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Author: Ben Bova Narrator: Amanda Karr, Ira Claffey Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Asteroid Wars Series Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593974930
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Book Two in the Asteroid Wars-continuing the saga of the struggle for the wealth of the Solar System Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead-but his protégé, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits on the board of his conglomerate. She has her work cut out for her-for Randolph's rival, Martin Humphries, still wants to control Astro and still wants to drive independent asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs out of business. Humphries wants revenge against Pancho-and, most of all, he wants his old flame, Amanda, who has become Lars Fuchs's wife. Before it ends, many will die-and many will achieve more than they ever dreamed was possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Hard-charging. . . . Ambitiously juggling elements of space opera, western, and Sophoclean drama, Bova keeps the pages turning. Publishers Weekly

  • “Bova in top form. Kirkus Reviews

  • Compelling. Booklist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Falbs | 12/24/2013

    " Interesting read, but many of the characters are just a bit too over the top. It does make me want to get the sequel however... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crusader | 12/3/2013

    " Not as good as the first novel in the series since you are basically accustomed to the ideas introduced. The action does pick up though with realistic space battles (due to piracy) being the main focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doc | 11/29/2013

    " This was a step up in quality. I'm not sure what Bova did, but the scope was grander, and the stakes seemed higher. Nicely done! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 3/18/2013

    " Formulaic, cardboard characters and I am sure that several laws of physics are broken during the space "battles" Second book of a series. Liked the post-green house collapse of Earth but the characters left me uninvolved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/24/2013

    " The second in a series of books dealing with earth after our blue marble falls off the "greenhouse cliff". It's good, competent speculative fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 1/25/2013

    " Sometimes you can't just be left alone "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 11/10/2012

    " book two in the asteroid wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 10/20/2012

    " A definite improvement from the first book, "The Precipice". The world and characters were more flushed out. Enjoyed the kind of cowboy feel to the asteroid mining. Seems though that the series has lost the urgency of the dwindling earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 7/19/2012

    " not too bad, but a step down from the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick | 7/6/2012

    " Lars Fuchs is newly married and sets off with his bride to prospect the astroids. But he has problems. A rich man wants to control astroid mining and wants his wife. Plus his wife is not happy living as a prospector. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/27/2012

    " The sequel to The Precipice. Mining the Asteroid Belt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paddythemic | 1/22/2012

    " ben bova brings utter realism and page turning wonder to the table once again with this second part to the asteroid wars quadrilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 3/28/2011

    " An exploration of the nature of revenge and lust for power. As always, Ben Bova's characters are real people for whom you care about, even to an extent the villains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbey | 3/27/2011

    " The Asteroid Wars in a series by Ben Bova, one of the three trinity of sci fi writers I read most often: Bova, Bear, and Benford. Too much human melodrama, but also very good speculations on how to overcome the distances of space, artificial gravity, loneliness, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crusader | 2/10/2011

    " Not as good as the first novel in the series since you are basically accustomed to the ideas introduced. The action does pick up though with realistic space battles (due to piracy) being the main focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 9/2/2010

    " Sometimes you can't just be left alone "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 8/13/2009

    " An exploration of the nature of revenge and lust for power. As always, Ben Bova's characters are real people for whom you care about, even to an extent the villains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 7/20/2009

    " book two in the asteroid wars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/21/2009

    " The sequel to The Precipice. Mining the Asteroid Belt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 1/11/2009

    " The second in a series of books dealing with earth after our blue marble falls off the "greenhouse cliff". It's good, competent speculative fiction. "

About the Author

Ben Bova (1932–2020), American author of more than one hundred books of science fact and fiction, was awarded posthumously the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. His work 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. In his early career, he was a technical editor for Project Vanguard, the United States’s first effort to launch a satellite into space in 1958. He then was a science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory, which built the heat shields for the Apollo 11 module. He held the position of president emeritus of the National Space Society and served as president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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.