“Millenium” eBook was published in 2016 (paper version published in 1976) and was written by Ben Bova (http://www.benbova.net). Mr. Bova has published more than 120 fiction and non-fiction books since 1959.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains Mature Language and some Violence. The novel is set in the near future (1999 – 2000) as perceived at the height of the Cold War. Both Russia and the US stand on the verge of open atomic war. The Moon has been colonized by both the US and Russians. While tensions are high on Earth, Moon colonists work openly with one another. The primary character is US AF Colonel Chet Kinsman.
Unwilling to be swept up into what they see is the downfall of mankind, the Moon colonists, led by Kinsman, revolt and declare themselves the new and separate nation of Selene. They struggle to survive the efforts of both Russia and the US to regain the control of the Moon.
I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 295 page Science Fiction novel. With the Cold War well behind us now, many of the concepts feel dated, but the story was enjoyable. While not written as an Alternate History, reading it now has that feel. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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