Delta-v by Daniel Suarez

Delta-v

Daniel Suarez

James Tighe and his fellow adventurers launch the first deep space mining operation and must rely on each other to survive the dangers of a multi-year expedition and the harsh realities of business in space.

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The bestselling author of Daemon returns with a near-future technological thriller, in which a charismatic billionaire recruits a team of adventurers to launch the first deep space mining operation--a mission that could alter the trajectory of human civilization.
 
When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe's unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid--with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce and the stakes couldn't be higher.
 
Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow twenty-first century adventurers--ex-soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers--must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi-year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space. They're determined to transform humanity from an Earth-bound species to a space-faring one--or die trying.


Advance Galley Reviews

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In the not so distant future, governments handle the legal side of space exploration while private space entrepreneurs fund the new space projects. Nathan Joyce, is one of the New Space entrepreneurs and has decided that mining asteroids makes the most sense and the most money. He devises a plan to send people with mining robots, to the nearest asteroid. Up front he has started to recruit these future miners but behind the scenes, he has already built the ship and equipment. And after rigorous training, eight people were chosen and in secret, were sent out. For four years they were to be in space, with very few on Earth knowing about them. They had to not only fight the loneliness, but the many disasters that threatened their existence. A terrific space adventure with enough technical data to make it all the more believable. Thank you First-to-Read for this free e-copy of DELTA V.

Before I began reading this book I read several reviews that hated it. I was really worried about not liking it myself. But I really enjoyed it! I hated that it took me so long to read it due to being completely exhausted from working 60+ hours a week, and trying to read a chapter a night, but I was grateful that I did get to finish it! If you are a fan of Star Trek or enjoy reading futuristic space operas, I highly recommend this book! There was a lot of real space science and technology speak in this read, but you don't necessarily need to have a science background (or a spouse with a science background in my case) to understand everything. I feel that this story is 100% possible, maybe not by 2030 (I mean, really, that's just right around the corner!) but most definitely in the semi-near future!

I smiled, I cried, I held my breath in anticipation. A masterful story of the potential of humankind both the good and the bad in the race to be the first to mine in space.

Quite an interesting novel, with parts that definitely made me want to keep reading in spite of my better judgment (read: “maybe it’s time to sleep it’s past midnight and I’m supposed to get up at 5:30 to go to work oh my”). Considering the stakes and the setting, obviously things couldn’t go perfectly, and the characters were bound to run into all sorts of trouble. Although there could have been more trouble than there was, but then, they’d have ended up all dead, because you can’t very well weather ten asteroid showers and the likes without any damage (not a spoiler, I’m just using some generic example here). So all in all, the ratio of suspense vs. things that work vs. things that turn to crap more quickly than you can blink was fairly good. I also really enjoyed the science and the research behind the space technology presented throughout the novel. I wasn’t always on board (see what I did there) with absolutely everything in terms of medical impact on the astronauts’ bodies—but then, considering what our current astronauts already have to go through just after 6 months on the ISS, going for 100% accuracy may just have led, here too, to a bunch of very dead characters, very quickly. I guess we can use some suspension of disbelief on the grounds of “it’s 2030-ish and the consequences are better known, so they’re better prepared, too”. So, in general, I pretty much liked reading the explanations, how the ship was meant to function. The geopolitical side was interesting, too. It is clearly grounded in our present, where corporations invest in space travel and research, and some of the investors/CEOs we meet in the story are definitely parallel descendants of people like Musk and Bezos—although in that regard, Nathan Joyce is probably closer to those, in terms of investing and betting everything on a very daring scheme. The reason I’m not rating “Delta-v” higher is because, like other books of the same type, I found it too ambitious for just one volume. There are two very distinct parts in it: the training and the actual mission, and I kept feeling that each would have warranted a novel of its own. Because of length constraints (I suppose), the author had to go with storytelling shortcuts, which made for a choppy rhythm all along. For instance, one chapter shows what’s happening on the first day of training, and then two chapters later we’re at “a few weeks later”, and so on. My other problem likely resulted from this “shortening an ambitious story into one book”: I found the characters too one-dimensional, and at the end, I didn’t get to know them well enough to really, fully care about them. Tighe is probably the one we know most about, but not so much the others (we get glimpses about Dave, Isabel and Han, but Nicole, Amy and Adisa remained rather a trio of unknowns, apart from a couple of defining feature such as “he’s a genius with computers and hacking” and “she needs to escape Earth because she can hear the movement of tectonics and it drives her bonkers”). And let’s be honest, in a story like this one, we need to care about the characters; we need to be much more invested about them. Conclusion: 2.5 to 3 stars. Enjoyable and exciting technology, but too ambitious for just one book.

