Mercury : Grand Tour (Bova)

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Arte Johnson, Moira Quirk
  • Series: Grand Tour (Bova)
  • 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Despite Mercury's desolateness, there are still those who hope to find diamonds in the rough. Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space. He hires Dante Alexios to bring his dreams to life. Astrobiologist Victor Molina thinks the water at Mercury's poles may harbor evidence of life, and hopes to achieve fame and glory by proving it. Bishop Elliot Danvers has been sent by the religious sect, "The New Morality", to keep close tabs on their endeavors, which threaten to produce results that contradict biblical teachings.


What the Critics Say

2005 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, Science-Fiction/Fantasy


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Customer Reviews

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One of Ben Bova's best

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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- Daved Baker

Excellent Bova!

This is more of a "Mature brand" of Sci-fi. Bova does an excellent job of mixing politics, religion, and "human characters" to tell the story...

No.. There's not a lot of laser blasts and desperate daring-do, but it's mature science fiction for those of us that enjoy the real life "Grey areas" of human character, and thinking about what is possible in the not-so-distant future.

As in real life, there is no clear-cut good and evil, and you start out feeling one way, change what you may have believed about midway, and then change your mind again at the end... It's not some mushy "And they lived Happily ever after" story, as so many stories are... it shows the fallible nature of humans, their grand achievements, and their capability for evil.

If it were a paper book, I'd say it was a "page turner"... but since it was an audio book, I found myself wishing they'd read faster in many parts. The innocent aren't so innocent, and the guilty may not be so guilty, or maybe more than guilty, depending on your personal point of view.

I have to say, I was not a big fan of Bova in his early years, but I've yet to listen to a more recent book that has left me wanting. I may have to get "Saturn" despite some of it's poor customer reviews, since the rest of the books in the series have provided me MANY hours of entertainment, and that's ultimately what it's all about..
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- L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-06-2005
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio