Lucifer's Hammer

Lucifer's Hammer

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by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Marc Vietor
     
 

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Monumental devastation will sweep across the globe if the newly discovered Hamner-Brown comet collides with the one major obstacle in its path: Earth. For millionaire Tim Hamner, the comet is a ticket to immortality. For filmmaker Harvey Randall, it's a shot at redeeming a flagging career. And for astronauts John Baker and Rick Delanty, it's a second chance for glory…  See more details below

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Monumental devastation will sweep across the globe if the newly discovered Hamner-Brown comet collides with the one major obstacle in its path: Earth. For millionaire Tim Hamner, the comet is a ticket to immortality. For filmmaker Harvey Randall, it's a shot at redeeming a flagging career. And for astronauts John Baker and Rick Delanty, it's a second chance for glory in outer space. But for a world gripped by comet fever, fascination quickly turns to fear. And only those who survive the impact will know the even greater terror, when rich and poor, politicians and killers, turn to each other or against each other - and the remnants of humanity grow savage to battle for what little remains...

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"A work in the grand tradition ... even the miracle of Sensurround may be inadequate to convey all the imaginative reverberations."
John Barkham Reviews
"A 'Disaster' thriller of rare quality ... for its expertise and the scale of its apocalypse ... Strings out the suspense almost unbearably."
Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"The first satisfying end-of-the-world novel in years ... an ultimate one ... massively entertaining."
Chicago Daily News
"Take your earthquakes, waterlogged condominiums, swarms of bugs, colliding airplanes and flaming what-nots, wrap them up and they wouldn't match one page of LUCIFER'S HAMMER for sweaty-palmed suspense."
Booklist Booklist
"A MEGATON OF SUSPENSEFUL EXCITEMENT ... which should keep readers going non-stop, cover to cover."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455883592
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
21
Sales rank:
685,756
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.70(d)

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Author websites:
LARRY NIVEN: www.larryniven.net
JERRY POURNELLE: www.jerrypournelle.com

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Lucifer's Hammer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 112 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been buying and reading science fiction books for over 50 years, and I've sold and given away several thousand books. This is one of a handful I'll not let go of. The story line is compelling and the imagery is incredible. Some of the scenes will stick with me forever. Don't miss this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was great AFTER you plowed threw the first 250 pages of fluff. I know you have to set the stage for a book, but I don't think it should take 250 pages. I almost gave up on it, but the good reviews kept be going. I'm glad I did, but I feel those first pages could of been condensed.
Susan_Sherlock More than 1 year ago
This is the best 'End of the World As We Know It' thriller I have read. It's right up there with Stephen King's 'The Stand' in scale. If you want a GOOD YARN, read this. The most incredible image I hvae carried with me since I read this book is that of the SURFER riding the wave. I read this book back in the 80's and have NEVER forgotten it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own this book and have had it since it was first published.  I first read it when I was in high school and thought it to be one of the best books I've read, which is why it remains in my library.  I've read it numerous times over the years, as I have re-read all my favorites.  This book is excellent with characters that draw you in to their world and their struggles to survive.  It also has been interesting to see how much society (especially in attitude toward women and minorities) has changed over my adult lifetime.   The scenes of the isolated astronauts watching the world as they knew it end, and their subsequent return to earth is especially bittersweet.  Remember, this was written in a time of Star Trek and Star Wars, when the space shuttle program was first getting started.  Heinlein and Clarke were kings.  We had watched man walk on the moon.  We were growing up in the hope and anticipation of space flights, exploration, and it was thought colonization of the moon or even Mars might just be possible in our lifetimes.  This story in all it's datedness is more believable than many of the recent end of world offerings by Hollywood.
yarnspinner More than 1 year ago
That's about all i can say, EPIC. Yes this book is extremely drawn out but very detailed, it reminds me of Stephen King's style of writing. My next puchase shall be cases of power bars, bullets, and bottles of water after reading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WARNING: Contrary to the listed publication date (2/13/2012), this book was actually published in 1977. So it was written from an older historical context. You cannot return an eBook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this book four times. When ever I get bored I read this again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always on the lookout for an interesting EOW story I found Lucifers Hammer one of the best I have ever read. Could not put it down. It starts slow but takes it's time getting you used to the characters. It builds until the 'Day' the asteroid hits and starts on a whirlwind ride. Thourghly enjoyable and I would recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read classic. Slightly dated but well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could be my age or the sorry state of politics today, but this was the best book I have read in awhile. Survival at its rawest. What would really happen without society and all the govt perks. Great food for thought.
Tico_Kenitrin More than 1 year ago
Hot fudge Sunday on a Tuesday yes indeed the Hammer of God has fallen. Though the book starts a bit slow due to character development, and sometimes you have to go back to remember who was who in the story this book is pretty fun to read. The character development may be slow but ultimately after Lucifer Hammer falls you start to realize why it was important to know these characters before the catastrophic event. You become involve in how they try to survive, how they attempt to rebuild some type of normalcy in their Porterville Civilization, and you root for them once the Cannibals attempt to destroy their compound. It starts slow but its worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this is classified "Science Fiction", this book crosses several genres. A comet strike is a very real possibility even today. The story about the event, the people,the reactions and actions of the characters are all too real. The story keeps you turning the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still the best end of the world book ever written. covers everything
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It's the reason I only wear Citizen Eco Drive watchess. If you like apocalyptic novels this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The hot fudge sundae that falls on Tuesday...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth it. I read 400 pages and gave up. The main event the comet hitting the earth took about 10-12 pages and the rest was character development. Just boring and dull. Not worth it. I did give it 2 stars only because of the idea of it all. Not worth the money or time. Sorry
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Shana_soto More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes apocalyptic fiction. It was very entertaining and kept my interest all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, excellent for readers who enjoy end of the world type books
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