Can You Really Create Earthquakes? Ken Follett’s Hammer of Eden Has the Answer

Reading should be one of your New Year’s resolutions.

This is a great habit because it’s an awesome way to learn new stuff. The trove of information you can acquire by leafing through books will be useful as you go through life.

And if you’re into writing, this will help improve your skills.

If you have no idea what to pick up, then allow me to recommend this exciting historical fiction from one of the best writers today, Ken Follett, called Hammer of Eden.

Hammer of Eden cover


Priest (Richard Granger) is a former punk and small-time criminal and now lives in a commune in California where he co-exists peacefully with a small group of people who just want to live in a winery in solace, without the problems brought by the modern civilization.

They don’t pay importance to money. They share stuff. They meditate. They’re don’t like violence.

But that all changed when the government decided to build a dam that’ll flood the valley where their commune is. Unwilling to lose the haven he’s worked hard to build over the years, Priest and his friends come up with a dangerous plan to force the Governor to abort the construction: threaten a series of earthquakes.

With the help of Melanie, the wife of a seismologist who can’t risk leaving a pollution-free environment for his sick son, Dusty, Priest identifies fault lines that will make it easier for them to cause earthquakes.

But first he needs  a seismic vibrator, a vehicle used by seismologists to trigger low-frequency vibrations on the earth. So he goes undercover and worked at a drilling company. He and his long-time partner and former singer, Star (Stella Higgins), steal the huge truck and started their dangerous scheme.

Calling themselves the Hammer of Eden, they posted their threat on an Internet message board, which no one really took seriously even as a radio host picked it up.

Meanwhile, FBI agent Judy Maddox, who is getting crap treatment from her new boss. She was assigned to look into the Hammer of Eden case after a small-magnitude earthquake occurred. Her bosses aren’t taking her seriously but she soon realizes that there’s more to the seemingly harmless threat.

But as she gathers enough evidence and builds a strong case, office politics threaten her job and she has to prove to her superiors that she can crack the case.

With the stakes so high, Judy must race against time and a cunning and smart nemesis who’s willing to endanger the lives of thousands of people just to get his way.

Hammer of Eden is a compelling read. It’s riveting and will make you want to continue turning the pages. You won’t want to put it down until you’ve reached the ending.

Ken Follett has written so many historical fiction that are awesome. I like history but easily get bored by textbooks. His novels have taught me tons of information about world history–from the World War II (Jackdaws) to the Black Death (World Without End).

So if you flunked World History in high school, this is the best way to re-learn the events that shaped our world.



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