Delta-V

Delta-V

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...

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Title:Delta-V
Author:Daniel Suarez
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Delta-V Reviews

  • Eric Pavao

    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

    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

    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 flipping to the next page as quickly as possible. I found myself struggling to pause occasionally to appreciate the world painted before me, rather than rushing through to find out what happens next.

    The strengths of this book are typical Suarez — impeccable research and uncanny visioning, coupled to an addictive plot and rich detail.

    The weaknesses are also typical Suarez, in that the human element at times rings false. I found myself occasionally questioning whether the actions of the characters were believable, especially Nathan Joyce, who seemed cartoonish at times.

    But Daniel Suarez does not write character studies. His books will never enlighten you on the human condition, so if that’s what you’re looking for, there are plenty of other places to find it. You are never in danger of shedding a tear over a Suarez book. However, your eyes will grow wide with wonder and you may find yourself cheering with delight as the worlds he imagines are revealed. You will walk away feeling like you have just glimpsed a possible and plausible future.

    Suarez writes techno-thrill rides, and this one is very satisfying in that regard. I loved Delta-v and place it alongside Daemon, Freedom™ and Kill Decision as my favorites. And more so than any of those, I really hope to someday see this one get the big screen treatment.

  • 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

    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 every new 'first' on their four-year journey, all the way to that final edge of your seat, re-entry, I felt like I was right there with them the entire time. I worked as a NASA contractor for quite a few years and live just a few minutes from Marshall Space Flight Center so my passion for space exploration and all things space related runs quite deep so I love when authors take the time to write about space. Books like these not only allow me to live vicariously through the characters but more importantly, they get kids as well as adults, excited and interested in space science and exploration and the endless possibilities that our future holds.

    So if you enjoy reading about space flight, space mining, astronaut training, cislunar orbit and/or deep space, give this book a try. Yes, other authors have written about space flight but each story is unique, including this one, 'especially' this one. And if you like space flight stories like I do, you can read about, as many space missions that you can get your hands on.

    Lastly, I noticed that there were several threads left open for potential follow-up later which gives me great hope that this is the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel. At least, I got a pretty clear impression that the author has further plans for his characters, now whether the publishers are on board, I'm not sure. I really hope they are though because I'm as down for a cislunar and deep space rendezvous, as much as Tighe and Chindarkar are!

    *I received this ARC from Penguin Random House' First to Reads, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

  • 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 p

    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 partake in the luxuries he can provide. But Nathan Joyce isn't the sort of person that takes "no" for an answer. For most people, that character-flaw is merely a limiting factor for their personal potential. For people like Nathan Joyce, it makes him one of the most dangerous people walking the planet.

    Well done, Mr. Suarez - how about another!?

  • Faith

    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

    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 mine an asteroid. Joyce shares the daredevil qualities of his candidates and, assisted by Lukas Rochat, a young lawyer specializing in space law, he bulldozes over all laws and restrictions that might slow down his project.

    This book had an interesting premise and parts of it were very exciting. I especially liked the bootcamp-like training. Once on the asteroid, there was a fair amount of technobabble that I generally ignored, but I was fascinated by the concept of using the resources of the asteroid to create not only everything needed to sustain the lives of the crew but also to create the materials needed for the mining venture itself. Most of the focus of the book was on the crew, which was a good thing, because the parts that focused on Joyce were very sketchy. It felt like parts were left out. Joyce and/or Rochat would appear sporadically, but their story line always felt like it needed further explanation. There was also a chapter involving some of Joyce’s creditors. Their motives and actions made no sense and they were like cartoon characters. However, the crew was likable, the science was intriguing and the book was entertaining. There is room at the end for a sequel and I would read it.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  • 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

    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 his party to rescue following a quake that had trapped them underground.

    We soon realize that this story is set in the near future, beginning in the year 2032. There are some marked differences between this future point and our present. Specifically, the planet's need for more resources to support all life on it is never more apparent. Secondly and more worrisome is that all the major banks on the planet are on the verge of being crushed by enormous debt that would bring about a complete collapse --- a financial tragedy that would make the Great Depression of 1929 look like a missed mortgage payment. It is the belief of multi-billionaire entrepreneur and business owner Nathan Joyce that commercial exploration of the solar system would expand the human economy beyond Earth to address the accumulated debt in our economic system and would be the only sure way to avoid imminent, global economic collapse.

    Joyce shares these thoughts with Tighe when he calls him in for a meeting to share his vision. He needs someone with Tighe's specific skill set, along with a number of other specialists, to make his vision of space-mining a reality. One of Joyce's companies, Catalyst Corporation, is set to put together the first manned asteroid-mining expedition. It is during their discussion that Joyce spells out for Tighe that while the Greek letter Delta stands for change, the term Delta-v speaks to a change in velocity. In the world of asteroid-mining, Delta-v means everything.

