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The Trikon Deception Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1993


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This collaboration by veteran SF author Bova ( Voyagers ) and astronaut Pogue ( How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space? ) is set in 1998 and extrapolates from such recent phenomena as the ongoing ecological crisis, the collapse of Soviet communism and the establishment of the European Community. Trikon International is a multinational conglomerate of corporations from the three continents (tri-con) of Asia, North America and Europe. Trikon Station is an orbiting satellite on which ecologically oriented experiments in genetic engineering too dangerous to be conducted on earth are being carried out. While the trappings are fascinating and the science is solid, the story itself never gets off the ground. In a standard Bova structure of a half-dozen or so interwoven story lines, a large cast--various nationals all angling for sole credit for saving the world, and all of whom are more types than characters--proceeds toward an implausibly happy ending.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- The Trikon (three continents--North America, Asia, and Europe) Corporation has built a space station for research into developing a microbe that will eat pollutants and chemical waste. The chairman of the Trikon Board has a vision of international cooperation, but in reality the space station is full of global intrigue. There is mystery, murder, spying, romance, and sabotage--something for everyone. The different personalities soon come to a climactic clash in which all is revealed. The day-to-day routine of life in space is believable and descriptive, from the logistics of eating, sleeping, shaving, and elimination to the scientific research itself. A very readable story that's truly a ``technothriller.''-- Susan B. McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library,
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812507355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812507355
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,185,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Glover on April 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Plain and simple this book is a mystery. It is not really sci-fi. There is no weird science or unexplained alien threat. Written 10 years ago, the story takes place in 1998 and almost seems dated in its lack of technical innovation. But is is a darn good mystery. The first thing is to figure out the crime, then to figure out the criminal. I kept waiting for Bova to make it happen and eventually he did and it was exciting. But it was a shallow read, hardly one of his best. I get the feeling Bova can write a book like this almost as fast as I can read it.
I have mixed feelings about Bova. I did not like MARS, but I loved RETURN TO MARS. Trikon was stylistically a lot like MARS. I think he has put everything he has learned into RETURN TO MARS which I think is his best. TRIKON still has too many characters and too many subplots that really never go anywhere, they just clutter up the story and distract the reader. I keep a few notes as I read Bova until I can eliminate characters as nonessential to the plot. Trying to keep up with everyone is an unnecessary challenge.
A note about the ending... I liked the story, and was happy at the way things turned out. But I still thought the ending was kinda cheap. There were two appendices at the end that sort of updated the story and told what happened some of the characters. I do not like this technique of ending afterthought - but it was better than leaving the fate of those characters unaddressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book got an 8 because of the start, I did not like it at all, but the second time I read it <not reading the start> I really liked it. Keep in mind this is Bova, so its just as good as the others. Perhaps you will not mind the start as much as I did
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