By Ben Bova
Visionary area industrialist Dan Randolph is dead—but his protégé, pilot Pancho Barnes, now sits at the board of his conglomerate. She has her paintings reduce out for her. For Randolph's rival, Martin Humphries, nonetheless desires to keep watch over Astro and nonetheless desires to force self sustaining asteroid miners like Lars Fuchs into chapter 11. Humphries wishes revenge opposed to Pancho—and, such a lot of all, he desires his past love, Amanda, who has develop into Lars Fuchs's wife.
Brimming with memorable characters and human clash, rugged high-tech prospectors and boardroom betrayals, The Rock Rats maintains the story of our near-future fight over the incalculable wealth of the Asteroid Belt, the richest resource of uncooked mineral wealth recognized to humankind. earlier than it ends, many will die—and many will in attaining greater than they ever dreamed was once attainable.
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No, thinking of tactics was going to get him killed. There was no tactical advantage he could gain that would give him a victory in this mismatch. He had to change the rules—change his strategy. He scanned the massive Covenant flagship—that was the key. That's how he'd be able to turn the tables on the enemy. He keyed the COM system and hailed the Pelican. "This is Master Chief SPARTAN-One-One-Seven. Recognition code Tango Alpha Three Four Zero. " "Copy," a woman's voice answered. " Other voices argued in the background.
She crossed her arms over her chest, visibly irritated with the Master Chief's request. "If you don't find something out there we can use," he told her, "we're dead. This ship has no Slipspace drive, and no cryo. There's no way to get back and report. Power, fuel, air, food, water—we only have enough for a few hours. "So," he concluded as patiently as he could manage. "Scan. " Cortana sighed explosively, and her hologram dissolved. The scanner panel activated, however, and mathematical symbols crowded the screen.
Figures. Outta the friggin' frying pan—" The Master Chief spotted the Marine's shoulder patch: the gold comet insigne of the Orbital Drop Shock Troops. The ODST, more colorfully known as "Helljumpers," were notorious for their tenacity in a fight. Locklear must have been one of Major Silva's boys, which explained the young Marine's general hostility. Silva was ODST to ERIC NYLUND 49 the bone, and during the action on Halo had been decidedly negative about the SPARTAN-IIs in general... and the Chief in particular.
The Rock Rats (The Grand Tour: Asteroid Wars, Book 2) by Ben Bova