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The Aftermath [Kindle Edition]

Ben Bova
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Book Description

Set against the trackless void of space, Ben Bova's new novel is a duel between two men. One is the murderer of a whole world; the other is one of his victims.

The Second Asteroid War climaxed with the brutal destruction of Chrysalis: hundreds of men, women and children on the miners' habitat died terrible deaths in the vacuum of the asteroid belt.

But one ship escapes destruction. Low on fuel, her communications destroyed, the ore ship Syracuse flees towards deep space with fifteen-year-old Theo Zacharias at the helm.

Three years later, the war long over, Syracuse still drifts through the void. Meanwhile the man who now calls himself Dorn - the destroyer of Chrysalis - roams space gathering up the bodies of his victims. He encounters Theo Zacharias in a clash of purposes, hopes and fury . . .

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From Publishers Weekly

Hugo-winner Bova's fourth Asteroid Wars novel (after 2004's The Silent War) is a bewildering attempt to exploit loose ends. When crazed assassin Dorik Harbin disables the spaceship Syracuse, an ore-carrier run by Victor Zacharias, Victor is forced to jettison an escape pod containing his wife and children. Unfortunately, the Zacharias family's desperate efforts to survive are lost among a host of other stories. While son Theo and daughter Angela battle incredible odds to make their way back to inhabited space, Victor steals another spaceship, Pleiades, and goes looking for his family and Syracuse. Various other characters, including Harbin, who becomes a repentant priest named Dorn, go on quests in other spaceships. Chapters are named for the spacecraft in which they take place, which helps orient readers, but Bova doesn't focus enough on the technical features of these ships or the natures of those in them to bring either to life. The action remains equally muddled. (Aug.)
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Victor Zacharius and his only ally, a power-and-otherwise-hungry female tycoon, are looking for his family, refugees from Chrysalis. A sculptor and a cyborg who once commanded the attack on Chrysalis are searching for an alien artifact tycoon Martin Humphries owns. Meanwhile, Humphries tries to hold on to the artifact and its secrets. His assessment of the thing as likely to revolutionize human society proves correct, but only after a struggle fraught with plots, murders, and battles galore, plus stronger characterizations than are normal for Bova. The fourth Asteroid Wars novel may please more readers than the hard-science, space-advocacy crowd Bova usually attracts. Green, Roland

Product Details

  • File Size: 2332 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (October 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340823992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340823996
  • ASIN: B0043VD63A
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Eventual Reunion September 5, 2009
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The Aftermath (2007) is the seventh SF novel in the Asteroid Wars series and the fourth in this sequence, following The Silent War. In the previous volume, an alien Artifact was found and worked its changes upon various humans. It brought out the insanity in Martin, but changed Dorn and Elverda in other ways. The Artifact was moved to hide it from the rest of humanity.

In this novel, Victor Zacharias is a former architect from Earth who has become a belter. He and his family operate the ore ship Syracuse, buying ore from rock rats and transporting it to the smelters.

Pauline Osgood was born on Luna. She met Victor in Selene and then married him on Earth. She has borne two children for him.

Angela is the eldest child of Victor and Pauline. Angie is about eighteen and has a boyfriend on Chrysalis, the habitat at Ceres.

Theo is the second child in the Zacharias family. He is almost sixteen and interested in science and technology. Yet he is a terrible klutz.

Dorik Harbin was born in the Balkans and became a soldier in his teen years. He also became a drug addict to escape his dreams of death and destruction. Eventually he attempted suicide and was rebuilt as a cyborg. Since his exposure to the Artifact, he has changed his name to Dorn.

Elverda Apacheta is a sculptress from an Andean background. She is very well known for carving The Rememberer, a two kilometer long asteroid in Earth orbit. After her exposure to the Artifact, Elverda became Dorn's partner.

In this story, Victor is having problems adjusting to the teenage Theo. He forbids Theo from touching any of the ship controls because of his destructive way with machines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasic Finale August 2, 2008
After a fairly slowly paced second volume and a more intense third volume, "The Aftermath" leaves many of the characters of the first three volumes in the background. Gone are Pancho Lane, Lars Fuchs and Martin Humphries, except for some incidental mentions. The main focus is on the Zacharias family and Dorn, (formerly known as Dorik Harbin), a cyborg repaired after an attempted suicide and trying to atone for a life of murder and death.

Essentially, the plot follows different threads as they intertwine with each other and come together with the Artefact on the asteroid forming something of a centre point. Victor Zacharias chases his family across the Belt, trying to find them after being attacked by Harbin. George Ambrose still tries to run the habitat near Ceres, though he is not one of the main characters. Valker and his crew are thrown into the mix as something of the bad guys, and there is the HSS flunkies who are hunting down Dorn and his companions to prevent their speaking out about Martin Humphries little episode with the Artefact.

