Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review: Venus by Ben Bova

VenusVenus by Ben Bova
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I somehow missed reading Venus in Bova's planet series a few years ago, and when I had to take a long trip on the road, I thought I'd give it a try. What was I expecting? Well, some good science, some interesting characters,and plenty of action. Venus delivers all this, but it could have used a bit more science about Venus itself and less of the "space opera" characterizations, in my opinion. Our hero, Van Humphries, has a lot of self doubts and fears, but he overcomes them and makes a good show of it by story's end. The female characters (and some of the male characters) come across flatter and less realistic. They fill their function in the story, but the reader never becomes emotionally involved in their plight, which is regrettable. Not a bad yarn and a pleasant, quick read overall, but I'd have to say it's not my favorite in the series.

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