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Asteroidensturm: Roman

von Ben Bova

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Reihen: The Asteroid Wars (2), Grand Tour (11), The Grand Tour Series--Reader's Order (10)

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This sequel to The Precipice continues the saga of the struggle for the wealth of the solar system. Annotation. Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead-but his proteacute;geacute;, 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. Brimming with memorable characters and human conflict, rugged high-tech prospectors and boardroom betrayals, The Rock Rats continues the tale of our near-future struggle over the incalculable wealth of the Asteroid Belt, the richest source of raw mineral wealth known to humankind. Before it ends, many will die-and many will achieve more than they ever dreamed was possible.… (mehr)
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[b:The Rock Rats|267349|The Rock Rats (The Grand Tour, #10; The Asteroid Wars, #2)|Ben Bova|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1392075594i/267349._SY75_.jpg|1856770] continues the story of [b:The Precipice|267302|The Precipice (The Grand Tour, #8; The Asteroid Wars, #1)|Ben Bova|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1386919746i/267302._SY75_.jpg|293551], following the story of humanity's expansion into the Asteroid Belt and all the atrocities that entails.

Characterwise, this book is all over the place. Pancho is great fun, but we don't see nearly enough of her. Lars is ... kind of crazy and revenge driven, a long descent from liking him well enough in The Precipice. Amanda is pretty great, but only when she's away from either Lars or Humpries. Of all the marriages in the series thus far, why does this have to be the one to stick beyond a single book? They really don't make much sense together... Trite as the saying may be, she could do better.

And then there's Martin Humphries. Man I dislike Humphries. I get that's entirely the point of the series, but he's so cartoonishly evil. His entire raison d'etre is to control the solar system and for the most part he's laughably bad at it. The only reason he is as powerful as he is is he's ridiculously and nothing he does seems to have any lasting consequences. There's enough of that going around in the real world, I don't really want to deal with it in a book--unless he some day finally gets what's coming to him I guess.

I can't believe I'm saying it, but I miss Dan Randolph...

Plotwise, it's mostly corporate infighting, with the first bits of actual ship to ship combat. That at least is interesting enough, since the science is a lot more grounded than many series you'd read. Lasers are adapted from mining lasers. They don't pew pew so much as invisible heat beam of death.

Overall, I fully intend to read the entire Grand Tour. And if you like the more corporate politics books, this might be what you're looking for. I'd personally rather go back to the more sciencey exploration novels with the corporate/political stuff as a secondary plot (like [b:Mars|267282|Mars (The Grand Tour, #4)|Ben Bova|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1173282407i/267282._SY75_.jpg|1932635] and [b:Jupiter|267334|Jupiter (The Grand Tour, #9)|Ben Bova|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1442052818i/267334._SY75_.jpg|293541]). So it goes.

Speaking of which, the chronological ordering of these books is strange. There are hints in this book that the station around Jupiter hasn't been built yet. It doesn't overly matter to the plot of either book, but it does still feel strange. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Follow up to The Precipice, this one picks up after Dan Randolph's death as many are racing to the asteroid belt to claim the riches that it entails. Many familiar characters from the previous novel return as Martin Humphries continues his evil ways to prevent anyone but him from gathering the resources everyone so covets. It is debatable what Humphries wants more, the money or the woman he clearly cannot have, Amanda, who happens to be married to one of the ones Humphries is trying to knock off. Bova manages once again to mix politics, science fiction, and human emotion in ways that he is so well known for. Of note also is Bova's treatment of Pancho, who was tapped to succeed Randolph after his untimely death. Pancho pretty much inserts herself into the line of fire as the leader of those who oppose Humphries, much to her peril. Bova has another winner here. ( )
  utbw42 | Feb 6, 2017 |
Another Sci-fi mixed with political intrigue. Don't want to give away the ending, but all the bad guys prospered and the good guys stayed neutral and (mostly) alive. C'mon! Oh, now I get it. There's a sequel. ( )
  buffalogr | Oct 1, 2014 |
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Yet each man kills the thing he loves,
By each let this be heard,
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Some with a flattering word,
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This sequel to The Precipice continues the saga of the struggle for the wealth of the solar system. Annotation. Visionary space industrialist Dan Randolph is dead-but his proteacute;geacute;, 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. Brimming with memorable characters and human conflict, rugged high-tech prospectors and boardroom betrayals, The Rock Rats continues the tale of our near-future struggle over the incalculable wealth of the Asteroid Belt, the richest source of raw mineral wealth known to humankind. Before it ends, many will die-and many will achieve more than they ever dreamed was possible.

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