From the Publisher
“Immensely entertaining. A crackling read.”–SFX on The Precipice
“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.”—Los Angeles Daily News on Venus
"Clearly read by multiple narrators (Janice Card and others), this book provides the listener with a varied atmosphere that counters the sometimes perplexing yet fast-paced turn of events. Fans of Bova will especially appreciate this space thriller." - The Library Journal
Hugo-winner Bova's fourth Asteroid Wars novel (after 2004's The Silent War) is a bewildering attempt to exploit loose ends. When crazed assassin Dorik Harbin disables the spaceship Syracuse, an ore-carrier run by Victor Zacharias, Victor is forced to jettison an escape pod containing his wife and children. Unfortunately, the Zacharias family's desperate efforts to survive are lost among a host of other stories. While son Theo and daughter Angela battle incredible odds to make their way back to inhabited space, Victor steals another spaceship, Pleiades, and goes looking for his family and Syracuse. Various other characters, including Harbin, who becomes a repentant priest named Dorn, go on quests in other spaceships. Chapters are named for the spacecraft in which they take place, which helps orient readers, but Bova doesn't focus enough on the technical features of these ships or the natures of those in them to bring either to life. The action remains equally muddled. (Aug.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
When the ore-carrier Syracuseinadvertently gets involved in a military action, owner Victor Zacharias uses an escape pod to divert attention from his wife and family, who continue without him into deep space. Until he can reunite with them, Zacharias must accede to the wishes of his seductive rescuer, Cheena Madagascar. When a series of events brings Zacharias together with a pair of survivors of the Asteroid Wars, sculptor Elverda Apacheta and the cyborg known as Dorn, and with industrialist Martin Humphries, the stage is set for a world-transforming encounter. Award-winning sf veteran Bova continues his future history with another installment of space battles and human drama. Solid science and masterly storytelling make this a good addition to most sf collections.