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Leviathans of Jupiter (Jupiter #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  647 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
InBen Bova'snovel JUPITER, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition intoJupiter's hostile planetwide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that callthe planettheir home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant's team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet's depths. However one of Jup ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books
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Meghan Tracy
Mar 13, 2011 Meghan Tracy rated it it was amazing
This book was everything I wanted it to be and a little bit more. The bad guy (or should I say girl) is very satisfying. The author did an artful job of foreshadowing. He gave me the faintest hint of what was to come, but then made me wait until the exact right moment to reveal it.

The main thing I love is Leviathan. I want to fly out to Jupiter and talk to it. I fell hopelessly in love with it.
Sep 22, 2011 Hadrian rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, fiction
Hard scifi. Not bad, read it pretty quick.

Some of the ideas were pretty neat. I like the speculations about life on a gas giant. Although I winced when the biologist referred to dolphins as fish.

Characters are flat, plot seemed a bit contrived. But the exploration of ideas is why I read this, and Bova delivers on that, at least.
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Oct 23, 2011 Jo (Mixed Book Bag) rated it really liked it
As a six-time winner of the Hugo Award just saying Ben Bova may be enough to recommend Leviathans of Jupiter but I will add more. If you are a Science Fiction fan and have never read anything by Ben Bova you are in for a treat. If you have read his books in the past you will not be disappointed.

Leviathans of Jupiter is part of the Grand Tour continuing series but if you have not read any of the series do not let that stop you. While the background and some of the characters reappear in some of t
Lynn Demarest
Dec 25, 2012 Lynn Demarest rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young adults.
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Sep 05, 2012 Scott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Twenty years after a disastrous mission to Jupiter, a new team of specialists attempts to make contact with the colossal, intelligent creatures that inhabit its oceans.

This was such an annoying book to read. The prose and dialogue are maddeningly repetitive, the writing basic and entirely graceless. The characters are equally simplistic: the beautiful young newcomer, the men who hang around her like puppy dogs, and the childish, petulant Scooby Doo villain who tries to sabotage the mission for r
MB (What she read)
Quit halfway through. A decent plot but the villain's character was so incredibly stupid, and annoying, (and pervasive) that I just couldn't force myself to finish it.

The poor characterization was forcing the rest of the plot and characters to conform to things that made absolutely no sense and caused so many plot holes and improbabilities, that it was impossible to keep from saying, 'but, but, but, real people don't behave like that! But, but, but, no one could be that stupid and put up with th
Nov 27, 2015 Cesar rated it really liked it
I admit to not being the type of person to parse a book and look at all the details. I want a book to entertain me, much like I do movies. The antagonist is somewhat one dimensional. The fact that main female character is supposedly gorgeous. Why even bring that up? The fact that she is a newcomer is enough to make the males around her take notice. The plot got my interest and there were hints of what was to going to happen, but still there were a few surprises along the way.
The concept of tryin
Owen Spencer
Apr 02, 2015 Owen Spencer rated it it was ok
Misfit explorers search for enormous, intelligent organisms found in the depths of Jupiter's hidden ocean. The only problem with this book is that it is geared (strongly) toward adolescent males. For example, flatulence is an integral part of the plot, and every female character is described as gorgeous. The longer I read, the more disappointed I became. The reading level, and content, were just too juvenile for a 40-year-old man. "Leviathans of Jupiter" isn't a bad book, although I can't say th ...more
Mar 15, 2015 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
The question this book asks is "If we met an alien life form, how would me determine if it was intelligent? Also, how would the alien life form determine if we were intelligent? Westfall's inclusion as antagonist is unnecessary, made even worse in that her character is idiotic, her motives are stupid, as are her actions. I would have liked to see more politics by the Leviathan elders as it would have been the aliens discovering about us and about paradigm changes. Ben Bova knows how to tell a go ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
This book was the first Ben Bova book I've read, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Most sci-fi is basically fantasy ---- so far in the future that it's far off in another time or other part of the galaxy. This one was set in this century --- however, mankind has somehow managed to conquer space as surely as he, in the past, conquered air transport. That futuristic background makes this story of man's first encounter with an alien intelligence living within Jupiter fascinating.

