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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.
The description of what happens when the other ships pass into the gateway is chilling. One forgets about the laws of physics sometimes when you read books like this but Mr Corey reminds you that he is well aware of what happens during a rapid deceleration.
The introduction of Clarissa Mao as a foil for Holden was a nice touch. She was a very smart and really strong person and almost succeeded destroying Holden and the Roci.
I had a little trouble keeping all the new characters like Anna and Bull straight. I realize that these books cannot only be about the crew of the Roci but I always enjoy those more, especially those with Miller.
As far as the narrative goes, I have thoroughly enjoyed it. This book keeps up the pace of its predecessors. The politics, the relationships, and the characterizations have kept me invested in the story. I'm eagerly looking forward to starting the next...
It didn't help that two of four POV characters (Bull and Clarissa) were not as interesting as the other two (Holden and Anna). Clarissa's chapters in particular becomes tedious in the second half, and her role in the outcome was predictable.
Still, it was not a bad book. I just except more based on the first two books in the series. I hope Cibola Burn will be a return to form for the series. The Expanse series has so far been a great balance of action, character development and political tension and I would highly recommend it to anyone who like smart character driven science fiction, with enough scientific explanation to move the story without it feeling like a dissertation.