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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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Faith
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
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
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
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Kemper
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
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Sara
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
It felt very tired and the plot overdone. Characters were also very predictable and two dimensional.
Mandie
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.
Jenny T.
"Delta-v describes a change in velocity. All celestial objects are in motion-which means you either need to accelerate or decelerate to reach them. The higher the delta-v, the greater the energy-and the greater the expense...delta-v means everything." A space mining expedition set in the near future outlining all aspects - funding, legalities, politics, training, development, etc. Interesting read but very technical at times and I never really felt connected to any of the characters.
Thanks to Fi
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Noel
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of Daniel Suarez's best works, without a doubt! Every bit as good as Daemon!

I found once again the ability to be awed by the science, and in love with the characters and their place in the world - while all the same being horrified at the pure evil displayed by the antagonists within this latest tome of Mr Suarez's.

Daniel Suarez is a master when it comes to making antagonists. Nathan Joyce is the perfect example of someone that everyone would love to know, be best friends with, and p
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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.
Ralph
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
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Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
Author Daniel Suarez has slowly gotten quite a reputation as a master of high-tech, sci-fi thrillers. Not only is DELTA-V no exception, it very well may be his finest work to date. It all begins with a dedication to the late, great Carl Sagan --- and I will revisit that in a bit. Our hero is James Tighe, an American who has made a name for himself in the area of cave-diving. In fact, the novel opens with a deadly cave expedition in which Tighe steps up as a hero when he is able to lead most of h ...more
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
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Lars Plougmann
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book I've read where asteroid mining features prominently. (Of the previous two books, one was fiction, one non.) This could be a trend. Although it might be useful to distinguish between a literary trend and a prediction of human endeavour.

Delta-V was an enjoyable dive into a time in the not so distant future where humanity is on the cusp of crewed and robotic commercial deep space exploration. It is full of juicy details about space stuff (orbits, regolith, space suits), alth
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Andy
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
Really enjoyed this second book I've read from the author Daniel Suarez. Completely different from Daemon which was unexpected but this was still a good space thriller
Initially the book seemed pretty futuristic with all of the space shenanigans going on, but when I heard about the actual touchdown on very same Ryugu asteroid by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft that happened whilst I was reading this book, it made me think that maybe it's not as far fetched as I was originally thinking. (See https://www.
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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
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Sabion
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book should have been 5 stars for me but the story just seemed so outlandish. I loved the rocket science aspects and the treatment of asteroid mining itself, but I am a sucker for these any time. The story unfortunately left me scratching my head. I understand that you need conflict to drive a story, but failing to file a flight plan as the main plot? And where are the telescopes? How could they miss it? Characters were well done as with Suarez's previous works and I would recommend this to ...more
Mike Mackenzie
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bought this book from Amazon yesterday and have just finished it. IT WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED. I grew up reading The Rock Rats series by Ben Bova, absolutely loved them because they felt so near-future. This book definitely felt like something we could see happening in the next 10 years.

Suarez is my favourite author and has never let me down. You can tell he definitely does his due diligence when it comes to researching, everything felt so plausible.

Thanks for the great read!
Sean Randall
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another book impossible to put down, from the very first page to the last. Every chapter built explosively upon the previous, every scene felt alive and real, and even the balance of the book felt right - the halfway mark in the text providing a great juncture point to the whole narrative.

the deaths hurt, the triumphs mattered, and the ethics will resound long after the final thump of the closing book cover. Almost certainly, as with several of Suarez's other novels, this is one to reread some d
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Leo
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another good book from Suraez, not excellent, but still good nonetheless. I would put this book in par with Change Agent or Kill Decision. Basically, it's a good story with a decent mix of characters. Story was compelling enough keep me entertained all the way to the end, but not so much so that I found it difficult to put down for the night.

Book roughly breaks down into two parts, parts one being chapter 1-25, this part cover most of the training for the space mission, with chapters 26
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Adam
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
D.L. Morrese
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a hard science fiction tale of the near future, less than two decades hence, in which several arguably eccentric CEO's are investing in space. Tourism and satellites may bring in heaps of money in the short term, but these ultra-wealthy entrepreneurs are looking at colonizing Mars, setting up bases on the Moon, and mining asteroids. They know that risky long term investments can bring huge profits...eventually.

