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- Book Four of The Asteroid Wars
- By: Ben Bova
- Narrated by: Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, and others
- Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
When the spaceship Viking encounters a variety of adversaries in the Asteroid Belt - including a prospector and his family, a cyborg, the solar system's greatest sculptor, and an evil industrialist - a confrontation begins that transforms the human solar system.
- By George on 10-23-14
I simply do not understand why an author forces me to spend time with people I have no reason to like. That's what every scene with the family was like. I kept saying out loud, "Enough Already!". The banter between the mother, son and daughter is especially intolerable! The father has no redeeming character traits. Characters that I used to have some respect for are either non-existant in this story, or they force the father into slave labor and are irrational.
This should have been an novel exploring the meaning, purposes and effects of the alien artifact of which Humpries was so terrified at the end of the previous story. It was by far the most interesting part of that book. And I think Bova must have known how weak the substance of "Silent Wars" was to have opened the book with a tease of the Artifact, only to reveal its complete inconsequence to the story line at the end of the book. So the reader/listener is left thinking, what about the artifact?!? Bova has proven his abilities to write about such ideas in entertaining ways (see Voyagers).
I bought this book thinking I would find out the answers. Instead, I was tortured by listening to the whims of one-dimensional and seemingly irredeemable characters. Each character played their stereotypical part. And the alien object that could have proven to be the salvation of the story, the whole book itself for that matter, is treated like an unwanted step child that Ben Bova must have wished he had never introduced into this world.
None of my disappointment is due to the readers themselves. They do their best to save this story with their excellent and talented reading skills. But the book was fundamentally flawed when the outline for its plot was first written down.
If you've enjoyed the first three books, and I did somewhat, don't bother with this one. It does not contain the answers to the tease at the end of "Silent War". Its just not there. Sorry.
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- By: Dan Brown
- Narrated by: Paul Michael
- Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.
- By Amy on 06-19-04
Like a first novel.
I'm so glad Dan Brown got this novel out of his system and learned what he needed to learn before he wrote the "good books" (i.e. Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code). There were so many dumb scenes amid what was a perfectly laid out plot that I wished iTunes had a fast forward button that would let me skip certain scenes.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful