Synopses & Reviews
In the wake of the Asteroid Wars that tore across the solar system, Victor Zacharius makes his living running the ore-carrier Syracuse.
With his wife and two children he plies the Asteroid Belt, hauling whatever cargo can be found. When the Syracuse
stumbles into the middle of a military attack on the habitat Chrysalis,
Victor flees in a control pod to draw the attackers attention away from his family. Now, as his wife and children plunge into the far deeps of space, Victor has been rescued by the seductive Cheena Madagascar. He must do her bidding if hes to have a prayer of ever seeing his family again.
Elverda Apacheta is the solar systems greatest sculptor. The cyborg Dorn was formerly Dorik Harbin, the ruthless military commander responsible for the attack on Chrysalis. Their lives and destinies have been linked by their joint discovery of the alien artifact that had, earlier, profoundly affected industrialist Martin Humphries. Similarly transformed by the artifacts mysterious powers, Apacheta and Dorn now prowl the Belt, determined to find the bodies of the many victims of Harbins atrocities so that they can be given proper burials.
Kao Yuan is the captain of Viking, owned by Martin Humphries, whos determined to kill Dorn and Elverda because they know too much about the artifact and its power over him. But Viking's second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, appears to have the real power on board ship. When Viking catches up to Apacheta and Dorn, their confrontation begins a series of events involving them, the Zacharius family, and Martin Humphries and his son in the transformation of the human solar system…
“Immensely entertaining…A cracking read.” --SFX
on The Precipice
“Hard-charging…Ambitiously juggling elements of space opera, western, and Sophoclean drama, Bova keeps the pages turning.” --Publishers Weekly on The Rock Rats
“Vintage Bova.” --Booklist on The Silent War
“Another attention-grabbing entry in a series that continues to grow in stature, scope, and complexity. Once again, Bova in top form.” --Kirkus Reviews on The Rock Rats
“An entertaining tale of survival and suspense.” --The Washington Times on The Precipice
“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly entertaining fiction.” --Los Angeles Daily News
The new novel in the “Asteroid Wars” sequence
About the Author
Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fictions Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bovas writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.