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Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova joins forces with Nebula Award finalist Doug Beason for an action packed technothriller with Space Station Down. “Think Die Hard happening two hundred and fifty miles above the earth...Will have you watching the skies overhead much more closely.”—Steve Berry When an ultra-rich space tourist visits the orbiting International Space Station, N Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova joins forces with Nebula Award finalist Doug Beason for an action packed technothriller with Space Station Down. “Think Die Hard happening two hundred and fifty miles above the earth...Will have you watching the skies overhead much more closely.”—Steve Berry When an ultra-rich space tourist visits the orbiting International Space Station, NASA expects a $100 million win-win: his visit will bring in much needed funding and publicity. But the tourist venture turns into a scheme of terror. Together with an extremist cosmonaut, the tourist slaughters all the astronauts on board the million-pound ISS—and prepares to crash it into New York City at 17,500 miles an hour, causing more devastation than a hundred atomic bombs. In doing so, they hope to annihilate the world’s financial system. All that stands between them and their deadly goal is the lone survivor aboard the ISS, Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, a newly divorced astronaut who has barricaded herself in a secure area. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova joins forces with Nebula Award finalist Doug Beason for an action packed technothriller with Space Station Down. “Think Die Hard happening two hundred and fifty miles above the earth...Will have you watching the skies overhead much more closely.”—Steve Berry When an ultra-rich space tourist visits the orbiting International Space Station, N Hugo Award-winning author Ben Bova joins forces with Nebula Award finalist Doug Beason for an action packed technothriller with Space Station Down. “Think Die Hard happening two hundred and fifty miles above the earth...Will have you watching the skies overhead much more closely.”—Steve Berry When an ultra-rich space tourist visits the orbiting International Space Station, NASA expects a $100 million win-win: his visit will bring in much needed funding and publicity. But the tourist venture turns into a scheme of terror. Together with an extremist cosmonaut, the tourist slaughters all the astronauts on board the million-pound ISS—and prepares to crash it into New York City at 17,500 miles an hour, causing more devastation than a hundred atomic bombs. In doing so, they hope to annihilate the world’s financial system. All that stands between them and their deadly goal is the lone survivor aboard the ISS, Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, a newly divorced astronaut who has barricaded herself in a secure area. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Space Station Down

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Antão

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Space Physics: "Space Station Down" by Ben Bova, Doug Beason Bova and Beason forgot an important aspect: the best “centri-fungal” effect I've ever experienced was opening the shoes after that survival weekend without a shower. The ISS is circa 400km above the Earth's surface, GPS satellites (for your satnav) fly in medium Earth orbit (MEO) at an altitude of just over 20,000 km, a geosynchronous satellite (fixed position overhead such as If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Space Physics: "Space Station Down" by Ben Bova, Doug Beason Bova and Beason forgot an important aspect: the best “centri-fungal” effect I've ever experienced was opening the shoes after that survival weekend without a shower. The ISS is circa 400km above the Earth's surface, GPS satellites (for your satnav) fly in medium Earth orbit (MEO) at an altitude of just over 20,000 km, a geosynchronous satellite (fixed position overhead such as a TV satellite) is 35,000km and the moon 384,000km away. The higher the orbit, the 'closer' to the moon. Beyond the moon there the Lagrange point(s) where (L2) the James Webb telescope is intended. Ferrets in a sack comes to mind ... where's the physics in contemporary SF?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gerhard

