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Power Failure

(Jake Ross #3)

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Award-winning writer Ben Bova returns with another tense political thriller starring Jake Ross, science advisor to Senator Frank Tomlinson, as they continue their complex power maneuvers they began in Power Play and Power Surge.
Dr. Jake Ross came to Washington to try to make a difference, but he's learned the only way to get something done in Washington, assuming your id
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Tor Books
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Casey Wheeler
This is a political thriller book with a dash of science ficition, which has been the forte of the author in the past. The book is the third in the Jake Ross series, but it does well as a stand alone novel. I had not read the first two books, but had not problem following the storyline or the characters. The author is best known for his science fiction books, but does a very good job in branching into a different genre, but bringing a little science fiction into it. The book involves the race fo ...more
Michael Higgins
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Jake Ross devised the energy plan that got Frank Tomlinson elected to the Senate. He's now directed to come up with a plan that will get Tomlinson into the White House. He decides that we'll return to the moon, start a lunar mining colony and build satellites that will transmit solar energy back to Earth. Most of this book is a political yawner. It might have been interesting to learn the mechanics of the plan. It would be interesting to know why this plan would be viable at a time when wind ene ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 in the Jake Ross series. I have read the first two, so this one was a natural extension. It might not stand alone too well because it may be confusing until you catch up to all the players. Though it is billed as a thriller, it has a lot of political involvement and the intrigue is woven in. I do recommend the series, as Jake Ross is a complex interesting hero, and in the arc of the books is strong and compelling. The science fiction aspect of this third book is lighter than in th ...more
Marvin Mathiak
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was a major disappointment. I prefer realistic, near term science fiction, rather than fantasy science fiction with interstellar travel, special powers, fantasy civilizations, etc. I had high hopes for this book, as Bova can be pretty good at science fiction. But this book is not science fiction, just an tepid attempt to grind out a political novel. It is highly inappropriate to categorize this book as science fiction. I ended up pretty quickly going through the book, hoping for some i ...more
Porter Versfelt III
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book failed to deliver the science in science-fiction.

With Ben Bova’s great accomplishments as a writer, I expected a much better story from POWER FAILURE than it turned out to be after I picked this book out on a whim at my public library. I have never read any of Mr. Bova’s books before.

The story has an intriguing premise - the colonising of Mars for commercial profit - but the book turned out to be more political intrigue than science or science-fiction. This book failed to deliver the f
Sep 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have read a loy of Ben Bova's work and while I would say it is rarely, if ever, outstanding, I find them a good read that I like, that was until I read Power Failure. Oh dear. Sorry I just didn't like it. The plot was predictable. The writing had all his normal minor faults that I don't like, but they seemed far worse. A couple of the other things in the plot, made me go "WHAT???". I just didn't enjoy it.
Edward Silverman
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
More political thriller than sci-fi opposes to most of his other work, this was entertaining enough. The idea advanced by the main characters in the book for political gain is inspired. If you are a a Bova fan you’ll like this but understand there is less sci-fi than most of his work.
Laura Godfrey
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Light weight read with light weight character development. Disappointed.
Robert Scott
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
+++A very good insight into politics, journalism and why our government continually seems to be spinning its wheels. All about massive solar, power politics, and man's conquest of space beginning on the moon. Jake Ross is science advisor to Senator Frank Tomlinson of Montana. Jake's wife Tami has been a TV reporter and also works for the senator in the PR area.+++
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In some ways I enjoyed the book, but I was devastated when a character in the book was discovered to be a pedophile who adopted a child and raped him from the age of 8. The main character in the book discovered the truth. The child, now a young man, got help, but the (probably serial) pedophile goes on with his life with no consequences. Totally inexcusable.
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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

Jake Ross (3 books)
  • Power Play (Jake Ross, #1)
  • Power Surge (Jake Ross, #2)