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Cibola Burn (The Expanse) Hardcover – June 17, 2014

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Product Details

  • Series: The Expanse
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (June 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031621762X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316217620
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The science fictional equivalent of A Song of Ice and Fire... only with fewer beheadings and way more spaceships."—NPR Books on Cibola Burn

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro. So where's the second book?"—George R.R. Martin on Leviathan Wakes

"Combining an exploration of real human frailties with big SF ideas and exciting thriller action, Corey cements the series as must-read space opera."—Library Journal on Cibola Burn (Starred Review)

"A politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner.... Corey perfectly balances character development with action... series fans will find this installment the best yet."—Publishers Weekly on Abaddon's Gate

"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."—Charles Stross on Leviathan Wakes

"High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce, this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended."—Library Journal on Abaddon's Gate

"Literary space opera at its absolute best."— on Abaddon's Gate

"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow."—Washington Post on Abaddon's Gate

"Riveting interplanetary thriller."—Publishers Weekly on Leviathan Wakes

About the Author

James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find out more about this series at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd S on June 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Previous books in the series have established a future in which the solar system has been claimed by three factions, but the stars are out of reach. The Expanse has done space opera right with touches of Aliens and Chinatown thrown in for flavor. However, much of the momentum created by the preceding novels has been wasted just as the universe has opened up.

Mild Spoilers: The initial setup of squatters versus corporation does a great job of pitting two equally grey groups against each other. Daniel Abraham (one half of James Corey) has always excelled at characters that are understandable despite their awful choices. Yet, the introduction of a stereotypical, mustache-twirling villain in the form of a security chief destroys this balance. The unnecessary escalation of violence followed by random dangers (storms, slugs, and algae) just feels sloppy. None of the new characters add much and the female character who essentially "just needs to get laid" is a bit offensive. The ending is compressed and rushed. Further, the lack of consequences to characters despite the constant cataclysmic events robs much of the tension.
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Don't take my criticism to mean that you shouldn't read the book. I still highly recommend the series and look forward to the next entry, but I hope things pick up. The series is best when the characters aren't confined to a single planet.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Frank on June 19, 2014
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Put this on your "to read" list if you have enjoyed any of the earlier novels. Put this on your "must read" list if you loved Abaddon's Gate. This novel is like a workhorse episode of one of your favorite science fiction TV shows (not the one that hooked you, but one of the middle ones you really liked), and it shows that James S.A. Corey can tackle this universe from the smallest to the largest scale.

This novel still gets 5 stars in my book, because compared to other science fiction series it is one of the only ones left that I would still buy just knowing that it is by a particular author.

- Masterfully remixes plot and character elements from the series, especially Abaddon's Gate
- Sets the series up for more stunning political & economic challenges that have always been a key part of what makes these books great
- Maintains a fantastic sense of suspense, excitement, and wonder while feeling remarkably grounded - one of the best elements of this series is how if feels meticulously attentive to detail and how it hews to most hard science fiction conventions before adding one major improbable element to the mix just to see what happens.

- Core / returning characters who are better together are split for long parts of the novel
- Only around half of the key characters introduced in this book really seem to earn their major actions later in the novel, so there are a lot of moments where readers could justifiably ask why they do what they do
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 3, 2014
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I am afraid I will have to disagree with all of the five and four star reviewers, and even, to some extent, with the three star ones. This book did not work for me. I believe that it is the weakest of the series to date, even weaker than the previous one. I had problems with both the plot, which I found both slow and very predictable, and with some of the characters, which I found unbelievable, especially the villains.

With regards to the scene setting, the whole action takes place on the ground of and in the space around “New Terra”, one of the numerous worlds that the human race is poised to colonise since, through the use of the portal left over by a mysterious and long gone alien race, all of these have now become open to human colonisation. One of the problems here is that to understand and keep up with the story being told, you need to have read the previous ones in the series. To be fair, I should quickly add that this was not a problem for me, since I had read the three previous instalments. What was a problem, however, is that the authors’ seem to have an increasing to write “episodes”, rather than fully-fledged titles. This was already the case to some extent with Abaddon’s Gate (the previous title). It is even more the case with this one and I have to agree with previous reviewers that felt that this book was a bit of a filler.
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If you read the previous books this should be right up your alley. If you were kind of meh on the last one, I'd probably skip this.

The book does remind me of the writing duo's tendency to get absorbed in completely boring bureaucratic intrigue. "The U.N. Vice High Commissioner on Martian Affairs smiled slyly as she considered how her rival--the U.N. Deputy Undersecretary for Senior Junior Rights--had miscalculated her yet again, and would face the wrath of the Undersecretary General Pro Tempore at the next Closed Chamber Executive Session!"

Also, the name salad is a bit much. I get it guys, in the future everyone will be a mix of different backgrounds. My kid will be a mixed background. It'll be great. But seriously, when everyone is Muhammad O'Sullivan, Vladimir Kabila-Wong, and Washington Valenzuela, it gets kind of hard to imagine what these people actually look like. Everyone just becomes a featureless, colorless, gender neutral blob talking to one another. Especially when the only thing you have to go for them by is that they have "thick facial features".
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