For someone who didn't intend to wreck the solar system's fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it. While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new - possibly temporary - autonomy.
Then, on one of Jupiter's moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars indiscriminately and reigniting the war. The race is on to discover whether this is the vanguard of an alien army, or if the danger lies closer to home.
©2012 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"This breakneck tale will have readers itching for book three" (Publishers Weekly)
"Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fights, freakish experiments, and twisty-turny mysteries . . . Only an excellent book series can pull them all off, and the Expanse will definitely be added to the shortlist of science fiction tales that manage to do so" (wired.com)
"Those who enjoyed the first book will enjoy CALIBAN'S WAR as much, if not more . . . A crackingly enjoyable read" (SFF World)
Great space opera - feels classic and yet fresh.
I missed Miller - he was substituted by Avasarala's greatness though. Also Prax was just too whiny.
Those are small blemishes though. This is a must-listen :)
"Excellent sequel to Leviathan Wakes"
Excellent second entry in the Expanse series following the discovery of an Alien Proto-Molecule in our Solar System and the effects it has on individuals, on politics and on the military.
Many of the original characters are back alone with a few new ones. I especially liked the potty-mouthed Politician and Granny Avasarala.
Very well read by Jefferson Mays, I’m really looking forward to the third book.
"A Great Sequel to the Space Opera"
The Authors have not disappointed in this sequel, which could be better than the first installment.
It is the same narrator as Leviathan Wakes and he continues to do a good job in making each character recognisable.
"Another wonderful episode"
Really enjoyed this book. The ability to include vomit zombies, and keep things serious, nuf said.......
A brilliant story, excellent characters and the narration is spot on! Definitely getting the full series!
"Great story well read"
Epic space opera, narrator does a great job. I look forward to the next installments.
"Nice book two"
If you enjoyed exploring the universe from the first book, this is an excellent continuation. The plot is less brilliant than the first book but still pretty great.
Yes, it just flows really really well.
Excellent book in all places! Characters, dialogs and characters nicely structured. I really liked it :)
"Great! Deducting one star for the following,"
I loved the TV show and wanted an idea of next season. In general excellent however.
minus one star for...
A) using he she randomly
B) making the classy Indian lady swear too much (preferred TV show classier version has far more gravitas without swearing)
C) thinking universal payments and a leisure society would be just people doing nothing and over population (complete lack of vision). Either we will find value in more people or come up with inventive ways to reduce population.
D) the body armour should be put on like an iron maiden two piece.
E) running a ship as a co op is painfully naive
F) spoiler ... She should have promised the moon and the stars , safe passage, partial to full pardon, honourable discharge, etc etc in return for transponders on. After a period of quarantine. "You have my solemn word of 30 years unbroken" Then betray and shoot the scumbag.
G) charity donations seen as personal money, millions have died and dying, terribly naive. That money would be used to help others.
H) millions died and dying whilst rescuing a little girl. Thousands of children and adults dying all over the place. Worrying disconnect. Felt like they were going to do a cartoon style comedy ending.
I) at international solar system un budget level worrying over the finances of one spaceship is just stupid.
J) casual slaughtering of new sentient life forms based on real people. Complete lack of humanity in trying to capture, rehabilitate etc.
"A Great Space Opera"
The first two books of The Expanse are truly an enjoyable read for any Sci-fi fan. Classic space opera tropes - the ragtag, almost antagonistic crew thrown together for reasons of circumstance, and the overriding horror of the unknown, are delivered without seeming cliche, which is in itself an achievement. The quality narration only strengthens an already strong plot that introduces characters that are actually memorable, and you can easily come to care for over the course of the story. I would recommend this series to any fan of rich science fiction, even if high sci-fi is not usually your thing; the complex nuances of spaceflight and living in low gravity are delivered well, and with reminders from other points of view to ensure you don't get lost, while not overriding the story which is, at its core, wonderfully detailed Space Opera, told from several different and refreshing points of view from wholly flawed and detailed characters who you will want to read more of.
"loving this series!"
the author has created a fantastic cast of likable interesting and funny characters that are developed well during the book. Bobby is amazing and I just LOVE Christian!!
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