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Privateers (The Grand Tour Book 2) (English Edition) eBook Kindle
In Ben Bova's award-winning Privateers, America has ceded the heavens to the Tyrants--and the Renegades.
The U.S. has abandoned its quest for the stars, and an old enemy has moved in to fill the void. The potential wealth of the universe is now in malevolent hands. Rebel billionaire Dan Randolph -- possessor of the largest privately owned company in space -- intends to weaken the stranglehold the new despotic masters of the solar system have on the lucrative ore industry. But when the mineral-rich asteroid he sets in orbit around the Earth is commandeered by the enemy, and his unarmed workers are slaughtered in cold blood, the course of Randolph's life is changed forever.
Now cataclysm is aimed at the exposed heart of America -- a potential catastrophe that Randolph himself inadvertently set in motion. And the maverick entrepreneur must use his skills, cunning, and vast resources to strike out at his foes hard, fast and with ruthless precision -- and wear proudly the mantle that fate thrust upon him: space pirate!
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A solid, well-plotted tale that maintains a pleasing balance and tension between the politicking, the romancing, and the action-adventure. One of Bova's best.-- "Kirkus Reviews" --Este texto se refere à uma edição esgotada ou disponível no momento.
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Dr. Ben Bova has not only helped to write about the future, he helped create it. The author of more than one hundred futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has been involved in science and advanced technology since the very beginnings of the space program. President Emeritus of the National Space Society, Dr. Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and a widely popular lecturer. He has also been an award-winning editor and an executive in the aerospace industry.--Este texto se refere à uma edição alternativa kindle_edition
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- ASIN : B00545YSSG
- Editora : Tor Books (1 abril 2011)
- Idioma : Inglês
- Tamanho do arquivo : 501 KB
- Leitura de texto : Habilitado
- Leitor de tela : Compatível
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- Dicas de vocabulário : Habilitado
- Número de páginas : 385 páginas
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Privateers takes place in the relativly near future. The Russians have won the cold war and now through force of arms and political dominance, control the body that governs space exploration and its associated resource and economic use. The US is a shadow of it's former self, simply trying to hang on in a world dominated by Marxist communism. Only a rough alliance of Asian nations (China and Japan) and half a dozen other space-faring nations have any real power to resist total Russian dominance.
Dan Randolph, protagonist in PowerSat appears again, now as a expat running his company, Astro Corp, from Venezuala. The Russian (naturally) antagonist is a meglomaniacle baddy, bent on crushing the last vestigages of Capitalism from space. In typical 80's fashion, the Russian antagonist preaches the glories of Communism while hypocritically living a lavish lifestyle. With the Russian's firmly in contol of price setting for lunar ores, which they mine, Dan Randolph will risk it all to take his mining operation to near Earth orbit asteroids.
If you know Bova, you'll find plenty of his normal writing here. Randolph as protagonist bears near super human abilities. He's ultra wealthy, sleeps with a new model every week, and seems to always be one step ahead of his enemies. While I can't put my finger on why, I'm more sypmathetic to the Dan Randolph of Privateers vs the Dan Randolph of PowerSat. Still, at times he's hard to take - essentially an independently wealthy James Bond in space.
There's the usual love entanglement - perhaps even above the usual Bova style - in Privateers. Randolph lusts after Lucinda, the daughter of the Venezualan minister of space, who is to be married off to the Russian antagonist to further the minister's political career. In addition, one of Randolphs allies is also smitten with the beautiful-beyond-words Lucinda. The romantic sections of the book may induce more than a little eye rolling but ultimatly are more successful than in PowerSat as they do have a role in the overall plot of the book.
While Privateers may be somewhat dated (keep in mind it was written 25 years ago), it fits in with the "hard" Sci-Fi of the time and the ending is fast-paced, fun and fulfulling. Unlike some of Bova's other work, I found Privateers to be a very complete novel - that is to say that everything introduced in the book was tied up and there were few pages wasted on fluff that was not related to the core plot. If you don't mind a novel that in 2011 is somewhat dated and Bova's clunky work around the book's romantic sections, I think you'll enjoy Privateers.