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" ma..Show More »kes 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.
Where book one of this series (The Precipice)is a fairly entertaining space opera, The Rock Rats get uncomfortably close to soap opera. I generally p..Show More »refer hard science fiction where the technology is a logical or at least a plausible extrapolation of current knowledge. On this, Ben Bova generally succeeds, but instead of allowing the science to create most of the dramatic tension, the author relies on the hormonal response of the supposedly hard-headed businessman Humphries to fuel the conflict. Pretty silly really.
There are lots of interesting and unique problems that would be faced by anyone attempting to open up a new frontier such as the asteroid belt. A great example is the rudimentary beginnings of space battle techniques and tactics briefly touched on by the author. Instead, too much of the book is "powerful man wants beautiful woman and is willing to do anything to get her". You don't need science fiction for that theme.
Even so, the book isn't terrible - merely average and a disappointment compared to the first book in the series. Still worth reading though just to see how things turn out. I do hope there is more about Pancho Barnes in the third book. She was a far more interesting character.
One additional note: the voice talent is a bit disappointing as well. At least part of the appeal of book one was the fact that 80-90% of the book was read by Scott Brick and Amanda Karr - both absolutely superb. But even the first book had some short segments with different readers so noticeably inferior that is was disconcerting.
Here the female reader(s)is again outstanding. I can't even tell if there is more than one reader or if Amanda Karr is just so good that she can sound like several different people. Unfortunately, the men (except for Stefan Rudnicki) suffer by comparison. Barely average. I could get used to them, but every time the narration switches back to a female, you get reminded of the mediocrity of most of the male readers.
Book 3 of the series is just as exciting and well done as the first two books, (And maybe even better than the books that came after this one).
..Show More » It's easy (and unfair) to nit-pick a book after the fact, so I won't do that with some minor details that don't matter to the book as a whole..
But it did seem like there's a book missing between books 2 and 3. The saga of Poncho's sister in cold storage seems glossed over, and they don't explain the transition of her being hidden in the tunnels on the moon, to her rejuvenation and subsequent trip out to Saturn on the space habitat.. it's touched on in MANY books in this series, but never fully brought out as a plot or sub-plot, even though the basics of the sub-plot are well laid out... it just seems to be skipped over and foot noted.
I didn't especially like Bova in his early years when the books first came out, but I think I have now listened to everything he's written, and I hope this series goes beyond Titan (The last book as of this writing) since I think We've all fallen in love with Poncho.
"the Silent War" is good fun, and fast paced, and (as usual) not everything is "happy and clear cut", Bova has a gift of being able to keep the characters real, they're not perfect, they have their flaws, he keeps them in the realm of reality. You are almost ashamed of yourself when the characters are admonished near the end and you see the facts laid out as a bystander would see them... you look back and see the twists and turns and "Justifications" for what was done, and realize that your favorite hero isn't as "Up right" as you thought, and maybe you aren't either since you tend to agree with a lot of what she's done along the way. It's a true Gift to be able to draw a reader into a story that deeply.
I especially like Bova because he (semi)explains the science behind the fiction to make it more believable.. it seems like we could "almost" make the Fictional things in his book real.
Bova space-opera of the imaginative kind. Kept my interest, even if it started off like" Leave it to Beaver" in space. Then, it got interesting as all..Show More » the story lines came together in the last hour of the listen. The male macho was somewhat distracting but balanced by some aggressive female characters. Number 4 of 4 in the Asteroid Wars series and #9 of 21 in the Grand Tour series, this book would have been really annoying if read alone because the characters and the context would be unknown. Overall, a good read and I'm looking forward to the next one.