Select one of the keywords
Space Station Down    by Ben Bova & Doug Beason order for
Space Station Down
by Ben Bova
Order:  USA  Can
Tor, 2020 (2020)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Steve Berry calls Space Station Down (by Ben Bova and Doug Beason) Die Hard, set 'two hundred and fifty miles above the earth', and it's an apt comparison.

Essentially, a space tourist and an extremist cosmonaut slaughter astronauts on the orbiting International Space Station (ISS), and then threaten to crash it into New York City. It would actually be impossible for them to aim anywhere near that closely, but the threat is enough to induce panic back on Earth.

As in Die Hard, only one person can stop the bad guys. Here, it's Kimberly Hasid-Robinson, sole survivor of the massacre. It takes a great deal of courage and all the ingenuity she can muster, not only to survive but also to communicate with mission control, and ultimately stop the terrorists from achieving their goal.

Fortunately, Kimberley has some help for the end game. Her ex-husband, Scott Robinson, was astronaut lead at Houston when it all started. He pulls every string he can to fly up to assist her on the ISS. Space Station Down is a gripping read as Kimberley tries to keep her cool while coping with one crisis after another. I look forward to the movie!

Note: Opinions expressed in reviews and articles on this site are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of BookLoons.

Find more SF books on our Shelves or in our book Reviews