Mercury by Ben Bova
(Grand Tour)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



The closest planet to our Sun, Mercury is a rocky, barren, heat-scorched world. But there are those who hope to find wealth in its desolation.

Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space. He hires Dante Alexios to bring his dreams to life. Astrobiologist Victor Molina thinks the water at Mercury's poles may harbor evidence of life, and hopes to achieve fame and glory by proving it. Bishop Elliot Danvers has been sent by the powerful Earth-based "New Morality" to keep close tabs on Molina's endeavors, which threaten to produce results contrary to fundamentalist teachings.

Three of these men are blissfully unaware of their shared history and how it ties into one of mankind's greatest tragedies. Years before, visionary engineer Mance Bracknell made his own attempt to help man progress into space by building a ladder to the stars: a glistening tower stretching thousands of miles into the air, anchored by spans of steel to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. But technological endeavor was no match for human passions, and greed and jealousy provoked terrorists to an act of sabotage that resulted in the death of millions.

There's no telling how many more will have to die before Mance has his revenge...

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


About Ben Bova

See more books from this Author
BEN BOVA is a six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and past president of the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America. Bova lives in Florida.
Published March 7, 2006 by Tor Books. 332 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Mercury

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

As a result, Bracknell was banished from Earth and lost the love of his life to Molina.

| Read Full Review of Mercury (Grand Tour)

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

The characters are the weak point of the audiobook-at times they are megalomaniacal and over-the-top-but the science fictional concepts presented here-skyhooks, solar power satellites, and the near-future exploration and colonizing of our solar system-along with Rudnicki and cast's top-notch perf...

| Read Full Review of Mercury (Grand Tour)

The Zone

Ben Bova's long and successful SF career has seen him win loads of awards and publish over 100 pieces of science fact and fiction.

| Read Full Review of Mercury (Grand Tour)

Reader Rating for Mercury

An aggregated and normalized score based on 32 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review