    This does exactly what it says on the box: A high-octane (literally rocket fuel) high-concept thriller that opens with a bang and does not let up for the next couple of hundred pages. The chapters are short and punchy, and the story takes a couple of unexpected turns, especially towards the end. Speaking of the ending, I was not a huge fan, as I felt it ended a bit too abruptly – it was as if the authors had solved the science side of things, and then just dumped their characters as they got bor This does exactly what it says on the box: A high-octane (literally rocket fuel) high-concept thriller that opens with a bang and does not let up for the next couple of hundred pages. The chapters are short and punchy, and the story takes a couple of unexpected turns, especially towards the end. Speaking of the ending, I was not a huge fan, as I felt it ended a bit too abruptly – it was as if the authors had solved the science side of things, and then just dumped their characters as they got bored. And speaking of science: the authors do a really impressive job of bringing the average reader up to speed on the layout and operation of the ISS. The science does not clutter the narrative at all. I loved the schematics with handwritten labels that precede each section (each counts for a day). My only wish was that I had a physical copy of the layout in my hands while reading so I could track where everyone was, as zero gravity does tend to add an extra dimension. I also thought the authors took a few liberties with the science – especially with regard to fuel reserves – but this is ‘Diehard in Space’ after all, not ‘2001’. And wouldn’t all that spilt blood have clogged up the air filters or something? A strange decision on the part of the writers is to tell the story from the sole viewpoint of the ISS crew, and not the terrorists, who only emerge as credible threats when the action demands it. Hence we get little insight into their dynamics or motivations. There is a bit at the beginning when one of the bad guys delivers a speech (and ultimatum), and references Dabiq and Al-Qahhar. This sidetracked me into an Internet search about Isis eschatology. Dabiq in Syria is the Islamic equivalent of Meggido, where the End of Days will be fought before Judgement Day. Al-Qahhar is one of the 99 names of God, and refers to His Old Testament penchant for smiting entire civilisations for misbehaviour. I am not unsure if Islamic State is even relevant in a geopolitical context anymore, so thought this a strange choice of bad guy. Hopefully my Internet search did not raise a red flag in some dim South African government department somewhere. Still, this is a wonderfully diverting read. Weird to find enjoyment in a book about a super-911 scenario when the real world is to going to hell in a coronavirus mask around us, but hey, it is the ‘new normal’ …

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen Swinney

    This book put you right on the ISS as we are following Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, who is doing everything she can to thwart a terrorist threat against the earth. This is a fast paced thriller that keeps you hooked until the very end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bob/Sally

    While it falls apart a bit upon any sort of deeper reflection, with too many things left unexplained or glossed over, there’s no denying that Space Station Down was a fun. dramatic, action-packed read that I blew through in an afternoon. It’s a popcorn sci-fi thriller that would work beautifully on the big screen. It was the “Die Hard happening two hundred and fifty miles above the earth” reviewer blurb from Steve Berry that drew me to this, and if you add “with nods to The Martian,” that is prec While it falls apart a bit upon any sort of deeper reflection, with too many things left unexplained or glossed over, there’s no denying that Space Station Down was a fun. dramatic, action-packed read that I blew through in an afternoon. It’s a popcorn sci-fi thriller that would work beautifully on the big screen. It was the “Die Hard happening two hundred and fifty miles above the earth” reviewer blurb from Steve Berry that drew me to this, and if you add “with nods to The Martian,” that is precisely what you get. Ben Bova and Doug Beason waste no time getting started, killing off astronauts and isolating Kimberly in a matter of chapters, and from then on in it’s just one dramatic rescue, one dramatic escape, and one dramatic pause from beginning to end. She’s a tough, brave, courageous woman who takes her father’s advice of “Don’t get mad, get even,” to heart, but she’s also a brilliant woman with an almost bewildering knowledge of science and spaceflight. She can hold her own when it comes to zero-gravity grappling, but the real appeal here is her MacGyver-like ingenuity in beating the terrorists at their own game. I was a bit concerned when her ex-husband (and fellow astronaut) kept pushing to be part of a rescue mission but, without getting into spoiler territory, Kimberly is no damsel-in-distress and she doesn’t need anybody to rescue her. This is her story, from beginning to end, and everything – from hacking computer systems, to weaponizing school kids’ experiments, to spacewalking and avoiding killer missiles – falls solely on her shoulders. Fortunately, as banged up, battered, and bruised as she becomes, even when facing oxygen deprivation and the bends, she’s still up to the task. This was a fun, fast read, and so long as I was racing from chapter to chapter, I was wholly immersed, enthusiastically rooting for Kimberly to succeed. Once I finished . . . that’s when the thinness of certain parts and the holes in others began to become apparent. We never really do get a proper explanation for the terrorist’s true motives, and the whole issue of a powerful nation-state backing them is left unresolved. There’s something fishy with the Chinese involvement, but that’s never fully explored either. And given Kimberly’s background, there’s a huge missed opportunity to talk about racism and religion, relegating the subject to one offhand Presidential comment and a single silent scene of her parents (Japanese and Saudi) watching the civil unrest on television. With a plethora of government agencies to credit, a lot of things happen just because they need to, not because they make sense or are justified within the narrative. And, the more I think back on it, the more I begin asking questions like why didn’t the terrorists just disable or block the hatch on the Japanese Module (like Kimberly did theirs later), or turn off her power sooner, or lure her into a trap (as she does to them so many times), or so many other simple things. Nagging, nitpicky questions aside, Space Station Down was a fun read with a racially diverse female protagonist who doesn’t need a man to rescue her or tell her she did a good job. https://femledfantasy.home.blog/2020/...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    “Never give up, never give in,” Scott told himself. Up the ante until somebody folds. This was a fun adventure thriller. I've read author Bova's books before and enjoyed most of them but this is my favorite. Some readers have compared this book to the movie DIE HARD but I don't quite see that. I'd have to write that it reminds me more of the movie ARMAGEDDON about a deadly, huge asteroid head to crash into Earth. Kimberly Hadid-Robinson is the senior ranking American astronaut serving on the Intern “Never give up, never give in,” Scott told himself. Up the ante until somebody folds. This was a fun adventure thriller. I've read author Bova's books before and enjoyed most of them but this is my favorite. Some readers have compared this book to the movie DIE HARD but I don't quite see that. I'd have to write that it reminds me more of the movie ARMAGEDDON about a deadly, huge asteroid head to crash into Earth. Kimberly Hadid-Robinson is the senior ranking American astronaut serving on the International Space Station (ISS) at the moment. The crew is getting ready to welcome two visitors - a returning astronaut who is accompanying a civilian billionaire tourist. But events get deadly as soon as they dock at the ISS and Kimberly goes into hiding in one of the modules. It seems that the pair are terrorists intent on crashing the ISS into the Earth. This was an exciting book with a kicka** female main character who doesn't believe in "getting mad but getting even." There was a lot about the workings of the ISS which was interesting to me. But the science never bogged down the story and seemed believable. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys space adventures or science fiction. I received this book from Tor Books through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alan Medcalf

