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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  5,726 ratings  ·  555 reviews
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, b ...more
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Dutton
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Irizayo ...straight forward near future space story so far and different from his previous books that I found it not satisfying and with an ending to the like…more...straight forward near future space story so far and different from his previous books that I found it not satisfying and with an ending to the likes of 'Game of Thrones' or 'House of Cards'... he just spent too much time building the story that he then got tired of writing... (less)

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Mario the lone bookwolf
May 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suarez-daniel
If asteroid mining for space colonies isn´t your thing, try terraforming instead. Let´s see who´s first.

Subjective opinion confirmed
Terraforming and colonizing planets just suck in comparison to direct space manufacturing, using asteroid mining in combination with huge habitats that generate the perfect gravitation needed for healthy, longtime vacations in space. Not to speak of the easier build everywhere you want way.

Innuendos fangirls and fanboys might get
Some of the mighty billionaire pla
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

If Robert A. Heinlein and Poul Anderson were alive today, this would be the kind of fiction they would produce: optimistic, resourceful, daring and fun as hell.

Poul Anderson published Industrial Revolution in 1963 about asteroid mining and modern writer Daniel Suarez takes this old idea and tells a similar story for the modern age. Eschewing government control, Suarez has as his mining leaders billionaire investors and multi-national corporations, playing fast and loose with interna
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
There’s gold in them thar asteroids!

In the near future commercial space exploration is growing, but not fast enough to suit billionaire Nathan Joyce who believes that humanity’s only chance of long-term survival is to immediately start mining asteroids. This will not only provide critical resources and advance the technologies to let people start living in space, but it also could create an entirely new and sustainable economy. Joyce is recruiting an multinational group of risk-takers like cave
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, publisher
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 min ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I read a fair bit of sci-fi as a teenager, whereas now it’s only an occasional choice for me. I tend to limit those choices to “hard” sci-fi, of the type that was standard for the genre in the 1960s and 70s. This novel falls very much into that category. The author clearly put in a huge amount of research to keep the story scientifically plausible.

The first half of the book is taken up with the setup for the asteroid mission, much of it in a training camp where a large number of potential astron
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
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 ever
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
It felt very tired and the plot overdone. Characters were also very predictable and two dimensional.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Boring. The plot is tired and the characters aren't great. I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. ...more
Peter Tillman
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suarez has done his homework for this near-future asteroid-mining SF thriller. The book is set in the early 2030s, which seems very soon for some of the technology it extrapolates. It gets melodramatic at times, and the characterizations can be perfunctory. But it’s a good tale well-told, with some nice twists, and boy, do those pages turn. Strong 4 stars. Recommended, especially for hard-SF fans.
Peter Pereira
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ive read all of Suarez's books. This was by far the weakest. Not sure why every sci-fi author try's to be Weir (The Martian) and add all kinds of science figures in their books in an effort to make it more 'believable'. This book is divided into two sections. The first is a slow slog through what an astronaut training regimen might look like, with many new characters thrown in, none of which are really developed. The second half has a pretty good story, but still, it just feels quite labored. It ...more
In the distant future mankind has conquered the stars, well at least low Earth orbit anyway... but ambition, greed, and an overwhelming desire to be the first has led to a space ages arms race; inhabit Mars, build bases on the Moon, mine asteroids in deep space, commercialize low Earth orbit...it's all for the taking and for one young entrepreneur, secrecy, scandal and a series of covert space ops, places him, and mankind on the brink of greatness.

Delta-V is a space nerds wet dream; a pure shot
Mark Marcus
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Although I loved the author’s first 3 books, this one just didn’t grab me.

Perhaps it’s me but I found that I just couldn’t get into the story. Or maybe it was the fact that, unlike his first novel, it did not take me anywhere I haven’t been, before.

I’m getting older so maybe my tastes are changing but I do know that I wanted to like this book.

Regardless, he is a very talented writer who I know will come up with another hit, soon.
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Some readers habits and book ratings changed during the intense part of the COVID pandemic, mine apparently are changing on the tail end. Carol called it COVID brain, I am merely going to describe this as mirror-Hank.

Mirror-Hank found this book exciting and fell in love with the characters. This was a 21st century version of or homage(?) to asteroid mining. At its core, it was a buddy story with a diverse cast of characters with all the usual problems you could think of, related to hard core exp
Bryan Alexander
Delta-V is a straight-up space story. It takes place in the very near future and follows the first human attempt to mine asteroids.

The plot focuses on a group of people who organize, train, or compete with the mission. Our point of view character is a cave diver, and gives us a decent window into the science and engineering. Another character is an Elon Musk/Jeff Bezos Heinleinian type, a space-obsessed plutocrat who pulls increasingly dodgy string to set things up.

