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The Expanse Boxed Set: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate Paperback – November 3, 2015
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"The science fictional equivalent of A Song of Ice and Fire...only with fewer beheadings and way more spaceships."―NPR Books on Cibola Burn
"Combining an exploration of real human frailties with big sf ideas and exciting thriller action, Corey cements the series as must-read space opera."―Library Journal (starred review) on Cibola Burn
"The Expanse series is the best space opera series running at full tilt right now, and Cibola Burn continues that streak of excellence."―io9 on Cibola Burn
"Corey's splendid fourth Expanse novel blends adventure with uncommon decency."―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Cibola Burn
"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 on Abaddon's Gate
"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 on Leviathan Wakes
"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."―Charles Stross 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
"Literary space opera at its absolute best."―io9.com on Abaddon's Gate
"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow."―Washington Post on Abaddon's Gate
"Riveting interplanetary thriller."―Publishers Weekly on Leviathan Wakes
About the Author
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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The plot is well paced, keeping momentum throughout. The prose is engaging, written with a touch of modern slang that is pleasant and an enjoyable creole original to the series (so cool!).
So what I'm saying is, the tech is really cool, the characters are irresistible and you will probably end up reading this into the wee hours of the morning with your family checking on you concernedly to make sure you remember to eat. Enjoy.
Because of the first book I went back to stream the SciFy channel series. I had originally watched a couple of episodes and lost interest. Now that I understand what is going on I find the series equally engrossing. The series is the opposite of the novels - the same story line developed over dozens of chapters and thousands of words in the novels is presented with very few words and little explanation.
Both the novel and TV series are highly recommended. I was a juvenile fan of Heinlein, and believe this work to be equal to his best.
James Holden, Naomi Nagata, Alex Kamal and Amos Burton watch in horror as their ship the ice freighter is destroyed by a rogue Martian ship while they are on a search and rescue mission. What Holden and his surviving crew mates find when they find the ship deserted both mystifies and horrorifies them.
On the space station Ceres police detective Miller finds a conspiracy that involves a multi-planet corporation when he searches for the daughter of one of the richest men in the solar system--Julie Mao. Julie's disappearance opens doors to rooms that Miller wishes he hadn't peak in.
On Earth UN Representative Chrisjen Avasarala try to discover how a missing Martian ship might play into what appears to be a play to start a war with Earth.
END OF SPOILERS:
A Hugo Award nominee (for the first novel in the series), Locus Award winner (the second novel) and a starred review from Publisher's Weekly (the third book), this series continues to get better (largely) with each novel.
Written by James S. A. Corey (pen name of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) , the series has the epic sweep of Frank Herbert's Dune series without co-opting Herbert's style or ideas (unlike some other writers and film directors out there--I'm looking at you George Lucas). The authors craft a rapid paced well constructed story (in that regard it has NOTHING to do with something like the Frank Herbert Dune novels) that has considerable reader appeal with interesting characters that are more than the typical one dimensional characters that traditionally show up in space operas. The only flaw that I can see with the series are villains that are occasionally less than well drawn than the heroes of the three novels included here.
I found the fourth book to be very good as well but a bit repetitive of book three of the series during the conclusion but, on the whole, the series of six novels (three more novels are planned) and four novellas (three more novellas are planned as well) are all interesting and pretty well written.