There s gold in them thar asteroids In the near future commercial space exploration is growing, but not fast enough to suit billionaire Nathan Joyce who believes that humanity s only chance of long term survival is to immediately start mining asteroids This will not only provide critical resources and advance the technologies to let people start living in space, but it also could create an entirely new and sustainable economy Joyce is recruiting an multinational group of risk takers like cave diver James Tighe who have the skills necessary to be the first asteroid miners The mission will be unprecedented and dangerous, but not all the threats come from being in space.I love Daniel Suarez s books because he s great at looking at where we re at both technologically and as a society and then coming up with very plausible stories about what comes next Here, he s selling the idea that humanity s future hinges not on colonizing the moon or Mars, but instead on coming up with ways of living in space using the resources we could get from the hunks of rock floating around out there He s very persuasive on this point, and his conclusions make a lot of sense I kept finding myself thinking that this could be the prequel to The Expanse series which finds humanity spread out through the solar system It helps that this isn t a tale filled with wide eyed optimism, and there s a lot of cynical pragmatism in how the plot unfolds Suarez creates a world in which it s greed as much as anything that would make this happen, and that getting this going would take the resources of the mega rich That certainly fits the direction we seem to be heading with guys like Elon Musk and Richard Branson putting big money into space But when you get people driven by profit margins and massive egos involved you can t really trust them to do the right thing for the greater good or even their own employees either Throw in a bunch of murky laws related to this and competing national interests, and it s probably inevitable that mining asteroids will be just as cutthroat and messy as business on Earth.If you re into space stuff, especially near future hard sci fi, then there s a lot to like here Suarez is better at coming up with cool ideas and tech then he is writing about people, but he does an adequate job of creating a cast of characters and putting them in interesting and sometimes hazardous situations While a lot is wrapped up here the book also ends on what seems to be a pure sequel set up so I don t think we got the whole story, but I ll be happy to check out the next one, too 3.5 stars. Suarez has done his homework for this near future asteroid mining SF thriller The book is set in the early 2030s, which seems very soon for some of the technology it extrapolates It gets melodramatic at times, and the characterizations can be perfunctory But it s a good tale well told, with some nice twists, and boy, do those pages turn Strong 4 stars Recommended, especially for hard SF fans. In 2032, various billionaires are competing with each other to monetize space exploration One of the billionaires, Nathan Joyce, has started an asteroid mining company and wants to find a crew for the first manned expedition A collection of 440 candidates is assembled They have varying skills, but they are linked by their daredevil natures Their number is to be winnowed down to 8 after rigorous training exercises and psychological evaluation Those selected will go on a 4 year mission to mine an asteroid Joyce shares the daredevil qualities of his candidates and, assisted by Lukas Rochat, a young lawyer specializing in space law, he bulldozes over all laws and restrictions that might slow down his project This book had an interesting premise and parts of it were very exciting I especially liked the bootcamp like training Once on the asteroid, there was a fair amount of technobabble that I generally ignored, but I was fascinated by the concept of using the resources of the asteroid to create not only everything needed to sustain the lives of the crew but also to create the materials needed for the mining venture itself Most of the focus of the book was on the crew, which was a good thing, because the parts that focused on Joyce were very sketchy It felt like parts were left out Joyce and or Rochat would appear sporadically, but their story line always felt like it needed further explanation There was also a chapter involving some of Joyce s creditors Their motives and actions made no sense and they were like cartoon characters However, the crew was likable, the science was intriguing and the book was entertaining There is room at the end for a sequel and I would read it I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. 