    Perhaps the best sci-fi read since Andy Weir's "The Martian". A great blend of science, engineering and MacGyver ingenuity and resilience. A recommended read for anyone who enjoys a suspenseful story stuffed with solid science.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I genuinely enjoy Ben Bova and all his many works. I’m not familiar with his co-author this time around (totally on me, I’m looking into him more now). This is a great read. Like one of the reviewers stated it is “made for the big screen” (remember movie theaters? I miss those things). The story is quick, fun, and enjoyable. That said, by default of clearly aiming for, and hitting, Big-Screen-Appeal, as well as being co-authored, it lacked the overall appeal of the Bova books I’ve enjoyed in the I genuinely enjoy Ben Bova and all his many works. I’m not familiar with his co-author this time around (totally on me, I’m looking into him more now). This is a great read. Like one of the reviewers stated it is “made for the big screen” (remember movie theaters? I miss those things). The story is quick, fun, and enjoyable. That said, by default of clearly aiming for, and hitting, Big-Screen-Appeal, as well as being co-authored, it lacked the overall appeal of the Bova books I’ve enjoyed in the past. This is a personal impression in comparison to those. If you’re a fan of space-based action, like Gravity (super-fun movie!) you should enjoy this too. Extra points for letting the lead be female. Extra-extra points for making a pointed effort to call out she required no confirmation or validation from any of the male characters, and extra-extra-extra points for utilizing a racially diverse cast without being overly heavy-handed about it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diego

    Classic Ben Bova; this really is like Die Hard in space. My heart pounded a few times; it really could be a movie. This was comparable to the Martian for me; not as overly technical but just enough to visualize. Bova is the reason I started enjoying reading long ago and he didn’t disappoint with this riveting heart pounder.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Veach Glines

