Slingshot is a love story - about a man, a woman, another man, another woman, some gender bending...and a machine, the largest ever built.
Slingshot is a mystery - about a missing aviatrix, a conspiracy, a true-believer. Slingshot is an adventure - about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space. Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop, stretching 2,000 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It's about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal...and about opening space to the common person.
With a cast of 69, Slingshot takes you from Seattle's world financial district, to the ocean bottom at 5,000 meters off Baker Island, to the edge of space 80 km above. You play with dolphins and battle sharks. You fly and sail and dive, you work and play and love across the vast panorama of an equatorial Pacific being put to leash to serve humanity's surge into outer space.
While its accurate science and precise engineering will appeal to hard science fiction buffs, Slingshot's major focus is the grand journey, the opening of outer space to the common person by men and women who loom larger than life as they work, play, and love.
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Apparently yet another series begins...
There is a great deal of redundancy and verbiage that I feel clutters up the story.
Already accessing. Fire on the Flight Deck! Just a break from space!
Man, he nailed it. Not perfect, but some of the voices he gave to characters, in particular the females, was VERY impressive. TB is a clearly and up and coming Audible talent!
I was provided this audio book by the author in exchange to this unbiased review.
That said, this book definitely "grows" on you. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and for all it's sprawling and conceptual flaws, it sniffs around the start of a rather interesting series.
Recommended with those reservations.