5 Far Stars for the Konstantin I should have been sleeping when I read this book but it was so good I had to stay up until the very end I love reading anything about space, whether it s hard science or science fiction, a fun space opera or a serious article, it doesn t matter as long as it takes me to that otherworldly place in the sky that most of us can only dream about visiting And this book did just that From the beginning of the crew s training, through the laughter and tears, and every new first on their four year journey, all the way to that final edge of your seat, re entry, I felt like I was right there with them the entire time I worked as a NASA contractor for quite a few years and live just a few minutes from Marshall Space Flight Center so my passion for space exploration and all things space related runs quite deep so I love when authors take the time to write about space Books like these not only allow me to live vicariously through the characters but importantly, they get kids as well as adults, excited and interested in space science and exploration and the endless possibilities that our future holds.So if you enjoy reading about space flight, space mining, astronaut training, cislunar orbit and or deep space, give this book a try Yes, other authors have written about space flight but each story is unique, including this one, especially this one And if you like space flight stories like I do, you can read about, as many space missions that you can get your hands on Lastly, I noticed that there were several threads left open for potential follow up later which gives me great hope that this is the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel At least, I got a pretty clear impression that the author has further plans for his characters, now whether the publishers are on board, I m not sure I really hope they are though because I m as down for a cislunar and deep space rendezvous, as much as Tighe and Chindarkar are I received this ARC from Penguin Random House First to Reads, in exchange for an honest review Thank you A must read Like everything Suarez has written it is hard to put down This is his best book since Daemon Anyone interested in commercial space, asteroid mining, or just a great sci fi story should read it. It felt very tired and the plot overdone Characters were also very predictable and two dimensional. Boring The plot is tired and the characters aren t great I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t. When Itinerant Cave Diver James Tighe Receives An Invitation To Billionaire Nathan Joyce S Private Island, He Thinks It Must Be A Mistake But Tighe S Unique Skill Set Makes Him A Prime Candidate For Joyce S High Risk Venture To Mine A Near Earth Asteroid With The Goal Of Kick Starting An Entire Off World Economy The Potential Rewards And Personal Risks Are Staggering, But The Competition Is Fierce And The Stakes Couldn T Be HigherIsolated And Pushed Beyond Their Breaking Points, Tighe And His Fellow Twenty First Century Adventurers Ex Soldiers, Former Astronauts, BASE Jumpers, And Mountain Climbers Must Rely On Each Other To Survive Not Only The Dangers Of A Multi Year Expedition But The Harsh Realities Of Business In Space They Re Determined To Transform Humanity From An Earth Bound Species To A Space Faring One Or Die Trying A new book from Daniel Suarez is always a high octane treat His ability to craft mesmerizing tales from his research into new and emerging tech is second to none In Delta v, he writes what feels like a future history of space exploration, in the vein of Arthur C Clarke.Delta v follows James JT Tighe and others on their way to becoming the first commercial space mining mission Every step along the way, from training selection, to the climactic return, will up your heart rate and have you flipping to the next page as quickly as possible I found myself struggling to pause occasionally to appreciate the world painted before me, rather than rushing through to find out what happens next.The strengths of this book are typical Suarez impeccable research and uncanny visioning, coupled to an addictive plot and rich detail.The weaknesses are also typical Suarez, in that the human element at times rings false I found myself occasionally questioning whether the actions of the characters were believable, especially Nathan Joyce, who seemed cartoonish at times.But Daniel Suarez does not write character studies His books will never enlighten you on the human condition, so if that s what you re looking for, there are plenty of other places to find it You are never in danger of shedding a tear over a Suarez book However, your eyes will grow wide with wonder and you may find yourself cheering with delight as the worlds he imagines are revealed You will walk away feeling like you have just glimpsed a possible and plausible future.Suarez writes techno thrill rides, and this one is very satisfying in that regard I loved Delta v and place it alongside Daemon, Freedom and Kill Decision as my favorites And so than any of those, I really hope to someday see this one get the big screen treatment. As I get older I wonder at time if my reading speed has slowed down And as I struggle with some of the complicated or intricate books, they just seem to take longer But not this book This was a grabber, a thriller And just plain hard to put down The characterization could have been better And maybe our main pov character could have had obvious general skills But a great book Certainly it could have had a better title Not high art 4.5 of 5.
DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom , Kill Decision, and Influx A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high tech and Sci Fi thrillers focus on technology driven
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