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Lucifer's Hammer Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1985
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That being said. I do think that this book was one of the best end of the world stories I have read yet. It is riveting and you won't be able to put it down after the Hammer actually falls.Read more ›
If all you read is the first 100 pages, however, you probably won't agree with that. You see, the first part of the book is a bit slow in getting moving, but that's because the authors introduce a whole string of characters that interact with one another as the story and the action unfolds. And once the action starts, it doesn't stop. In fact, it makes you want to store some food, some water, some other things...and get ready for what COULD happen.
As I started reading this book I thought to myself, this book has many similarities with the movie "Deep Impact." Was I ever wrong with that assumption! This book goes way beyond "Deep Impact." It goes beyond it in that this book is not so much about events surrounding a comet-earth collision as it is about the aftermath, and how people do or do not cope with that kind of calamity.
Imagine this...world-wide cataclysmic events wipe out the major governments on the planet -- national, state, and local governments collapse, and people are left to fend for themselves. What will they do for food, shelter, personal safety, information, etc.? It's a whole new ballgame out there! The kinds of challenges described in the book bring out the best in some people, the worst in others, and trapped in the middle of everything that's happening are the characters you'll come to know quite well.
The characters are, for the most part, believable, the plot development is rivetting, and the conclusion is satisfying.
Do good guys always finish first? Do they even survive?Read more ›
The major protagonist is Tim Hamner, a rich-boy with nothing to do but indulge his fascination with the stars. Hamner, along with a young boy named Gavin Brown from Iowa, discover a comet heading towards earth. The comet, Hamner-Brown, soon becomes known as The Hammer, as scientists plot its course closer and closer to Earth's orbit.
Hamner makes acquaintance with Harvey Randall, a news reporter who wants to make a documentary series on the comet. Joining with them is Dr. Charles Sharps from the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Senator Arthur Jellison and his daughter Maureen, Dr. Dan Forrester, an astronomy Phd and computer programmer, a team of astronauts, and a dedicated postal worker named Harry Newcombe.
The story centers around Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley, after pieces of the "calved" comet hit all across the world, causing first earthquakes and then a massive tidal wave to hit the Los Angeles basin. Senators, rich men, thieves and killers are suddenly made equal in the wake of Mother Nature. Rich and poor take on a whole new meaning in a society that suddenly has different values and different needs.
Senator Jellison owns a ranch in the foothills of the Sierras, and along with his neighbor George Christopher begins to form an aftermath society bent on survival at all costs.Read more ›
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Really liked this story and its unique in that the setting is during an alternate reality 1970's. Unlike other stories I've read by Niven and Pournell, this is set during... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
Never grow sold. Technical details might grow old but the human drama remains compelling. I retread it every few years.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Makes you realize you better have some decent life skills to offer up!! Who wants an ad agency executive in their start-up community?!?!Published 14 days ago by Jennifer
I read this book about 30years ago and it's been on my mind a lot lately, so thought it should be a re-read. Still a page turner and thought provoker.Published 15 days ago by Arti Anne
More of an action story without much Science fiction past the first few chapters. Very different style than other Larry Niven sci fi I've read in the past.Published 15 days ago by CB
I could not put it done,well done. Great for a movie ,would be fantastic . Well researched ,factual, credible, scary because it is possible to occurPublished 17 days ago by Charles Drabo
This is one of the great Survival Classics, truly enjoyable throughout.Published 17 days ago by G. Baschiera