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The Precipice: Book One of The Asteroid Wars | [Ben Bova]

The Precipice: Book One of The Asteroid Wars

Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process.
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Publisher's Summary

Once, Dan Randolph was one of the richest men on Earth. Now the planet is spiraling into environmental disaster, with floods and earthquakes destroying the lives of millions. Martin Humphries, fabulously wealthy heir of the Humphries Trust, also knows that space-based industry is the way of the future. But unlike Randolph, he does not care if Earth perishes in the process. As Randolph, accompanied by two brilliant women astronauts, flies out to the Asteroid Belt aboard a fusion-propelled spacecraft, Humphries makes his move. The future of mankind lies in Randolph's hands.

It rocks! Don't miss any of the action in Ben Bova's Asteroid Wars series, including the second book, The Rock Rats, the third, The Silent War, and the fourth, The Aftermath.

©2001 Ben Bova; (P)2001, 2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction." (Los Angeles Daily News)
"Stefan Rudnicki, producer and one of the performers, has picked his readers well....The listener has no difficulty picturing the scenes and character interactions as the book wanders across a landscape divided among an ecologically ravaged Earth, spaceships, the moon, space stations, and a few asteroids out in the Belt." (AudioFile)

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    Chris midvale, UT, United States 02-08-06
    Chris midvale, UT, United States 02-08-06 Member Since 2002

    Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.

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    "Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)"

    The series is like 1950's style space opera like those from Heinlein and Norton. The free use of profanity, in a vailed attempt to make it "adult" makes it not for younger listeners.
    Fast paced fun and well crafted the power co the production comes from the grat story based in good science and a fascinating premise. Gerat fun but not for the kids.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 12-05-05
    Qbook Betterton, MD, USA 12-05-05 Member Since 2003
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    "A Fun Series With Good Science"

    Not the best at characterization Bova here does at least have good science. The bad guys are really bad and the good really good and the story a bit weak, but I liked it any way (I've run into my share of bad guys who are really bad to buy into the story). The first book was the strongest, with the other two books spending way too much time reviewing what happened previously (there should be a law against that).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard San Francisco, CA, USA 10-18-07
    Richard San Francisco, CA, USA 10-18-07
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    "Slow Sci-Fi"

    I made it through an hour or so of this one before I quit out of boredom. The plot, while intriguing, just took too long to get started. Too much expository dialogue setting up the premise -- the author tells his story almost as a series of business meetings. That's hardly compelling drama, and disaster for space opera. Give this "asteroid" a miss.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    adamg gregory Hawthorne, NY United States 05-23-06
    adamg gregory Hawthorne, NY United States 05-23-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Good Science"

    This is my first Bova novel and I found it to be very strong in the science and tying it in with the story, none of the science was too out there. This was also my first audio novel with sound effects, which I personally do not like. I hope the next two in the series hold are as good if not better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 08-27-13
    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2010

    i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.

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    "good story badly Narrated"

    i like the story but hate the way it was Narrated.
    they should of stayed with Stefan Rudnicki.

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    fk319 USA 16743 08-13-13
    fk319 USA 16743 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "To many readers"
    What would have made The Precipice better?

    Have one or two readers, The readers seem to arbitrailary be reading random chapters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    I would not, except I have enjoyed the Grand Tour.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Precipice?

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    Any additional comments?

    it should be re-recorded.

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    Grant Los Angeles, CA, USA 08-18-06
    Grant Los Angeles, CA, USA 08-18-06
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    "An Amazing Piece of Sci-Fi"

    What makes this piece of science fiction so interesting is the fact that it takes place in the very near future. The book, while fiction, provides a plausible forecast of the future. This book brilliantly merges science-fiction with science-fact. A great start to The Asteroid Wars Trilogy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Stufflebeam Phx. AZ United States 09-04-08
    Richard Stufflebeam Phx. AZ United States 09-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Couldn't get off planet"

    I stopped listening to this one just a few chapters into it. I just couldn't get past the massive dose of Eco-Doom Global Warming propaganda enough to even start enjoying the story.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Beck United States 04-05-11
    Daniel Beck United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2004

    Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.

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    "From a writer to a hack"

    Ben Bova, once a well thought out writer, now has become nothing more than a hack using less than substantiated theories to make a tale, no a yawn, rather than he once wrote, science fiction.
    Science Fiction is still what he is writing, but it is more fiction than science.
    Don't waste your time and money, I wish I hadn't

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    Dan McGee 04-27-08
    Dan McGee 04-27-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Engaging"

    Although the primary narrator is not one of my favorites the story was engaging with a twist at the end I didn't expect. I'll purchase the next in the series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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