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After secretly infiltrating a scientific mission on Mercury, a disgraced yet brilliant scientist exacts his revenge on those who framed him in this flawed, yet accessible and fun, hard SF novel, the latest in Bova's Grand Tour series (and the best since 2001's Jupiter). 2005 Audie Award winner Rudnicki is in top form again, handling primary narrative duties with panache-his deep, resonant voice and deliberate cadence grip listeners' attention like a vise. Rudnicki's remarkable ability to subtly modulate his voice allows him to enact male and female characters with equal proficiency, and to shift seamlessly between the various accented dialects of the multinational cast of characters. In supporting roles, Johnson is outstanding, with his skill at dramatizing dialogue being particularly noteworthy; Quirk offers competent, if at times overly-emotive, narration. The characters are the weak point of the audiobook-at times they are megalomaniacal and over-the-top-but the science fictional concepts presented here-skyhooks, solar power satellites, and the near-future exploration and colonizing of our solar system-along with Rudnicki and cast's top-notch performance, are enough to make an otherwise minor novel by the six-time Hugo Award winner into an audiobook well-worth listening to.
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Bova's impressive series on human exploration of the Solar System (Venus, 2000; Jupiter, 2001; Saturn, 2003) turns to the planet nearest the Sun. Saito Yamagata wants to build power satellites around Mercury, engineer Dante Alexios has designs for them in hand, and biologist Victor Molina wants to explore Mercury's polar caps, where there may be water, for possible signs of life. Theocrat Bishop Danvers is looking over their shoulders, and visionary Mance Bracknell wants to avenge the sabotage of his power satellites years ago by in turn sabotaging the Mercury project. Their motivations bring the characters to life, and readers may also savor the complex and plausible hardware, and the lethal environment in which humans need it to have any chance of survival. Briskly paced into the bargain, this superior entry in one of the classic hard-sf sagas going is pretty much a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Roland Green
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Ben Bova novels are always entertaining and thought provoking.Published 10 days ago by Thomas J Larson
Not his best. More like a space who-done-it story. Light in the science. It was a fast read and I was glad when I finished it. It is an easy to forget book.Published 6 months ago by Alford Duncan
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 16 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 16 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 20 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