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
This is a story that keeps you waiting behind every doorway and corner - what happens next? Can't put it down. I had the audible and the kindle on these first three as there were parts I needed to go back and read on the kindle. The 'alien' component of this story is so very alien that more and slower description is sometimes needed, so add kindle.
Wonderful narrator - Jefferson Mays - why on earth he changed the next book, Cibola Burns, to Erik Davies I just don't know. I will only get the kindle on this book. Mr. Davis narrates like "Bobbie...put...her...cup...down...on...the...table" without the slightest inflection but the characters that come in he does well. No, if no Jefferson Mays, no more audible on this series.
LOVE these books. Looking forward to the SyFy TV series.
Wonderful Writing, amazing performance.
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.
This is a rollicking space opera that delivers on every level. There's action, mystery, and just the right touch of awe. Jim Holden is a classic space hero. Reverend Anna is a true moral compass. Clarissa Mao/Melba Ko is a relentless villain with the hope of redemption. The rest of the cast of characters fall neatly into the good, the bad and the ugly, to borrow from another medium. The narration is solid, believable and not at all distracting. All-in-all, a terrific read and satisfying across all 5 stars.
I listen, therefore I am.
Jefferson Mays does an incredible job distinguishing the various characters as well as making the story flow along. The team that is S. A. Corey have created a group of heroes I care about and adds wonder new ones each time. This go around was especially emotionally gripping.
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
This is like a great blockbuster action movie in my head. I love it
J.M. is aMaysing
If you have listen to the other stories in this series. You know your in for a ride. This is another great addition to the series. check it out.
Don't expect plot summary from me--there is plenty in both readers' and publishers' reviews. I like to get on to other things!
Some people may be turned off by all the religion in the story. I did get a bit tired of it, but the Mormon aspects were accurate and not overdone. Actually, most of the religion was treated lightly, but there sure was a lot of it. I am a religious person, but not used to it in my sci-fi! I enjoyed this just a tad less than the other books.
Yet, why should we be surprised when the very title of the book is Biblical--the Gates of Hell! But I think the main conclusion here is that Man creates his own Hell. Our friend Holden is still trying to do the right thing and let everyone have all the information and make their own conclusions. We have a great gathering of religious leaders joining the trip to The Ring--why? To meet God, to save Humanity from the Devil, to explain the mystery? Not really sure. There's some discussion of God's hand in all this but it is inconclusive.
Miss Clarissa is weird--she starts out all hyper focused on her task and then when caught, she drops off almost catatonic. She clings to a Reverend but never arrives at an epiphany.
The battles are excellent. Very emotional losses. This is just not my favorite of the series. Nevertheless, you will have to read it if you have come this far and plan to continue. It is still quite good.
The proto-molecule discovered and malevolently exploited in books 1 and 2 is back and has formed a mysterious gate out near Uranus. Martian warships are guarding it while science teams ponder where it goes and will something nasty come out. Turns out the more important question to be asking is will something nasty go in...humanity.
Squabbling Earthers, Belters, Martians and OPA flock for the chance to get edge up on each other with Jim Holden and the Rocinante getting stuck in the middle. Earth put up a fleet of older ships since their pasting at Gannymede and they had to hire a corps of contract maintenance civilians to service them. Seems a great place for a psychotic terrorist to infiltrate and cause mountains of mayhem.
Our buddy Detective Miller is back with his Fedora that Holden hates. He’s making a career out of causing Holden to question his sanity with his ghostly apparitions. “Corners and doors kid.”
The threads are multiple. Holden, the psychotic vengeance seeking terrorist, the dried out ex-subordinate of Fred Johnson who is the head of security on the Behemoth, Anya (whatever her Russian last name is) the Methodist minister who takes action then asks forgiveness are all the POVs. The author has kept to his propensity for making you care about characters and then offing them, just saying.
This was a really good book and I liked the narration. Four out of five enjoyment points are awarded.
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