Able One

Ben Bova

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When a nuclear missile launched by a rogue North Korean faction explodes in space the resulting shockwave destroys the world’s satellites, throwing global communication into chaos. The United States military satellites, designed to withstand such an assault, show that two more 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?

Able One is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fiction’s most respected novelists.

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FIRST STRIKE

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

Hank Barstow frowned at the blank screen of his GPS box. Rolling down Interstate 75 at nearly eighty miles per hour, he was looking forward to making a breakfast stop at the Sticky Fingers restaurant a couple of his trucker pals had told him about. Food’s not all that much, they’d said, but there’s this really stacked blonde waitress....

But he needed the doggone GPS to find his way through the streets of Chattanooga and get to the restaurant. Hank had been through Chattanooga plenty of times on his runs down I-75 to Tampa.

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“Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.”—The New York Times

“Bova gets better and better, combining plausible science with increasingly complex fiction.”—Daily News (Los Angeles)

“A cautionary but hopeful thriller . . . Modern twists and a genuinely surprising ending.”—Publishers Weekly on The Green Trap

“Bova brings his usual imaginative plotting and attention to detail to this contemporary thriller, and fans of the author, as well as those of Michael Crichton–style science thrillers, should be well pleased.”—Booklist on The Green Trap

“Ben Bova’s latest near-future SF thriller supplies a suspenseful ride and plenty of high-tech hardware as it builds to a climactic confrontation over Washington, D.C.” —Publishers Weekly on Powersat


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Ben Bova

Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction, including Able One, Leviathans of Jupiter and the Grand Tour novels, including Titan, winner of John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in 2005, and in 2008 he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award "for his outstanding body of work in the field of literature." He is President Emeritus of the National Space Society and a past president of Science Fiction Writers of America, and a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni. As an editor, he won science fiction’s Hugo Award six times. Dr. Bova’s writings have predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), electronic book publishing, and much more. He lives in Florida.

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Able One
Ben Bova

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
February 2010
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ISBN: 9781429955218
ISBN10: 142995521X
400 pages
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Tor Books
March 2011
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ISBN: 9780765363589
ISBN10: 0765363585
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 384 pages
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