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En La Boca Del Dragon
Ken Follett
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En La Boca Del Dragon

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,503 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
Un terremoto de poca intensidad sacude California. La agente del FBI Judy Maddox sabe que esta vez no se trata de un fenómeno natural; éste es un seísmo provocado, un aviso al gobierno para que detenga las obras de construcción de una presa. Casi sin pistas, la agente emprenderá una agónica carrera para descubrir quién y por qué se halla detrás de esta amenaza que puede de ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: December 27th 2016 by Debolsillo (first published October 14th 1998)
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Ken Follett used to write good stuff: The Key to Rebecca, Triple, Pillars of the Earth. He has also written a lot of junk. This one definitely falls into the latter category. It revolves around an ecoterrorist group that discovers how to cause earthquakes and uses the threat to try to stop dams and nuclear generating plants. The head terrorist is a con artist and cult leader who became a millionaire operating liquor stores even though he is illiterate and can't even read numbers, then dropped ou ...more
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Comportamentos desajustados (ou até mesmo doentes) e mentes patológicas são elementos que me atraem sempre numa leitura; gosto das tentativas de os fundamentar e, por vezes, justificar. Ao centrar este livro numa comunidade relativamente excêntrica que vive isolada do resto do mundo e de acordo com as suas próprias regras sociais, Ken Follett acertou em cheio na minha curiosidade.

A revindicação destas pessoas ao governo é até bastante compreensível: pretendem impedir a construção de uma barragem
Sep 30, 2010 Caitlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-books
What I really enjoyed but somewhat hated about this book is that it made me want both Judy and Priest to win. I think Priest truely did have good intentions in the beginning but he went totally haywire, but I liked that character greatly and wanted him to win when I read from his pov, but when I read from Judy's pov I wanted her to win, lol. Anyway Ken Follet has become one of my favourite authors because of the feel he always makes me feel towards the characters of his stories. They always brin ...more
May 30, 2016 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author. I enjoyed reading it. It is a older book of his. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. I hope to read more books by this author.
Brent Soderstrum
Dec 19, 2009 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few wackos living in a commune in northern California figure out how to cause earthquakes and then us that knowledge to threaten California with more earthqueakes if more power plants are built. I enjoy Ken Follet's stories. He does a good job of setting out the characters of his books and then putting them in situations that are exciting.

As I was reading this book I was thinking yes it is enjoyable story but not too believeable. Then I picked up the newspaper and read how the Swiss had stoppe
May 21, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 10, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one can say this novel is just like the author's medieval stories about cathedrals and such! “Hammer” is about a cult left over from the sixties that turns into terrorists (mostly their leader) when a government project threatens to flood the land where they’ve been peacefully settled for three decades, successfully making wine to generate what little monetary income they need. The threat is that the group will cause an earthquake – seemingly a far-fetched idea which the author makes so belie ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Michèle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A load of fun to read. from the 4th cover, i was expectingthe usual cold-blooded terrorist threat. It was all but.

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a pacifist commune is in turmoil as a government project threatens to flood the land where they’ve been peacefully settled for three decades, successfully making wine to generate what little monetary income they need. We root for them, and even the crafty ex-con leader, Priest, an illiterated adult. How he gets out of hairy situations while only able to scribble
Oh Mr Follett, you have done so much better than this book. I have to think that everyone needs a loser now and again and unfortunately this book was a loser. It was written in a juvenile manner and the plot while it did have some "earth shattering" moments lacked any wow factor.
The FBI vs an earthquake-causing cult. Not a plot you encounter everyday but in Ken Follett' hands it becomes a fascinating battle of wits and wills. A peaceful cult has its mountainous home and vineyards threatened by a power plant. The psychopathic, manipulative cult leader decides to threaten and actually accomplish two earthquakes in an attempt to force the California governor to order an end to the building of all new power plots. His fanatic ruthlessness becomes increasingly obvious as the ...more
Karen Smith
Aug 06, 2015 Karen Smith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A reasonable plot, but very disappointing characters and language.
Jan 17, 2016 Rosalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read a Ken Follett before but he does write a ripping yarn. Perfect holiday read.
Peter Goodman