The science fiction genre has a lot of far-future and apocalyptic entries, so it was a pleasure to read a near-future hard sci fi novel. The story was highly topical in light of Mars One and Space-X. I don't know a ton about space travel, but the challenges of interplanetary travel as depicted in this story felt grounded and real. The characters take a back seat to the technology and the challenges of asteroid mining, but the story was still a page-turner that felt incredibly possible in a matter of years in the real world.

An excellent, well-written, technical and engaging hard sci-fi story, as would be expected from the author. The details are just right and don't obscure the story, and the secondary plot on Earth doesn't detract from the drama in outer space. The personnel are all fairly well-drawn and the main characters are likable to the point of sympathy. The story is well-balanced between pre-launch drama and space action. 5 stars for Daniel Suarez!

5 'Far Stars' for the Konstantin! I should have been sleeping when I read this book but it was so good I had to stay up until the very end. I love reading anything about space, whether it's hard science or science fiction, a fun space opera or a serious article, it doesn't matter as long as it takes me to that otherworldly place in the sky that most of us can only dream about visiting. And this book did just that. From the beginning of the crew's training, through the laughter and tears, and every new 'first' on their four-year journey, all the way to that final edge of your seat, re-entry, I felt like I was right there with them the entire time. I worked as a NASA contractor for quite a few years and live just a few minutes from Marshall Space Flight Center so my passion for space exploration and all things space related runs quite deep so I love when authors take the time to write about space. Books like these not only allow me to live vicariously through the characters but more importantly, they get kids as well as adults, excited and interested in space science and exploration and the endless possibilities that our future holds. So if you enjoy reading about space flight, space mining, astronaut training, cislunar orbit and/or deep space, give this book a try. Yes, other authors have done 'this' before but each story has it's own uniqueness including this one. And if you like space flight stories like I do, you can read about as many space missions that you can get your hands on. Lastly, I noticed that there were several threads left open for potential follow-up later which gives me great hope that this is the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel. At least, I got a pretty clear impression that the author has further plans for his characters, now whether the publishers are on board, I'm not sure. I really hope they are though because I'm as down for a cislunar and deep space rendezvous, as much as Tighe and Chindarkar are!

This book was well written and had a great story. It was a book I didn't want to put down, but at over 400 pages, reading it in one sitting in the midst of a busy life wasn't a possibility. Picking it up and continuing reading without having to go back a bit was easy, as well. Definitely a sci-fi and adventure story, and well worth reading.

In 2032, various billionaires are competing with each other to monetize space exploration. One of the billionaires, Nathan Joyce, has started an asteroid mining company and wants to find a crew for the first manned expedition. A collection of 440 candidates is assembled. They have varying skills, but they are linked by their daredevil natures. Their number is to be winnowed down to 8 after rigorous training exercises and psychological evaluation. Those selected will go on a 4 year mission to mine an asteroid. Joyce shares the daredevil qualities of his candidates and, assisted by Lukas Rochat, a young lawyer specializing in space law, he bulldozes over all laws and restrictions that might slow down his project. This book had an interesting premise and parts of it were very exciting. I especially liked the bootcamp-like training. Once on the asteroid, there was a fair amount of technobabble that I generally ignored, but I was fascinated by the concept of using the resources of the asteroid to create not only everything needed to sustain the lives of the crew but also to create the materials needed for the mining venture itself. Most of the focus of the book was on the crew, which was a good thing, because the parts that focused on Joyce were very sketchy. It felt like parts were left out. Joyce and/or Rochat would appear sporadically, but their story line always felt like it needed further explanation. There was also a chapter involving some of Joyce’s creditors. Their motives and actions made no sense and they were like cartoon characters. However, the crew was likable, the science was intriguing and the book was entertaining. There is room at the end for a sequel and I would read it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

This book was a wild ride, filled with action. James Tighe was a fantastic character and I really enjoyed him. Great beach read, you won't be able to put it down.

"Delta-v describes a change in velocity. All celestial objects are in motion-which means you either need to accelerate or decelerate to reach them. The higher the delta-v, the greater the energy-and the greater the expense...delta-v means everything." A space mining expedition set in the near future outlining all aspects - funding, legalities, politics, training, development, etc. Interesting read but very technical at times and I never really felt connected to any of the characters. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