    Since I have read/enjoyed Ben Bova in decades past, I assume the reason Space Station Down is such a terrible read is because he's about 88 years old and Doug Beason is a bad writer. The flaws which drove me away from finishing this book and from ever reading Beason or Bova ever again: - Being treated like I have a terrible memory and forgot specific details which were already provided on pages earlier. - Needing to review (and return to) a first-page sketched map of the space station while reading Since I have read/enjoyed Ben Bova in decades past, I assume the reason Space Station Down is such a terrible read is because he's about 88 years old and Doug Beason is a bad writer. The flaws which drove me away from finishing this book and from ever reading Beason or Bova ever again: - Being treated like I have a terrible memory and forgot specific details which were already provided on pages earlier. - Needing to review (and return to) a first-page sketched map of the space station while reading. Any competent writer can describe movement thru a series of rooms and corridors without confusing readers . . . not here. - Highschool-level, clunky, foreshadowing; with all the subtle ways to insinuate and hint, these authors chose to bludgeon the reader with a page 2 zoom close-up. - Cliched adjectives, bland descriptors, outdated/sophomoric poor-quality writing. - The worst offense of all was the author(s) constantly using the words 'she thought to herself' or 'she reminded herself' or many other unnecessary phrases which ALWAYS pull/throw the reader out of the scene. She thought. Full stop. Why constantly include 'to herself'? Because this book was never edited before it was published.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ernest

    Space Station Down by Ben Bova, Doug Beason | Aug 4, 2020 | Tor Books In space, when terrorists gain access to the ISS and kill almost everyone aboard and cut all ground communication. no one can hear you scream. Unless you’re Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, ISS Commander, resourceful astronaut, and the only member of the crew that managed to stop and think her way through the problem, rather than rushing at a pair of highly trained terrorists. The authors don’t come out and say it, but testosterone clai Space Station Down by Ben Bova, Doug Beason | Aug 4, 2020 | Tor Books In space, when terrorists gain access to the ISS and kill almost everyone aboard and cut all ground communication. no one can hear you scream. Unless you’re Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, ISS Commander, resourceful astronaut, and the only member of the crew that managed to stop and think her way through the problem, rather than rushing at a pair of highly trained terrorists. The authors don’t come out and say it, but testosterone claims more victims. Kimberly’s not screaming in panic, but maybe from frustration and anger. If the terrorists get their way they’ll deorbit the ISS over America (they’d like to hit NYC) and leave a plutonium cloud in its wake. If she can’t find a way to contact the ground and get around their hack, millions will be doomed, and the space program as well. Unless the President decides to just shoot down the station first. More: http://www.e357.net/beingernest/?p=60...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Casey Wheeler

    This pairing of authors produced a very good novel. As the title notes, it is about the International Space Station. The primary plot is that two terrorists attempt to take over the station after killing everyone except for one woman who works to foil their attempt to spread fear and panic. It is well written and a fast read (two days for me). I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodre This pairing of authors produced a very good novel. As the title notes, it is about the International Space Station. The primary plot is that two terrorists attempt to take over the station after killing everyone except for one woman who works to foil their attempt to spread fear and panic. It is well written and a fast read (two days for me). I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my nonfiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook  page.

  12. 5 out of 5

    S Lynn Helton

    This near-future sci-fi terrorism thriller dives right into the action after just a bit of technical description to set the scene in the space station. The story is rich in these technical details, which helped me feel like I was right there. A couple of times the acronyms did get a little dense but those parts were short and didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the book. I liked that the main character Kimberly is a scientist and uses her ingenuity to devise means of self-defense and formulate This near-future sci-fi terrorism thriller dives right into the action after just a bit of technical description to set the scene in the space station. The story is rich in these technical details, which helped me feel like I was right there. A couple of times the acronyms did get a little dense but those parts were short and didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the book. I liked that the main character Kimberly is a scientist and uses her ingenuity to devise means of self-defense and formulate countermoves in her struggle to thwart the terrorists’ plans. Suspense builds throughout the book as threat piles on threat, and the scenes have the feel of an exciting action-thriller movie. The fast-paced story drew me in and kept me reading as the clock ticked closer and closer to a disaster with the potential to kill millions – and Kimberly herself. A very entertaining, diverting read! (I received a free advance copy of this book with no obligation to post a review. The opinions in this review are my own.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    JasonAA

