The Hammer of Eden
1998 | Thriller | 576 pages
A Deadly Threat
A Lone Agent
A State on the Verge of Destruction
When he lies down to sleep, this landscape is always on his mind:
A pine forest covers the hills, as thick as the fur on a bear’s
back. The sky is so blue, in the clear mountain air, that it
hurts his eyes to look up. Miles from the road there is a secret
valley with steep sides and a cold river in its cleft. Here, hidden from strangers’ eyes, a sunny south-facing slope has been cleared, and grapevines grow in neat rows. When he remembers how beautiful it is, he feels his heart will break. Continue reading
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.
"So exciting I found myself setting the alarm clock for four in the morning to finish it." - Daily Mail
"Crackles with suspense." - Daily Telegraph