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Caliban's War (The Expanse) Paperback – June 26, 2012
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"This breakneck tale will have readers itching for book three."―Publishers Weekly
"Caliban's War is even better than Leviathan Wakes. It's old-fashioned space opera, the kind of SF that I cut my teeth on, a real page-turner set in a vividly imagined solar system... superlatively written."―George R.R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones
"A worthy sequel to Leviathan's Wake. Compelling characters and a plot that combines political intrigue with military sf create a memorable story that begs for film adaptation."―Library Journal
"Tense and thrilling"―SciFi Now
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 chapter structure remains innovative as we enter each through the eyes of one the characters. The cliff-hanger ending does it's job of making me buy the next book!
Without revealing anything critical, I must say the character of Avasarala would make a good president (of the U.S., for example). The Prax character is somewhat narrowly presented and his reactions to stressful situations are distractingly trite and under-developed. Holden has been been "Boxed in" as well, and the author(s) seem to struggle with him. Bobbie is a gem and captivates us at every turn.
Five stars because it is better than anything else I have read, even though.
While the first book was very well done, Caliban's War was an action-packed adventure that wouldn't allow me to put the book down. The characters are very believable, and do not disappoint.
For those thinking that they will just skip the books and watch the SyFy series, the television show has to skip so much due to time constraints that you only get an overview of what happens in the books. If you are like me, you will wonder, "Who is Caliban?", as he never appears in the books. This is actually a Shakespeare reference to a character in "The Tempest".
This book ended with a big surprise at the end, so I just purchased Abaddon's Gate. These books are very addicting!
It starts with action and never gets boring, but it also doesn't feel the need to keep up a frenetic pace; there's plenty of time given over to developing the characters. It manages the right balance of action to downtime to keep the reader interested without leaving them exhausted.
Only one thing kinda struck me as strange, and that was a bit of relationship drama where I couldn't understand how a certain POV character got into such hot water with his girlfriend. I was flabbergasted at how dire things got between them given what seemed like a minor impetus. (I can't complain too much, though, because the fault may well lie with me. ;))
TL;DR version -- Excellent, well-paced sci-fi with likable characters. If you liked the first book, Leviathan Wakes, I recommend it as even better than that one. If you didn't read that, then I recommend both books if you liked John Scalzi's Old Man's War. And, finally, if you didn't read that either...well, get to work.
Once again, the writing tandem under the pen name of James S.A. Corey avoid long passages of philosophical navel-gazing and endless techno-babble that sometimes plague the genre in favor of smart, well-paced dialog, suspenseful action, and solid story-telling to deliver a satisfying ride that leaves you yearning for volume 3.