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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
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Kindle Edition, 447 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Dutton
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Joseph I'd say that the only thing separating this book from removing the "science" in front of "fiction" is the fact that no one's done this...yet.

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I'd say that the only thing separating this book from removing the "science" in front of "fiction" is the fact that no one's done this...yet.

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Manuel Antão
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Kemper
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
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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
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Faith
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
Sara
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.
Peter Tillman
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-bg-pa, fantasy
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.
Mandie
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.
Josh
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
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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.
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.
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
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Brian Sletten
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a typical bent to a Daniel Suarez novel that involves finding cautionary tales on the near horizon of human technological advancement. Sometimes this horizon is in the distance and sometimes it is much closer at hand. This book has an element of that, but it is as much a call to action as much as a red flag.

This book lacks conventional antagonists, but doesn't coincidentally lack drama. The ones who exist are mere quislings for the larger systems they represent. But, equally (or moreso)
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Ralph
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
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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
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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. ...more
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.
Mitchell
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
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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 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
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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),
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Gavin
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
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 ...more
Noel
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
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Steven
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best Daniel Suarez novel since Daemon!
Minx
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delta-V is touted as a technological thriller but I would consider it more of a science fiction thriller than anything. The timeframe for this story is spread over years and is told from one period of time to another. Although I was not engaged with the characters right from the start I found the premise of the plot, adventurers to travel into deep space to mine an asteroid, to be exactly what I was intrigued with. There is are many plot twists to keep this story quite engaging and I did come to ...more
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
Sabion
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Mariano
A mediocre space development story, with some good characters. Daniel Saurez's worst book.
Trike
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
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Raul Zavaleta
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
For futurists

Daniel Suarez has a knack for delivering interesting stories of the future using developing technology extrapolated into a near future. As a result, the book informs as well as entertains. I give it a 3.5 because the human story was light; it was more about the technology of asteroid mining. Futurists will like it; but others may get bored with it.
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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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