Interestingly, while re
Jun 06, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read by Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Samantha Eggar, Rosalyn Landor, Stefan Rudnicki and Judy Young
Published by Blackstone Audio - 2011.
15 hours, 30 minutes

Long-time author Ben Bova adds to his Grand Tour series as he continues his tales of the colonization of our solar system with Leviathans of Jupiter , the sequel to his 2001 novel Jupiter . Some characters are brought forward from his other novels but, in reality, Leviathans of Jupiter also works well as a stand-alone work.

In J
Clark Hallman
Aug 23, 2012 Clark Hallman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Leviathans of Jupiter by Ben Bova, a sequel to his Jupiter: A Novel, takes place about 20 years after the conclusion of the previous novel. Grant Archer is now director of the Jupiter orbital station where research focusing on verifying the existence of massive, intelligent creatures (referred to as Leviathans) has been ongoing through unmanned probes into the Jupiter’s atmosphere and its planet-wide ocean. Now, he urgently needs to send another human research team into that harsh environment of ...more
Jul 29, 2012 A rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
The best thing about this book is the title. I'm not finished with this book, but I will own up to stopping probably 10 times. I just kept thinking: I hope this spaceship collapses like the first Jupiter story so we get new characters. I took this book on vacation with me and walked two miles to a bookstore to purchase another book because I was so bored by it. I haven't read other Bova writing and I believe this could mean more to me if I had read the first novel in the Jupiter series or other ...more
Tanya Eby
I listened to this audiobook. It had high reviews on Audible, and I really did enjoy the multi-narrator approach. Each chapter is written from a specific character's viewpoint and there are a handful of actors voicing each chapter. It did get a little confusing when the perspective switched and there was a new narrator (so that the woman you were just listening to, suddenly became voiced by a man through a different character's perspective.)

I enjoyed the book. It was a good listen...but...well..
Jan 13, 2014 Ngutierrez31 rated it it was ok
I very much enjoyed the trip to Jupiter and the descriptions and imagination that came with its skies, oceans, and creatures.

On the other hand, I did not care for the characters. The small group of four protagonists were so incredibly generic, I cared for not one of their well beings.

The protagonist was also a character lacking in depth. The only reason I disliked her was that she was so horribly composed.

Bova's writing style was so trite, I will be hesitant to read anything more by him. Thoug
Jul 27, 2015 Metaphorosis rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2012-rev
Ben Bova's Grand Tour series is reliable, complex, and realistic. Here, he revisits Jupiter, and the curious creatures we met on the last visit. As always, this is a standalone novel with nice little connections to other books for the initiated. The science is credible, the human relations interesting, the plot intriguing.

In short, this was standard modern Bova, and enjoyable. I did feel that one of the key conflicts was a bit by-the-numbers, and could have done with more depth. Also, one key bi
Lee West
Feb 17, 2014 Lee West rated it did not like it
Granted, I didn't finish. I never don't finish.

I finished Anomaly. I finished every book assigned in every class I ever took (did grad school). I finished Star Trek novilizations (you know the ones).

If you can get out of the first 10% without feeling dirty, also annoyed, frustrated, and just plain bored, congrats, you are the target audience.
If you can make it 50% of the way, congratulations.
If you finish, you may just be a masochist.
May 26, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Overall another good addition to the Grand Tour series. I will say that I was a bit frustrated that we didn't get to the actual mission until part IV of the book. But, part IV was awesome - loved the stuff in the ocean and the interactions with Leviathan! I only wish more of that energy and excitement was throughout the entire book. Also, the Westfall character was ridiculous and annoying. She was a completely one dimensional character that had no purpose. I don't know why Ben Bova feels the nee ...more
It's Ben Bova, so there are some interesting idea nuggets tucked away in this sequel to Jupiter.

But in the years since I regularly read him, my taste has changed so that I nearly couldn't finish this audiobook. Such terrible writing!

An implausible plot, even allowing for it being space opera and therefore needing a certain buy in of the genre conventions.

Cardboard characters, often presented in a teenaged boy's dream manner. In fact the whole book is based on teenaged hormones.

