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The book ends with no real resolution with a lot of loose ends flying around.
They certainly aren't great works of literature but Bova is one of the few authors left that are writing hard science fiction.
Interesting characters, complex motivation, fascinating science, and real social themes add up to a compelling story.
I've been a big fan of the Grand Tour series. I've generally been kept on the edge of my seat. Mercury starts slow. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
There are no heroes here. Each character is driven by an unbridled ambition of some type--lust, greed, revenge. A different kind of book for Bova. Good read.Published 4 months ago by Ircel Harrison
When I described the plot to my wife she replied it sounded like Rambo but with geeks. Mercury is every bit as good as the other Bova books I've read, the two Mars books and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Charles John Gervasi
As a disclaimer for my review, I'll mention that I'm trying to read all of the Grand Tour (19ish) books by Ben Bova in their chronological order - which is not the order they were... Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Steve King
I can understand the mixed reviews for this book. It deviates in significant ways from most of Bova's work. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Free Thinker
I'm a big Ben Bova fan, ever since I first read Mars. I love his hard science settings and his deeply flawed central characters that you still end up rooting for. Read morePublished on August 21, 2011 by Code Red
"The rim of the slowly rising sun was like molten lava...." is just one of the hackneyed cliches you will encounter in this novel. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by Blaylok
The story got maudlin to the point that I refused to finish it. I don't like soap operas. I knew better than to pick this up. From now on I'll listen to my inner 'don't go there'. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Cleo
To be honest I don't remember this book specifically that well. It is on par with his other Grand Tour books. Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by C. Lin