Venerable SF author Bova returns to his Voyagers series after nearly two decades with this clumsy mashup of wildly different universes. Relativistic star flight has somehow catapulted Keith Stoner, Jo Camerata and their children, Cathy and Rick, to a parallel universe. Bova fans will recognize the setting of the Grand Tour series (most recently 2008's Mars Life), but to Keith and Jo, it is alien and seems to be doomed by environmental and cultural issues. Leaving his family to secretly tour the Earth, Keith finds a willing ally in engineer Tavalera, but their joint efforts to prevent human extinction are opposed by the shortsighted and authoritarian New Morality government. Bova's decision to merge two unrelated sets of books is baffling, and Keith's arrogant machinations transform the Grand Tour universe in ways that its fans are unlikely to appreciate. (Aug.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Trapped aboard an alien starship that visited Earth in the 1980s, astronaut Keith Stoner returns after a century of space exploration, preserved by cryogenic freezing and time dilation, to an unrecognizable planet—one where he died. Determined to save Earth from annihilating itself through nuclear war, Stoner makes contact with a disaffected returnee from Saturn's space station as well as members of the New Morality, a right-wing institution determined to save America from godlessness. VERDICT After a gap of nearly 20 years, this fourth volume in the "Voyagers" series displays Hugo Award winner Bova's consummate ability to tell an absorbing tale about two men, each with a mission to free his world from blind dogma and orchestrated tyranny. The author's outspoken philosophy provides food for thought for his many fans and readers who enjoy hard sf.