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The Silent War, the thrilling conclusion to Ben Bova's Asteroid Wars trilogy (The Precipice and The Rock Rats), concludes the epic story of power-hungry corporations battling for supremacy of the Asteroid Belt and also fills in significant gaps in Bova's much larger Grand Tour masterwork.
Martin Humphries, the unscrupulous head of Humphries Space System, is the richest man in the universe. A sinister mix of Genghis Khan and Hugh Hefner, Humphries will do anything to gain complete control of the Belt -- and that includes blackmail, murder, and, if he's provoked, all-out war. His nemesis, Pancho Lane, CEO of Astro Corporation, is just as determined to stop Humphries in his Machiavellian power play. Unbeknownst to the two executives is a third shadow player -- Yamagata Corporation. While the two giant corporations battle it out to the death, Yamagata is quietly building a base on the moon and is hiring out mercenaries (and spies) to fight on both sides of the war.
Devoted fans of the Grand Tour saga (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, et al.) will categorize The Silent War -- and the Asteroid Wars trilogy -- as classic Bova. Set in a technophilic universe where humanity's survival goes hand-in-hand with its ability to colonize the solar system, this incredibly fast-paced novel is powered by the author's ability to craft a wide variety of realistic characters that readers can't help but empathize with. All the familiar players are here -- Humphries, Lane, Amanda Cunningham, Lars Fuchs, Doug Scavenger, even Sam Gunn -- and the bombshells that are dropped in this novel are nothing short of extraordinary. Paul Goat Allen