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The Tranquility Wars

2.88 of 5 stars 2.88  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A young student, a dangerous love affair, and an explosive conflict to establish control over humanity...

For young Hunter Blake, the future is bright.

He has been awarded the exclusive Covington Fellowship, which brings fame, a generous stipend, and two years of privileged study on Mars. He has also been reunited with his lifelong love, Tehani Wilawa.

But as tensions mount
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Paperback, 640 pages
Published August 28th 2001 by Spectra (first published 2000)
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David
I only read the first four chapters. After each chapter I told myself, well, maybe it will get better. But I decided life is too short to slog through annoying books.

My primary complaint is with the heavy handed way the author telegraphs what's going to happen. He was gravitating into a political black hole where the protagonists' political orientations are either proven or disproven by the events in the book. The author of course is free to write the events to support the desired conclusions.
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Mike
The book had an interesting story line but the characters were immature, and the author's take on how relationships work is just bizarre. This guy is frozen in his adolescent years and has a lot of catching up to do, imo. That takes most of the fun out of scifi so I won't be reading any more of his work.
David
Fun yarn that I feel falls under the theme of Robert Frost's poem "Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood" (which was mentioned during the narrative), and the choices we make in life. It really has little to do with wars or the overarching themes in the book's "blurbs" and more to do with Hunter Blake's coming of age (normally a theme I shun, but in this case it was an excellent story).
John
Interesting story, Mr. Blake is a great character. The whole story centers in the vicinity of Mars and nearby asteroids. I enjoyed the book. I've always been a fan of Gentry Lee since his participation with Arthur C. Clark in the Rama series.
Joe
Could have been a good story, but just never fully came together. To many side issues distracted from the core story.
Terry
This novel was strangely readable despite its cliched plot and mediocre writing.
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Gentry Lee is Chief Engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. In that position Mr. Lee is responsible for the engineering integrity of all the robotic planetary missions managed by JPL for NASA. His major recent work includes the engineering oversight of the Curiosity rover to Mars, the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta ...more
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