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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 GreenSee all Editorial Reviews
"Jupiter" was the first book of the Grand Tour that I read, so this book was highly anticipated, and it did not disappoint! Have yet to read a Ben Bova book I did not like!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent sequel to the Jupiter novel that describes the initiation of communication between the humans and the Leviathans in Jupiter's planet-wide ocean.Published 13 months ago by James M Stiles
This is the sequel to the 2001 Jupiter novel available in the kindle store and elsewhere. This is where the leviathans are first detected. Read morePublished 16 months ago by william19999
I enjoyed the leviathans and think it needs another follow up to learn more about these creatures. Trilogy please okayPublished 17 months ago by Robin
I realized about halfway through that this is really Bova's version of the Wizard of Oz--Dorn is the Tin Man, Andy the Scarecrow, Max the Lion and Dee is Dorothy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ircel Harrison
This was the first Ben Bova book I've read, and I'm certainly glad I decided to give it a try. The story itself is a bit cerebral, so this is really geared more towards fans of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dan
I look forward to Bova's stories, but this one disappointed me. Every character had a severely flawed personality, with one being an out-and-out sociopath. Read morePublished 23 months ago by It's All George Bush's Fault ©
I'm a big historical fiction guy, but sometimes I like to get into a fantasy or science fiction novel. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Samuel J. Schor