Powersat is, chronologically, the start of Ben Bova's series 'The Grand Tour' (which later includes Mars, Jupiter, Moonrise etc). This is a standalone book following the creation of a satellite which can beam solar power to Earth in the form of microwaves. This technology would remove the Middle-Eastern stranglehold on fuel, and therefore comes under threat from some rather two-dimensional terrorists. Although the book never becomes tiresome, the plot is not particularly clever, and it seems if Bova is churning out a quick read to earn some easy bucks. The love story is contrite and although used to progress the plot, is rather short on plausibility. These faults aside, Powersat is an easy going techno-thriller, low on techno and on thrills, but interesting enough to ensure you see it through until the end.