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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
As always one of the main POV characters is Jim Holden, more or less the star of the series. Maybe the term defacto we be a better term. But he joined by the points of view by three new characters. Anna, a priest with a wife and child. Bull, the Earth born head of security on a massive OPA ship and Melba, who manipulating things in order to demonize Jim Holden for something he did in a previous book. The crew of the Roci is here as always. and the new side characters are interesting. Not a whole lot of action in this as it more of a talking piece. There are some action scenes, mainly the third act of the book. But as always with the Expance novels the personal interactions and the look at the various going ons in each POV paints an interesting picture to keep thing engaging.
I'm trying to keep this vauge as possible in order not to spoil any plot point, well those not gleamed from reading the summery descriptions of the novels that come after it. But if you're a fan of the Expance series I would say pick it up. It is an enjoyable read and sets up the other books mentioned quite nicely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fight scenes, ending obvious, as there are more books to the series.Read more