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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The narrator of this book was fantastic! He managed to shift his voice among all the characters so that it sounded like you were listening to a normal conversation. We'll done. Great story also. Better than book 1. Looking forward to book 3.
Loved this book! Loved the story, plot, tempo, and characters. I just had to hold back one star for 2 reasons: Though Jefferson Mays eventually grows on you, it takes a while to get userd to his tonalities. He does a marvelous job of dialects and it is always clear which character is speaking, he just starts out slow....probably just me! the other (slightly) irksome thing is the constant repetition through both of these first two books. It seems like every chapter makes reference to simulated food of one sort or another or tells us that he or she had a long thin body of a belter (because of the low gravity, you know)... I think maybe because there is more than one author involved they must get paid by the word and need to make the book longer?
But I highly recommend this book, you must read them in order but they are well worth it.
These guys do science fiction right! An utterly believable universe. A scientific mystery met with political and military oppositions. Clever and character driven dialogue kept me listening on end for days just for the exposition of well crafted words.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
James S.A. Corey is a writing team to watch. Listening to this gives me the same feeling I got in the 1970s reading the early works of Larry Niven. This is now my second Corey Expanse novel and I am liking what I hear. Corey, like the early Niven, keeps getting better. The characters are great and plausible and interesting. His character building is top flight and, importantly, he competently imparts a sense of wonder all the while.
Jefferson Mays continues his journeyman effort. He also continues to improve as this series goes on. I still root for him to inject a bit more emotion into his rendering. The characters provide plenty of material to launch a bit of melodrama, which would really elevate these books into the stratosphere.
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It was a fun read but nowhere near a s good as the first. And anyone that plans on reading this novel needs to read the first book as this story takes up where the last left off. This book ends in a cliff hanger, so I hope the next one is as good as the first.
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.
Caliban's war lived up to the reviewers praise. The story line built on the last book and the moved forward in the lives Holden and crew. One thing that I really liked about the book is it's charachter transistions. Characters exit the scene when it makes time sense. The perfect example is the Holden losing his job with the OPA. Holdens character is to always go off half cocked.He accused the leader of the OPA of purposelly releasing the last sample. Thus he was fired and the natural transistioning out of the OPA. Story wise and character wise the exit was perfect and the reader was not left to wonder.
The hole left in the story when detective Miller left was smoothly replaced with another story line. The story line followed along with what we knew about Holden and his crew. The missing daughter gave Holden the avenue to remain famous by pleeing for help. Bobbie a troubled Marshian Marine was also introduced into the story. Her trials and tribulations go through out the book and I think she will be the next member of the crew.
Best of all was the end of the book. Detective Miller is back and I cannot wait to fond out what is next. Just like a good soap opera, the surprise will keep you coming back.
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