Although I think the author's timetable for such things may be a bit optimist
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Joseph
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's strange to pick up a book and have arguments you've been making for years pop up. It's also amazing.

This is a compelling story that, frankly, I'd just about file under "fiction" not "science fiction". Nothing in this novel is fantastical, or out of the pale, or a reach.

It is, in many ways, a practical guidebook to boot strapping Earth's space race... even if, in the end, it touches on the single largest reason why we haven't done this yet... making money costs a lot of money, and people w
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Ingo
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preordered
Like this author a lot, and had this pre-ordered for a price well above my usual 10 Eur price limit.
Was it worth it? Just about, as I was in the mood of reading a good SF book, so, ok, but my guess is, you could wait for the price to drop, it will be SF for a few years to come and not be surpassed by real life events, even though some are currently being prepared to become reality.

Hard near-future-SF, sometimes gritty, very well thought out and detailed in its realism and world-building.
In parts
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Patrick
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Daniel Suarez strikes again. This book is up there as one of my favorites of his. Its amazing how real Suarez makes every story he writes. The science in this book makes so much sense that you are able to visualize everything, and the characters are so well written and operate beautifully in the story.

The story itself is inspiring as it is terrifying. I always think of the saying that 'I was born to late for tall ships, and too early for starships', and this book almost makes me glad that
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Michael
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I like Suarez’s writing and was quite excited to get this book and... well. I pretty much read it in a day.

There are a lot of chuckles early in the book as Suarez def. does create copy cats of real life characters (Musk, Bezos etc.) and from there extrapolates out as to where things could go with a mission to the stars (asteroids).

To be fair, he does take some liberties with it. The idea that things would be kept as secret for as long as they are in the book I find a bit unrealistic, especially
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Will Thompson
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling, Inspiring, and Glorious

Daniel Suarez has woven a beautiful tapestry of humanity and technology set against the deep black caldron of space itself. Delta-v is an epic, spanning the full length of the great human quest to plumb a great new frontier and thrust further than anyone else has before. the cast of characters, operating at the edge of possible, are tireless, sacrificing, and moral heroes that live up to the highest ideals we can all aspire to. I applaud Mr. Suarez for yet anoth
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Matthew
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to First to Read for the advance reader's copy of this great adventure story!

An excellent, well-written, technical and engaging hard sci-fi story, as would be expected from the author. The details are just right and don't obscure the story, and the secondary plot on Earth doesn't detract from the drama in outer space. The personnel are all fairly well-drawn and the main characters are likable to the point of sympathy. The story is well-balanced between pre-launch drama and space action. 5
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Aaron Anderson
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 star rating from me. This was a very enjoyable book, though it was relatively "hard" near-term sci fi, which isn't to everybody's taste. The author seemed to have done a ridiculous amount of research, which I wholeheartedly respect.

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Jason Fryer
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think if there were another 100-200 pages this could have easily been a 5 star book for me. I loved most aspects of it but it seemed like the story was truncated for the sake of brevity more than anything else. It came to a reasonably satisfying conclusion but I was left feeling more like I'd read a really entertaining scientific paper than an amazing story chalked full of science and physics. Suarez remains one of my favorite authors and this did nothing to diminish my anxiously awaiting his ...more
Wayne
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
When it comes to techno-thrillers, I have not found an author I love more than Daniel Suarez. His debut novel, Daemon, is among my favorites of both the genre and novels I have read. With each new work, I jump on it as soon as it is released. Suarez is in top form here, and I appreciate the solid science he imparts in what is basically a science fiction story. The fiction is this science is only the time between now and when events depicted in the novel become reality. I hope to still be around ...more
Eric Haas
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This new work by Daniel Suarez was very entertaining and presented some fascinating ideas about manned vs. unmanned space flight. I found the first 3/4 of the book to be incredibly compelling and a fast read. Unfortunately, I found the last quarter of the book rather dark and the ending was a little unsatisfying. I put this work behind Daemon, Freedom, and Change Agent, but it was still an interesting read.
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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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