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Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Jake Ross Series Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781481589529
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Dr. Jake Ross, a university astronomer, wants nothing more than to teach a few classes each semester and continue his research. Instead, he finds himself aggressively recruited to be the science advisor to Frank Tomlinson, an ambitious politician with his eye on the US Senate. Tomlinson is in need of an edge that will allow him to defeat his opponent at the polls, and Dr. Ross can contribute just that: MHD.

MHD, or magnetohydrodynamics, is a new innovation that will allow electricity to be generated efficiently and cheaply. The Senate seat is essentially guaranteed if Tomlinson can deliver unlimited energy to voters at less than half the price of nuclear power. But MHD is still in its infancy, and although the outlook is extremely promising there are great—and deadly—risks.

The incumbent senator will not give up his seat without a fight, and as Ross discovers, the world of politics carries its own dangers. Nothing has prepared him for the extreme tactics that desperate and powerful people are willing to use.

Power Play is a timely thrill ride by Ben Bova, one of science fiction’s most respected novelists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Power Play is an interesting political-economic thriller starring a dedicated, likable hero.”

    Mystery Gazette

  • “The winner of multiple Hugos puts the science in SF; his large following will appreciate another rapid-fire SF thriller.”

    Library Journal

  • “Unpredictable at every turn, Bova’s new novel is sexy, intriguing, and timely.”


  • “Solid.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 12/17/2013

    " A pleasant enough diversion on a hot, lazy summer afternoon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whitney | 9/29/2013

    " It was less science fiction and more politics than I wanted when I picked it up. However, it's a quick read with a bit of a mystery (sort of). It was good for a mindless afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 7/14/2013

    " Decent read, fairly entertaining - but i prefer his space novels. That's where Bova really shines. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gsmalz | 7/10/2013

    " Totally predictable with a whiny annoying protagonist and a Republican Senate candidate that supports science research, which is far-fetched to say the least. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/11/2012

    " Not a science fiction book, more like political fiction. Still decent writting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 9/11/2012

    " I love Ben Bova, but I was kind of disappointed in this book. Partly it was my own fault, because I went in expecting a more SF experience without really reading the blurb, but partly I didn't really like most of the characters very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 9/5/2012

    " Meh. Picked up because I've liked other stuff by this author and it was on the library shelf. Wouldn't really recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jannell | 8/16/2012

    " Interesting ideas. Nice to have an author tackle politics, it is where most things get done & I have to agree with his assessment of corruption. Sad to see him take it out on the democrats, but understandable. Decent story. Loved the narrator. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc94 | 2/25/2012

    " A book that has some potential, but has too much of a generic plot line. The dialogue was stilted a lot of the time and pretty predictable. However, it was interesting to follow how the campaign was run, even though I already guessed correctly how it would all turn out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/6/2012

    " Decent Ben Bova (he doesn't have much that sucks), but it gave me the impression that it was a book written to fill a contract, not a labor of love... "

About the Author

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

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.