    The quote on the cover says "Think Die Hard at 250 miles above the Earth." If you go into this book this book believing that, you're going to be very disappointed. For this book to be like Die Hard, John McClane would have had to hide in the air duct for the first 2/3 of the movie and drop his gun every time he saw a terrorist. A better comparison would probably be The Martian (the book) if it focused mainly on the stuff that was happening on Earth and at NASA and the only Mark Watney stuff was The quote on the cover says "Think Die Hard at 250 miles above the Earth." If you go into this book this book believing that, you're going to be very disappointed. For this book to be like Die Hard, John McClane would have had to hide in the air duct for the first 2/3 of the movie and drop his gun every time he saw a terrorist. A better comparison would probably be The Martian (the book) if it focused mainly on the stuff that was happening on Earth and at NASA and the only Mark Watney stuff was him making plans and doing inventories. Yes, Mark Watney growing potatoes would be too exciting for the majority of this book. The book starts off strong, then goes completely off the rails and then slightly redeems itself at the end. For me, it started as a 4 star, went down to 1 or 2, then climbed back up to about a 2.5. I was generous and rounded up. Here are my issues with it. First, the book should have ended around page 200. Apparently between pages 150-200, the main character Kimberly "butterfingers" Hadid-Robinson developed brain damage during something that happened off the page. The whole terrorist thing could have been easily ended and then the book could have picked back up with the current final 30 pages or so. Instead, we get about a hundred pages of dumb decisions and their consequences, but luckily some Wile E. Coyote physics stop the terrorists. Then the heroes have to deal with people on Earth, who apparently have all caught the brain damage causing virus. Then we get into about page 310 or so, when apparently a cure has been developed and everyone starts acting intelligent again. Those were the plot issues, but there were a lot of writing style things that bugged me too. I feel like I kept reading the exact same thing over and over and over. Kimberly (don't call her Kim) must have searched the supply bags to do inventory at least 5 times and we were reminded that she had a space suit and experimental air lock in the module she was holed up in *at least* half a dozen times. I wonder if that will come into play. Most of the foreshadowing was about as subtle as a brick to the head. If you couldn't figure out what was going to happen, then you may have caught the brain damage virus too. Another minor thing, was apparently this book was rated PG. Seemed pretty unrealistic that nobody cursed. At all. The terrorists were frequently referred to as "SOBs" and FUBAR was defined as fouled up beyond all repair. Pretty sure that's not what the F usually stands for. Then the terrorists behavior just seemed really cartoony. Every time they got a scrape, they started thrashing and screaming and yelling. You'd think they'd have learned to power thru the pain somewhere in astronaut or terrorist training. Overall, I'm pretty disappointed. This really could have been a great book, but it feels like the authors quit trying after 100 pages. I really wonder if one of them wrote the majority of the beginning and ending and the other filled in the middle. That would almost explain how inconsistent this book was.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    TITLE: Space Station Down AUTHOR(S): Ben Bova and Doug Beason GENRE: Science Fiction/Thriller PAGES: 341 FORMAT: E-book I am a huge fan of Ben Bova’s books, and I also enjoy the works of Doug Beason. When I heard the two were teaming up for a novel I was all kinds of excited. When I heard the premise of the books, I did a happy dance. Two terrorists make their way onto the International Space Station and want to send it crashing down into New York’s financial district. Like I said, the premise is fant TITLE: Space Station Down AUTHOR(S): Ben Bova and Doug Beason GENRE: Science Fiction/Thriller PAGES: 341 FORMAT: E-book I am a huge fan of Ben Bova’s books, and I also enjoy the works of Doug Beason. When I heard the two were teaming up for a novel I was all kinds of excited. When I heard the premise of the books, I did a happy dance. Two terrorists make their way onto the International Space Station and want to send it crashing down into New York’s financial district. Like I said, the premise is fantastic, so much so that my mind yelled “cue the movie!”. I was ready to roll. Then I started reading the book. At first, it is fantastic. The pieces were set in place to make the mayhem happen, which it does. The taking of the International Space Station happens as fast as a lightning bolt. Solutions are sought on the space station and on the ground at NASA ground control. For me, this is where the problems began. At this point, the book becomes lousy with acronyms. It becomes a veritable alphabet soup that bogged me down and took away from the overall enjoyment of the book. At times I felt like I needed an advanced degree just to keep up with the acronyms. I give this book 3 bookmarks out of 5.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ryan H

