Follow up to The Precipice, this one picks up after Dan Randolph's death as many are racing to the asteroid belt to claim the riches that it entails. Many familiar characters from the previous novel return as Martin Humphries continues his evil ways to prevent anyone but him from gathering the resources everyone so covets. It is debatable what Humphries wants more, the money or the woman he clearly cannot have, Amanda, who happens to be married to one of the ones Humphries is trying to knock off. Bova manages once again to mix politics, science fiction, and human emotion in ways that he is so well known for. Of note also is Bova's treatment of Pancho, who was tapped to succeed Randolph after his untimely death. Pancho pretty much inserts herself into the line of fire as the leader of those who oppose Humphries, much to her peril. Bova has another winner here.
1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
On the love seat in my den or in bed.
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmarks....unintentionally have collected quite a few over the years
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?
I prefer the chapter break, but if I cannot stay awake at all I will just mark it wherever.
4. Do you eat or drink while read?
Prefer iced tea if I drink while reading.
5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
TV is ok on low volume.
6. One book at a time or several at once?
Anywhere from one to as many as four in the past. No issue whatsoever....
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Anywhere.....best at home, though.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently. Would feel weird otherwise.
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?
Don't even think about this, but some end up barked pretty good and I don't even realize I'm doing it.
11. Do you write in your books?
Only at beginning to ID my inventory number for my library.
Mixed feelings on this one....the story is fantastic, and I really enjoy reading about Sanguinius and the Blood Angels. The problem for me here was I hit one of my dreaded reading slumps around the holidays while trying to read about 10 pages a night or so. Also, Swallow lavished in a period of what I felt was redundant, way overblown writing after the Blood Angels' main ship crashed on Signus Prime. This is the portion of the story where the legionaries and their primarch Sanguinius battle the evil forces of the warp, having been led there by the traitorous warmaster Horus in the first place. The first half of the book and the last 10% or so I think flow really well, and make for some compelling reading. However, getting through the above mentioned slog on Signus Prime was tough for me. A re-read of this may be in order, or I need to read simpler books around the holidays.
An absolute delight to read....I've been wanting to read this book for years and I finally got to it. This is the one that started it all...the basis for the original movie. There are just as many laugh out loud moments in the book, if not more, than there are in the movie. The influence this book had on future entertainment should be an indicator of the genius of it. I was instantly drawn in to the characters and setting and literally could not put the book down waiting for the next hilarious moment to occur. If you are looking for comedy or satire in your next read, give this a try.
I love the Grand Tour books by Bova, and this one fits right in with the entire saga he has created. The earth has reached greenhouse hell, and Dan Randolph knows that going out into the solar system to harvest minerals for industry is the way to save the earth's economy, and perhaps the earth itself, as well as make Randolph extremely rich. Martin Humphries agrees, but is only interested in the money potential, earth status be damned. Thus begins the race to the Asteroid Belt to claim this treasure, Randolph breaking every rule he can to get there and Humphries doing everything he can to sabotage the mission out of sheer jealousy. Bova manages to write a well-paced, tense journey for these characters, and it sets up well for future volumes in the Asteroid Wars series.
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A direct, clinical examination of the time that Robert Gates spent as Secretary of Defense under Bush and Obama, narrated by Gates himself, this book provides the reader with outstanding and often surprising information on what Gates did and put up with during his service as secdef. One gets a feeling and understanding of just how difficult a job he had, and that all his training for this job is truly on-the-job. I still cannot figure out how someone can deal with that much stress and function day-to-day. Gates describes 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how he felt responsible for the lives of our servicemen every single day. His take on both Bush and Obama was very interesting, being that he served the same capacity under two very polar opposite administrations. My hat's off to this man for his service.
I really enjoyed this one and I agree with about 95% of the material in this book. Not going to say much more about this book as many out there have opinions on this subject that are all over the board and I am going to respect that. Thank you.
This is the first Feinstein book I've read and after reading I may need to tackle more in the future. Feinstein follows the trials and struggles of various baseball players (and some umpires as well) trying to get out of the minors and show their skills on a major league field. Many people, even ones who follow baseball closely, are unaware of how difficult it is to come up through the minors and make a major league team. This book does a magnificent job of describing what certain players go through, chronicling the ups as well as the major downs that these guys experience. Probably the quote that sums up the book the best is uttered by former Triple-A manager Ron Johnson to players that complain about being in the minors: "If you don't like it here, do a better job."