Mercury (Grand Tour Series #8)

Mercury (Grand Tour Series #8)

by Ben Bova
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3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and pace of the story. Did not want it to end after 800 PAGES. This makes two books by this author and considering what's next.
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ChadAaronSayban More than 1 year ago
Mercury by, Ben Bova (2005), Tor Science Fiction ISBN - 978-0765343147 Ben Bova - who has been writing science fiction for more than 40 years, including books such as Moonrise and Titan - continues his Grand Tour series about the colonization of the solar system with Mercury. The story begins in the late 21st century as three characters - Astrobiologist Victor Molina, "New Morality" Bishop Elliot Danvers and Billionaire developer Saito Yamagata - come to the scorched surface of the planet closest to the sun. Each has their own myopic agenda, but they are all unaware that they have been lured there by Mance Bracknell so he can avenge the rolls that the three of them played in his destruction a decade earlier. The story really drags early on and it is difficult to have empathy for any of the characters. They are all uniformly shallow, egotistical and appear oblivious to what any of the others are doing. The second act goes back in time to try and explain where Mance's wrath originated and the pace of the storytelling picks up a bit, but by then there was little chance to salvage any interest in what would happen to any of the characters. In the finale, Mercury makes a clumsy attempt to make some sort of moral statement of the responsibility of big business and the evil of religious zealots in a future where seemly everyone lives as extremists, but by then the whole story seems unimportant. Even Bova's usually engaging science fiction imagery seems to have been sacrificed in this installment. Maybe it was a product of the barren landscape of Mercury, but there just wasn't anything interesting or unique about the world-building which is a prerequisite of science fiction writing. This book really failed to live up to some of Bova's other writing and it was a struggle to finish. Mercury is not one of his best works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bova's Grand Tour has taken us to the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Now, on to Mercury. This book, however, is a bit different from the others. The planet Mercury is really just a bit player. In the other books, the planets (or Moon) themselves were co-stars. The Alexios (Bracknell)/Molina/Tierney love triangle is front and center. Most of the book actually is set on Earth and the Asteroid Belt, not Mercury. If you're into hard science fiction and want to know more about the planet, you won't find much here. Perhaps that's because Mercury is much less interesting than the other planets. As usual with Bova's stories, the characters are well-developed, with their own strong points and flaws. The story is well done and interesting. It's more romance novel and tale of revenge than science fiction. As long as you know what you're getting into, it's a pretty good read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Industrialist Saito Yamagata died from cancer, but his body was frozen, eventually nanotechnology provided a remedy, and cured him; he has a second chance at life and plans to live it to the fullest. He plans to provide mankind a venue to the solar system and ultimately the stars though a previous effort headed by Mance Bracknell a decade ago led to death and destruction, and ultimately exile of the chief engineer from Earth.................... To achieve his stellar objective and avoid the earthly disaster of Mance in which millions died, Saito hires Dante Alexios to build a fleet of satellites to orbit Mercury. From these man made moons, spaceships will venture throughout space. Though he is positive he never met his space engineer, Saito wonders why Dante seems so familiar to him in a déjà vu way. At the same time, exobiologist Victor Molina learns that rocks found on Mercury include remains of a life form. Victor turns to Dante for help, but wonders why the space engineer who he swears he never met before looks so familiar. Meanwhile Bishop Elliot Danvers of New Morality plans to disgrace Molina..................... Ben Bova provides an interesting science fiction thriller that will please his fans although ironically readers will know the connections between the prime characters long before most of the protagonists figure it out, which removes some of the air from the suspense. The cast is solid as readers will accept the brilliance and abilities of the different engineers to achieve their objectives including a personal agenda and the world they live in. Though not quite his best work, Mr. Bova writes a fine tale that paints an interesting picture of the future in outer space.................. Harriet Klausner