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3.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 53.23 out of 5 3.23 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593977078
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The closest planet to our Sun, Mercury is a rocky, barren, heat-scorched world. But there are those who hope to find wealth in its desolation.

Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury’s position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space. He hires Dante Alexios to bring his dreams to life. Astrobiologist Victor Molina thinks the water at Mercury’s poles may harbor evidence of life, and hopes to achieve fame and glory by proving it. Bishop Elliot Danvers has been sent by the powerful Earth-based “New Morality” to keep close tabs on Molina’s endeavors, which threaten to produce results contrary to fundamentalist teachings.

Three of these men are blissfully unaware of their shared history and how it ties into one of mankind’s greatest tragedies. Years before, visionary engineer Mance Bracknell made his own attempt to help man progress into space by building a ladder to the stars: a glistening tower stretching thousands of miles into the air, anchored by spans of steel to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. But technological endeavor was no match for human passions, and greed and jealousy provoked terrorists to an act of sabotage that resulted in the death of millions.

There’s no telling how many more will have to die before Mance has his revenge…

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete Guion | 10/31/2013

    " I generally like Ben Bova's novels and stories from his Grand Tour series. This one I felt wasn't up to his usual level. A story of vengeance on the hottest planet in the solar system does have a kind of poetry to it, and on that level worked okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 9/16/2013

    " The end of the tour, but the beginning of the future "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Sorensen | 3/19/2013

    " More Depressing than Jupiter, but no less entertaining. One of the charactes built a sky tower that goes into space. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitch | 12/20/2011

    " Another fabulous Ben Bova voyage into outer space. I love his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 8/31/2011

    " This is the first Ben Bova I have read. It was great! Fast-paced and really well-written. An interesting science fiction novel with a great plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Bell | 2/10/2011

    " Re-reading some Sci-Fi that I had sitting around and am enjoying Bova's series. Many of his books are linked even if only by one common character or event. Some day I will go through them all just to find those links... probably not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalle | 11/7/2010

    " Good stuff, the narrative structure worked well. The chapters were short and the writing to-the-point and easy to read. Mance/Dante was a great and tragic character, at first I didn't like him at all, but by the half-way point of the book I was rooting for him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 9/22/2010

    " Fun, but definitely not the best of his works. It had too little to do with the planet and with science. The suspense wasn't there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 9/2/2010

    " The end of the tour, but the beginning of the future "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 1/26/2010

    " Fun, but definitely not the best of his works. It had too little to do with the planet and with science. The suspense wasn't there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 rachel | 11/8/2009

    " Meh(hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh).

    Halfway through, don't care to go on. Bland bland bland. Yet unsubtle. Whole book club agreed it did not make us eager to read another Ben Bova. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 2/24/2009

    " This is the first Ben Bova I have read. It was great! Fast-paced and really well-written. An interesting science fiction novel with a great plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 1/15/2008

    " I generally like Ben Bova's novels and stories from his Grand Tour series. This one I felt wasn't up to his usual level. A story of vengeance on the hottest planet in the solar system does have a kind of poetry to it, and on that level worked okay. "

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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 Narrators

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Arte Johnson is an award-winning narrator and an American comic actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in the television series Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. His audiobook narations have won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he placed as a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration in 2003 and 2007.

Moira Quirk is a British actress who is best known as the referee of the Nickelodeon game show Nickelodeon GUTS. She is also known as the voice of Brit Krust in the Nicktoon series My Life as a Teenage Robot. In addition to her work in television, she has voiced a number of video game characters and is an accomplished audiobook narrator, winning two AudioFile Earphones Awards.