From Publishers Weekly
Multiple Hugo–winner Bova's 18th Grand Tour novel (after 2009's The Return) is a quick-paced space adventure. Physicist Grant Archer, part of the exploratory team in 2002's Jupiter, is now a research station director dedicated to proving the intelligence of the leviathans his team encountered 20 years earlier. He's aided by four newcomers to the station: biologist and art student Deidre Ambrose; deep brain stimulation expert Andy Corvus; cyborg Dorn (familiar to readers of Bova's Asteroid Wars novels); and engineering physicist Maxwell Yeager. Katherine Westfall, a powerful International Astronomical Authority member, is also en route to Jupiter, on a mission to shut down Archer's team. Bova is at his best writing about the leviathans and their perceptions. The human motivations and emotions (particularly romance) seem more shoe-horned in, with the exception of Archer's engaging scientific passion. (Feb.)
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In the well-received Jupiter (2001), Bova introduced scientist Grant Archer and the city-size life forms he discovers in the vast oceans of Jupiter. Now Archer returns, seeking to discover if the leviathans are intelligent. With him is a young woman who wants the expedition to jump-start her scientific career; against him is a woman who blames him for the death of her sister. But as the expedition plunges deeper into Jupiter�s atmosphere, the planet itself becomes the real protagonist, with its bizarre environment of bone-straining gravity, storms the size of planets, and internal heat from the days when it was trying to be a star. And then there are the leviathans themselves, apparently thriving in that same environment�but how? Finding the answer will keep readers turning pages, particularly if they are aficionados of hard-science sf�of which this is a stellar example and Bova one of the major creators. --Roland Green