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An entrepreneur is working on an array of geosynchronous satellites to gather and beam solar energy to earth-based generators. But his plan for breaking the power of oil cartels is wrecked by saboteurs who are willing and able to kill again to keep his dreams grounded.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006
Edition: First mass market edition
ISBN: 9780765348173
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC BOVA 2006
Characteristics: 434 pages ; 18 cm


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Mar 27, 2015

Fortunately, this isn't my first Ben Bova book. I'd already read Mercury before I came across this.
The protagonist, Dan Randolph, is a jerk.
When he isn't busy wrecking the marriage of his ex-girlfriend, he's risking almost everybody's life but his own with his need to press ahead with his project, even though he knows terrorists are out to sabotage him (and he hasn't identified them yet).
Lucky for the world, he's a millionaire/CEO/astronaut/engineer/null gravity combat specialist/Randian super-libertarian man, so it all works out okay (as it always does for Randian supermen).
It worries me that the author meant for us to like this disturbingly Great Gatsby-esque character.

Jun 07, 2013

Ben Bova started writing his Grand Tour series some twenty years ago. I read a middle book in the series two years ago, then sought out this book for future reading. I've had a fascination with the concept of a power satellite since reading Colonies In Space as a kid. This book has some sci fi, but is more of a techno-thriller. I liked the main character Dan Randolph far less than the older version of him from The Precipice, and the romance aspects seemed forced to me. Other than that, the story was decent enough to like; I will continue to read this series. (Jun 1-7)

Mar 10, 2011

Powersat ----
by Ben Bova c - 2005 / ? ----

An exciting adventure and a very good story ---- Also the First book of the Grand Tour 18 book series. ----

Allot of Stress and frustration for Dan Randolf. Plus he wants to be with his sweetheart forever. Both have conflicting lives and accomplishments they want sooo bad. ----
So Ben Bova Threw: near Bankruptcy; Oil tycoons; Terrorists; The U.S. Military, FBI, CIA, Home security and, a hole bunch of people that Dan Randolph Cares about into, What? ----

Why, only Ben Bova's special blender of: High action Sci-Fi. ----




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Jun 08, 2013

This prequel (written in 2005) has become the first chronological book in Ben Bova's "Grand Tour" series. Contains many of the same characters as the original first books in the series (Privateers and Empire Builders) but the political climate of Russia or the Soviet Union is not mentioned.


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