Able One

Able One

by Ben Bova
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Able One 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Rob2060 More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this brief review by saying I am pretty angry at myself for breaking my personal rule on purchasing e-books for any more that $9.99. I am a Bova fan, so thought this once I'll go ahead and spend the extra couple of dollars for what should be a great book. I was wrong. The characters are two dimensional charactures. They're cartoon characters come alive. From the hero to the villian, to the Air Force personnel...Mr. Bova, what has happened? The book does not flow. The action is interspersed with scenes from some random dude driving an RV with his family. His is the last line in the book, attributing everything to God's mysterious plan. I think we are supposed to feel for him and relate to this seemingly random way of things, but instead it's annoying. Very short review: don't buy this book. Borrow it from a library. Maybe.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The North Korean army launches a nuclear missile into space. When they ignite the missile the subsequent explosion causes electromagnetic shockwaves. Several key communication satellites are destroyed and global communication is devastated around the world. Intelligence is lacking and fearing an even further crippling of command and control communication, the American military prepare to launch ABL-1that can take out a missile though this laser system is untested. At the same time, POTUS tries to react to the crisis without starting World War III. This is an interesting tale based on scientific electromagnetic pulse bomb theory as deployed by a military unit that goes ironically rogue inside of the most probably rogue country in the world. The story line is loaded with action; too much as seemingly important threads are left dangling. Still in spite of the over abundance of subplots, Ben Bova provides his audience with a fascinating geo-political technological thriller. Harriet Klausner
Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘Able One’ is a suspense novel which takes the reader through various aspects of a potential nuclear war but only shows part of the picture focusing on only the US portion and leaving the reader to guess what’s happening behind other closed doors. Most of the story takes place aboard the US Airforce plane tasked with shooting down the incoming missiles if they are launched and the strife within the cabin most of which seemed pretty petty, so it can’t really be called an international thriller. In addition the side plot of the family stuck in a snow storm seems a bit useless and doesn’t really add anything to the plot. I’m not sure what the author was trying to accomplish there. The writing is fine but he seems to like to use racial slurs at every turn but then wont let the USAF officers swear, so it seems like he’s just trying to use it as shock value but he uses it too much so it gets old very fast. In addition I listened to the audiobook which needs some more editing as at least once per hour there is a sentence that is repeated as if the narrator was doing another take and it didn’t get edited out.
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