The surface of Venus is the most hellish place in the solar system - it's ground hot enough to melt aluminum, its air pressure high enough to crush spacecraft landers like tin cans, it's atmosphere a choking mix of poisonous gases. This is where the frail young Van Humphries must go—or die trying.
Years before, Van’s older brother perished in the first attempt to land a man on Venus. Van’s father has always hated him for being the one to survive. Now, his father is offering a $10 billion prize to the first person who lands on Venus and returns his oldest son’s remains. To everyone’s surprise, Van takes up the offer. But what Van Humphries will find on Venus will change everything—our understanding of Venus, of global warming on Earth, and his knowledge of who he is.
“Bova proves himself equal to the task of showing how adversity can temper character in unforeseen ways.” (
New York Times)
“A top-notch adventure story of broken dreams and lifelong hatreds that match the turbulence of Venus itself…. Recommended for SF collections.” ( Library Journal)
“Exciting and vividly wrought.” ( Kirkus Reviews)
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- S. Morris