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Venerable SF author Bova returns to his Voyagers series after nearly two decades with this clumsy mashup of wildly different universes. Relativistic star flight has somehow catapulted Keith Stoner, Jo Camerata and their children, Cathy and Rick, to a parallel universe. Bova fans will recognize the setting of the Grand Tour series (most recently 2008's Mars Life), but to Keith and Jo, it is alien and seems to be doomed by environmental and cultural issues. Leaving his family to secretly tour the Earth, Keith finds a willing ally in engineer Tavalera, but their joint efforts to prevent human extinction are opposed by the shortsighted and authoritarian New Morality government. Bova's decision to merge two unrelated sets of books is baffling, and Keith's arrogant machinations transform the Grand Tour universe in ways that its fans are unlikely to appreciate. (Aug.)
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This fourth volume in the Voyagers series displays Hugo Award winner Bova's consummate ability to tell an absorbing tale about two men, each with a mission to free his world from blind dogma and orchestrated tyranny. The author's outspoken philosophy provides food for thought for his many fans and readers who enjoy hard sf. --Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Another excellent Grand Tour novel by Ben Bova. This book describes the efforts of a man with alien technology to prevent an imminent nuclear war. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James M Stiles
The series was a great read / Definitely recommend it / A beginning, middle and ending - just what I likePublished 10 months ago by dwight nickerson
In light of the social, environmental, political, and religious challenges facing our world, this book, the fourth in a series, is a must-read.Published 16 months ago by A. G. Smith
I haven't read the Grand Tour novels, so maybe I would have liked it better if I knew and cared about the the non-Voyagers characters. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Kelton
I just finished reading all four books in the Voyagers series. I really enjoyed the first three books but this last one, The Return, left me unsatisfied. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ben Bova has put together a great finish for this series. I was sorry to see it end, but I enjoyed the series very much.Published 21 months ago by Dennis Phelan
I totally 100% agree with what was in this novel. It did my liberal heart good. Truly, I feel at times that we are one step from a world ruled by the moral majority. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Kelli
The book is set in 2098 and Mr. Bova has the USA turned into a religious dictatorship and global warming has risen the oceans by over 100 feet. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Michael Lynn Mcguire
Written well after the earlier novels, in this (final?) installment of the Voyagers series, Ben Bova uses the near light travel by Keith Stoner and his family to explain a jump... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Neil G. Matthews