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Leviathans of Jupiter (Jupiter #2)

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What secrets lurk in the depths of Jupiter's oceans? In Ben Bova's novel Jupiter, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter's planet-wide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant's team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slo ...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks
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Scott
Aug 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Twenty years after a disastrous mission to Jupiter, a new team of specialists attempts to make contact with the colossal, intelligent creatures that inhabit its oceans.

This was such an annoying book to read. The prose and dialogue are maddeningly repetitive, the writing basic and entirely graceless. The characters are equally simplistic: the beautiful young newcomer, the men who hang around her like puppy dogs, and the childish, petulant Scooby Doo villain who tries to sabotage the mission for r
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MB (What she read)
Quit halfway through. A decent plot but the villain's character was so incredibly stupid, and annoying, (and pervasive) that I just couldn't force myself to finish it.

The poor characterization was forcing the rest of the plot and characters to conform to things that made absolutely no sense and caused so many plot holes and improbabilities, that it was impossible to keep from saying, 'but, but, but, real people don't behave like that! But, but, but, no one could be that stupid and put up with th
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Meghan Tracy
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything I wanted it to be and a little bit more. The bad guy (or should I say girl) is very satisfying. The author did an artful job of foreshadowing. He gave me the faintest hint of what was to come, but then made me wait until the exact right moment to reveal it.

The main thing I love is Leviathan. I want to fly out to Jupiter and talk to it. I fell hopelessly in love with it.
Lynn Demarest
Oct 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young adults.
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
As a six-time winner of the Hugo Award just saying Ben Bova may be enough to recommend Leviathans of Jupiter but I will add more. If you are a Science Fiction fan and have never read anything by Ben Bova you are in for a treat. If you have read his books in the past you will not be disappointed.

Leviathans of Jupiter is part of the Grand Tour continuing series but if you have not read any of the series do not let that stop you. While the background and some of the characters reappear in some of t
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A.J.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full cast dramatization from Blackstone Audio, starring Cassandra Campbell , Gabrielle de Cuir , Samantha Eggar , Rosalyn Landor , Stefan Rudnicki , Judy Young. I thought this was an outstanding production with a very talented group of voice actors - if i was just rating the audio i would give it 5 stars.
The book too is very enjoyable - a pleasing combination of hard science, fascinating aliens, dirty politics, and a little hanky panky. I withheld the 5th star for a little tendency towards repet
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Jeff
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kevin
Recommended to Jeff by: Found it on the library shelves
Shelves: science-fiction
The latest in Ben Bova's long running series, The Grand Tour, this directly follows Jupiter. I haven't read the whole series, so some of the references to past 'history' and people were vague to me, but not enough to hinder the flow of the story.

The action and plot are strong, the science well-respected, the climax builds suspense to a fine forte before resolving...and leaving the door open to a much-hoped for sequel. Characterization was enjoyable, if a little 2-dimensional, though the POV of t
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Nancy
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i have a LOT of objections to just about every decision/rationalization made by a character in this book. these are supposed to be smart people!!! i can't think of one to detail without spoilers. suffice it to say that a lot of things don't add up.

there are some mildly interesting bits about jupiter/alien intelligence/space stations. but i found the writing trite and basic, the characters thin, the use of quotes inane, the villain idiotic, and the science-as-ideal-purpose theme distractingly pr
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Keith
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love SciFi that includes cool old quotes. Was an interesting tale of exploration and alien contact. If only to see something similar in our lifetime...

"For it is a fact that to have knowledge of the truth and of sciences and study them is the highest thing with which a king can adorn himself. And the most disgraceful thing for kings is to disdain learning and be ashamed of exploring the sciences. He who does not learn is not wise."
–Khosrow I Anushirvan
(Khosrow of the Immortal Soul)
Shah of the
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Bill
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AUDIBLE BOOK
Ben Bova writes very well.
This story is about scientists sent to explore Jupiter who come upon huge animal/colonies (intelligent) who communicate by flashing lights. The scientists live in a space station and explore by submarine
Mark
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Grand Tour.
Amy Day
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On their first voyage to Jupiter, man discovers a that Jupiter is not lifeless. Now man is headed back to study these large whale-like creatures. Part of the "Grand Tour" series.
Michael
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the first Ben Bova book I've read, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Most sci-fi is basically fantasy ---- so far in the future that it's far off in another time or other part of the galaxy. This one was set in this century --- however, mankind has somehow managed to conquer space as surely as he, in the past, conquered air transport. That futuristic background makes this story of man's first encounter with an alien intelligence living within Jupiter fascinating.

Interestingly, while re
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Dale
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read by Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Samantha Eggar, Rosalyn Landor, Stefan Rudnicki and Judy Young
Published by Blackstone Audio - 2011.
15 hours, 30 minutes


Long-time author Ben Bova adds to his Grand Tour series as he continues his tales of the colonization of our solar system with Leviathans of Jupiter , the sequel to his 2001 novel Jupiter . Some characters are brought forward from his other novels but, in reality, Leviathans of Jupiter also works well as a stand-alone work.

In J
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Clark Hallman
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Leviathans of Jupiter by Ben Bova, a sequel to his Jupiter: A Novel, takes place about 20 years after the conclusion of the previous novel. Grant Archer is now director of the Jupiter orbital station where research focusing on verifying the existence of massive, intelligent creatures (referred to as Leviathans) has been ongoing through unmanned probes into the Jupiter’s atmosphere and its planet-wide ocean. Now, he urgently needs to send another human research team into that harsh environment of ...more
Ngutierrez31
I very much enjoyed the trip to Jupiter and the descriptions and imagination that came with its skies, oceans, and creatures.

