Aftermath : Book Four

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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 "Viking"'s second-in-command, Tamara Vishinsky, appears to have the real power on board ship. When "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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Product details

  • Paperback | 396 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765343169
  • 9780765343161
  • 562,050

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"Immensely entertaining...A cracking read." --"SFX" on "The Precipice

""Hard-charging...Ambitiously juggling elements of space opera, western, and Sophoclean drama, Bova keeps the pages turning." --"Publishers Weekly" on "The Rock Rats

""Vintage Bova." --"Booklist" on "The Silent War"

"Another attention-grabbing entry in a series that continues to grow in stature, scope, and complexity. Once again, Bova in top form." --"Kirkus Reviews" on "The Rock Rats"

"An entertaining tale of survival and suspense." --"The Washington Times" on "The Precipice"

"Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly entertaining fiction." --"Los Angeles Daily News"
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About Ben Bova

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including "Able One," "Leviathans of Jupiter" and the Grand Tour novels, including "Titan," winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of "Analog" and former fiction editor of "Omni." As an editor, he won science fiction's Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova's writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.
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