As someone who views Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous With Rama" as the ultimate novel about man's first contact with extraterrestrials, I tackled this ..Show More »novel by Ben Bova eagerly. A strange object approaches the Earth from somewhere "out there," and the powers of Earth scurry about to find out what it is and what it means. It is Bova's vision of what the political, social, and theological ramifications of such an event might have been in the early 1980s. Very little of this book is about the alien itself; rather it focuses on how the U.S. and Soviet Union jostle to be the first to make actual contact with the visitor. Written seemingly with a movie screenplay in mind, the novel really never met my expectations, and it falls well short of Rama.
What a disappointment. After the cliff-hanging end to Voyagers I, I actually expected something action-related to happen. This ended up as more of a..Show More » "personal discovery" / "relationship development" book that was loosely wrapped around a science fiction concept.
As is Voyager I & II, Voyagers III is a most enjoyable listen. The whole series flows together well and Ben Bova has left an opening for the next star..Show More » journey. The story is riveting and kept me company whenever I shovelled snow, did some gardening or just chilled out in the Jacuzzi. I am looking forward to Voyagers IV, whenever it comes out. There is always more snow coming and gardening to do, and relaxing baths to take.
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..Show More » 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.