    A veritable United Nations of highly skilled individuals are put together by Joyce for this mission. However, before they can take to outer space, they all must submit to several months at a top-secret underground training center beneath the Arctic Circle to determine which of them will be named to the first manned expedition. Helping out Joyce with the legalities is Lukas Rochat, a young and hungry Swedish attorney. Rochat reminds his new employer that they must adhere to the Luxembourg legislation of 2017 that clearly outlined specifics regarding any form of space-driven revenue. Joyce listens, up to a point, and keeps Rochat busy filing various forms and other paperwork as a smoke screen before he is ready to announce to the world his intentions for saving the planet via his asteroid-mining scheme.

    Joyce feels confident that this is the only way and even quotes the late Stephen Hawking, who in 2017 said that humanity would face extinction unless they found some way to colonize outer space. Joyce's expedition would be bypassing the whole colonization suggestion and going directly to mining natural resources to save the Earth. After several months of grueling tests, a team of eight is selected for the expedition. Their target is the asteroid Ryugu, which was initially discovered back in 1999. Japan had sent a probe to Ryugu for a year, the results of which indicated that the resources contained there were for real. Thus our mission is set.

    Of course, Tighe is on the team along with seven others to whom he has drawn very close and who represent different nations on our globe. They go into the mission knowing it will be a four-year commitment away from Earth, where they will be using optimal-mining that utilizes sunlight to harvest and process material. After a brief stay at an outer space hotel, the Hotel LEO, the team is ready to go. Their craft is the spaceship Konstantin, and with Joyce's financial resources and political subterfuge, they will operate clandestinely until they have proven that Ryugu is harvestable. Only at that point will the rest of the world know about the expedition. The eight are able to successfully validate that Ryugu will provide what Joyce is expecting, and they cast a vote to see the full four-year mission through. However, all is not what it appears to be on the surface.

    I return to my mention of the Carl Sagan dedication as I drew comparisons to his classic novel, CONTACT, at many points while reading. Instead of intelligent alien life at the center of this story, DELTA-V focuses on another outer space first, which is no less dangerous a proposition.

    Daniel Suarez has combined cutting-edge sci-fi with all the components of a great thriller, leading to spectacular results. He utilizes both aerospace and political themes, each rife with all the pitfalls and surprises that come with them. Throughout his career, Suarez has found consistent comparison to the late, great Michael Crichton. I can assuredly support that he is in a very small group of current writers who can carry that weighty mantle forward.

    Reviewed by Ray Palen

  • Yzabel Ginsberg

    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

    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 have been more trouble than there was, but then, they’d have ended up all dead, because you can’t very well weather ten asteroid showers and the likes without any damage (not a spoiler, I’m just using some generic example here). So all in all, the ratio of suspense vs. things that work vs. things that turn to crap more quickly than you can blink was fairly good.

    I also really enjoyed the science and the research behind the space technology presented throughout the novel. I wasn’t always on board (see what I did there) with absolutely everything in terms of medical impact on the astronauts’ bodies—but then, considering what our current astronauts already have to go through just after 6 months on the ISS, going for 100% accuracy may just have led, here too, to a bunch of very dead characters, very quickly. I guess we can use some suspension of disbelief on the grounds of “it’s 2030-ish and the consequences are better known, so they’re better prepared, too”. So, in general, I pretty much liked reading the explanations, how the ship was meant to function.

    The geopolitical side was interesting, too. It is clearly grounded in our present, where corporations invest in space travel and research, and some of the investors/CEOs we meet in the story are definitely parallel descendants of people like Musk and Bezos—although in that regard, Nathan Joyce is probably closer to those, in terms of investing and betting everything on a very daring scheme.

    The reason I’m not rating “Delta-v” higher is because, like other books of the same type, I found it too ambitious for just one volume. There are two very distinct parts in it: the training and the actual mission, and I kept feeling that each would have warranted a novel of its own. Because of length constraints (I suppose), the author had to go with storytelling shortcuts, which made for a choppy rhythm all along. For instance, one chapter shows what’s happening on the first day of training, and then two chapters later we’re at “a few weeks later”, and so on.

    My other problem likely resulted from this “shortening an ambitious story into one book”: I found the characters too one-dimensional, and at the end, I didn’t get to know them well enough to really, fully care about them. Tighe is probably the one we know most about, but not so much the others (we get glimpses about Dave, Isabel and Han, but Nicole, Amy and Adisa remained rather a trio of unknowns, apart from a couple of defining feature such as “he’s a genius with computers and hacking” and “she needs to escape Earth because she can hear the movement of tectonics and it drives her bonkers”). And let’s be honest, in a story like this one, we need to care about the characters; we need to be much more invested about them.

    Conclusion: 2.5 to 3 stars. Enjoyable and exciting technology, but too ambitious for just one book.

  • Sara

    It felt very tired and the plot overdone. Characters were also very predictable and two dimensional.

  • 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

    "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 First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

  • Mandie

    Boring. The plot is tired and the characters aren't great. I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.

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