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As with his previous planetary exploration books, Jupiter plants you right in the heart of the action, witness to the speculative science and political intrigue--and in this case, religious machination--that surround a fast-paced, dangerous, and technically fleshed-out mission. Our unlikely hero on this touchdown is an earnest, likeable, hard-working grad student named Grant Archer, a frustrated astrophysicist who's been shanghaied aboard Jupiter's Gold space station to fulfill a ROTC-style public-service commitment. What's worse, this devout young man has been ordered by the New Morality--the American flavor of the conservative religious order that runs Earth nowadays--to spy on some suspicious research involving alleged Jovian life forms.
Bova begins his book with an A.C. Clarke quote: "The rash assertion that 'God made man in His own image' is ticking like a time bomb at the foundation of many faiths." This tells you pretty much everything you need to know about where this book's going, and who, respectively, will be wearing the white and the black hats (unfortunately, some of the characterizations don't get much deeper). That the central protagonist is both a Christian and a scientist makes for some fertile character development, but Bova's not exactly gunning for God here--he's happy just to blast away at narrow-minded ideologues and other assorted religious fanatics. (But that, of course, is about as easy as making teenagers depressed.) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bova has transformed a very basic scientific idea into an exciting plot-line with plenty of edge of the seat moments and lots of imaginative science that isn't entirely off the radar screen of credibility.
Bova continues his tour of the planets. Not the best of the group I have read, but still interesting and populated with interesting characters.Published 6 months ago by Ircel Harrison
Like the other planet series books I've read, so far, Jupiter is at once a SciFi novel and a polemic. Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bruce Lewis
... But this was not it. The story was a surprise to me, having gone into this with no idea of what it was about, and I actually finished the book over the course of two or three... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Debra Wilson
Where to begin? I was bored. The characters were unengaging, the science mediocre, the psychology unrealistic, and the plot didn't move forward. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jedidiah Palosaari
Jupiter, by Ben Bova, was first published in 2001, and is part of Bova's Grand Tour series, which deals with the exploration and colonization of the solar system by humans in the... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Clark Hallman
I really enjoyed reading Ben Bova's Jupiter. I liked the short chapters with endings that make you want to read more. It's one of those books I just couldn't put down. Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Todd
I am 60 pages into the book and I am thinking about putting it down because of its clumsy writing. I bought it, having read both his *Mars* and *Return to Mars* novels, primarily... Read morePublished on January 2, 2012 by MW
In terms of space adventure this is an interesting book, but the human personalities and interactions are so stunted and underdeveloped that one can only imagine Bova was intending... Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by iris flannery
As a disclaimer for my review, I'll mention that I'm trying to read all of the Grand Tour (17ish) books by Ben Bova in their chronological order - which is not the order they were... Read morePublished on May 31, 2011 by Steve King