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The Peace Machine

By Bob Shaw

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Lucas Hutchman is the Ground Zero Man

The man who has his finger on the button, the man who can destroy the world - or save it, the man whose own life suddenly has no value, unless he can make the governments of Earth understand that he is the absolute master of the ultimate doomsday device - a device that can trigger every nuclear weapon in existence if Hutchman's demands are not met in time.

Biographical Notes

Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland in 1931. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations and journalism he became a full-time writer in 1975. Among his novels are Other Days, Other Eyes, The Ragged Astronauts, The Wooden Spaceships and The Fugitive Worlds. He died in 1996.

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  • ISBN: 9780575111189
  • Publication date: 29 Sep 2011
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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