Power Play

Power Play

Book - 2012
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"Dr. Jake Ross, a university astronomer, wants nothing more than to teach a few classes each semester a nd continue on his research. However, he is being aggressively recruited to be the science advisor to Frank Tomlinson, an ambitious politician with his eye on the U.S. Senate. Tomlinson is in need of an edge that will allow him to defeat his opponent at the polls, and Dr. Ross can contribute just that: MHD. MHD, or magnetohydrodynamics, is a new innovation that will allow electricity to be generated efficiently and cheaply. The senate is essentially guaranteed if Tomlinson can deliver unlimited energy to voters at less than half the price of nuclear power. But MHD is still in its infancy, and although the outlook is extremely promising there are great{u2014}and deadly{u2014}risks. The incumbent senator will not give up his seat without a fight, and as Dr. Ross discovers, the world of politics carries its own dangers. Nothing has prepared Dr. Ross for the extreme tactics that desperate and powerful people are willing to use."-- Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 352 p. : 22 cm
ISBN: 9780765317865
0765317869
Branch Call Number: Bova

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thomd
Aug 01, 2013

This political thriller has too little tech. The main character is introduced to an exciting technology called MHD, allowing the author to wax poetic about his favorite unrealized dream. While I enjoyed that, I really didn't like the main character, who wonders too often who is having sex with whom. Most of the characters were caricatures, and portraying Indian gambling as run by the Mob doesn't fit.

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RichardPaul
Mar 13, 2012

Power Play ---- by Ben Bova - c 2012 ---- A very good read ---- This story has alot of avenues for more tales. ---- Who knows where Dr. Bova will go with this next. For myself it has always been an enjoyable tour with Dr. Bova's works. ---- The read is comfortable, good for nearly all from early teens on up. ---- Enjoy! ---- (finished 3-13-12) RichardPaul

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Mar 13, 2012

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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