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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James S.A. Corey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)

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The first novel in James S.A. Corey's SF New York Times bestselling Expanse series.

Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.


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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 George R. R. Martin A winning blend of old-school space opera and modern sensibility... Corey combines no-nonsense storytelling with hard-boiled dialogue as the novel races to a truly cosmic ending. An excellent start to a promising new series THE TELEGRAPH Corey... has created a refreshingly blue-collar tale, with well-drawn characters and a compelling narrative sweep. Roll on Book Two. FINANCIAL TIMES LEVIATHAN WAKES is an amazing book. In fact, there is not a single negative thing I can say about the novel, which delivers in all phases including setting, characterization, story, pacing, prose, and from a purely entertainment standpoint. Simply put, LEVIATHAN WAKES is the best novel I've read in 2011 so far FANTASY BOOK CRITIC The world building, hands down, is some of the best that I've seen for a space opera novel, with a good cast of characters and story that go along with it ... This novel feels like a breath of fresh air, trading in the galaxy for our solar system, but retaining an sense of the epic SF SIGNAL If you love tales packed with worldbuildy details like how humans cored asteroids, pumped them full of atmosphere, and spun them up for gravity's sake, then you'll love this novel to pieces io9 LEVIATHAN WAKES is space opera for the masses-it asks for little from its readers other than that they show up and enjoy the ride, no doctorate in quantum mechanics necessary. The classic juxtaposition of Miller's hard-edged noir narrative and Holden's idealistic adventure are perfectly suited for one another and together they form the most enjoyable novel I've read so far in 2011. It's fast, it's fun and it's escapist science fiction in the purest sense of the term. One can only hope that The Expanse is expansive, indeed A DRIBBLE OF INK One of the best opening volumes to an SF series in recent memory, one of the most entertaining novels I've read in 2011 and a novel that only has me hungry for more in the series. This is a Space Opera I want to see more of on the shelves SFF WORLD A ridiculously entertaining space opera ... A relentless, page-turning novel with some great character-building WERTZONE So far as cinematic sci-fi goes, LEVIATHAN WAKES is as entertaining and summer-blockbuster as you can get with a 600 page book BOOK SMUGGLERS LEVIATHAN WAKES has it all and I defy you to come away from this book empty handed when I'm talking about things like the death of a battle cruiser, alien infestations on a space station and gunfights in seedy space port hotels ... If you read one science fiction novel this year I'd seriously consider making it this one. Essential space opera reading that bodes very well for future books in the series GRAEME'S FANTASY BOOK REVIEW This new science fiction series begins with an incredible story, complex and well-executed. With an intriguing storyline, vivid characters, and even vomiting zombies, this was highly enjoyable from start to finish. Blending suspense, horror, space opera, and mystery - this first installment is one no science fiction fan will want to miss SCIFI CHICK If you're looking for some Space Opera Noir SF goodness, then read this one, people. It's sure to please. It certainly did good things for me ELITIST BOOK REVIEWS LEVIATHAN WAKES is a big novel full of movie worthy space battles, hand-to-hand combat, near death experiences, a couple of love stories, and a big bad evil to be fought and conquered ... Approachable, easy-to-read, and entertaining GRASPING FOR THE WIND

About the Author

James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

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  • File Size: 3940 KB
  • Print Length: 579 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (June 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047Y171G
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137 of 148 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The Canterbury, an ice-hauling ship, receives a distress signal from the Scopuli, a deserted ship with a hole in the hull and a transmitter that sends a signal as soon as the ship is boarded. Soon the Canterbury is attacked and destroyed by a frigate that appears to be part of the Martian Navy. Only the shuttle crew that boarded the Scopuli survives, including XO Jim Holden. When Holden broadcasts the details of the attack, the news nearly ignites a war between residents of the Belt (represented by the Outer Planets Alliance) and those of Mars. Holden's story, told in the odd-numbered chapters, unfolds from there.

The story told in the even-numbered chapters belongs to Miller, a security officer (essentially a corporate cop) on Ceres, a Belt gateway. Miller is assigned to find Julie Mao, the missing daughter of a wealthy corporate executive, and return her to her parents. Miller eventually hears that Julie shipped out on the Scopuli and he goes looking for her. A little less than halfway into the novel, the two storylines converge as Miller and Holden meet in a moment of unexpected violence. Miller's investigation leads him to a conspiracy that relates to the prologue in which a character melts into goo. More than that I cannot say without revealing too much of the lengthy but carefully plotted story.

This is throwback science fiction, an old school space opera married to a futuristic detective story. While much of the background in Leviathan Wakes is familiar (the privatization of law enforcement, the conflict between the old "inner planets" and the rebellious "outer planets" that resent being taxed and controlled by Earth), James Corey (the combined pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) does an impressive job of making it seem fresh.
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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Space Opera June 20, 2011
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If you like Space Opera, this will be the book for you: Leviathan Wakes, by author James A. Corey (a collaboration between Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). Spanning much of our solar system, it's an epic story in a reasonably near future, with an excellently conceived of environment and a fun story that is both action packed and thoughtful. Leviathan Wakes is the embodiment of what good space opera should be: there's a bit of a scientific background that helps to inform the plot, but the focus of this story is on the characters and major events that blast the story forward.

