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Lucifer's Hammer Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1985
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I think this is one of the most exciting, inspiring books I've ever read. Humankind, faced with overwhelming cataclysm, regroups to fight its way back to civilization. All the way back; no settling for another uncomfortable, time-wasting Dark Age. It is a story with brain and heart--and a lot of both--and I can't figure how it missed that list of the hundred best books of the century.
--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....
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Suddenly when more accurate fight path calculations are done by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and they pinpoint that the comet will strike the earth. The comet, now named "The Hammer" breaks into multiple pieces and hammers into continents and oceans across the globe.
Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and direct strikes onto large cities wipe out a massive portion of the world's population and the governments of the world collapse in chaos. Tim and many others sensing the pending apocalypse try to escape deeper into the USA to escape the cataclysmic destruction, the resulting riots and fighting over the needs of daily survival....
This is one of the best apocalyptic Sci-Fi books ever written and it won the Hugo award as the Best Novel in 1978. I read this book in 1977 and repurchased it to reread it on my Kindle Fire. This book is well written and once you start reading it you cannot put it down. The description of the events following the comet strike is done in detail and everything from the tsunami to the climate effects of the damage is realistic and frightening.
People bond together for good or bad and a war begins for survival. Will civilization restart or is it going into a death spiral back to the dark ages and beyond? You will be pulled into the character's lives and their struggles to simply survive. You have to read the book to find out and it is a great book that I recommend to you. If you like Sci-Fi then this is a must read book!
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Ok, there are points where the story doesn't hold up well due to the passage of time.Read more