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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Science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...take me away!
Book 1 avoiding delving into the politics and context, but Book 2 dives right in. The characters continue to intrigue. I loved Bobbie and Avasarala. Their idiosyncracies and relationships were fascinating and fun. And the ending....will definitely finish out this series!
I enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one, the seond one was better IMHO. The characters were better developed. The narration by Mays was excellent, allowing you to feel that you were hearing more than one person. Nicely done! There was some referencing needed to the first book, so I am not sure if the second would make as much sense if you had not read/listened to the first.
Well Paced Story
Holden, a little like the apostle peter, act first think later
Secrets from the deep
I enjoy novels with humor.
This is one of my favorite audio books of the audio books I have listened to so far.
I don't think this book has increased my interest in science fiction. I really enjoy science fiction (and other books) when they have interesting, well developed characters. I really liked the characters in this book and felt that I had gotten to know them through the book.
I don't believe I have listened to any of May's other performances, bt I really thought his reading brought the characters to life.
I really enjoyed this book, it had good action and character development and I really look for both plot and character in a book. We are reading this for book club, so I read if before the first book Leviathan Wakes. I plan to go back and read Leviathan Wakes next, and then read the third book in the series. I really enjoyed this pair of authors writing style.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
The story is good, definitely above average. If it was me, I'd find a way to delete the character Prax, as he is a whiny generally pitiful character. I loved the foul mouth old woman, but if you don't like rough language, then you might be very offended by her character, and the book might not be for you. Jefferson Mays does a good job narrating the story, and the story on a whole moves along at a decent pace. There really aren't any major plot twists, but that's not necessary for this story. Also, if you've not read the first book, you won't be totally lost in the second. I think you could read the 2nd, before the first, and still enjoy both books. I will be reading or listening to the third book.
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The narrative follows two slowly developing events – a chase to recover the kidnapped child of a Belter botanist and the political posturing of a potty mouthed, grandmotherly UN ambassador who feels her own brand of old-lady wisdom is the only thing holding civilization together. She joins with revenge-seeking marine and eventually finds her way to Holden and his crew, who have teamed up with the botanist on a mission of mercy, where all discover they have a common enemy and a common purpose. Great action sequences follow with happy endings all around. Unlike Leviathan Wakes, which followed similar narratives but felt at every moment of the story, like those narratives paled against larger and far more significant (and alien) problems in the universe, Abaddon’s Gate seems to put those larger, more significant problems in a holding pattern while mankind embarks upon a series of illogical and nonsensical actions that tosses all three factions: Earthers, Martians, and Belters into a pointless war that none can truly win and in the grand scheme of things doesn’t matter anyway. As a result, the novel felt a lot like filler, where nothing of any real importance in the context of the larger story seemed to happen. Despite my problems with the overall story, Abaddon’s Gate is superbly executed with tight, well written action sequences, a level of characterization you don’t often see in space opera, and enough action to move the novel along at a brisk pace. As a stand-alone volume this novel is rather good and certainly enjoyable. In the context of the larger series, this feels like it will be one of the weaker entries.
Great characters. The pace stayed quick the whole time. The real "feel" of the space environments was great. One of the new character's, "Chrisjen Avasarala" was fantastic! People in other reviews referred to her as a foul mouthed grandmother, but that sells her way short. She's a sharp as a tack politician who's actually fun to "watch" in action. Her character had me laughing constantly with her abrasive sarcasm. The dynamics of the crew aboard the Rocinante was fleshed out some more which was nice. I thought I'd really miss Miller in this book after his death in #1, but I really didn't. I think Chrisjen Avasarala filled the void he left and exceeded it by far.
One? Can't do it. Several: Holden flying the Razorback to the battleship. Bobby throwing a fit in the middle of the officials' meeting. Bobby saying, "b-bye" right before firing her Gatling gun. Every scene with Chrisjen Avasarala.
Chrisjen Avasarala - of course. Mays did a fantastic job portraying her.
Oh yes. Far too long to do that of course, but I'd have loved to.
It was so good, I wish it'd been even longer. I will by the next one THE DAY it goes on sale here at Audible. The authors have A LOT of ground to cover and questions to answer.
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It's becoming increasingly rare to find science fiction that makes the science a real character in the story. It's even more rare when writers put the time and effort into getting the science right. Add to that some of the creepiest and most intriguing aliens to come along in many years and you have the makings of really good science fiction. What makes it not just good but great is the writing, which is smart and funny with an excellent sense of pacing and expert story telling. This second volume in "The Expanse" series is even better than the first, and I can't wait for book 3.
Absolutley. Great follow-up to Laviathan Wakes. If you like Firefly, then you'll enjoy the Expanse books.
Avasarala because I want a Grandma like that! Not that my Nana isn't great, but Avasarala's pretty cool.
Just Laviathan Wakes. It was a nice continuation of the series.
These are the main reasons I like this book.
1. The characters are distinct, as well as their motivations, and the actions they take are consistent with the characterizations. In particular, James Holden grows into more than the idealist we saw in the first book.
2. Although this is a story with a lot of politics and a lot of room for gray areas, I still think there are choices between right and wrong that characters must make. I like that. I find that moral relativism is less satisfying; that is one reason I am sometimes disappointed with A Song of Fire and Ice, even though Martin is a better writer.
3. I've never been a big fan of cyberpunk. It's nice to read about a future not dominated by people with massive hardware augmentations.
Like the first book, this one is concerned with the ramifications of the protomolecule, and hints at big things to come in future volumes. I hope the payoff in the later books will be worth it.
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