Able One

by Ben Bova
Release date: January 31, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, thriller

Can an experimental defense system stop North Korean missile strikes?

When a nuclear missile launched by a rogue North Korean faction explodes in space, the resulting shockwave destroys most of the world’s satellites, throwing global communication into chaos. US military satellites, designed to withstand such an assault, show that two more missiles are sitting on launch pads in North Korea, ready to be deployed. Faced with the threat of a thermonuclear attack, the United States has only one possible defense: Able One.

ABL-1, or Able One, is a modified 747 fitted with a highpowered laser able to knock out missiles in flight. But both the laser’s technology and the jet’s crew is untested. What was originally a training flight with a skeleton crew turns into a desperate race to destroy the two remaining nukes. Will Able One’s experimental technology be enough to prevent World War III — especially when it becomes clear that a saboteur is on board?

Able One is a timely thrill-ride by one of science fiction’s most respected novelists.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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