    This was a very thrilling audiobook. The story flows very very well and kept me guessing all along the way. The authors had to do a lot of research and it definitely paid off. My one criticism of this book is that sometimes the science bog down the story a little bit, however, I know that sometimes there needs to be explanations behind some things. The characters were developed well enough without getting tremendously deep into the background story and the storyline paid more attention to the th This was a very thrilling audiobook. The story flows very very well and kept me guessing all along the way. The authors had to do a lot of research and it definitely paid off. My one criticism of this book is that sometimes the science bog down the story a little bit, however, I know that sometimes there needs to be explanations behind some things. The characters were developed well enough without getting tremendously deep into the background story and the storyline paid more attention to the thrill ride which was awesome. I actually never knew where the story was going next and that was very refreshing. I was also very happy overall, with the ending. The narration was done quite well in this book. The performer gave distinct voices to each character so you always knew who was talking. I think the one criticism I would have about the performance was there could’ve been more urgency in the tone of her voice during those really tense scenes were you didn’t know what was going to happen. Other than that, it was very well done and her voice fit the characters perfectly. A pretty good listen and I hope this makes it to the big screen as a movie one day soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    I am a retired NASA engineer and also have met and listened in 0n panels at Florida scifi cons Mr. Bova attends. He has a long history of science and scifi and is interesting to listen to. So when I first saw this book was out I got on our local library's list and put a hold on it. After I downloaded it I read it in a week. It was very interesting and of course a story of a terrorist attack on the ISS and how one woman crewman saves the ISS and earth. From my knowledge of things the technical co I am a retired NASA engineer and also have met and listened in 0n panels at Florida scifi cons Mr. Bova attends. He has a long history of science and scifi and is interesting to listen to. So when I first saw this book was out I got on our local library's list and put a hold on it. After I downloaded it I read it in a week. It was very interesting and of course a story of a terrorist attack on the ISS and how one woman crewman saves the ISS and earth. From my knowledge of things the technical content was fairly accurate but I did note a few flaws which I'm a little surprised the authors let slip in. Not a big deal as it is fiction but the biggest flaw of the Boeing Starliner launching on an SLS launcher was rather bad. That being said I greatly enjoyed the book and even learned a bit about the ISS I was unware of. Finally, I was not involved in ISS, I was a shuttle ops engineer at KSC and only helped in launching ISS components, sometimes rather closeup like a day at the pad checking to make sure the module loaded in the payload bay was secure.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A cool plot idea and I appreciate the minority female lead who saves the day by herself. A bit heavy on techno jargon and then a few misses on zero-g physics. I don't think you could throw a knife in zero g and have it fly fast enough to kill someone. In the videos from the space station, everything seems to float and move in slow motion. Maybe it's possible, but the knife thrower would be thrown backwards? Equal and opposite reaction? Kimberly accomplishes near impossible physical feats, just l A cool plot idea and I appreciate the minority female lead who saves the day by herself. A bit heavy on techno jargon and then a few misses on zero-g physics. I don't think you could throw a knife in zero g and have it fly fast enough to kill someone. In the videos from the space station, everything seems to float and move in slow motion. Maybe it's possible, but the knife thrower would be thrown backwards? Equal and opposite reaction? Kimberly accomplishes near impossible physical feats, just like any good male lead would do. To me it was disappointing that the ending turned into a romance novel with Kimberly and Scott stranded on the space station for two months, ready to get reacqainted in zero-g. Because of course, sex.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Terrorists take over the ISS, intending to crash it into New York. It's up to the only astronaut on the station who survived the initial assault to stop them. Sounds like it could be a "switch off your brain, bring out the popcorn"-style Hollywood thriller, doesn't it? Reads like one, too. It certainly delivers the fastpaced, non-stop action it promises. Entertaining enough to pass the time - if you don't mind the waferthin plot, underdeveloped characters, plenty of stupidity to go around, and r Terrorists take over the ISS, intending to crash it into New York. It's up to the only astronaut on the station who survived the initial assault to stop them. Sounds like it could be a "switch off your brain, bring out the popcorn"-style Hollywood thriller, doesn't it? Reads like one, too. It certainly delivers the fastpaced, non-stop action it promises. Entertaining enough to pass the time - if you don't mind the waferthin plot, underdeveloped characters, plenty of stupidity to go around, and rather mediocre writing. (Look! This is exciting! You can tell from all the exclamation marks!) One also has to wonder if the authors got paid extra for every SpaceX namedrop.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Henry Lazarus