A new book from Daniel Suarez is always a high-octane treat. His ability to craft mesmerizing tales from his research into new and emerging tech is second to none. In Delta-v, he writes what feels like a future history of space exploration, in the vein of Arthur C. Clarke. Delta-v follows James “JT” Tighe and others on their way to becoming the first commercial space mining mission. Every step along the way, from training & selection, to the climactic return, will up your heart rate and have you flipping to the next page as quickly as possible. I found myself struggling to pause occasionally to appreciate the world painted before me, rather than rushing through to find out what happens next. The strengths of this book are typical Suarez — impeccable research and uncanny visioning, coupled to an addictive plot and rich detail. The weaknesses are also typical Suarez, in that the human element at times rings false. I found myself occasionally questioning whether the actions of the characters were believable, especially Nathan Joyce, who seemed cartoonish at times. But Daniel Suarez does not write character studies. His books will never enlighten you on the human condition, so if that’s what you’re looking for, there are plenty of other places to find it. You are never in danger of shedding a tear over a Suarez book. However, your eyes will grow wide with wonder and you may find yourself cheering with delight as the worlds he imagines are revealed. You will walk away feeling like you have just glimpsed a possible and plausible future. Suarez writes techno-thrill rides, and this one is very satisfying in that regard. I loved Delta-v and place it alongside Daemon, Freedom™ and Kill Decision as my favorites. And more so than any of those, I really hope to someday see this one get the big screen treatment.

This book was disappointing. The premise is good, in the near future space titans (aka really rich people) are investing big in space. But Nathan Joyce goes even bigger. He builds a spaceship that can last in deep space to mine an asteroid with people actually manning the mining. We mainly follow James Tighe, one of the miners that is recruited by Joyce. Of course, all of this is happening below the law, because Joyce thinks that is the only way to get humans in space. We follow the miners as they train, launch into space and then start to mine the asteroid. Where this book falls flat is the characters. I just didn’t care for any of them. So many were flat and one dimensional. Plus the plot just doesn’t flow well and there are huge holes. I kept hoping it would get better and it never does.

An adventure story that could become reality. James Tighe is one of a group of people with adventurous blood in their veins who go through numerous tests to become asteroid miners. I found the scientific details interesting and for me they only added to the story. This story actually reminded me of The Martian by Andy Weir. Both concern humans trying to make a go of it in an inimical environment. I loved it. Thanks to First To Read for an ARC.

After reading the synopsis I thought this could be a good adventure story but just had a hard time with. Wasn't great but ok. Thank you for the opportunity First to Read.

Really enjoyed this second book I've read from the author Daniel Suarez. Completely different from Daemon which was unexpected but this was still a good space thriller Initially the book seemed pretty futuristic with all of the space shenanigans going on, but when I heard about the actual touchdown on very same Ryugu asteroid by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft that happened whilst I was reading this book, it made me think that maybe it's not as far fetched as I was originally thinking. (See https://www.sciencealert.com/hayabusa2-has-sent-back-an-awesome-photo-from-its-asteroid-touchdown). There is a ton of research and activity going on with many companies spending millions on space research - so who knows how long we have to wait until travel to Mars and asteroid mining is possible. At times the description does get a bit technical which makes it slightly harder to imagine what is going on, but it is well worth persevering for the rest of the book. The ending is vague enough to leave open the possibility of a sequel which I'm looking forward to. Thanks to Penguin for the ARC of this book.

Wow, just finished reading and thought this was an amazing book. First book I've read by Daniel Suarez and I really enjoyed it. From the start with the cave in, to the training the recruits were put thru, to the question who would go to space or if any of them would go to space and then the final question of who would survive the space mission and would any return to Earth. I found this futuristic book thrilling and could not put it down.

Amazing book. I have read all of Suarez's books faithfully since Daemon and this one is my second favorite after that book. He does a lot of world building so it's slow and detail oriented to begin with but halfway through I could not put it down. Hoping for a series here as it was not all tied up at the end, but there is a decent conclusion. If you are a fan of the martian, get this book! Thanks to First to Read for the ARC!

While I love science fiction, I am always a little hesitant when trying new sci-fi author, I find them either hit or miss. This one was a hit! I enjoyed the plot, characters, and technical details. I did feel that the training section was a bit longer than it needed to be, but all in all a win!

This was an enjoyable book. It was a predictable, easy to read book that favored plot over characters. I enjoyed the technical sections of the story. I was looking for a good Sci-fi book and this fit the bill.

Good start with the action and excitement during the cave-in, only to level off with too much tech information. great if that is your thing. Still interesting, with admittedly skimming some of the way through..

I was pleasantly surprised! At times, I was worried about the book dragging when the techicnal aspects of space travel and machine specifics were introduced. I will admit, it wasn’t my favorite part, but I was truly interested in the outcome of the flight. The characters pulled me in, and at times, the story seemed to go a little towards the unrealistic, but overall, I was pleased, and I would recommend.

This isn’t the type of book I normally read. Loved the premise but didn’t care for the characters. I started skimming about halfway through. Too many characters and the science stuff bored me.

Honestly, I didn't really care for this book. I gave it a thorough read through, but found myself wanting more from the characters. The plot is a bit tired in my opinion. I would rate this 2 out of 5 stars.

 


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