Able One

Able One

Book - 2010
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When communications satellites are destroyed by a rogue North Korean faction that is also plotting a thermonuclear attack, the fate of the world rests in the untested technology and crew of a laser-enabled 747 designed to eliminate missiles in flight.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765323866
Branch Call Number: SF BOVA
Characteristics: 398 p


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Aug 29, 2017

Pretty disappointing. Ben Bova is one of those well known sci-fi authors I always meant to try but never did. I hope his earlier work is better than this example of his more recent work. The science was about as thorough as if he read a couple articles in a science journal and he slapped a flimsy narrative around it full of racist screed. I guess he thinks everybody in the world purples their dialog with outdated racist insults. Maybe they do in his head.

Jul 10, 2012

Good suspense and fast paced, but a little anti-climatic in the end.

Apr 02, 2011

I wanted give this 3 stars because it was relatively fun to read. It's fast-paced, action filled and an easy read, but the science and other research in it was so ludicrous I just couldn't. This guy's a Hugo Award winner? Amazing! He gets his knowledge of orbital mechanics from Jack Bauer. The EMP device exploded in geosynchronous orbit knocks out every GPS satellite? Good trick since half of them are shielded by the earth at any given moment and the others are almost all tens of thousands of miles away, well outside the range of an EMP device at that altitude. The secret contact in the Chinese government has a Vietnamese name, not Pinyin and the Lebanese analyst is later found to be "Christian, not Arab." Earth to Bova, you can be both, and many in Lebanon are. The characters are hackneyed and the whole storyline is predictable from about page 10, but it kept me occupied while waiting in the emergency room.


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