“The Hammer of Eden,” by Ken Follett (Random House, 1998; audiobook read by Alexander Adams). Follett really knows how to write thrillers, and not cheap either. But everyone knew that except me. A commune hidden away in a California river valley, stable and prosperous after 25 years, a successful vineyard, is threatened by plans to guild a hydroelectric plant that will drown the valley. The commune is led by a most unlikely pair: a sexy, small-time singer and a violent thug who accidentally stum
Ken Follett’s The Hammer of Eden is a fairly straightforward story in which the FBI goes up against some unconventional terrorists who are using an unexpected and unlikely threat to try to achieve their goals. I was never sure how Priest’s plan was supposed to work. His idea was that the moment the government project that threatened their land was put on hold they’d be allowed to stay at their winery/commune. Given the rate at which government bureaucracy moves, however, I’d think that getting t ...more
Ana Luisa
Aug 01, 2014 Ana Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Na tentativa de salvar uma pequena comunidade hippie que está preste a ser desapropriada dos terrenos para a construção de uma barragem, alguns dos seus membros intentam de provocar sismos na tentativa de convencer os governantes a mudar a decisão.
A história desenvolve-se de uma forma maravilhosa que capta o leitor desde a 1ª página e se por uns instantes percebemos e estamos do lado da comunidade, os crimes cometidos deixam-se perplexos e quase ansiosos para que o ser líder seja travado.
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Jan 25, 2015 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title sounded familiar but I tried it anyhow and glad I did. It was not one I had read. A young man with a criminal past and on the run from the mob connects with others who want to drop out and find themselves in a small hidden valley in the Sierras and form a commune with him as a leader. They have leased the land and have developed a successful vineyard but its completely off the grid. They get a notice that they have xx days to move out because the valley is being dammed for a power proj ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Joann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am a Follett fan, but this one seemed formulaic and just old enough that the technology didn't work well. It wasn't a total waste...I listened while driving, but nothing like some of my favorites. If you want to read Follett at his best, I would suggest: Lie Down With Lions; Pillars of the Earth; World Without End; Eye of the Needle; and Night Over Water.
Diana Barbosa
Jun 23, 2014 Diana Barbosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-de-2014
Ken Follett é Ken Follett! Ainda cheguei a pensar que o tema da narrativa não me iria prender por aí além mas enganei-me completamente! Este autor é mesmo muito bom!

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Jul 23, 2014 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a while ago, and really enjoyed it. No, it is not like Follett's other books, but that's a good thing. It gives you something to think about. These characters were fighting for something they believed in, and I have to admit I was rooting for Priest, and not the FBI. The idea of using a seismic vibrator to cause earthquakes in California is reminiscent of the current fracking possibly causing earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone in the Midwest. But, in reality, it's not ec ...more
João Duarte
Ao contrário de alguns romances passados na época da II Guerra Mundial de Ken Follett, este livro não deslumbra - talvez pelo argumento mais rebuscado, talvez pelo desfasamento da edição portuguesa face à edição original. Afinal, dezasseis anos tornam obsoletas muitas tecnologias que, no livro, pretendem dar uma tónica de vanguardismo ao longo da história.

