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I had recently finished Mars by Ben Bova and was so drawn to his style that I had to raid the local bookshop in deserate search of another of his books. In all honesty I was a bit dubious about Moonrise, though was very pleased that I actually bought it! Using the same style throughout his books I was unable to put the book down and since finishing it have recommended it to a good number of people. A clever and worthy book, well deserving attention.
This was one of my favourite all time books, I read it first when I was 17, half a life ago, and it was genuinely insipirational, the combination of science fiction, frontier and adventure works well for me and was well executed.For me, it was definately my favourite Bova out of around 5-10 I read. I am kind o f pleased that even so many years on it merits 5* from me, as I don't give them out easily. I think the 5* is a personal choice though. I can see that for some other people it would be a 3*, maybe.
If you are a logical thinker that enjoys science that might help but it's also just a good adventure yarn. One thing that I wasn't convinced about was the need to mention who fancies who for almost every character that appeared in the novel, and so many women immediately propositioning men almost, or showing a very open interest, attitudes may change in the future but the author's fantasy may have been at work here.
Another hefty sci-fi tome from Bova which details and epic struggle to maintain a base upon the Moon. The usual Bova mechanics are in place; a brave hero, carefully thought out companions, company power struggles and family feuds. Of course the future technology is well detailed and explained, Bova is brilliant at creating believable science fiction scenarios. The action and suspense is well crafted with interesting characters and plot components. Moonrise is no short tale, at six hundred pages it uses long term relationships, in both personal and business terms, to propel a non-stop page turner. The finale doesn't ring true to the rest of the story before it, however Moonrise, as any entry in the Grand Tour series before it, is a standalone novel definitely worth reading.
Having read many books by this author I found this book a little disappointing. The premise is very good but the story gets over loaded with psudo political infighting. The first 100 pages are ben bova at his best, but the story then slowly develops with massive timeshifts and only seems to leading onto the followup book Moonwar. References to the Mars books are fun to those that have read them, but overall unless you are a Ben Bova addict I would pass on this one and get a copy of Colony, or for the really daring try the Voyager trilogy
This book was absolutely fantastic. The concepts, the plot, everything. But it got 4 stars because I felt the characters were a bit thin. But I recommend anyone to read it, and if they haven't already read Mars.