! What is really insulting is the fact that obviously no one at Crown Publisher's, Inc. read this book. They couldn't have! For example, take the scene on page 371 - this is near the end of the book, but I don't think it will give anything away to someone who has yet to read the book. Judy walks up to Michael, who is holding Dusty by the hand: "How is he?" Melanie asked. Well, obviously this should have read: "How is he?" Judy asked. Melanie isn't even in this scene!! But this is not my biggest gripe, not by a long shot. The writing is insulting!! Incredibly insulting. Instead of showing us the emotions of his characters, Follett decides to just tell us instead: "She hated him," after giving us more than enough clues for the reader to figure that out for himself. It is sad that someone can come up with a book as good as "Eye of the Needle", build a stunning career with others such as "Key to Rebecca" and "Pillars of the Earth", then use his clout and past track record to con the reading public into buying this book.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Something just feels not right.
A group of ex-hippies has been living hidden out in a valley for the last 25 years without much contact to the rest of civilization. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. März 2012 von Kurt Keller
1.0 von 5 Sternen the Hammer of Eden
Ich habe fast alle Bücher von Follett entweder auf deutsch oder meistens auf englisch gelesen. Dieses ist das erste, welches mir überhaupt nicht gefallen hat. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2006 von Schuchardt, Angelika
5.0 von 5 Sternen A very exciting thriller.
In Silver River Valley lives a commune in peace and harmony far away from pollution and violence. No doors have locks. There is no electricity and no piped water. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 18. Juli 2001 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not his best effort
This book never worked for me. It is not that it was poorly written or there were not well drawn characters, I just did not like anyone in this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2000 von Doug De Bono
2.0 von 5 Sternen OH PLEASE!
well another follet novel has come and gone and as for me this one was an earthshaking bomb! the story is at least well written (which is his specialty) but the premise is a little... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2000 von john spence
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Hammer of Eden
This is a book that starts out at a simmer and leads to a full boil. The reader is drawn into the intricate web of the plot by the gradual introduction of the various characters. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. April 2000 von Pat van der Veer
2.0 von 5 Sternen Still a Follett Fan
I am a long standing Ken Follett fan. I consider The Pillars of the Earth to be one of my all time favourite books. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von Gary Levine
2.0 von 5 Sternen Gag me!
As a fan of Follett's books, this one is a disappointment. I suspect that he was short of cash when this one went to press. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2000 von Allan Levene
4.0 von 5 Sternen Did I Feel the Earth Move?
I will admit, that being from California and particularly the S.F. Bay Area, I happily identified with the novel's setting and the subject of earthquakes. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. März 2000 von E. Yamamoto
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great book!
I know this book got a lot of bad reviews, but I really enjoyed it! Yeah, maybe causing earthquakes is a little far-fetched, but so what, this was a great story. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 4. März 2000 veröffentlicht
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