    I can only hope that terrorists don’t read Ben Bova and Doug Beason’s exciting tale of a Space Station Down (hard from Tor) because they show a plausible way for terrorist to get aboard the ISS. The only survivor, Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, is at first disconnected from NASA support and watches as her astronaut friends are murdered so the station can be set to de-orbit as a potential bomb. The technical details feel accurate and make for an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Good way to take your mind of I can only hope that terrorists don’t read Ben Bova and Doug Beason’s exciting tale of a Space Station Down (hard from Tor) because they show a plausible way for terrorist to get aboard the ISS. The only survivor, Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, is at first disconnected from NASA support and watches as her astronaut friends are murdered so the station can be set to de-orbit as a potential bomb. The technical details feel accurate and make for an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Good way to take your mind off current events. Review printed by Philadelphia Free Press

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thomasin Propson

    When the space station is taken over by terrorists, all astronauts are killed but for one, and now she must act quickly to foil their evil plot while her also-an-astronaut ex-husband works amidst political fears on earth to save the space program and his former love. Yawn. Jargon filled, flat characters, Little happens even though we are constantly reminded that every second counts. Cannot recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    This is a non-stop thrill ride! Kimberly just doesn't know the word quit. I absolutely loved listening to this book. It is so visual that if it is not made into a movie ASAP I might just lose all hope in humanity. Its that good. If you thought Matt Damon had it tough in The Martian, his mission was a cake walk compared to what Kimberly went through! I’m just saying WOMAN got it done! Snap this one up as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Russ

    Good premise, but I did not care much for the writing. I was mildly frustrated and annoyed that it was a bit repetitious, frequently repeating the same sentiment or idea multiple times. I was reminded of a writing course I took at some point in high school or college in which the instructor explained that we should tell the reader what we were going to say, say it, and then tell them what we said. Frankly, that approach simply does not work well for fiction.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Beane

    I REALLY enjoyed this action packed thriller. It very much felt like Die Hard in space. I found Kimberly to be an amazing heroine that was smart and brave. I love that she was the star and the hero. The writing of the book allowed you to be pulled in to the narrative. The book was smartly written with the story being told from the ground and up in space. Overall, it was very well done.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura Steinert

    I am not a Doug Beason fan. I have never dislike a Ben Bova book before. I felt like Penny did when she asked Sheldon to explain what Leonard did at work on The Big Bang Theory. Maybe they were trying to prove that they read the whole instruction manual for the space station? Dull, boring, wordy, repetitive.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ernest Spoon

    For an old dude Ben Bova still can write a rip-roarin' space opera. Not familiar with any of coauthor Doug Beason's work, it says on the dust jacket he was an USAF colonel which lends credibility to the action and military jargon in the dialogue. Scary thing is, the premise is so damned plausible. I can also see this as a movie.

  26. 4 out of 5

    J Wells

    Please tell me this has been optioned for a movie! 2 terrorists attack the ISS and one woman can save the World, all in only 5 days! It was a quick read with non stop action, characters were a little flat but forgiveable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    xpda

    Well written, but it's a "disaster movie" book which I don't enjoy. Too many characters behave stupidly. DNF.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    fast-paced, enjoyable esp with female mc. unbelievable how patronizing every other character was with her. weak ending with the ex.

  29. 5 out of 5

    David

    This is a Tom Clancy novel complete with acronym soup if you replace "military" with "science"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    A fast-paced, action Si-Fi thriller that never slowed down. A strong female character that thinks through the problems and never gives up; a fun weekend read.

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