No entanto, Ken Follett prova, aqui, que é realmente um mestre do suspense. Mesmo num livro que não é a sua melhor história, o enredo prende f
Ali Tataousst
Jun 04, 2015 Ali Tataousst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another epic perfectly written by the brilliant writer "Ken Follett". The whole novel is a series of tidy events, with both Priest and Judy as protagonists. Somehow, I felt driven to support Priest in his journey to block the government's plans, though in an illegal way. Judy on the other hand, is just as ambitious as Priest, except that she is the enemy (for Priest). The title of the novel makes much more sense once you start diving into the events, and living with the characters, their psychol ...more
May 21, 2015 Shauna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not Follett's best work. Though not a typical Follett book either. There weren't any twists and turns in this book, you know the entire time what each side was up to. The characters were all one dimensional, you really didn't care about any of them. The epilogue was terrible. Follett tried wrapping it all up in a nice little package, but failed. It left much to be desired. Not that I need each book to be tied up nicely. I don't mind having a few unanswered questions. However, you don't end a boo ...more
Another great book by Ken Follett.
Mar 03, 2016 Kelanth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Il martello dell'Eden, in originale "The Hammer of Eden" è un romanzo del 1998 di Ken Follett ambientato in California nei primi anni novanta. Alcuni dei libri di Follett hanno raggiunto la prima posizione del New York Times, tra cui "Triplo", "Il Codice Rebecca", "Un letto di leoni"... Due dei suoi romanzi, "I pilastri della terra" e "La cruna dell'ago", sono stati inseriti nella lista dei 101 best-seller più venduti di tutti i tempi. Ha venduto più di 150 milioni di copie nel mondo, ed è uno d ...more
Sep 28, 2015 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Ken Follett's writings, but this one was quite different than what I'm used to. The author delves into the lives of an off-the-grid group that have a limited time to vacate their 'dwellings' in a remote valley. After many years of isolated living, a few of the inhabitants decide to try some extreme threats to make government leave them alone - all without exposing their exact location. Made me think that in today's world, this whole scenario might actually be considered by someone - somew ...more
Ash Ryan
Aug 18, 2015 Ash Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of surprised, after reading this, to see all the negative reviews here...I gather that most people's biggest complaint about The Hammer of Eden is just that it is not The Pillars of the Earth. I haven't read that yet---in fact, this is my first Follett novel---but I have read quite a few other thrillers of this type, and this one beats most of them hands down (way better than, for instance, Crichton's somewhat similar State of Fear).[return][return]True, there are a few questionable p ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2014
Quando o governador do estado da Califórnia decide instalar uma central eléctrica no vale do Rio Silver, uma pequena comuna de velhos hippies que se encontra a viver naquele local decide encontrar todos os meios para impedir tal desastre ambiental.

Os Filhos do Éden assim se auto-denominam, presididos por Priest, nome utilizado por um cadastrado, juntamente com uma das suas companheiras, Star, decidem roubar um vibrador sísmico (máquina utilizada na indústria do petróleo para para explorar o subs
Nov 13, 2009 Reinhold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Priest hat sich vor Jahren zum unangefochtenen Herrscher einer Hippiegemeinschaft aufgeschwungen. Diese Gemeinschaft lebt in Kalifornien und baut von den meisten Menschen unbeachtet Wein an. Nun aber soll der Pachtvertrag für das Land auf dem sie leben gekündigt werden, weil durch einen Kraftwerksbau die Sicherheit dieses Landes nicht mehr gewährleistet werden kann. Das ist dieser Gruppe überhaupt nicht Recht und so nutzen sie die Fähigkeiten die sie haben und versuchen die kalifornische Regieru ...more
May 16, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, fun, intense
Ken Follett gave Judy Maddox, FBI Agent, the best lines in this novel. Half Vietnamese, half Irish, only child of a cop father and dead mother, she is one tough woman. In her 30s, having dedicated her life to the FBI and putting bad guys behind bars, she suddenly finds her life a mess. Her boss took ill, and now her newly-assigned supervisor wants her fired and he is doing everything he can to make her look incompetent. He assigns her a crap job of checking into the terrorist group The Hammer Of ...more
This is an easy light read, but not very profound. A California commune under the leadership of a former criminal named Priest, is threatened by flooding due to a projected new dam. They had prospered in secret in a valley on rented land, where with they had developed a vineyard & made commercially successful wine with the help of a vintner. To avoid the destruction of the community, Priest steals a seismic vibrator from an oil company& consulting the computer records of a leading seismo ...more
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Ken Follett burst onto the book world in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar award and became an outstanding film.

He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple; The Key to Rebecca; The Man from St Petersburg; and Lie Down with Lions.

He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of ho
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