Sunday, April 16, 2006


Ben Bova

Book Cover

When business tycoon Martin Humphries offers a fortune to the first person to travel to Venus to recover the remains of his son Alex, lost on the planet two years earlier, two men take him up on his offer. One is his frail second son Van; the other is his rival and greatest enemy. Bova's latest novel not only captures the alien and hostile Venusian atmosphere but also manages to tell a top-notch adventure story of broken dreams and lifelong hatreds that match the turbulence of Venus itself. The author's excellence at combining hard science with believable characters and an attention-grabbing plot makes him one of the genre's most accessible and entertaining storytellers. Recommended for sf collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

This was an interesting change - a less-than-stellar character. Spoiled and petulant, who makes himself reach beyond and become more heroic through his adventure. Bova really is making a new "Future History" ala Heinlein - great story.