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The HAB Theory [NOOK Book]

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This large contemporary novel tells the story of an ordinary electrical engineer who, at age 94 and dabbling in the earth sciences as an avocation, discovers an amazing and shocking truth -- that time after time since the beginnings of the earth, life on earth has been periodically been virtually destroyed and has had to start over again. Such a disaster (which occurs at intervals of 15,000 to 50,000 years apart, is currently threatening the earth. The electrical engineer, Herbert Allen Boardman (HAB) tries to ...
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The HAB Theory

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Overview

This large contemporary novel tells the story of an ordinary electrical engineer who, at age 94 and dabbling in the earth sciences as an avocation, discovers an amazing and shocking truth -- that time after time since the beginnings of the earth, life on earth has been periodically been virtually destroyed and has had to start over again. Such a disaster (which occurs at intervals of 15,000 to 50,000 years apart, is currently threatening the earth. The electrical engineer, Herbert Allen Boardman (HAB) tries to alert the people but he is ignored and, in desperation and to get the ear of the world, he sets out seemingly to assassinate the President of the United States -- an assassination attempt deliberately meant to fail, but which puts into motion a remarkable series of events that virtually rock the world. A young writer, John Grant, becomes convinced of the validity of the HAB Theory and, though himself involved in a steamy affair and a marriage that is falling apart, becomes the hingepin upon which the story revolves as the action moves from Chicago to Washington, London, Paris and Nairobi, from the Oval Office of the President to a great international symposium, from the lush dwellings -- and bedrooms -- of the rich and famous to the humble grass shacks of African tribesmen.
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Editorial Reviews

Jay Adler
I first read The HAB Theory in 1977 at the age of 12. After about nine years of searching in vain, I finally found an out-of-print copy for sale on the Internet late in 2000 (this was prior to the novel's reprinting). My mission was to decide whether my favorite book could captivate me as an adult in the same way it did as a child. I was definitely not disappointed!
Scott Rainey
I first read a borrowed copy of The HAB Theory in 1978. Since then I have lost count of the number of people who have placed it on their top 10 book lists. Very thought provoking book.
Woody Taylor
The HAB Theory is a classic I first read it in the mid-70's. It is probably my favorite book. Great sci-fi drama that could be true!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013214910
  • Publisher: Stuart, Jesse Foundation, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 257,142
  • File size: 970 KB

Meet the Author

Allan W. Eckert was an historian, naturalist, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and playwright. The author of forty published books—plus one, The Infinite Dream, available the fall of 2011 by Jesse Stuart Foundation—he was nominated on seven separate occasions for the Pulitzer Prize in literature and, in 1985, was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 1998 he received his second honorary doctorate, also in Humane Letters, this time from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to his books, he wrote and had published over 150 articles, essays, and short stories, as well as considerable poetry, a major outdoor drama, and screenplays for several movies.
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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    The finest work of "Science Fictionalized" scientific

    The finest work of "Science Fictionalized" scientific theories of the last 100 years.
    My favorite book, 2 hard copy 1st. Editions on the shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    A very good read, highly recommend

    First read this book way back when it first came out, kind of gun to reread it. I forgot how well it is written and how interesting the HAB Theory is, makes one think. Characters are well detail and the story flows well. Really enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002

    Favorite SF book

    The HAB Theory was my first venture into SF and, after reading in twice in a row, I became hooked on the entire genre -- especially end of the world tales. The human story is fairly conventional, but the "science" in the book is amazing. It will leave you questioning every aspect of geology and anthropology you thought you knew.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    Impossible to put down!

    This book is thoroughly engrossing, filled with fascinating facts, incredibly well-written, and extremely enjoyable reading! My only complaint is that there is no sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    If you were told the civilization were coming to an end, and not because of Armageddon, would you believe it?

    I have read this book twice in my life and I wasn't bored the second time around. It captivated me both times. Actually, I might read it yet again. You will be at the edge of your seat from the word go. You'll be reading this book well into the night. And it will scare you. Be prepared...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    The end of our civilization! - and very believeable!!

    I first read this book in paperback in 1978, and was enthralled. I loaned it to a co-worker, and never got it back. In 1990, I found another copy in a used bookstore, read it again and was blown away again. Loaned it again (stupid!), and never got it back. Now I have bought 2 copies of its re-release, and am still a huge fan. A must read! Eckert,(who has seven Pulitzer Prize nominations to his credit), has written the definitive disaster book, and one that will leave you believing it's all true and going to happen soon.

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