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.
Enjoy the adventure
I am happy to add my name to the list of hundreds at Audible who have listened to “Caliban’s War” and rated the book. Easily the best book I have listened to in the past 3 months. The characters are likeable and the action sequences always include a surprise. The book even has a “Yoda – like” character, but this version swears, drinks and mocks others.
The fast-paced, non-stop action that is James S.A. Corey's stock in trade.
The fight at the beginning.
He does good voices for the characters.
Not as much as the last one.
Here we have a case of "sequel-itis". Don't expect it to be as good as the first one. But then again, few books are as good as "Leviathan Wakes"!
I'm a Hard SF & Space Opera-loving, alien android from the future. I bring gifts of SciFi eBooks & accessories for your leader's Kindle. Take me to him/her/it.
As with the previous book in the Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes, this sophomore story takes a very hard-edged approach to Space Opera, leaving out the physics-defying tropes and tech of most of the genre. Instead, we have a universe where acceleration and Coriolis matter, where interplanetary communications have hours of lag, and system travel can take months. On the other hand, there is a new alien threat about which ignores all of the above. Thankfully, returning to save the day are a familiar cast of characters, the crew of the Rocinante, who more than ever, have become a small family. Half of the crisis in the story comes from the human-scale drama that unfolds between these characters, and yet I still found myself breathlessly hanging on every word. For the remainder of the story, Corey (pen name of collaborative authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) bounces between four character POV’s for the narrative of an unfolding mystery at Ganymede, "breadbasket of the outer planets”. As the story progresses, the four characters gather into two groups of two, and finally one collective group, but still alternate POVs for each chapter, which leas to many amusing Rashomon Effected retellings of events. Also reliably hilarious is the dialog between friendly characters, which again seems just a little overly-clever between many of the characters. I also wish we could have had a closer look at he alien view of things, but that seems covered in the following story in the series, “Abaddon’s Gate”. As for the title of this story, Caliban’s War, the reader is left to figure out what, exactly, the title means/references- something I still haven’t managed.
Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Book 1 avoiding delving into the politics and context, but Book 2 dives right in. The characters continue to intrigue. I loved Bobbie and Avasarala. Their idiosyncracies and relationships were fascinating and fun. And the ending....will definitely finish out this series!
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one, the seond one was better IMHO. The characters were better developed. The narration by Mays was excellent, allowing you to feel that you were hearing more than one person. Nicely done! There was some referencing needed to the first book, so I am not sure if the second would make as much sense if you had not read/listened to the first.
Well Paced Story
Holden, a little like the apostle peter, act first think later
Secrets from the deep