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by Ben Bova | Mystery & Thrillers
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 4/27/2012
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Friday, April 27, 2012

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Author: Ben Bova
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 it its wake is the beginning of the most important mission in the history of space. — America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to give it to them. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which 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 worked perfectly right up until the moment that saboteurs knocked it out of the sky. 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.

This is the first (chronologically) of the Grand Tour series by Bova. Here is the order from Bova's website:

1. POWERSAT (Tor Books 2005)
2. EMPIRE BUILDERS (Tor Books, 1993)
3. MARS (Bantam Books, 1992)
4. MOONRISE (Avon Books, 1996)
5. MOONWAR (Avon Books, 1998)
6. RETURN TO MARS (Avon Books, 1999)
7. THE PRECIPICE (Tor Books, 2001)
8. JUPITER (Tor Books, 2001)
9. THE ROCK RATS (Tor Books, 2002)
10. THE SILENT WAR (Tor Books, 2004)
11. THE AFTERMATH (Tor Books, 2007)
12. SATURN (Tor Books, 2003)
13. LEVIATHANS OF JUPITER (Tor Books, 2011)
14. TITAN (Tor Books, 2006)
15. MERCURY (Tor Books, 2005)
16. MARS LIFE (Tor Books, 2008)
17. VENUS (Tor Books, 2000)
18. THE RETURN (Tor Books, 2009) 

Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Thursday, May 03, 2012

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed this novel of the near future. It combines elements of sci-fi with the threats of terrorism that are really relevant today. This is actually the first chronologically in the "Grand Tour" series according to Bova's website and it provides a good start to his future world involving space exploration. I liked the characters in the book, even though I thought Dan Randolph was a little self-centered and I wasn't happy to see one of the main character's demise toward the end of the book but I would still recommend this one. I also found the concept of the PowerSat interesting - could this actually be feasible? I had only previously read "Venus" in this series which I also enjoyed, but now I would like to read the entire series. 

Journal Entry 3 by wingperryfranwing at Erishkigal's Science Fiction Bookbox, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Adding this to Erishkigal's sci-fi box. Hope someone will enjoy it! 

Journal Entry 4 by erishkigal at Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Sunday, August 18, 2013

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I'm happy to find this Bova book in the box. I've read The Precipice and the Rock Rats and have Jupiter on my tbr. I look forward to this~thanks, perryfran! 

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