Fast moving, captivating, decent originality. Some weakness on character development but enough to kept the storyline going.
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Leviathan Wakes is as technically solid a space opera book as you’re going to find. James S.A. Corey (actually a pseudonym for two authors) weaves a story that, while not all that original, is enjoyable, fast paced, and compelling enough to hold your attention well past bed time. The novel, set in a distant future where mankind has conquered in the inner solar system, involves corporate intrigue on a massive scale, an alien encounter, political drama, and even zombies. The story is told through the eyes of two main characters, a naïve but well intentioned executive officer determined to protect his crew and make sure the truth is out there, and a hardened, fallen cop obsessed with case and wrought with a plethora of inner demons. As the civilization around them erupts into all-out war they slowly begin to piece things together and could hold the key to saving all of mankind. The characters are well written and the action is stellar with just enough techno-babble to keep even the most discerning reader content. If you’re any kind of fan of space opera (Alastair Reynolds, Peter F. Hamilton) then I highly recommend this excellent book.
Very intricate storyline. I was amazed at the author's ability to present multiple sides to an argument, develop creative alternatives for the story's characters, turn the tale in unexpected ways. The story unfolds beautifully; I found myself not wanting to quit listening, the story carried me along and wouldn't let go! The narration was excellent; easy to understand. Enough difference in the characters' voices to make it easy to follow the story. I was slightly confused initially because the two main characters alternate focus with each chapter - Holden, then Miller, then Holden, then Miller... It took me a few chapters to catch on to what was happening.
My only complaint would be that I found the ending somewhat weak, but I assume this part of the story is developed further in subsequent books of the series. I'll definitely be listening to Corey's subsequent books in this series.
5 central characters travel our solar system to prevent a cataclysmic event that could threaten the very existence of human beings! The similarity is unavoidable but the fun also attached to the Star Trek franchise is very much in evidence. The science or pseudoscience is challenging which makes the genre such thoughtfully addicting. Jefferson Mays does a very good job and I look forward to the follow up novel which is now next on my list.
Good solid storyline
Detective Miller. He knows he has strayed from the path of normally acceptable behavior, but does it with good intentions and a soulful pain that shows the true workings of his psyche.
This is a must read for fans of space opera. It is a story of deeply drawn characters, humour, action and loss that spans from Earth to the edge of the Jovian System. Corey's hard sci-fi epic is effortlessly accessible.
Jefferson Mays' narration is expert. His accents are plausible, help the reader differentiate the characters and does not distract from the story. A great narrator is one you don't notice.
Let’s not get too serious though... it’s a darn fun book.
I really liked this book. I always like it when I feel like I am on a journey and do not know where the author is taking me. This book was like that. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Long book but kept me interested, I would recommend it to others.
Mystery that had a number of twists in it.
One of the first scif-fi books I picked up after a 20 year absynthe ;) from the genre.
I thought it would be pretty average--I only bought it because it was on sale for $5.
I could not put it down.
It's a mystery-adventure-zombie aliens book with an anti-hero type main character.
I'll get the next book if there is another.
Some opf the concepts were pretty old school for being set in the future--for instance, the use of clip firearms in some scenes....some of the other technological advances would make these type of weapons seem obsolete.
Overall--I heartily endorse this title.