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The Silent War

(The Asteroid Wars #3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  898 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When corporations go to war, standard business practice goes out the window. Astro Corporation is led by indomitable Texan Pancho Lane, Humphries Space Systems by the rich and ruthless Martin Humphries, and their fight is over nothing less than resources of the Asteroid Belt itself. As fighting escalates, the lines between commerce and politics, boardroom and bedroom, blur ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Tor Science Fiction (first published May 1st 2004)
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Book three in the Asteroid Wars sub series and tenth overall in the Grand Tour series.

Following on from the events told in The Rock Rats, the two mega corporations continue vying for control of the asteroid belts resources. Because the corporations control a lot of the media, little information about the escalating violence gets out to the general population, hence the title The Silent War. Things really get out of hand at the end and flew through the last 100 pages in one sitting. Exciting stuf
Chris Jackson
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Rather disappointing in the characterization department, and the story seems to be stilted. Bova writes clean, crisp, hard SF, but when the characters aren't right, that's not enough. A lot of incoherent thought and action. I also find it difficult to buy that a raving maniac could ever reach the position of CEO of the biggest corporation and, and richest man in the solar system.

One thing he nailed, however, is the idea that if and when corporations reach an environment (the asteroid belt, in th
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-sf-fantasy
I nearly knocked it down to three stars, as the on-going war combined with multiple plot lines to drive me to distraction in this novel's middle section. Luckily, the emotional stakes were considerably raised in the third act, and Martin Humphries remains one of the most deliciously vile & despicable characters in science fiction. This is as grand & expansive as space opera gets.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Silent War by Ben Bova is the final book in the Asteroid Wars series, following The Precipice and The Rock Rats. This book is action-packed, with the novel chronicling the Second Asteroid War between Humphries Space Systems and Astro Corporation. However, the book actually dedicates little time on the actual battles of the war, instead mentioning it multiple times and occasionally showing a battle between ships. I was disappointed by this, but there was still plenty of other action to go aro ...more
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was the best of the first three books. Ben Bova moves the plot quickly, making the action exciting and knuckle-biting. One of the things I loved was the technical detail Ben Bova gives to the science of space and physics. His space battles aren't like Star Wars. There's no sound in space. I also liked how the author developed the political personalities of his characters. Each major character in the story has a strong political view of the World. The author defines each character's views an ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much continues from where The Rock Rats left off....the characters that Bova developed so well in the first two asteroid war books continue to battle for the riches of the asteroid belt, as well as resolve their personality differences in various ways. Humphries, Astro Corporation, and Yamagata Corporation fall into a deadly battle for control of this vast area of treasures. Bova ends this one with mention of an alien artifact which casts an air of morality over the entire story. Another ...more
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, grand-tour
I hadn't read any Ben Bova previously and this was maybe not the best place to begin. This was the third of a trilogy 'The Asteroid Wars' and part of a much bigger 'grand tour' series and was concerned with a war over raw materials in the asteroid belt in the future. I don't read much pure space opera but will read more Bova in the future, I shall read the first two in the trilogy at some point.
Sean Crandall
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd probably give this more of a two and half stars rating - the beginning and end of this book were odd and even awkward to the story in this book and the series as a whole. The rest of the book was decent, but I wish some things were resolved. I felt disappointed after finishing this book.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2011-read
A good read. Much more action packed than the first couple of novels in the series. The ending is a bit disappointing, leaving quite a few questions to be answered. However since there is now a fourth book in the series I think some of those will be addressed there.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Silent War feels like a conclusion to the Asteroid Wars (The Precipice and The Rock Rats), with the war continuing to escalate to father and father atrocities with even more sides to the conflict than before ((view spoiler)). It's a bit strange to see what feels like such a conclusion with one book left, but I guess that's why it's called The Aftermath? We'll just have to see.

Overall, The Silent War is a satisfying enough conclusion to the
Durval Menezes
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
It's not easy to rate this book.

On the positive side, the story's main body is an action-packed, fast-reading space opera, if a little naive; in other words, the standard Bova fare we've all come to love. Its conclusion is a little disappointing, but not too bad. For this main body, it would be tempting to rate it 4-stars.

