"An exciting and realistic thriller"
In a distant future, the planet earth is in on the
brink of extinction due to the greenhouse effect leading to
ecological mayhem and consequently mass starvation. The
future looks nonexistent with the only glimmer of hope
seemingly in outer space. Dan Randolph and Martin
Humphries agree that saving planet earth depends on
harvesting raw materials from other solar system orbs so
that pollution would lessen on their homeworld and
subsequently reduce the greenhouse effect.
The caring optimist, Dan actually believes in saving
his fellow human beings while Martin wants to keep costs
down so as to increase his profit even if it means
destroying his home planet. Martin's goal is simple: he
plans to rule over the survivors that he personally chooses
to allow to live with Dan his only true obstacle to success.
Fans of Ben Bova's outer space tales will fully enjoy
his latest thriller THE PRECIPICE. The story line is
loaded with action, but in many ways is very simplistic
with Dan and Martin as two opposite extremes if they ever
took the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator psychological test.
Though typical of Mr. Bova's science fiction theories on
industrializing (environmentalists would say polluting) the
solar system, the audience will relish this great author's
latest outer space thriller.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 11, 2001