Able One

Able One

Book - 2010
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Able One is a timely thrill-ride by Ben Bova, one of science fiction's most respected novelists.

When a rogue North Korean faction explodes a nuclear missile in space, the resulting shockwave destroys the world's satellites. Global communication is thrown into chaos, and entire economies are crippled. United States military satellites, designed to withstand such an assault, relay a horrifying image--two more nuclear missiles are sitting on the launch pad in North Korea, ready to be deployed. Faced with the threat of a thermonuclear attack, the United States has only one possible defense: Able One.

ABL-1, or Able One, is a modified 747 fitted with a high-powered laser able to knock out missiles in flight. But both the laser's technology and the jet's crew are untested. What was originally to be a training flight with a skeleton crew turns into a desperate race to destroy the two remaining nukes. Will Able One's experimental technology be enough to prevent World War III--especially when it becomes clear that a saboteur is onboard?

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010
ISBN: 9780765363589
9780765323866
Branch Call Number: BOVA
Characteristics: 398 p

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rfoster7
Aug 29, 2017

Pretty disappointing. Ben Bova is one of those well known sci-fi authors I always meant to try but never did. I hope his earlier work is better than this example of his more recent work. The science was about as thorough as if he read a couple articles in a science journal and he slapped a flimsy narrative around it full of racist screed. I guess he thinks everybody in the world purples their dialog with outdated racist insults. Maybe they do in his head.

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Carmine1
Jul 10, 2012

Good suspense and fast paced, but a little anti-climatic in the end.

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Russ_A
Apr 02, 2011

I wanted give this 3 stars because it was relatively fun to read. It's fast-paced, action filled and an easy read, but the science and other research in it was so ludicrous I just couldn't. This guy's a Hugo Award winner? Amazing! He gets his knowledge of orbital mechanics from Jack Bauer. The EMP device exploded in geosynchronous orbit knocks out every GPS satellite? Good trick since half of them are shielded by the earth at any given moment and the others are almost all tens of thousands of miles away, well outside the range of an EMP device at that altitude. The secret contact in the Chinese government has a Vietnamese name, not Pinyin and the Lebanese analyst is later found to be "Christian, not Arab." Earth to Bova, you can be both, and many in Lebanon are. The characters are hackneyed and the whole storyline is predictable from about page 10, but it kept me occupied while waiting in the emergency room.

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