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Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse) Paperback – June 4, 2013
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"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 (Starred Review)
"Riveting interplanetary thriller."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Leviathan Wakes
"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
"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."―Charlie Stross on Leviathan Wakes
"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one."―Jo Walton, author of Farthing on Leviathan Wakes
"It gnaws at your soul."―Sun 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 (starred review)
"Politics, philosophical ideals, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise."―Publisher's Weekly on Abaddon's Gate (Starred Review)
"Literary space opera at its absolute best."―io9.com
"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow."―Washington Post
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 www.the-expanse.com.
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The new protagonists for this book Bull; head of security for the OPA, Anna the pastor, and Clarissa/Melba are all fantastic.
Bull, the stubborn old dependable earther who has to shoulder the responsibility without the official authority due to belter prejudiced.
Anna, the pastor with the heart of gold and compassion of an angel without the zeal of James Holden.
Clarissa, daughter of Jules Mao hell bent on revenge willing to do what ever it took to take down Holden and his crew.
Instead of having a flat out evil entity like protogen and Jules in the first two books the antagonists in this book are more in the grey area. The main antagonist can be two dimensional at times but given the extreme circumstance it isn't implausible.
Aside from the new protagonists my favorite part of the book is of course the return of (or whats left of him) the hardboiled cop, Detective Miller.
As a stand alone book I would give it three stars but if you are like me following the story and enjoyed the first two books this is a must read and the end of this book sets up the stage for something amazing.
ALL the characters- good and bad- are so complex and coherent that it's hard to tag them with the Good Guy or Bad Guy labels. Allies have differing priorities, and who is allied with whom changes in the face of circumstances. All the characters are nuanced, and range from naive through savvy political creatures, and from pretty sane and sensible through pretty nutso... but all are comprehensible and in their own ways sympathetic. These books have some of the best-drawn characters I've read in space opera.
The plots of the novels vary, as the situation started in the first book evolves, and humans' understanding evolves as well. Meanwhile, even faced with an Alien Menace, the various humans engage in political infighting and bigotry, some of which we grow beyond.
I was disappointed that the amazing Chrisjen Avasarala did not appear in this book, except in one brief mention, but am hoping she will be in subsequent ones. Meanwhile the Methodist minister Anna brings compassion and good sense to some very complex and hair-raising situations. And then Clarissa/Melba is on an arc of revenge, unfortunately not aimed at Avasarala who is the one who mostly deserved it, if it were deserved at all...
The plotting is, again, intricate and suspenseful, and is an intelligent mix of Big Events and the small ones that guide people's actions and reactions.
I strongly recommend this series for anyone who likes smart sf/space opera, or just tight plotting and memorable characters.
I regret that decision. The story is no longer about space exploration, alien encounters, and battle scenes that set your heart to racing. Although the aforementioned elements still exist, the authors have instead chosen to lace the book with what amounts to current day "controversial" topics such as same sex marriage, gender roles, and religion. That would not normally turn me away from a novel. However, when those topics become the brunt and focus rather than the science fiction I originally enjoyed, the story ceases to be a pleasurable read and more of a task to get through. I will not be continuing this series, which is unfortunate, given its promising start.