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I first read this in January 1998.
In the near future space belongs to the USSR, the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics. Once the USSR deployed its space-based weapons,
even the nuclear powers were at its mercy.
America has become insular, has turned inward obsessed with its
Only a few small non-communist space industries survive, and the USSR is
working to subvert and take over these remaining brave outposts.
Dan Randoph, billionaire and expatriate American, is one of the few
still resisting this and dreaming of a future in space for America,
indeed for the world.
But as the Russian grip tightens, even his businesses edge toward
unprofitability - the USSR controls the lunar mines from where his
resources come. His solution is to seize and mine an asteroid. But
when the USST react adversely to that, he is driven to piracy and
starts seizing the USSR space freighters.
It's awful. There's exciting stuff happening - there's nothing
particularly wrong with the plot (except its predictability) but the
dismal writing steam-rollers along burying all characterization and
Loaded on the 10th December 2001.