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    Stoner knew. The fiery object hurtling toward the Earth was an alien spacecraft. But the world might never know. He was trapped in an iron cordon of secrecy, for the discovery had shattered the world power balance, setting off a brutal struggle for supremacy that raged from the sacred halls of the Vatican to the corridors of the Kremlin and the Pentagon. The forces of fear and treachery would use any weapon at their command, from mind war to sabotage, to keep the world in darkness.

    Aided by a brilliant Soviet linguist and a lovely young student, Stoner planned a desperate mission, a wild, heart-stopping gamble to preserve the legacy of the star voyager for all mankind.

    ©1981 Ben Bova (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    "The most plausible and convincing account I have ever read of how the human race might really react to first contact." ( Analog)
    " Voyagers marks the return of one of SF's pros to his favorite subject: first contact. The bureaucratic politics of space is classic Bova...and the sense of awe when Stoner finally gazes upon an alien is pure art." ( Chicago Tribune)

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    • Global
      5 out of 5 stars
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    • David
    • 21/08/2006

    davjonz

    Although I have heard Ben Bova's name mentioned for years and years as a great sci-fi writer, I never made the time for one of his books until this one. I chose Voyagers because I wanted a Bova book and because it was featured on the front page of Audible.

    I thought this story was terrific. The listener must bear in mind that it was written in the early 80s (probably late 70s), so the technology is laughable, but it seemed very realistic to me. I advise you just to read it as a period book and it will make perfect sense. I loved it and I recommend it to anyone that likes hard SF.

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      3 out of 5 stars
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    • Noe
    • 26/02/2009

    Not Quite "Rendezvous With Rama"

    As someone who views Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous With Rama" as the ultimate novel about man's first contact with extraterrestrials, I tackled this novel by Ben Bova eagerly. A strange object approaches the Earth from somewhere "out there," and the powers of Earth scurry about to find out what it is and what it means. It is Bova's vision of what the political, social, and theological ramifications of such an event might have been in the early 1980s. Very little of this book is about the alien itself; rather it focuses on how the U.S. and Soviet Union jostle to be the first to make actual contact with the visitor. Written seemingly with a movie screenplay in mind, the novel really never met my expectations, and it falls well short of Rama.

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    • Paul
    • 13/05/2008

    Future Past 4 Bova Fans Only

    This is one of those books (or series of books) that you have to put yourself into the mind set of "alternate reality" when you read it as it is about a future with a Soviet Union and giant pre-hubble telescopes (in space) and mainframe computers in the future and CRT monitors in the future... You have to read it with the same mindset as you would if you were watching old TV shows like Space 1999 or early Star Trek or if you were reading 1984... I went through all three of the Voyager novels as the characters were likeable and the plot was interesting, but I wasn't overall impressed. This was my first Ben Bova novel and I found some of the character's philisophical waxings were on subjects that are quite tired these days - where they may have been cutting edge 20 years ago. If I were looking for a Good Sci Fi novel, I'd look elsewhere. This book is probably for long term Ben Bova fans.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Ronald
    • 23/08/2006

    Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence

    This is probably the most plausible first contact story. If you know what SETI stands for, you will enjoy it. Could this strange object be natural? Could intelligent beings travel across interstellar space? Would they be friendly? Would they want to contact us? Would the government try to keep it a secret? Would there be panic in the streets? All of these questions are considered in this novel with plenty of political intrigue and a love story thrown in. The narration by Stefan Rudnicki is excellent. Listeners should realize that while this is a new audiobook production, the original novel was written before the fall of the Soviet Union.

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Philip
    • 29/08/2007

    Fascinating and engrossing

    This book was excellent in many respects. The reality on how our governments would react was quite convincing. The paranoia, top secret classifications, the fear, all was quite convincing. I loved the main characters as well, I felt as if I knew each one of them personally. The book was well read and once it was finish, it left me wanting more. If I had to rate this particular book I would have to give it a ten plus.

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    • BookReader
    • 04/10/2021

    Voyagers Series

    If you're looking for a story of space, aliens, space travel, this is not your series. The review addresses Voyagers, Voyagers II, III, and The Return.

    Plot. A spacecraft is approaching earth — no response to earth signals. A mission from earth determines that the craft is a sarcophagus - the sole passenger is a dead alien. A ship message tells us to study the alien and his ship and send him on his way to other worlds. A USA astronaut decides to stay on the alien ship, goes into stasis for 18 years, and returns to earth. He has changed - and so has the earth.

    Liked: Stuck with it, well, because it IS a Bova series. Narration and production are fine. No sex, no objectionable language, clean reads.

    Not so hot: This is NOT a typical SciFi, rather a platform for the author to voice concerns regarding world politics, religious zealots, climate change, nuclear war...the earth will perish if humans do not change. There have been other books and movies with the same basic theme - The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Abyss, more. So, it's been done before - and better, IMO.

    Disappointed.

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      1 out of 5 stars
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    • Thomas W.
    • 27/02/2009

    Barely science fiction

    this book only qualifies as being science fiction because of some unkown "comet" heading toward earth.....otherwise it's seven brides for seven brothers......people sitting around talking to eah other about irrelevent things....trying to fill pages.....i can barely stand it....

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    • Tamara
    • 04/10/2007

    Bad example of Ben Bova

    I usually really like Ben Bova books, so I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, like many of the reviewers say, this is waaayyyy out-of-date. One of the things that really got to me was the simplicity of the characters and the stereotyping. The worst for me was the lead female character who is the sex toy/love interest for nearly all of the leading male characters in the book. Who cares that she's about 21 and they're all 40+ --- nothing unusual with that, is there? Don't all young students secretly desire to sleep with their professors? And the leading male character was entirely unsympathetic. An old disgruntled astronaut who is the only one (in the whole wide world!) who could possibly fly the mission to meet the alien spacecraft. I was more convinced that the world would end if it was him than if it wasn't. I didn't even make it to the end of the audiobook --- I quit 9 hours through when the female protagonist was threatening to seduce yet another old man...

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Consumer40475
    • 31/07/2007

    Chuck

    I've read the series and must say the best is in the first two books. A surprise in Sci Fi in that I didn't expect finding a wonderful love story. The story sees it way through three great stories which are filled with adventure. I would recommend the series as fun reading for the summer.

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    • Stephen Stanley
    • 24/08/2006

    I'm hooked

    Great read. This is book one of the Voyager series. Can't wait till the rest is offered on Audible.

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