I actually BOUGHT this book! (Horrors!) Why? Ben Bova was a favorite S/F'er back in the 60's and 70's, then his books disappeared from the
rummage sales only to pop-up as a new novel in Walmart's. I couldn't resist, and he is still a heck of a writer. This is more Science Possible than Sci-Fi and a good read. (America, the CIA, FBI, NSA- all Good Guys. Terrorists all Bad Guys. How refreshing!)
I like Ben Bova, he can get a bit macho at times, his heroes are always macho, screw anything beautiful now, men. But I like the character of Dan though he gets a bit over bearing at times. Some reviewer on the back of the book called it a classic guy's tale, please get into the 20th century.
Good quick read, even for a woman!
I really enjoyed this novel of the near future. It combines elements of sci-fi with the threats of terrorism that are really relevant today. This is actually the first chronologically in the "Grand Tour" series according to Bova's website and it provides a good start to his future world involving space exploration. I liked the characters in the book, even though I thought Dan Randolph was a little self-centered and I wasn't happy to see one of the main character's demise toward the end of the book but I would still recommend this one. I also found the concept of the PowerSat interesting - could this actually be feasible? I had only previously read "Venus" in this series which I also enjoyed, but now I would like to read the entire series.
Hard to get started. The book is interesting but has some odd language and mannerisms.