2020-05-12 20:02:23 UTC
_Solar Express_ by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
A standalone space opera book, no prequel or sequel that I know of.
Note that some people call this hard science, I do not because of the
alien space ship. Some people might call this military science fiction,
I am not sure. I read the well printed and bound MMPB published by Tor
in 2016. I have read several books by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and have
several in my SBR (strategic book reserve) to be read.
Man, I love space opera ! This is the good stuff. Great story set in
2114 with the three major entities on Earth jockeying for ownership of
the Solar System: The North American Union (Noram), the Sinese
Federation, and the Indian Alliance are all moving into space in a big
way with the resulting conflicts over territory and resources.
I loved the universe building in this book. The 100 meter fusion jet
spacecraft, the three space elevators, the hollowed asteroid bases at
L1, etc, etc, etc. A very rich book with a decent story line. And the
background politics about the cost of space.
My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Amazon rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (108 reviews)