Star Quest

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 213 ratings

Death Wave Publisher's Summary

Six-time Hugo Award-winner Ben Bova chronicles the saga of humankind's expansion beyond the solar system.

In Ben Bova's previous novel, New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system, where they discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.

When Kell and his team return to Earth many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy's heart.

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  • Book 1

    • Death Wave

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    When Kell and his team return to Earth many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy's heart.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for every one .

    • By Joseph A. Zamarripa on 03-19-17

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 2

    • Apes and Angels

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    Humankind headed out to the stars not for conquest, nor exploration, nor even for curiosity. Humans went to the stars in a desperate crusade to save intelligent life wherever they found it. A wave of death is spreading through the Milky Way galaxy, an expanding sphere of lethal gamma radiation that erupted from the galaxy's core 28,000 years ago and now is approaching Earth's vicinity at the speed of light. Every world it touched was wiped clean of all life. But it's possible to protect a planet from gamma radiation. Earth is safe.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Inconsistencies kill the last quarter of the story

    • By Roy on 06-02-17

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 3

    • Survival

    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    When a human team is sent to scout a few hundred light-years in front of the death wave, it encounters a civilization far in advance of our own, a civilization of machine intelligences.These sentient, intelligent machines have existed for eons and have survived earlier "death waves" - gamma-ray bursts from the core of the galaxy. They are totally self-sufficient, completely certain that the death wave cannot harm them, and utterly uninterested in helping to save other civilizations.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A bit Disappointing

    • By Anonymous User on 08-02-18
    • The Star Quest Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Ben Bova
    • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 12-26-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 44 ratings

    Regular price: $24.47