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Richter Ten

(2014)
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Full-blooded, character rich, and intensely suspenseful, RICHTER TEN is as far beyond other "disaster" novels as a ten earthquake is beyond a six -- orders of magnitude! --- John Lescroart, bestselling author of "The 13th Juror"

Never get between greedy men and eight billion dollars worth of anything---words to live by, as geophysicist Steven Bell is finding out. In Eastern Oregon, 90,000 cubic feet of mantle-hot gas is roaring out of the Devil's Pore fumarole every second. To Bell, this is just a "leak," a pinhole, relatively speaking. But what is leaking? Where is all that gas coming from? And why is 700 square miles of land subsiding, inch by inch, year by year? The fumarole, it turns out, is just the visible tip of an iceberg. A disaster of monstrous proportions is brewing. Bell wants the fumarole plugged in order to study the problem, but the hot gas is carrying with it a rare-earth element worth billions, an element with military applications. The U.S. government wants Bell to shut up and go away; Drew Gannon wants Bell dead; 14-year-old Lissa Bell just wants to spend the summer with her dad; and gorgeous ex-model Kate is caught in the middle, forced into a disturbing agenda of her own. Forces of nature, government, greed, and love collide with the potential for an explosion that could make a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault look like a whisper in the wind.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Full-blooded, character rich, intensely suspenseful. As far above other disaster novels as ten earthquake is beyond a six." - John Lescroart


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