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 VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE UNITED NATIONS ADMINISTATOR AVASARALA.
SHE POSSESSES A SHARP MIND WITH THE BAWDY MOUTH OF SAILOR.
WHEN HEARD WITH HER MAJHI DIALECT ACCENT, THE RESULTS RANGE FROM
SURPRISE TO UTTER AMUSEMENT. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HER CHARACTER---STRONG, TOUGH---A WOMAN WITH "BALLS" AS THEY SAY!
I'M A PENDERGAST SERIES FAN.
LIKE THAT SERIES, THE EXPANSE HAS DEPTH AND HOLDS MY INTEREST.
HE DID A SMASHING PERFORMANCE.
GLAD TO HAVE COME ACROSS THIS SERIES !
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.
Venus is alive.
The last sentence of the book gave me goosebumps, and has me waiting impatiently for the next instalment.
Mays does a masterful job voicing Avasarala. She is a strong character to begin with, and Mays gives her a biting, ascerbic edge that is pitch perfect.
The moments between Amos and Prax are touching.
This performance is so strong, you would be cheating yourself to only read the book.
One of the best modern Science Fiction books I have listened to.
Can't wait for the next book in the series. I picked up the first book on sale ($4.95) and didn't know what to expect (Leviathan Wakes). It was good so I decided to try the Second. a giant leap forward from the first. Highly recommend both.
After listening to Leviathan Wakes I didn't have much intention of getting part 2 of this series as the immaturity and naivety of the main character was incredibly annoying and 1 dimensional. The story was predictable and not terribly interesting. I had to get a book quick for a long drive and couldn't find anything else...so glad!
Caliban's War was far more maturely written and constructed. Characters were flawed but developed well and the story was much more nuanced and complex. I have high hopes for James Corey, at this rate part 3 should be quite exceptional! I'd say 4.3 stars overall. To compare to other modern SciFi writers: it's not up to level of Peter F. Hamilton's recent works but it's not far off his earlier work. Very enjoyable, worth the credit, maybe 2!
Interesting book and worth the price. I base my interest in a book on my ability to set it aside for later or something I can't put down till I have read the entire book. I also base my interest on how deep I insert myself into the book and visualize myself there rather than viewing it as if I am observing others acting for me.
Nothing in particular jumps out at me as being more memorable than the overall story line.
It would have to have more dramatic dangers and actions something that this book lacked. Don't get me wrong - I could easily visualize the story but it held the level of action in the movie "2001".
all around excellent entertainment
plot and character development very well done, very realistic transmitted experience of technology
a martian's first time outside on earth
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
James SA Corey's a successful collaborative effort overall, and I thoroughly enjoy the expanse series.
That said, I did find that the connections one author provided the other throughout the book where less subtle than I might have hoped for. I could almost hear the improve director yelling "CHANGE!" at the end of each author's segment.
I'd like to see more depth to the protomolecule too. I'm assuming book three will provide it. It was a little too much of a repeat of book one in that regard.
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