Leviathans of Jupiter
by Ben Bova
Cover Artist: John Harris
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317889
Date: 01 February 2011 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Author of more than 140 novels and nonfiction books, Ben Bova continues his Grand Tour series of the solar system with Leviathans of Jupiter. A team of four takes a new submersible on its decent into the ocean of Jupiter to establish contact with the leviathans, giant whale-like creatures that live there. Twenty years before such a team barely escaped with their lives. Now, someone aboard the orbiting station tries to sabotage the new mission. From official release/information:
Book Description: In Ben Bova's novel Jupiter, physicist Grant Archer led an expedition into Jupiter's planetwide ocean, attempting to study the unusual and massive creatures that call the planet their home. Unprepared for the hostile environment and crushing pressures, Grant's team faced certain death as their ship malfunctioned and slowly sank to the planet's depths. However, one of Jupiter's native creatures--a city sized leviathan--saved the doomed ship. This creature's act convinced Grant that the huge creatures were intelligent, but he lacked scientific proof.
Now, several years later, Grant prepares a new expedition to prove once and for all that the huge creatures are intelligent. The new team faces dangers from both the hostile environment and from humans who will do anything to make sure the mission is a failure, even if it means murdering the entire crew.
(Source: Tor Books)