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Abaddon's Gate | [James S.A. Corey]

Abaddon's Gate

The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.
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For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now.

The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

©2013 Jams S.A. Corey (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Patrick Chantilly, VA, United States 10-01-13
    Patrick Chantilly, VA, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2004
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    "A Good Maybe Wrap-Up"

    I loved the first book in the series and thought that the second one was... not quite as good. The third is a return to form, concentrating more on the alien technology and less on political squabbles.

    The characterizations are a little better this time around too, and though we don't get anyone as deep or interesting as Miller from the first book the, the supporting cast is pretty good this time around.

    Although the story winds up in a semi-coherent fashion, I'm hoping that the authors decide to revisit the "expanse" universe soon.

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    Ryan United States 11-11-13
    Ryan United States 11-11-13

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    Wonderful Writing, amazing performance.
    Totally captivated.
    A terrific end to the trilogy, Highly Highly recommended even to non-Sci-fi-nuts
    The substance to the story alone makes it worth while.

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    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 06-17-14
    SciFi Kindle Cheshire, CT USA 06-17-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Plenty of drama, even with reduced aliens"

    This third novel in the jumping action-filled space opera 'Expanse' series maintains the down-to-earth dialog, humor, and the perspective-hopping narrative structure of its predecessors. Even more so than in those stories, however, we see Newtonian physics elevated to practically an additional character status; half the dangers the Rocinante crew face are acceleration related. The other half are the familiar contests between violent human groups. Although there is a continual alien presence in the background, its role is mostly an indirect one, and that allows for greater human drama. The infrequent moments of conventional Space Opera, jaw-dropping cosmic scale vistas and wonder are incidentally associated with a favorite character, Detective Miller, and promising new characters bring empathic connection with the reader. The most interesting of these is Melba / Clarissa, whose growth and progression is an interesting one to follow, with some rather extreme arcs.

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    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 03-07-14
    Connie Hope, BC, Canada 03-07-14 Member Since 2010

    Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!

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    "Solid in every way"

    I rushed through this series and found myself not unhappy to do housework because I could listen to the book.

    I have been seeking strong female characters and this book had them, as well as alien intrigue and a satisfying explanation of the complexities from the prior books.

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    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 02-10-14
    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Reads Like A Summer Blockbuster"
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    Abaddon’s Gate, the third novel in the Expanse, is on par with the lite, somewhat melodramatic tone of this shallow but fun series. The action and characters play out like a Hollywood film and the novel is weakest when it tries to be deep and meaningful, failed attempts at clever commentary on the human condition. There’s a religious element in this entry that, because of the complete absence of religion in the first two books, feels wildly out of place and never quite works. Its strengths are its action sequences, the interaction of its main characters, and the overall world building. By the novel’s end, we finally discover what “The Expanse” really is and are only marginally closer to solving the bigger mysteries of the overall story. Like the first two books, this one introduces new characters who play pivotal roles in the unfolding drama but will disappear by book four. This is a really fun series that may be a little too contemporary for its own good. If you’re looking for deeper meaning in your Science Fiction, stick with Simmons or Reynolds. If you’re just wanting a good, enjoyable, action laden SciFi story without all the baggage of military SF, then I would highly recommend this series.

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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 11-06-13
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2012

    I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.

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    "Great 3rd Chapter in the Series"
    If you could sum up Abaddon's Gate in three words, what would they be?

    Mind blowing! I mean the reach of the story is incredible, the characters richly drawn and the "bad" guys are complicated. I loved this series and cannot wait for the next book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Holden. I know other reviewers have trashed him a bit and I understand why. But he is such an idealistic, damm the torpedoes kinda guy...he makes great central character.


    What about Jefferson Mays’s performance did you like?

    He did alot of voices very well. Fantastic job, loved his work here.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Melba/Clarissa comes to terms with her own psychology but chooses a different path...that I thought was pretty heavy.


    Any additional comments?

    Best series I have read since the Hyperion Cantos...old school sci-fi updated. Great stuff.

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