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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (308 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Grand Tour Series Release Date:
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Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And in its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space.

America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites that gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addiction to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.

Worse, Dan discovers that the plane worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. And whoever brought it down is willing—and able—to kill again to keep Astro grounded.

Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threats are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy idea as a campaign plank for the candidate she’s grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.

Making matters even more dangerous, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power. And they’ve figured out how to use it as a weapon in their war against the West.

A sweeping mix of space, murder, romance, politics, secrets, and betrayal, Powersat will take you to the edge of space and the dawning of a new world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.”

    Los Angeles Daily News

  • “A classic guy’s tale…Bova is a spare writer who nevertheless crafts the perfect voice for each of his characters.”

    San Antonio Express News

  • “Bova’s mastery of mixing hard scientific theories with compelling romantic and political intrigue is evident once again…Not surprisingly, the prolific Bova provides a page-turner of the highest order, as entertaining as it is inspiring. Readers will have a hard time putting this book down.”

    Barnes and Noble, editorial review

  • “A suspenseful ride and plenty of high-tech hardware.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bova’s dedication to space exploration as well as his grasp of today’s discoveries make his SF tales some of the most down-to-earth explorations of the real possibilities of future technology. A strong addition to most SF collections, with additional appeal to YA audiences.”

    Library Journal

  • “Tom Clancy-like danger and intrigue.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dennis | 2/17/2014

    " Once I started I realized that I'd read this book before. I enjoyed it the second time even though I knew what was comming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David | 2/14/2014

    " While Bova is known for delivering very hard science fiction, this novel is likely to leave SF fans dissapointed. This noevel shows more realistically what the early ground stages of space exploration would entail. It is more of a novel of intrigue and suspense. It lacks the common tropes of science fiction, but it shows that to get to the point of space colonization, it would require a lot of initial work. It illustrates how developing a power satelite would be beneficial for our planet to have alternate sources of energy. The portrayal of Muslims/Arabs is somewhat questionable and was clearly written in the aftermath of 9/11. Again, it is a more realistic and practical story involving a concept that is currently science fiction, but may appeal more to readers of the political suspense genre rather than Bova's usual domain of SF. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 2/9/2014

    " I picked this up as it is supposed to be the start of Bova's Grand Tour Series. It is more of a political thriller in the same vein as Clancy with some SF notions thrown in. The plot moved along nicely and kept me interested, although it was a bit far fetched at times. It did impress me enough that I'll try some of the other books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanne | 1/9/2014

    " a real page turner- finished all 400pages in 1 week "

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