As such, Leviathan Wakes works on a number of levels. Throughout the story, the influence of two authors who have been identified strongly with the fantasy genre is clear in the text: there is a wide, sweeping and epic sense to the world that's been constructed here, and the fingerprints feel very much like there's experience with fantasy here. This ranges from the somewhat tired: some of the characters feel almost a little too forced with the world-weary or tough guy things that some modern fantasy novels seem to be saddled with, to the good: the world building and scale of the storyline, which seems to grow and grow.

In a large sense, a space opera story has far more in common with a fantasy novel, as opposed to a straight up science fiction novel, although Leviathan Wakes feels at times like it's caught between the two, for better and worse: for most of the story, it's evenly balanced between the two, and it works very well from that standpoint: the science helps to inform the rules of The Expanse, while the fantastic elements get taken over by the story and its own momentum.
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78 of 96 people found the following review helpful
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The Good: A well thought out and surprisingly believable (up to a point, Ill get to that later) universe. Interesting, if predictable, politics in the universe. As a whole, I loved the setting. Neat ideas for combat as well. Very immersive!

The Bad: They started off great, good mystery, decent pacing. Characters are so-so but work well enough given the fantastic setting. They take a great universe and wonderful setting, and then load it up with cliches and rehashes done a million times over. Alien threat, Evil/Amoral corporation justifying crazy actions with predictable rationalizations.

Bottom line: Despite the hiccups, it kept me going to the end, and I will be picking up the next book in the series. The setting and universe was great and intriguing, but the authors (yes there are two, it's two dudes under a pen name) just didn't seem to know what to do with it once they got the setup out of the way and went with the usual suspects.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars strong 4, can't wait for the next one April 17, 2012
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Leviathan Wakes, though it lists only a single author (James Corey) is actually a collaborative effort by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Since Abraham, author of the Long Price Quartet and more recently The Dragon's Path, is one of my favorite fantasy authors, I had high expectations for this science fiction effort and I have to say they were pretty much met. Leviathan Wakes was a fun ride throughout, an excellent mix of character and action.

The setting is a mid-range future where humanity has colonized much of the solar system with vibrant if hardscrabble habitats on Mars, the Moon, various asteroids, and many of the planetary moons. As the outer colonies grow, they strain more and more under their dependence on the inner planets and tensions between the groups are rising. What sets a match to the tinderbox of politics is the discovery of a derelict spacecraft harboring a secret that will shake the foundations of the solar system and set planets and colonies one against the other.

Central to the events are Jim Holden, second officer aboard the ice-towing ship that finds the derelict, and Miller, a detective on Ceres assigned a seemingly trivial job that will eventually connect with the derelict ship. While Holden is surrounded by a small, tight-knit group, Miller is mostly a loner, save for his fish-out-of-water new partner who grew up in the inner system. We swing back and forth between Holden and Miller's stories for a big chunk of the book, the two plot lines eventually converge and the men come together.

Leviathan really reminded me quite a bit of old-fashioned sci-fi, the kind of stuff I grew up on--Asimov, Heinlein, and the like (though much better crafted).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed, just ordered the next in the series.
Published 19 hours ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Excitng Sci-Fi Thriller.
Its a Sci-Fi thriller, lots of action and intrigue. I enjoy reading James Corey's style of writing. I am half way through and cant wait to read more today! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sue Rohner
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy read!
Excellent, very readable, made me want to keep going.
Published 6 days ago by L. S. Tipton
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent SciFi
Fun read with interesting plot twists. Light science fiction.
Published 7 days ago by J. Touryan
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Excellent suspense with actual character development!
Published 8 days ago by wayne casper
4.0 out of 5 stars still it's a good read with a new bent
Boozy obsessive detective, cowboy hand-to-mouth captain, alien monsters hell bent on wiping out Earth. All done before, still it's a good read with a new bent. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ian Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really great story, fun read.
Published 15 days ago by S. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Series review
Solid read all around. A deadly alien super virus AND puking space ZOMBIES. What's not to love?! I enjoyed nearly every ounce of this book from start to finish. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Smitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away!
I couldn't stop reading it. I can't wait to continue the series. It's amazingly structured and the action toward the end is thrilling. Zombies in space... How can you go wrong?
Published 16 days ago by Charles Nall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This has been a great ride and I can't wait to read the next one
Published 20 days ago by Justin Turner
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Just wanted to add my two cents. I've clashed with Wert in the past on the Westeros forums, but his reviews are always fair and professional. Leviathan Wakes is an outstanding read - excellent world-building and good characterization. It does have an abrupt ending, which is a bit... Read More
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