Grand Tour (Bova)

21 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 5,718 ratings

Powersat Publisher's Summary

Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And in its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of spaceflight.

Americans needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites that gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth, freeing America from its addiction to fossil fuels and breaking the power of the oil cartels forever. But the wreck of the spaceplane has left his company, Astro Manufacturing, on the edge of bankruptcy.

Worse, Dan discovers that the plane was sabotaged. And whoever brought it down is willing—and able—to kill again to keep Astro grounded.

Now Dan has to thread a dangerous maze. The visible threats are bad enough: Rival firms want to buy him out and take control of his dreams. His former lover wants to co-opt his unlimited-energy idea as a campaign plank for the candidate she’s grooming for the presidency. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. And his creditors are breathing down his neck.

Making matters even more dangerous, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power. And they’ve figured out how to use it as a weapon in their war against the West.

A sweeping mix of space, murder, romance, politics, secrets, and betrayal, Powersat will take you to the edge of space and the dawning of a new world.

©2005 Ben Bova (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Powersat

    • The Grand Tour Series
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 230
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 199

    Two hundred thousand feet up, things go horribly wrong. An experimental low-orbit spaceplane breaks up on reentry, falling to earth over a trail hundreds of miles long. And in its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of spaceflight.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book but substandard recording

    • By Greg on 11-25-11

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Empire Builders

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 192
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 147

    Dan Randolph never plays by the rules. A hell-raising maverick with no patience for fools, he is admired by his friends, feared by his enemies, and desired by the world's loveliest women. Acting as a 21st privateer, Randolph broke the political strangle-hold on space exploration, and became one of the world's richest men in the bargain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • And excellent book and hard to stop listen to

    • By Jan Saell on 04-05-12

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 4

    • Mars

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 668
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 446
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 442

    Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Solid Near Future Sci-Fi

    • By Ben on 05-21-09

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 5

    • Moonrise

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 310
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 238

    A 21st century U.S. aerospace company has developed the first permanent human settlement on the Moon, made possible by major scientific breakthroughs, particularly in the practical use of nanotechnology. But conflict within the company's founding family and growing protests against the technology from radical environmentalists and religious fundamentalists on Earth put Moonbase in danger of closure

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A worthy read / listen

    • By Brian on 09-03-13

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 6

    • Moonwar

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    Seven years after the indomitable Doug Stavenger has realized his cherished dream of establishing a colony on the inhospitable lunar surface, Moonbase is a thriving community, a marvel of scientific achievement created and supported by nanotechnology: virus-sized machines that can build, cure, and destroy. But nanotechnology has been declared illegal by the home planet’s leaders, and a powerful despot is determined to lay claim to Stavenger’s peaceful city - or obliterate it, if necessary.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't see it coming, not for a second!

    • By John Pierce on 02-20-13

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 7

    • Return to Mars

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 303
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 214

    Six years after the first manned Martian expedition, a second has been announced, this one motivated purely by its profitable potential. Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman, a veteran of the first mission, feels his conflicted soul beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving planet. As commander of the new exploratory team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction, and deadly, incomprehensible "accidents" that appear to be sabotage.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fun continuation of Mars, but has Editing Issues

    • By J on 10-07-13

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 8

    • The Precipice

    • Book One of The Asteroid Wars
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 407
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 185

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Space Opera Fun ( not for Kids)

    • By Chris on 02-08-06

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 9

    • Jupiter

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Christian Noble, David Warner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 401
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 175

    Grant Archer merely wanted to study astrophysics, to work quietly as an astronomer on the far side of the Moon. But the forces of the "New Morality", the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him. To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, charged with the task of spying on the scientists who work there.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Stuff!

    • By Kevin on 08-12-05

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 10

    • The Rock Rats

    • Book Two of The Asteroid Wars
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Ira Claffey, Amanda Karr, cast
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 308
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 130

    Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead, but his protege, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits on the board of his conglomerate. She has her work cut out for her, for Randolph's rival, Martin Humphries, still wants to control Astro and still wants to drive independent asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs out of business. Humphries wants revenge against Pancho, and, most of all, he wants his old flame, Amanda, who has become Lars Fuchs's wife.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A little disappointing

    • By Steve Cross on 04-04-06

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 11

    • The Silent War

    • Book Three of The Asteroid Wars
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Amanda Karr, Christian Noble, cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 278
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 119

    When corporations go to war, standard business practice goes out the window. Astro Corporation is led by indomitable Texan Pancho Lane, Humphries Space Systems by the rich and ruthless Martin Humphries, and their fight is over nothing less than resources of the Asteroid Belt itself. Fighting escalates and the lines between commerce and politics, boardroom and bedroom blur. And the keys to victory will include physics, nanotechnology, and cold hard cash.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Bova

    • By L. on 05-29-06

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 12

    • The Aftermath

    • 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
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 207
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Space Opera

    • By George on 10-23-14

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 13

    • Saturn

    • A Novel of the Ringed Planet
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Amanda Karr, Stefan Rudnicki, full cast
    • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 227
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 89
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 92

    In the best-selling novels Venus and Jupiter, Ben Bova dramatized the latest discoveries about our own solar system in an epic tale of near-future exploration and development. Now Bova turns his attention to one of our system's greatest mysteries, Saturn.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed It

    • By Don on 09-18-04

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 14

    • Leviathans of Jupiter

    • The Grand Tour Series
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Samantha Eggar, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 229
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 193

    In Ben Bova’s novel Jupiter, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter’s planet-wide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant’s team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet’s depths. However, one of Jupiter’s native creatures—a city-sized leviathan—saved the doomed ship.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Deeply Flawed

    • By Conker on 07-10-12

    Regular price: $25.17

  • Book 15

    • Titan

    • A Tale of Cataclysmic Discovery
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 320
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 119

    Master storyteller Ben Bova continues his multi-volume "Grand Tour" saga chronicling humanity's exploration of near space with Titan, a fast-paced thriller focused on the first manned mission to the Solar System's most intriguing world. Skillfully blending high drama, passionate characters, and daring speculation with the latest discoveries from the current Cassini/Huygens probe of Saturn's moon, Bova has crafted a heart-stopping tale of epic adventure on mankind's next frontier.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Great voice tallent wasted on a lame book

    • By J. Carpenter on 09-25-07

    Regular price: $29.27

  • Book 16

    • Mercury

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 215
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    Despite Mercury's desolateness, there are still those who hope to find diamonds in the rough. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • One of Ben Bova's best

    • By Daved Baker on 07-18-05

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 17

    • Mars Life

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 262
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 158

    Jamie Waterman has made an important discovery on Mars. A cliff dwelling reveals the fact that an intelligent race lived on the red planet 65 million years ago, only to be driven into extinction by the crash of a giant meteor. But now the exploration of Mars is itself under threat of extinction, as the ultraconservative New Morality movement gains control of the U.S. government and cuts off all funding for the Mars program.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Science or Religion?

    • By Lady Pamela on 02-20-15

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 18

    • Venus: The Grand Tour Series

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 106

    The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system, its ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, its atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go—or die trying.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Someone turn on the air conditioning please...

    • By Matthew on 09-03-14

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 19

    • The Return

    • Book IV of Voyagers
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 111

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Patricia on 06-05-10

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 20

    • Farside

    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 379
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 342
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 343

    Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some 30 light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world that show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth - and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest optical telescope in the solar system and the most sensitive radio telescope, insulated from the interference of Earth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid body. But building Farside is a complex, dangerous task. And what they ultimately find stuns everyone, and humanity will never be the same.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not super impressed to be honest

    • By Gordon on 06-12-13

    Regular price: $20.97

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