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Delta-v

Written by: Daniel Suarez
Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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The best-selling author of Daemon returns with a near-future technological thriller, in which a charismatic billionaire recruits a team of adventurers to launch the first deep space mining operation - a mission that could alter the trajectory of human civilization.

When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island, he thinks it must be a mistake. But Tighe's unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high-risk venture to mine a near-Earth asteroid - with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce, and the stakes couldn't be higher.  

Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow 21st-century adventurers - ex-soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers - must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi-year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space. They're determined to transform humanity from an Earth-bound species to a space-faring one - or die trying.

©2019 Daniel Suarez (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Suarez is the Jules Verne of the digital age." (Frank Schirrmacher, author and publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, FAZ

"[Daniel Suarez] is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson." (John Robb, futurist and author of Brave New War)

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Good book, but very slow

I have enjoyed all of Daniels books. This is the first one that I have felt it drags a bit at different points.

I would best describe this book to be much like the Apple 13 movie. It has moments of action, it is interesting, but it is slow moving.

Overall it was a good book. I do hope Daniels next one is a little more up action though and perhaps a topic a little more interesting.

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Great book !

I can’t wait for the follow up!!! Excellent story, great reading. Wandered a bit in the middle, but end is great. Wish there was a little more closure but I guess that’s for the second book!

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Another good book from Daniel Suarez

I really enjoyed the story and the concepts presented in this book, and once again I could tell Daniel Suarez put a lot of research into it. I always appreciate when I can learn new things (ie. science, tech) from a fictional story. The only negative point I can say is it sometimes felt difficult to pay attention during very detailed descriptions of things. It is a very technical book and although this is his style, at times I didn't find it interesting enough to keep me captivated. Jeff Gurner as always did an excellent job narrating, speaking clearly and using a variety of character voices and accents.

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  • PG
  • 2019-06-10

neat concept and good space technology etc but....

very unsatisfying ending. significant characters fate left unknown. Just simply incomplete. needs a sequel or a few more chapters.
nice concept. some bad language

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A Heart Pounding Read!

Couldn't put it down, the amount of rush and tension you experience from the harsh reaches of space is to insane to comprehend but delta v does one hell of a job portraying it!

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  • James Heczko
  • 2019-05-10

Daemon Deja Vu in Deep Space

The story follows the basic Daemon pattern ... a brilliant, seemingly evil billionaire has an elaborate plan to change the world. In this case, it's deep space rather than MMO.
The good: Suarez is brilliant at weaving near-future technology into an interesting story that stretches the mind. Jeff Gurner did his usual great job at narration.
The bad: The writing and story are sloppy compared to his prior books. The first 75% of the book could have been cut in half, and the character development wasn't up to Suarez's usual standard.
The inevitable: Clearly this book is screaming for a sequel.
Overall: Worth the credit and glad I spent the time, though I'm hoping the sequel will be more tightly written.

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  • Byron Babin
  • 2019-05-02

Disappointed it was not as good as his other books

I’ve listened to all of Daniel Suarez’s books & am a big fan of his work. However, while entertaining, in my opinion, this book isn’t nearly as good as his previous books.

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  • Jarrett A. Bucknor
  • Chino, CA
  • 2019-05-08

Not Daniel's Best Work

I've listened to all of Daniel's book and this book does not measure up to his other books. The book is an okay listen, the ending was lacking. Jeff did another amazing job reading.

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  • Max B Vockner
  • 2019-05-06

Nothing special here

Having read every book by this author this book lacks the twists and turns of his other books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-02

Unsatisfactory second half to promising story.

The opening half of the book is much better than the resulting second half which leaves a great deal in the air and largely ignores it's own premise.

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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 2019-05-04

"The Martian" on Steroids

Great book about a very Elon Musk type billionaire funding a secret asteroid mining project. However the story is mostly about the adventurous crew that has to survive the hostile challenges of space far away from any help. Great characters and a lot of info on the challenges of space beyond Earth. Plenty of action and, to me, a much more enjoyable and believable listen than "The Martian". I'm a big fan of Daniel Suarez's books and this one is one of his best. Love the reader too.

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  • S. Johnson
  • 2019-04-30

This book is more like an outline of a good book.

I have really enjoyed Suarez's other books but this one is pretty bad. The concept is fantastic but the execution is painful. Imagine reading a book about the building of some magnificent skyscraper and all you find inside is a bunch memos from the HR department of the construction company. The author goes to great effort to tell us how diverse the group astronauts are and how the selection process includes people of all sexual orientations but as soon as something interesting happens in the story you get a wave of the hand explanation (lots of problems get solved while characters are passed out) and then right back to pure boredom. I wouldn't be this harsh but I know this author is capable of much more and I'm hopeful the next book will be better.

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  • 2019-04-24

Uncreative and Predictable

Because I've enjoyed Suarez's previous novels and the publisher's summary of Delta-V sounded compelling, my expectations were high. But unfortunately, it was about as predictable, myopic, and cliché as most Michael Bay flicks, e.g. Armageddon, Deep Impact, etc. (In fact, Ben Affleck would be a great guy to cast as James Tighe if Mr. Bay were to bring Delta-V to the big screen.)

I've not the time to write a comprehensive review. So... The plot line is uncreative, predictable, and hackneyed. There are far too many lead characters (a baker's dozen), all of whom are poorly developed and colorless. The writing and dialogue is rather bland. And Jeff Gurner's narration is neither good nor bad; it's just meh. It's gotta be difficult for a solid narrator to narrate at his best when the novel he's narrating is a mess, so can't blame Jeff.

Even though I do not recommend Delta-V, I'm still a fan of Daniel's work...just not this time.

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  • Steve Manke
  • 2019-05-26

Powerful and Fun!

The pioneers behind every great expansion have motivations that are lost to time. The key participants in every monumental historic event have varied and distinct stories that get lost to history. Delta-v chronicles the story of James Tighe, a cave diver turned deep space miner on Earth's first great expedition into the stars to attempt something extraordinary.

This is a story that has heart, thrills, tragedy, but it's ultimately a story of hope. Hope for the future and hope for the promise that is the human spirit. It's also another fantastic book from one of my favorite authors.

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  • Quincy
  • 2019-05-10

ok story

it was a good concept but completely unbelievable that the first manned deep space mission could be kept THAT secret.

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