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Grant Archer only wanted to study astrophysics. But the forces of the "New Morality," the coalition of censorious do-gooders who run 21st-century America, have other plans for him.
To his distress, Grant is torn from his young bride and sent to a research station in orbit around Jupiter, to spy on the scientists who work there. Their work may lead to the discovery of higher life forms in the Jovian system-with implications the New Morality doesn't like at all.
What Grant's would-be controllers don't know is that his loyalty to science may be greater than his desire for a quiet life. But that loyalty will be tested in a mission as dangerous as any ever undertaken-a mission to the middle reaches of Jupiter's endless atmosphere, a place where hydrogen flows as a liquid, and cyclones larger than planets rage for centuries at a time.
What lurks there is more than anyone has counted on...and stranger than anyone could possibly have imagined.
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This is one of my favorite books. It is a must get. Once you get it you won't put it down.
I enjoyed the book (occasional typo In the e-book aside). It combined exploration of a planet I've always found fascinating with the struggle between religion and science - fanaticism and reason - which mirrors the same conflict in modern society. For anyone who likes classic sci-fi, it's a pretty good read.
Great book, poor e-book conversion
I enjoyed Bova's narrative but the frequent grammatical, spelling and formatting errors (averaging at least a dozen per hundred pages) took me out of the experience and shows a lack of quality control by the publisher.