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Six-time Hugo Award-winner Ben Bova chronicles the saga of humankind's expansion beyond the solar system.

In Ben Bova's previous novel, New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system, where they discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out.

When Kell and his team return to Earth many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy's heart.

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When ever I read or listen to a book buy Ben Bova, I’m always transported into a fantastic world that I love.

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  • BookReader
  • 19-05-2019

Death Wave

Star Quest Series consists of three full-length novels that span hundreds of decades. 

Listenable SciFi series. The plot basics center on a radioactive wave of light/energy expanding from the center of the Milky Way core; it will take thousands of years for the wave to reach earth, and protections are implemented. It is up to earthlings to travel the galaxy helping to protect other life forms found. And find them they do!

Although connected via the light wave, the books stand alone in that characters are unique to each story.

Narrated nicely by Stefan Rudnicki, no complaints.

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  • Johannes
  • 11-01-2021

Good but not safe

The book is written well and has a compelling story but as I listen i get jolted by the blatant and expletive blasphemy. I can’t finish this book because of it.

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  • Joseph A. Zamarripa
  • 19-03-2017

A must for every one .

I've been a long time fan of Ben Bova since my high school days . I've enjoyed all of his books and this was no exception .

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  • John d
  • 25-03-2018

Pretty good romp

I don't know when this was written, but it reminds me of all that Great Science Fiction from when I read it as a kid. Before I knew what l post-modernism was, before it's alienation entered the field. But from this perspective, of 2018, part of me wants a bit more than this.Glad we are past Buck Roger's, and past Doc Savage. Past a few more, skipping the super heros, and then through Ben Bova's sensitive world of Morally Certain Characters and bad guys more complex than Evil. Which is my world view too. But it's not quite enough anymore, I think. I don't know where it will go next, what our time needs next, needs most. But this book was a wonderful respite. Thanks Mr. Bova.

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  • Ryan
  • 02-12-2015

complete let down don't waste a credit! !

complete let down, the first book was so so. interesting enough to give you hopes of the second book being an ok listen. unfortunately this book is full of improbable drama making you spend the entire book asking yourself how can these people be so stupid, and saying things like ya right. not only that but it's completely predictable. very hard to finish...

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  • The Meatball
  • 25-07-2021

The Strongest Book in the Trilogy, but Not Great

I don't believe Ben Bova is a smart man. His characters certainly aren't. I don't know how they exist several hundred years into humanity's interstellar future and just don't get basic physics. Perhaps recent declines in human intelligence do extrapolate to Bova's vision of humanity in Death Wave, but largely characters' motivations and associated plot developments just seem sort of stupid. With that said, this book has some insights into human behavior that are spot on, and should have anyone living in 2021 questioning everything their public servants are doing and saying. These little nuggets of verisimilitude, sadly, aren't enough to make this decent book great.

I also don't believe Bova can manage a deadline. Perhaps the publisher gives him inadequate time to complete a novel, but this book exhibits the same issue as every other one of his books: the solution just magically presents itself with no logical progression or development. The last chapter or two just feel like the antagonists say, "Okay, we give up. You can have it your way." It's not the most satisfying ending, and the subsequent books in the trilogy will offer no better sense of conclusion, but this one book is decent on its own.

I can't advise you'll find super smart science fiction here as you will in The Expanse series, but Death Wave is good enough for some cheap, mindless entertainment. Attempt enjoyment at your own risk.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-07-2021

More political thriller than sci-fi

Stefan Rudnicki’s narration of Ben Bova’s books fits perfectly. In this book as well as the others. Taken along with the other books in Bova’s last series (RIP!), it is a great story that further fleshes out the characters from New Earth and the future of humanity Bova has created.
My complaints would be: (1) I’m not sure if this story would interest people who haven’t read any of the other books in this series (2) Bova, like just about any sci-fi (or fantasy) author writes about relationships and sexuality in the most awkward way possible. He could have firmly established that Jordan Kell and Aditi were a devoted and loving couple with 1/10th of the amount of time he spent talking about them and their interactions as a couple.

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  • Ramsés
  • 11-07-2021

Pretty good

It seems the author added a sprinkle of spaces names just to keep the main theme. but the whole book was a transition to the next. it wasn't bad. but you don't miss anything relevant if you read the following directly.

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  • david s arentz
  • 18-06-2021

Tedious

If you're all out of valium...just try and get through this mind numbing bore fest.

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  • Robert H Casko
  • 18-06-2021

Porn. 2 ways.

Porn. Literal and figurative.

sexual and political.

Puerile, if seemingly ubiquitous, abandonment of all sexual morality..... and marxist totalitarian propaganda.

Also. galaxy spanning AI expects humans of earth to save other intelligent species who are going to be killed by a wave of radiation spreading at the speed of light....2000 years from earth....but these other species are closer....and they've known about this for years....

But no character even has the thought yet to wonder if that means FTL spaceflight must be possible?

It is such a shock when they figure out FTL communication is possible.....but noone thinks to ask the obvious..."how are we supposed to save them without FTL travel?"

The second most annoying thing in scifi, is when the plot demands characters be dumb.

The most is when an author has to shoehorn porn into the story.

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  • stig1875
  • 25-11-2015

Another Ben Bova Classic

If you could sum up Death Wave in three words, what would they be?

Another great book in the ongoing colonization of space by man, reaching out to the starsand that is why I like Bens books because they interlink the whole picture.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jordan Kell and his New Wife trying to bring the earth inhabitants to help by saving the other intelligent's in this galaxy before the death wave hits.

Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favourite?

Doug Stavenger the Old Man in the moon even though he didn't have a big part in the whole storey.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes the way it left me hanging after the abrupt end of the book and for the rest of the storey.

Any additional comments?

Yes Hurry up Ben and write the next installment of the Saga and keep the person who in my eyes makes your stories come alive, Stefan Rudniki.

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  • Paul D
  • 03-10-2018

What a boring voice!

Science fiction, but not of the Startreck variety. Here it is the story and charactrs that are central, just happen to be set in a scientifically advanced future. The problem with this is alwys the need to 'explain' the future, usually in the form of lectures delivered by the characters explaing to each other.
An nteresting premise in the story but i found the characters a little plastic and the dialogue rather wooden. It could have survived this had not the narration been so boringly sleep inducing. Not interesting enough to overcome the drone and I'm afraid i just couldn't finish it

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