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The bestselling author of Daemon returns with a near-future technological thriller, in which a charismatic billionaire recruits a team of adventurers to launch the first deep space mining operation--a mission that could alter the trajectory of human civilization.
When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he
Kindle Edition, 447 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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Manuel Antão
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Ryugu: "Delta-V" by Daniel Suarez

“We will only be able to make deep space viable for humanity when the math makes sense, and at the moment, we’re still working that problem.”

In “Delta-V” by Daniel Suarez

I'm not sure I completely understood the economic argument for mining asteroids but the way I understand it, it goes something like this...

Take platinum as an example - currently very rare on Earth. If you can bring back platinum from s
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It felt very tired and the plot overdone. Characters were also very predictable and two dimensional.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, at-bg-pa
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
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'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
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.
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
Eric Pavao
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, laser
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!
Adah Udechukwu
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Not as good as Change Agent, but pretty good. ...more
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vicki Elia
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
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.
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
Jenny T.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
"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 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
Lars Plougmann
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, sci-fi, dnf, libby
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
Alik Tam
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well written and readable, however it's just not all that entertaining.

For me personally, there wasn't enough "umph" in this. Not enough meat and potatoes to take the book to the next level. Felt it was very one note, boring for the most part. Was kind of expecting it to be a lot more engaging and was waiting for the story to open up, but it never did.

All in all it was okay, but very forgettable and not something I would pick up again.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2019
heavy on technical minutiae, light on character and plot.
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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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