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Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Grand Tour Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455193783
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Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world’s loveliest women. Acting as a twenty-first privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration and opened the solar system to all mankind—becoming one of the world’s richest men in the bargain.

Now an ecological crisis threatens Earth, one that will exterminate billions in a few short years if it continues unchecked. And the same politicians that Randolph outwitted the first time want to impose a world dictatorship to deal with it. Dan Randolph knows that the answer lies in more human freedom, not less—and in the boundless resources of space. But can he stay free long enough to give the world that chance?

A daring tale of one man’s struggle against overwhelming odds, Empire Builders is a stunning near-future thriller by one of the most acclaimed science fiction writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Solid action-adventure/politicking/consciousness-raising from a veteran pro.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A rollicking good read!”

    Starlog

  • “More than anything, this succeeds as a political thriller…This book is scary in its precognostic powers…Stefan Rudnicki does an excellent job giving voices to each of the characters…He captures a variety of accents well, and the voices match the personalities.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 12/19/2012

    " Pretty good except I got annoyed in the beginning because the backstory on Jane and their relationship, as well as some of the history on Dan, didn't quite jibe with Powersat (which took place earlier in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 10/23/2012

    " This book written in 1993, makes the foolish statement that the levee's of New Orleans would fail! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 11/9/2011

    " A strange blend of politics, sci-fi and crime thriller. The story moves along but the main theme of impending climate catastrophe gets lost along the way somewhere. The characters were fun to follow though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 8/31/2011

    " good solid sci-fi pulp, my first Ben Bova, looking forward to more "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 8/26/2011

    " Pretty disappointed... Action was good but the idea that businesses can be nationalized without due process or compensation due to a technicality is pretty implausible. Also, the fact that a multi-billion dollar corporation had a single lawyer on payroll doesn't make much sense... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/20/2011

    " This book written in 1993, makes the foolish statement that the levee's of New Orleans would fail! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 8/6/2008

    " A strange blend of politics, sci-fi and crime thriller. The story moves along but the main theme of impending climate catastrophe gets lost along the way somewhere. The characters were fun to follow though. "

About the Author

Author Ben Bova

Ben Bova was born in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in education from California Coast University in 1996. The author of over 120 futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has also been a radio commentator, editor, lecturer, and aerospace industry executive. His articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Scientific American, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. His work has earned six Hugo Awards. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and his novel Titan won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel of 2006.

About the Narrator

Jim Gough’s distinctive voice is well known in the Southwest through his hundreds of commercials and radio shows. He has also appeared in such feature films as Urban Cowboy, Places in the Heart, and JFK. A native of Austin, Texas, he can also be found entertaining with his western swing band, the Cosmopolitan Cowboys.