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Publisher Comments:

When a nuclear missile launched by a rogue North Korean faction explodes in space the resulting shockwave destroys the worlds satellites, throwing global communication into chaos. The United States military satellites, designed to withstand such an assault, show that two more missiles are sitting on the launch pad in North Korea, ready to be deployed. Faced with the threat of a thermonuclear attack, the United States has only one possible defense: Able One.

ABL-1, or Able One, is a modified 747 fitted with a high-powered laser able to knock out missiles in flight. But both the lasers technology and the jets crew are untested. What was originally to be a training flight with a skeleton crew turns into a desperate race to destroy the two remaining nukes. Will Able Ones experimental technology be enough to prevent World War III—especially when it becomes clear that a saboteur is onboard?

Able One is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fictions most respected novelists.

Review:

"Hugo-winner Bova (The Green Trap) combines cutting-edge science and geopolitics in a fast-paced but flimsy near-future technothriller. When a rogue faction of the North Korean army detonates a nuclear missile in space, an electromagnetic shockwave takes out numerous satellites and cripples communications worldwide. Fearing another attack, the U.S. military launches ABL-1, a powerful but untested 747-mounted laser that should be able to destroy a missile in flight. The effort will be a baptism in fire for the skeleton crew, one of whom may be a saboteur. Meanwhile, the president struggles to respond to the crisis without starting a world war. The tense atmosphere, swiftly unfolding plot, and scientific details do little to hide a host of meaningless subplots and shallow characters, resulting in a Clancyesque tale that lacks the power and focus of Bova's better and better-known hard SF." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Can an experimental defense system stop North Korean missile strikes? "Able One" is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fiction's most respected novelists.

Synopsis:

When a nuclear missile launched by a rogue North Korean faction explodes in space the resulting shockwave destroys the worlds satellites, throwing global communication into chaos. The United States military satellites, designed to withstand such an assault, show that two more missiles are sitting on the launch pad in North Korea, ready to be deployed. Faced with the threat of a thermonuclear attack, the United States has only one possible defense: Able One.

ABL-1, or Able One, is a modified 747 fitted with a high-powered laser able to knock out missiles in flight. But both the lasers technology and the jets crew are untested. What was originally to be a training flight with a skeleton crew turns into a desperate race to destroy the two remaining nukes. Will Able Ones experimental technology be enough to prevent World War III—especially when it becomes clear that a saboteur is onboard?

Able One is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fictions most respected novelists.

About the Author

Ben Bova is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and past president of both the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765323866
Publisher:
Tor Books
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Author:
Bova, Ben
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Thrillers/General
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20100202
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
6.7 x 4.22 x 0.975 in

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Product details 400 pages Tor Books - English 9780765323866 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hugo-winner Bova (The Green Trap) combines cutting-edge science and geopolitics in a fast-paced but flimsy near-future technothriller. When a rogue faction of the North Korean army detonates a nuclear missile in space, an electromagnetic shockwave takes out numerous satellites and cripples communications worldwide. Fearing another attack, the U.S. military launches ABL-1, a powerful but untested 747-mounted laser that should be able to destroy a missile in flight. The effort will be a baptism in fire for the skeleton crew, one of whom may be a saboteur. Meanwhile, the president struggles to respond to the crisis without starting a world war. The tense atmosphere, swiftly unfolding plot, and scientific details do little to hide a host of meaningless subplots and shallow characters, resulting in a Clancyesque tale that lacks the power and focus of Bova's better and better-known hard SF." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Can an experimental defense system stop North Korean missile strikes? "Able One" is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fiction's most respected novelists.
"Synopsis" by ,

When a nuclear missile launched by a rogue North Korean faction explodes in space the resulting shockwave destroys the worlds satellites, throwing global communication into chaos. The United States military satellites, designed to withstand such an assault, show that two more missiles are sitting on the launch pad in North Korea, ready to be deployed. Faced with the threat of a thermonuclear attack, the United States has only one possible defense: Able One.

ABL-1, or Able One, is a modified 747 fitted with a high-powered laser able to knock out missiles in flight. But both the lasers technology and the jets crew are untested. What was originally to be a training flight with a skeleton crew turns into a desperate race to destroy the two remaining nukes. Will Able Ones experimental technology be enough to prevent World War III—especially when it becomes clear that a saboteur is onboard?

Able One is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fictions most respected novelists.

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