James S.A. Corey’s best-selling hit Leviathan Wakes earned Hugo and Locus Award nominations. In Caliban’s War, the second chapter of Corey’s Expanse series, a desperate Earth politician works tirelessly to prevent war from reigniting. Meanwhile, upheaval takes root on Venus and Ganymede. And amidst this tumult, James Holden and his crew on the Rocinante are charged with the impossible task of saving humanity from a terrifying fate.
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I'd love more Sci-Fi details about life in the future vs the heavy focus on politics and posturing in between quick battles. Good overall and I'll move on to the next one in the series.
Leviathan Wakes was ok so I decided to push through and listen to Caliban's War. This book was amazing. Sucked me in and had me invested in the characters and on the edge of my seat.
And the last couple of lines at the end. SHIVERS! Can't wait to listen to the next book
I had hard time with this one. I felt like the author was trying to develop the characters by describing everything they were doing from minute to minute. So, it got a little boring at times, but maybe it has more to do with the story just unfolding too slowly. After all was said and done, I just didn't feel like enough happened. I'm tired of this series. I won't continue.
The characters are very copmpelling
I was waiting for the Chrisjen Avasarola chapters. She is a very interesting and compelling character.
The performance is well narrated
i loved it. i did not expect the ending. what a surprise. the under secretary is hilarious!
This story is mostly just tropes and cliches. Good performance though, and despite the lackluster story, it's still a good time passer because the subject matter is interesting.
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...)
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.
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