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The Return: Book IV of Voyagers | [Ben Bova]

The Return: Book IV of Voyagers

After more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to Earth to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war.
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Publisher's Summary

After more than a century of exploring the stars, Keith Stoner returns to Earth to find that the world he has come back to does not match the one he left. The planet is suffering the consequences of disastrous greenhouse flooding. Most nations have been taken over by ultraconservative religion-based governments, such as the New Morality in the United States. With population ballooning and resources running out, Earth is heading for nuclear war. Stoner, the star voyager, wants to save Earth's people. But first he must save himself from the frightened and ambitious zealots who want to destroy this stranger - and the terrifying message he brings from the stars.

©2009 Ben Bova; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 06-05-10
    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 06-05-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great story"

    Loved the book. So much of what he wrote about is right on target here, where I live. Religion rules the lives of many of these people here, most of which are very uneducated, poor, and having as many as 16 children. The story line keeped me interested through out. Wish I had started with the first in the series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Garth 09-16-09
    Garth 09-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Be Prepared for the Soap Box"

    I listened to all four of this series because I love science fiction, but this the forth in the series, Bova is on his own soap box/religion especially regarding population control. It's his his book/story so he can do whatever he wants to, but for me it was bit Over killed and soured the book.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 05-28-15
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    If you could sum up The Return in three words, what would they be?

    Bold Choice!


    What other book might you compare The Return to and why?

    Jupiter, by Ben Bova.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he beams aboard the Star Ship.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Earth faces disaster and only one man can save them.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great Story, in the tradition of the "Grand Tour" series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 03-31-11
    Thomas San Jose, CA, United States 03-31-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not finish it"

    I listen nearly to the end of the first part, then skipped ahead a couple times and at the end could not finish it. There was not enough science fiction in the story to keep me interested to listen to environmental lectures.
    It appears to me that many good authors which are entertaining get to a stage were they feel they have to educate the population about current world problems. Please stick to entertainment that is why we buy fiction.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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