Caliban's War is even better than its predecessor, Leviathan Wakes. The writing and story are more involved and assured. Its nice to see Corey getting better and better as an author.
However... In my mind... Corey has a need to make his works too epic. They become too much like a comic book super hero saving the day against impossible odds stories.
Still very worth listening too. I love this author. Just wish he would tone down the scale a little.
Oh, my yes. It is a perfect introduction to the medium of audiobooks.
Just about any moment when the old lady speaks
The precise articulation of dear foul mouth Chrisjen Avasarala.
I would plan to listen to a couple of chapters each night as I drifted off to sleep... and either a cliff hanging chapter would keep me going for just one more 20 minute dose, or my burst of out-loud laughter at Avasarala's potty mouthed truths leave me chuckling for another half hour. (I am an equally profane old codger...)
Ok this was an excellent 2nd book. The first book took me a bit to warm up to but now I like it. Good intrigue in this book and the characters to me are growing and we are finding out more about the alien biologics and it doesnt look good. Narration is done well no negative marks on that from me. If your looking for a good story this certainly qualifies on all points.
It's no secret, James Holden was always the runner-up in my mind, and he remains such in Caliban's war. The new main characters are fantastic. I listen again just to hear Avasarala again. Three more books of goodness. If you finised Leviathan Awakes, and you're looking at this sequel, go for it. You'll love this one too.
This is a great continuation to "The Expanse" series. One thing that really strikes me is how culturally rich this series is. You get "traditional" cultures and "new" cultures with Corey bringing them to life brilliantly!
You also get a delightful punch in the face by mysteries this book will not answer, which is a brilliant setup to whatever comes next. It just makes me kinda wish I could download the third book right now.
The science is hard and well written, which is great for those of you who like numbers behind your fiction, but it's not in your face or dumbed down. It is simply the reality of the series, the day-to-day of life in our Solar System.
Favorite characters return in new suits and situations, many of them develop in unexpected ways. New characters arrive and you'll love/hate them; you'll even recognize them and probably wish some of them were in our world now.
Then the book ends...looking back in time, 47 minutes.
Yes I would and have. The way this series of books is written you have parallel threads from differing viewpoints telling the story. This means that If you have a favorite character you can skip ahead following that character and for the most part retain the sense of the storyline.
Then you can go over it again with another character etc.
Bobbie the Martian Marine was my favorite.
He does a good job of simply reading the story so that you forget who is reading the book and the characters take center stage
The very end when an old character makes an unexpected appearance
I can't wait for the next book.
Read the Publisher's Review and other reviews here for a plot summary. If you have read Leviathan Wakes, you know the people and the alien bugaboo they are battling. If you have not read Leviathan Wakes, you should just to get the start.
Rather than a plot summary, I am more interested in characters, concepts, and meaning. Caliban's War can be viewed as a morality play where allegorical characters are used to examine ethical topics found in politics and the search for right versus wrong.
The four main characters represent four distinct personalities:
Holden, the Good, always trying to do the right thing, and tell the truth
Naomi, the Reasonable, balancing Good with Right;
Alex, the Obedient, solid, honest, dependable, and following orders
Amos, the Enforcer, a conscience-less sociopath kept reined in by his reliance on the moral compasses of the other three.
The side characters represent other personalities, or combinations of these essential traits, or foils against which to view the decisions made by the main four. There is a lot of contemplation of best actions to take, and introspection of right and wrong, but these add depth to the science, the action, and the fiction.
Avasarala, an elderly stateswoman, is introduced here and quickly becomes your favorite even if you deplore her foul language. She swears intentionally for effect, and even if you are offended, it is humorous. Aside from the freshness of her personality, she introduces a new concept to Holden. She explains to him that in his quest to always do the right thing, he believes that telling the truth, the whole truth, is the only way, yet he causes more damage than he prevents. He wants full immediate disclosure, to blab complete details of the situation to the entire solar system. By doing so he will surely "get a reaction" which his sense of justice demands, but it may take years for others to "sort out" those reactions. She, however, wants to tell only "the right people" who will be able to sort things out right now, thus saving years of war and turmoil. This harks to the full disclosure sometimes demanded of our police and the FBI, where blabbering all the known details will only help the criminals. Sometimes telling the WHOLE truth harms more than it helps. Her prodigious political acumen is fascinating and enlightening.
Another interesting aspect of the book, and the entire series as well, is the references in the titles. There is no Caliban in this book. Rather, we are to recall Shakespeare's Caliban (The Tempest), who was a monster, the son of a witch and the devil himself. At first you may think the alien virus is the monster, but you then consider scientific testing on children, waging war for profit, insider trading, and maybe, just maybe, some of the humans are the monsters.
Continuing the saga begun in Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War takes us to Ganymede for starters. Nefarious human organization is once again playing around with the Proto-molecule only this time they are not going for massive infection. Grabbing up kids with a specific disease that blanks their immune systems they are using them as berserkers to rip through soldiers in the most advanced powered armor. That’s one of the threads.
This really foul mouthed Indian woman who seems to be a big deal in the UN government is yanking on strings, trying to unravel the hawk machinations of the UN Fleet and her boss by using a Martian Marine Corp Gunnery Sergeant as her own little army. Now that’s cool!
Of course, Jim Holden has gotten himself and the crew of the salvaged Rocinante stuck right in the middle of all this and he blunders along making dangerous assumptions...per usual. What’s unusual is that he gets them fired from Tycho station and that brings the crew back together.
I’m enjoying these. I know that SyFy has made a series out of these books which I haven’t seen yet and don’t know if I ever will. The screen of my mind still works however and if only you could see what my mind does when the scenes in this book unfold. I’m giving this four out of five enjoyment points. If Holden gets smarter in the series or at least shows some growth then the next one will rate higher...maybe.
Enjoy, and be legit. Do not pirate, and don’t utilize the refund business that audible plays at. If you don’t like something, review it and consider it a lesson learned.
I love Sci Fi. Anything with spaceships. If you're like me, this is the series for you. Unapologetic of the level of future tech oozing from every paragraph, enveloping a thrilling story.
The narration was excellent and gave the characters excellent depth and color.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
I loved all of it. I was submerged into this world. I love this series so far. has been quite the ride.
the very end...:)
Jeff always does a great job.
This series should be a movie. the tag line would be Dark Matters
If you like good Sci-fi. Check this story out. you won't be disappointed.