The book moves with a very good pace, and I have to admit that I enjoyed the simple, no nonsense style that Bova writes with. Unlike some authors, he keeps details to a fair minimum to allow for a heightened pace to the story. It serves the book well, though sometimes I was a bit confused on how to imagine certain things working. An example is the wheel shaped ships and how the command pods fit into it.

Overall, I enjoyed the series a lot and it was a good read. I would recommend Ben Bova to anyone who likes the idea of near-future sci-fi, and enjoys a good action filled yarn. I definitely enjoyed this one and it kept me absorbed until the last page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion to the asteroid war series February 25, 2008
Bova once again shines with this book. It is a great read and puts into place many pieces of the puzzle created by the various books of the grand tour of the solar system that Bova has been writing in recent years.

Bova's ability to weave together science fact and science fiction comes across strongly as events set in motion play out over a period of years to bring the key characters together in the conclusion of the novel and the series.

I can't add much to the enthusiastic review by Harriet Klausner except to make a correction - Dorn is not a 'ruthless cyborg' but is in fact reformed in mind and (literally) body. He is trying to atone for the grievous sins committed as his former persona of Dorik Harbin and tries desperately to avoid violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful near-future SF--the best in the series March 1, 2008
In a vicious attack, mercenary Dorik Harbin destroys a major human habitat, then turns his weapons on an ore hauler, sending its captain in one direction and his family on a long elliptical orbit through space. Captain Victor Zacharias is soon rescued, but his efforts to track his family down are stopped--no one believes they could have survived. Meanwhile, his wife and two children attempt to survive a multiyear journey through the asteroid belt and even into Jupiter's orbit.

An alien artifact wakes mercenary Harbin to what he's done and he attempts a form of restitution, becoming a priest and scouring the asteroid belt for the bodies of mercenaries killed in the war. Accompanying him is sculptor Elverda Apacheta, who's also been transformed by the artifact. Unfortunately for the two of them, space tycoon Martin Humphries has decided that all evidence of the alien artifact, most especially Harbin (who now goes as Dorn) and Elverda must be eliminated. Which brings in mercenary Kao Yuan--in charge of a small fleet tracking Dorn and Elverda. Finally, the end of the asteroid wars has created a business salvaging the many ships destroyed during the conflict. Some of the ships conducting salvage operations aren't too concerned about whether the ships they find really are unoccupied--they're happy to take care of that, by force if necessary.

Author Ben Bova weaves together these plot elements into a story that spans the asteroid belt and multiple years, as well as tying up story lines created in the earlier novels in this series. By picking Theo Zacharias (teenage son of Victor) as one of his protagonists, Bova creates a story line that will remind SF fans of some of the early Heinlein space opera novels, although Bova also links in more adult issues (including rape and murder).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. A good series
This book is part of a series that is part of a bigger series. The asteroid wars actually fits into Ben Bova's grand tour. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars by the seat of your pants
The Aftermath, like all of Bova's Grand Tour books, is a page turner.

Bova writes 2 to 5 page chapters that each have a different character's point of view. Read more
Published on March 22, 2010 by Joshua Busch
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with Jupiter
I'm a big Bova fan now. This is up there with Jupiter. I loved the story of Dorn and sculptor, and the Zacharias family. It was just good from beginning to end. Read more
Published on August 19, 2009 by Andre L. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A moral question
I will not add anything to the summaries given by other reviewers, but I will state that I, like most of them, found this novel an excellent read and well worth purchasing. Read more
Published on August 18, 2009 by SSG James Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Aftermath: Book Four of The Asteroid Wars
I got books one through three of Ben Bova's Asteroid Wars series at a clearance price and when I finished them I realized that there must be a fourth so I scooted out to Amazon and... Read more
Published on June 11, 2009 by Ray Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Bova at his Best
I've been reading Bova for 30 years (wow). He has his fans for his ability to mix action, characters and politics. Read more
Published on May 30, 2008 by Cain Knobel
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Ben Bova book yet
Admittedly I have only read a handful of his books so far (Jupiter and the Asteriod Wars) and listened to Titan on CD, but this was my favorite yet. Read more
Published on May 22, 2008 by Todd Crone
5.0 out of 5 stars End?
The previous entry commented that this was the end of this series. Does this person really think that? Can it not continue? This whole series was outstanding. Read more
Published on May 20, 2008 by M. Gilliam
5.0 out of 5 stars The Asteroid Wars Come to an End
Ben Bova has written a thrilling conclusion to his Asteroid Wars Series.

Dorik Harbin, a mercenary hired by Martin Humphries to kill Lars Fuchs, has just destroyed the... Read more
Published on March 6, 2008 by Jeffrey T. Munson
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