On the other hand, I did not care for the characters. The small group of four protagonists were so incredibly generic, I cared for not one of their well beings.

The protagonist was also a character lacking in depth. The only reason I disliked her was that she was so horribly composed.

Bova's writing style was so trite, I will be hesitant to read anything more by him. Thoug
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A
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The best thing about this book is the title. I'm not finished with this book, but I will own up to stopping probably 10 times. I just kept thinking: I hope this spaceship collapses like the first Jupiter story so we get new characters. I took this book on vacation with me and walked two miles to a bookstore to purchase another book because I was so bored by it. I haven't read other Bova writing and I believe this could mean more to me if I had read the first novel in the Jupiter series or other ...more
Brian Gaston
Probably a 3.5 ....
Tanya Eby
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-version
I listened to this audiobook. It had high reviews on Audible, and I really did enjoy the multi-narrator approach. Each chapter is written from a specific character's viewpoint and there are a handful of actors voicing each chapter. It did get a little confusing when the perspective switched and there was a new narrator (so that the woman you were just listening to, suddenly became voiced by a man through a different character's perspective.)

I enjoyed the book. It was a good listen...but...well..
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Metaphorosis
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2012-rev
Ben Bova's Grand Tour series is reliable, complex, and realistic. Here, he revisits Jupiter, and the curious creatures we met on the last visit. As always, this is a standalone novel with nice little connections to other books for the initiated. The science is credible, the human relations interesting, the plot intriguing.

In short, this was standard modern Bova, and enjoyable. I did feel that one of the key conflicts was a bit by-the-numbers, and could have done with more depth. Also, one key bi
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Stacy
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Overall another good addition to the Grand Tour series. I will say that I was a bit frustrated that we didn't get to the actual mission until part IV of the book. But, part IV was awesome - loved the stuff in the ocean and the interactions with Leviathan! I only wish more of that energy and excitement was throughout the entire book. Also, the Westfall character was ridiculous and annoying. She was a completely one dimensional character that had no purpose. I don't know why Ben Bova feels the nee ...more
Mike
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a most, if not all, of Ben Bova's Grand Tour novels and I like them. Yes you could they are based on a similar formula, but they are a nice easy read with some interesting ideas. Leviathans of Jupiter is a fairly typical Grand Tour novel. Like all the others to date it is set in our solar system. Set 20 years after the series first visited Jupiter, it features an attempt to communicate with the Leviathans that live in the sea of Jupiter. It has thoroughly bad villan, something all bo ...more
Jeroen van Wijngaarden
This is the first Ben Bova-book I've ever read and I found it to be a fun story that doesn't aspire to be anything more than entertainment. Maybe it's only because I recently read a couple of books I didn't care for and was therefore ready to at least like something, but I quite enjoyed myself.

The characters have just enough personality to make you care about them for the length of the book. If it had been any longer the dialogue would probably have grown stale. Bova does a great job of giving
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Cesar Matamoros
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit to not being the type of person to parse a book and look at all the details. I want a book to entertain me, much like I do movies. The antagonist is somewhat one dimensional. The fact that main female character is supposedly gorgeous. Why even bring that up? The fact that she is a newcomer is enough to make the males around her take notice. The plot got my interest and there were hints of what was to going to happen, but still there were a few surprises along the way.
The concept of tryin
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Debra
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
It's Ben Bova, so there are some interesting idea nuggets tucked away in this sequel to Jupiter.

But in the years since I regularly read him, my taste has changed so that I nearly couldn't finish this audiobook. Such terrible writing!

An implausible plot, even allowing for it being space opera and therefore needing a certain buy in of the genre conventions.

Cardboard characters, often presented in a teenaged boy's dream manner. In fact the whole book is based on teenaged hormones.

Purple prose, with
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Nathan
Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to start off by saying I read this as a stand-alone, which I was assured would be fine, and I don't feel like that impacted my reading experience. I never really found myself confused as far as the storyline, as a lot of hard sci-fi just puts you in the world, and Bova did a decent job explaining the backstory, so I can't fault my disappointment on simply skipping the prior titles. I just was immensely disappointed. It started just adequately and then fell off a cliff. I was tempted to qu ...more
Mårten Ericson
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Undoubtedly the best book I've read by Bova so far and well worth the read If you want to stay away from the whole space opera thing. Two points of critique though.

1. The plot is almost always the same in Bova books. Someone is trying to mess things up when others are doing "the right thing". It is a bit annoying if you have read other books of Bova. You will kind of recognize the setup.

2. Though the plot in a very interesting way kind of knit itself together with a hint of the David Brins uplif
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Doug
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very easy read -- a great way for me to get back into science fiction after many years away from it.

The concept was intriguing, the characters were well described, and the plot was straightforward but still exciting. For me, the science was also relatively understandable, which added to my enjoyment of the book. I also liked that the group had both modest successes and realistic failures in their efforts at communication with the Leviathan.

My only negative comment is on the villain.
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Jenn
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Ben Bova, but usually feel that the sequels in his planet titles are never anywhere near as good as the first; however, Leviathans of Jupiter breaks out of this and is even better than the first. The characters are more engaging (though still never as developed as I'd like them to be. But given the choice between better developed characters and the science in these novels, I'll stick w/ the science!), and the chapters from the POV of the Leviathan are just fascinating. Great bo ...more
George
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
The question this book asks is "If we met an alien life form, how would me determine if it was intelligent? Also, how would the alien life form determine if we were intelligent? Westfall's inclusion as antagonist is unnecessary, made even worse in that her character is idiotic, her motives are stupid, as are her actions. I would have liked to see more politics by the Leviathan elders as it would have been the aliens discovering about us and about paradigm changes. Ben Bova knows how to tell a go ...more
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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.

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