Purple prose, with
Mar 30, 2014 Veronica rated it liked it
I really enjoy the SF part of the novel but the romance and blackmailing part by certain characters seems a bit high schoolish. The characters are usually strong with a few exceptions and it is the
great imagination and detail of the SF that keeps me reading more.
May 24, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a most, if not all, of Ben Bova's Grand Tour novels and I like them. Yes you could they are based on a similar formula, but they are a nice easy read with some interesting ideas. Leviathans of Jupiter is a fairly typical Grand Tour novel. Like all the others to date it is set in our solar system. Set 20 years after the series first visited Jupiter, it features an attempt to communicate with the Leviathans that live in the sea of Jupiter. It has thoroughly bad villan, something all bo ...more
David Madden
Sep 27, 2015 David Madden rated it liked it
The book is interesting and enjoyable. I was disappointed that the story was not more about the Leviathan and human interaction. It was still an interesting read but ending anti-climatically and did not fulfill my main desire for the book.
Gordon Robinson
Feb 06, 2016 Gordon Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could not believe in the villain which slightly detracted from the enjoyment I got from this read but that aside the story delivered what I want from a Ben Bova book. Near future science fiction that is credible.
Jeroen van Wijngaarden
Feb 06, 2012 Jeroen van Wijngaarden rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is the first Ben Bova-book I've ever read and I found it to be a fun story that doesn't aspire to be anything more than entertainment. Maybe it's only because I recently read a couple of books I didn't care for and was therefore ready to at least like something, but I quite enjoyed myself.

The characters have just enough personality to make you care about them for the length of the book. If it had been any longer the dialogue would probably have grown stale. Bova does a great job of giving
Jul 20, 2012 Nathan rated it did not like it
I have to start off by saying I read this as a stand-alone, which I was assured would be fine, and I don't feel like that impacted my reading experience. I never really found myself confused as far as the storyline, as a lot of hard sci-fi just puts you in the world, and Bova did a decent job explaining the backstory, so I can't fault my disappointment on simply skipping the prior titles. I just was immensely disappointed. It started just adequately and then fell off a cliff. I was tempted to qu ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Ben Bova, but usually feel that the sequels in his planet titles are never anywhere near as good as the first; however, Leviathans of Jupiter breaks out of this and is even better than the first. The characters are more engaging (though still never as developed as I'd like them to be. But given the choice between better developed characters and the science in these novels, I'll stick w/ the science!), and the chapters from the POV of the Leviathan are just fascinating. Great bo ...more
Mårten Ericson
Mar 25, 2012 Mårten Ericson rated it really liked it
Undoubtedly the best book I've read by Bova so far and well worth the read If you want to stay away from the whole space opera thing. Two points of critique though.

1. The plot is almost always the same in Bova books. Someone is trying to mess things up when others are doing "the right thing". It is a bit annoying if you have read other books of Bova. You will kind of recognize the setup.

2. Though the plot in a very interesting way kind of knit itself together with a hint of the David Brins uplif
Jun 20, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kevin
Recommended to Jeff by: Found it on the library shelves
Shelves: science-fiction
The latest in Ben Bova's long running series, The Grand Tour, this directly follows Jupiter. I haven't read the whole series, so some of the references to past 'history' and people were vague to me, but not enough to hinder the flow of the story.

The action and plot are strong, the science well-respected, the climax builds suspense to a fine forte before resolving...and leaving the door open to a much-hoped for sequel. Characterization was enjoyable, if a little 2-dimensional, though the POV of t
Jan 07, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it
This was a very easy read -- a great way for me to get back into science fiction after many years away from it.

The concept was intriguing, the characters were well described, and the plot was straightforward but still exciting. For me, the science was also relatively understandable, which added to my enjoyment of the book. I also liked that the group had both modest successes and realistic failures in their efforts at communication with the Leviathan.

My only negative comment is on the villain.
Jun 16, 2014 Joanne rated it liked it
Good book, first time reading Ben Bova. I quite enjoyed it though probably a few chapters too long. I shall read some more of him. Entire story set in space.
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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

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