The Aftermath : The Asteroid Wars

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Emily Janice Card, Gabrielle de Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Series: The Asteroid Wars
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the wake of the Asteroid Wars that tore across the solar system, Victor Zacharius makes his living running the ore-carrier Syracuse. With his wife and two children, he plies the Asteroid Belt, hauling whatever cargo can be found. When the Syracuse stumbles into the middle of a military attack on the habitat Chrysalis, Victor flees in a control pod to draw the attacker's attention away from his family. Now, as his wife and children plunge into the far deeps of space, Victor has been rescued by the seductive Cheena Madagascar. He must do her bidding if he's to have a prayer of ever seeing his family again.
Elverda Apacheta is the solar system's greatest sculptor. The cyborg Dorn was formerly Dorik Harbin, the ruthless military commander responsible for the attack on Chrysalis. Their lives and destinies have been linked by their joint discovery of the alien artifact that had, earlier, profoundly affected industrialist Martin Humphries. Similarly transformed by the artifact's mysterious powers, Apacheta and Dorn now prowl the Belt, determined to find the bodies of the many victims of Harbin's atrocities so that they can be given proper burials.
Kao Yuan is the captain of Viking, owned by Martin Humphries, who's determined to kill Dorn and Elverda because they know too much about the artifact and its power over him. But the Viking's second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, appears to have the real power on board ship.
When the Viking catches up to Apacheta and Dorn, their confrontation begins a series of events involving them, the Zacharius family, and Martin Humphries and his son in the transformation of the human solar system.

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Space Opera

Bova space-opera of the imaginative kind. Kept my interest, even if it started off like" Leave it to Beaver" in space. Then, it got interesting as all the story lines came together in the last hour of the listen. The male macho was somewhat distracting but balanced by some aggressive female characters. Number 4 of 4 in the Asteroid Wars series and #9 of 21 in the Grand Tour series, this book would have been really annoying if read alone because the characters and the context would be unknown. Overall, a good read and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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- George

A departure from previous Asteroid series

This was a departure from the rest of the asteroid wars series. It take from one small part of the previous book and goes off in a tangeant that is unexpected. There is virtually no use of the main characters from the earlier books, and those that are used really have had such a personality change that they are different characters.

While The Aftermath is still an intering book, it is not a true continuation. It is really a standalone book on it's own utilizing some of the same names and events.
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- Ron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio