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Nemesis Games (The Expanse Book 5) Kindle Edition
Corey cements the series as must-read space opera.-- "Library Journal on Cibola Burn"
Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written.-- "George R. R. Martin on Leviathan Wakes"
Riveting interplanetary thriller.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Leviathan Wakes"
[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow.-- "Washington Post on Abaddon's Gate"
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"
An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton.-- "Charles Stross on Leviathan Wakes"
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"
Corey's splendid fourth Expanse novel blends adventure with uncommon decency.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Cibola Burn"
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"
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"
Literary space opera at its absolute best.-- "io9.com on Abaddon's Gate"
Riveting interplanetary thriller.-- "Publishers Weekly on Leviathan Wakes"
The science fictional equivalent of A Song of Ice and Fire...only with fewer beheadings and way more spaceships.-- "NPR Books 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" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
James S. A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.
Jefferson Mays, an Earphones Awards-winning narrator, is also an award-winning theater and film actor. In 2004 he won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Doug Wright. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from University of California-San Diego.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00O7X626W
- Publisher : Orbit (June 2, 2015)
- Publication date : June 2, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1554 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 536 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,911 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The attempt to develop the backstory for characters falls flat, and the new villain is not compelling at all. The story is also unrealistic. I know that might be a strange complaint in a sci-fi series, but major plot points are inconsistent with prior books. Mars has a population exodus that would require tens of thousands if not not hundreds of thousands of ships and many years, yet it happens almost instantly. the Martian government also essentially collapses with no real rationale. At the same time, a previously unknown terrorist group is somehow able to field a navy to confront mars and overwhelm the OPA.
The storylines also don’t go anywhere. The characters move on their own but don’t accomplish much besides miraculously staying alive - particularly Amos who is essentially invulnerable. A major terrorist attack and the mystery of the protomolecule see absolutely no resolution - this is basically a setup for a sequel where something might actually happen.
The relationship between Amos and peaches is not interesting or particularly believable for me, but even worse was the repeated effort to dive into Naomi’s prior relationships and psychological problems after 4 books where she was mostly written as a hyper competent and strong willed woman.
most fans of the series will probably enjoy the book, but for me this was a complete disappointment.
Each of our protagonists from the crew of the Rocinante are separated from one another throughout the bulk of the story, all of them longing to return to the family they realize themselves to be for each other.
In the midst of an insurgency from a radical wing within the OPA (supplied by a treasonous, escapist faction of the Mars Navy), we witness periods of combat and senseless devastation from multiple angles that weren't present in the previous novels with nearly this sort of depth and insight. As an added bonus the reader even gets to witness the grand acts of terrorism from within and without, while not providing anything particularly sympathetic where the terrorists are concerned. It was a bold, and well-executed move by the authors...to humanize the perpetrators of unparalleled acts of aggression without making the reader feel like they might have a valid reason to do the horrible things they are doing.
This was a smaller scale piece of storytelling than the galaxy-spanning, alien technology oriented action of the previous novels, but it was a very satisfying exploration of the inner worlds of the characters we've become so close to over the course of the previous four books.
The end does set the stage for something potentially horrifying coming up though, and it certainly kept me invested enough that I want to read the sixth installment.
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I am reminded of another popular series, which started great but by book 6 it was obvious the author was just stringing things out over too many books. Too much filler and not enough story or resolution, I hope this isn’t the case here.
The next book appears to attract similar criticism, and given the kindle edition is still selling for £9.99 two months after its release, I’m not inclined to continue with the series for the moment.
Excellent up to this point so please don’t milk it and turn a great story into another padded out series that never ends!