As a straight-up space story D
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libby, dnf, ebook, sci-fi
DNF @ 37%

I was really looking forward to reading this book, but sadly it's been something of a disappointment for me. Around 160 pages in and still the book is just about the training for the asteroid mining mission, they haven't even gone to space yet!

I didn't expect so much time to spent on the characters preparing to go to space and maybe that's on me but it's not even compelling. The characters are all pretty two-dimensional, even the protagonist, and the book so far has just felt like a mon
Very much a ho-hum “been there done that” affair. Asteroid mining is one of the oldest tropes of SF, and pretty much every author has told a story regarding it. Clarke, Varley, Cherryh, Niven, Heinlein, Bova, Foster, Williamson, Stephenson, Doc Smith, Pournelle, Chalker... they’ve all done it. Brin and Benford’s Heart of the Comet is practically the template for this novel. So you really need to step up your game to bring something new to the table. Suarez doesn’t, disappointingly.

Suarez uses th
Eric Pavao
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read. Like everything Suarez has written it is hard to put down. This is his best book since Daemon. Anyone interested in commercial space, asteroid mining, or just a great sci-fi story should read it.
Dave Packard
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: laser, audible
Love me some good hard science fiction. Set in the not to distant future the story is very feasible and realistic... rippend from today’s headlines kind of stuff!
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Hopeful and precise. Surprisingly moving, in the second half anyway. The prose is flat, economical, and repetitive (for instance, every time the characters do pre-emptive oxygen saturation before a spacewalk, Suarez tells you so), but if you like space or engineering detail you'll be fine. It's billed as (very) hard scifi, but there was actually less physics and more economics in it than I was expecting (and still too much kinematic exposition for most readers, I guess). It's "hard" in the sense ...more
Adah Udechukwu
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Delta-V is an exceptional novel and worthwhile read. I look forward to the sequel.
Alex Givant
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Not as good as Change Agent, but pretty good. ...more
Vicki Elia
May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I slogged through the audio of this book and was sorely disappointed. There's a great story line - an eccentric billionaire tech guy begs, borrows and literally steals funding for a covert mission to mine the asteroid Ryugu. This voyage and adventure will take a team to the furthest point from Earth that man has ever been. The crew includes a cave diver, James Tighe, who is primarily the narrator and protagonist of the story.

Without providing spoilers, bad things happen, which would be expected
Ahh this was great. Just what I needed.

Light adventure sci-fi, filled with asteroid mining, and speculation about our near future in space and Low Earth Orbit. Thinly veiled comparisons to SpaceX and Blue Origin.

Characters are a little plastic, but it's a scifi mining adventure, plastic is fine.

Twas just was the doctor ordered
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read if you have any kind of interest in space exploration, and probably also if you don't.

Suarez confirms that the Daemon trilogy wasn't a one-time thing. His writing is solid and always well researched.

I can't wait for the next novel in this new saga.
Marty Fried
Oct 10, 2021 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
I'm no more than 5% in to this book, and find the ideas to be interesting, and the science seems good for what I can follow. However... it's getting to be a chore to keep reading, which is not what I'm looking for these days. It's too serious and matter-of-fact, and frankly, I'm getting bored. So, maybe I'll get back in to it one day, but until then - no rating. ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
As I get older I wonder at time if my reading speed has slowed down. And as I struggle with some of the more complicated or intricate books, they just seem to take longer. But not this book. This was a grabber, a thriller. And just plain hard to put down. The characterization could have been better. And maybe our main pov character could have had more obvious general skills. But a great book. Certainly it could have had a better title. Not high art. 4.5 of 5.
Mal Warwick
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Mars, Mars, Mars. It seems that NASA and the public can think of little else. There have been more than fifty missions to long-dead Mars but no more than a handful to all the ice moons of the gas giants. And a few of those moons show signs that life may be present there. Of course, the red planet is closest to Earth, while the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune orbit the sun hundreds of millions or billions of miles from us.

A techno-thriller about asteroid mining

Still, the greatest gain for h
Yzabel Ginsberg
[I received a copy of this book through Penguin’s “First To Read” program, in exchange for an honest review.]

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 h
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take a teaspoon of "The Martian", a pinch of "Armageddon", and let it marinade in Suarez' headspace and you get Delta-V. You can expect a few things from any Suarez book: cutting edge tech, fast paced action, and a peek at tomorrow's concerns. In this case we have the commercial space race as our cutting edge tech. Several billionaires are working towards space based operations whether it be space tourism, colonization of Mars, or resource mining the moon. There are some fun name swaps for real ...more
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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and Sci-Fi thrillers focus on technology-driven ...more

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