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I've now read or listened to all of Dr. Bova's "Grand Tour" series and "Mercury" is second only to "Saturn" in my book. It has all the great themes and characters you expect from Bova, deftly exploring what some see as the un-avoidable conflict between science and religion, and others may view as nut cases versus normal people (you decide which is which). It's a little faster paced than "Saturn", and there are a few of the same characters (unfortunately no Poncho Lane in this book). The recording technique of using 3 or 4 different voices really adds drama and atmosphere to the narration. Overall very entertaining as well as thought provoking.
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Ben Bova has become one of my favorite Science Fiction writers. Mercury, like many of Ben Bova's other books, is written around the same future history and events (e.g.,Saturn, Jupiter, etc) but is mostly about other topics and event and not so much about the planet Mercury itself. The motivation for the main character was revenge, which I found too shallow a motivation for such an otherwise intelligent character, but overall, the books themes and events kept me listening to the end. I'd have preferred a better set of outcomes, but I didn't write the book so didn't get to choose the endings. I'd read this book again if I had it to do over again.
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This book was brilliant, another great novel by the most excellent Ben Bova. I initially thought that this would be rather dull, but the author intermeshed the extreme environment of Mercury with a great story about an engineer who worked on a project that failed. I found this book very interesting, the technology totally believable and the story gripping at every stage. This was a story of revenge and its consequences. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to other readers.
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