On the negative side, Bova 'sandwiches' that main body between two weird chapters that have almost nothing to do with the rest, nor with anything else in the Asteroid Wars or
Mike Pollack
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good end to the trilogy, I agree with another reviewer who said it was probably the best of the three... definitely better than the second. I will certainly look to read more books by Bova. However I also agree with another reviewer who said that the maniacal behavior from Humphries makes it a bit unbelievable that he would have been a successful CEO. I am sure there are many CEOs and leaders who are grossly egotistical but some of Humphries ravings, obsessions and actions were a bit far fetched ...more
Kevin Black
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remarkable book. It helps greatly to have read the 2-3 books that introduce the main characters. The book animates the people, conditions and factors that lead gradually but inexorably to a war. The characters are bigger than life but quite believable.
Timothy Miller
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I didn't like the wrap up. It was like another book started.
The first in the series was the best.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read the first two books in the series, so it took me a while to get back into the swing of things.Lars Fuchs is still acting the pirate out in the asteroid belt, punishing Humphries business because he stole his wife. But Humphries has other things on his mind - he wants another son and he wants Amanda to give it to him. She in turn plots her own revenge. Meanwhile Pancho Lane chaffs at being the CEO of Astro Corporation, but when an assination attempt nearly works, sh ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Ben Bova knows how to create some interesting characters and stories. In particular, I liked how many of the characters would develop and change over the course of these books (this is the third book in the Asteroid Wars series). Lars, Amanda, Pancho, Big George and others take interesting but believable turns throughout the story.

Another strong point of this book was its portrayal of the "fog of war". In the final 1/3 of the book, everyone's plans begin breaking down and it seems like absolutel
Nov 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Silent War is a repeat of Rock Rats (book #2 in trilogy). All the same characters fighting over all the same things. The battles and settings have a fresh coat of paint, but Bova has already told this story before. The only difference is the relative LACK of character development compared to the previous book. The action picks up in the second half of this book as it did in Rock Rats, but it's not enough to drag this book up to two stars.

On top of that there are the usual issues that keep Bova b
Chris Dietzel
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This was the first Space Opera I've ever read and also the first Ben Bova book. There was a lot to like and also a lot that left me scratching my head. On the downside, the characters were extremely two-dimensional and the writing relied heavily on devices that are typically frowned upon (i.e., constant use of adverbs and varying speech tags). But on the upside, the pace was nonstop and the author did an excellent job of managing a huge cast of characters. For me, the book's biggest strength was ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
Another, and third book, in the Rock Rats series--this one covers corporate war in the asteroid zone. Corporations at war? Hmm, now that's a concept. There's good strategy in this book and just enough fighting to make it fun; too much more and it would be as exciting as reading US revolutionary war stores about battles in the counties of New Jersey (Yawn!). The book is chock full of really bad guys--our heroine tries like mad to kill them off. The crescendo at the end is followed by a bland war' ...more
Gene Sheppard
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is typical Bova and a good read with exceptional characters and world building. The future world he creates is believable and your disbelief is easily suspended.

I still have heartburn over Bova lending credence to _climate change_ all four of the Asteroid War novels.
I recommend all of the Asteroid War novels.
Doc Kinne
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of the few times I can say that I couldn't put this book down from 55% onward. Bova's pace built up to a breakneck speed as several things came together. Really nice.

The ending seems tailor made for some sort of next book, and now, of course, we know there is one.

The Asteroid Wars is Space Opera at its best. Read it.
An enjoyable sci-fci read. The concepts, cities on the moon, greenhouse disaster on Earth and corporations excerting insane amounts of influence, were very cool and timely.

I would have given it a higher rating if the ending wasn't a bit lame.
Rowan Smith
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting...sideways step...into a new plot-line and unexpected stuffs. Still some loose ends that need tieing up, I hope he hasn't forgotten. Really really quick read, I think this book has been much shorter than the others.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sifi
His was one of the better of Bova's works. Good hard SiFi, better flow and always good ideas. I enjoyed it
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
great from the start!!!!
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Third novel in the asteroid wars. There is a fourth I haven't read yet.
David Zimny
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
OK. Not as good as the first two.
Emanuel Landeholm
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sff
I think this is the best one in the series. Some of the characters are quite well developed in this work.
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the finale in the trilogy that began with The Precipice and the Rock Rats. Good hard science fiction.
Rob Roy
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
An interesting view of corporations, not governments, at war. This book reinforces the "power corrupts" philosophy. Well worth reading if only for the surprise ending.
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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.

Bova was a technical writer fo

Other books in the series

The Asteroid Wars (4 books)
  • The Precipice (The Grand Tour, #8; The Asteroid Wars, #1)
  • The Rock Rats (The Grand Tour, #10; The Asteroid Wars, #2)
  • The Aftermath (The Grand Tour, #12; The Asteroid Wars, #4)