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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Voyagers Series Release Date:
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In the 1980s, an alien starship visited Earth. While investigating what appeared to be a sarcophagus bearing the preserved body of its builder, astronaut Keith Stoner was trapped and cryogenically frozen. After his body was eventually returned to Earth and revived, Stoner discovered that he had acquired alien powers. Putting them to use, he built a new starship and left Earth.

Now, after more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war. Stoner, the star voyager, wants to save Earth’s people, but first he must save himself from the frightened and ambitious zealots who want to destroy this stranger—and the terrifying message he brings from the stars.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Library Journal

  • “Bova doesn’t oversimplify the ethical conflicts, and that keeps tension high.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anca | 10/25/2013

    " Loved it. Bova never fails to deliver a great storyline and believable plot & characters. It makes me wish I were born about 100 year later :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy | 6/9/2013

    " Outstanding. I love the way Bova concluded this series and actually tied it into his Grand Tour novels. This book also managed to interweave a lot of current political issues and problems currently occurring on our world. Just fantastic and easy to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy/girlsinthestacks.com | 5/30/2013

    " Sci-fi about a man who returns from outerspace with his wife and children to an Earth of a different reality - and he has a mission and a message to save humanity. A so-so book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 6/18/2012

    " This book is not up to Ben Bova's usual standard. I feel as if he needed to complete the sequence, so he did but without a lot of imagination. The book is pedantic and predictable. However, even a mediocre Ben Bova book is still worth reading if you like hard science fiction. "

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