• Orbital Decay

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning, bestselling author's first novel. The beamjacks work in zero-gravity constructing satellites in the vacuum of deepest space. And they're not going to let the military control them anymore.

©1990 Allen M. Steele (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Hard to follow

Lots of extra material, missed some section here and there, story difficult to follow. Wish it was more succinct.

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This Review Needs a Title...So, I....

The story of blue collar misfit workers in space building an electricity generating satellite while led by a whacko. There are several characters who are developed very well and the reader gets to know them. The plot is cold war-ish but somehow did not hold my interest and I almost put it down in the middle. Additionally, the book contained long winded technical discussions of stuff that isn't yet built and made a few technical errors. The theme--big government is watching--is either prescient or ripped from Orwell's 1984. Overall..OK for Steele's first effort but not up to the Coyote series quality.

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Obviously his first book

I wouldn’t recommend this as the first Steele book people read. It is interesting as a fan to see how he progressed, but otherwise it was pretty weak.