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  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765368064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765368065
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.7 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I must start off by saying that I am a huge Ben Bova fan and was looking forward to reading this continuation of his Orion series. This book does a good job in that, but I have to say it is the weakest of the story lines in this series.
I did find it entertaining all the way through and as usual it is pretty educational, that is a part of his writing that I enjoy a lot, but the story, although seeming to be a good idea, got to be a bit tame. Having said that, I hope there are more to come in the Orion series.
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I haven't read a Ben Bova book in a long time. I decided to plump for this book after talking with a friend about favourite authors. I remember absolutely loving Orion in the dying time. All I can say is I find it very shallow and unrealistic. I know it is fantasy and therefor a prerequisite is to switch off incredulity but this book really does live up to its cover. Very disappointing!
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By Scrutineer on 12 Aug. 2013
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This series is consistently good, it is a unique concept in science fiction/fantasy, and the historical interpretation is enlightening. It is, perhaps, time that the series is concluded.
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The long-awaited-and-anticipated Orion Novel finally arrives! 16 July 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Being a big fan of the Orion series for a long time, I was ecstatic to learn that Ben Bova finally, after something like 15 years, this six-time Hugo award winning author had at last came out with an all-new, much anticipated Orion novel.

Now, to be quite honest, out of the now six volumes of this series, I was not crazy about a couple of them, but love the others - especially the 1st book - which, in my humble opinion, Bova has yet to beat. But Orion and King Arthur proves that Ben Bova can still write with excellence, penning a strong sci-fi/fantasy novel that had solid pacing, lots of interesting characters, loads of action, and showcasing that he can still write with the best of them.

Just when I thought there was nothing left to write about in the overly-done-to-death King Arthur legend, Ben Bova proves this wrong. Although he pretty much stays true to the legend, Bova writes Orion's part of the legend with almost seamless aplomb. That is not to say that this book did not have it's problems. But at least I was never bored. The chapters were short, well written, chock-full of new material mixed with old material regarding the King Arthur mythos, but Bova does a great job of mixing and matching old with new concepts. But especially refreshing was Orion finally coming into his own, gaining greater powers like those of the Creators themselves, finding that maybe, just maybe, his days of being the pawn of the gods, especially his creator, Aten the Golden One, may just be at an end.

Overall, Ben Bova wrote a very solid Orion adventure, but it didn't blow me away. But I wasn't disappointed either. I liked the ending very much, and it left me wanting more. Which it seems Bova alludes to.

This is the Ben Bova I want to continue to read. I hope it doesn't take more than another decade to get a new Orion novel. To us reading mortals - that is much too long!

If you like immortals battling the gods, going on adventures throughout time, then this one is for you!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Orion makes a mediocre return 14 Oct. 2013
By David Bonesteel - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Orion defies his omnipotent creator Aten once again, this time vowing to protect the young King Arthur, whom Aten has decreed must die so that the timelines play out as he has planned.

This is not a bad story, but it really seems that after six novels, the mythology of this series should be more fully realized. I’ll admit that it has been many years since I read the preceding books, but the whole thing seems rather arbitrary. We know so little about the Creators. Why do they live in that city under a force field? Why do there seem to be so few of them? What is the purpose of manipulating human history? Why was it necessary to create a being like Orion, and why keep him around if he causes so much trouble? If these questions were answered in earlier installments, I don’t remember, and it would have borne repeating after so many years between books. That would have been preferable to the frequent reiteration of events and relationships from earlier in this story. (I’ve read that this book was assembled from stories that appeared on Ben Bova’s website, which explains the repetition but not why such shoddy editing was permitted for the book’s publication.) The stage is set for at least one more book, so maybe some of these questions will be answered.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
entertaining thriller 3 July 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Aten of the futuristic Creators sends his time traveling knight Orion to Britannia just after the Romans are gone. The archipelago is wrought with feral rivals with no regard for civilians as they seek to be the one high king.

In this bloody chaos, Orion squire to youthful Arthur tries to gently and clandestinely to mentor the monarch towards the greatness of the Camelot mythos. By doing so he defies Aten, who demands Arthur die before he becomes the legend. Aten's peers all gleefully support his demystifying Arthur by an early death except Anya, who Orion loves.

Ben Bova fans will rejoice with the return of Orion and the Creators after a fifteen years absence. Fast-paced, Orion displays his mental independence that he logically concluded about his puppet masters in Orion Among the Stars as he risks his existence to save the path of human civilization. By doing so he adds to the Camelot legend. Although there is some awkward passages that disrupt the reading flow, fans of Orion and the Arthurian audience will enjoy the Orion and King Arthur.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Still a fun read 29 Dec. 2012
By Scott R - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's been almost 30 years or so since I read the first Orion book and close to 20 since I read the previous one. (1995, judging from a quick google search). Many times, when we read a series, or the next in a series, that we haven't looked at in several years, it's lost something, perhaps because the author is aging, perhaps because the reader is. However, although I find myself less moved by the Orion Anya relationship than I was in my younger days, it's still an involving read. I wound up staying late to finish it.

I give it 4, rather than 5 stars, because it's a light read, and 5 stars seems as if it should be saved for life changing books.
As an aside, I kept picturing some of the characters as the actors who played them in the recently ended BBC series, Merlin. In my case, Arthur, Gawaine, and especially Morganna, made me think of the TV show characters. While a stretch of the imagination, one could see the figures on the cover (assuming the right hand one is Arthur) as looking a bit like Bradley James and Katie McGrath. I'm guessing it's Morganna rather than Anya. (And one of the brief descriptions of Uther also reminded me of Anthony Head, or possibly Giles, the character he played in Buffy).
Also, at point, I think the author used the word "taunted" when speaking of the enemy taunting Arthor, which reminded me of the old Holy Grail line, "Now go away or I shall taunt you for a second time."

Regardless, if you've liked the previous books, this one doesn't seem to have lost it, and is as much of a page turner as the older ones.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
well it's good but... 15 July 2013
By gil baron - Published on
It's an alright book, as usual with the Orion series it has basis in real history and is enjoyable but I feel Ben Bova doesn't appreciate his readers intelligence... every forth sentence in the book Orion laments why can't he an Anya be together. and reaches the same conclusion jeez we get it already.
Same with his Dagger, do I need a reminder every single time the dagger is mentioned that Odysseus himself gave it to him? once or twice is fine, but every single gets kinda annoying.
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