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Leviathan Wakes | [James S.A. Corey]

Leviathan Wakes

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.
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James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

©2011 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“… kickass space opera.” (George R.R. Martin)

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    Robert Anchorage, AK, United States 03-19-15
    Robert Anchorage, AK, United States 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining Sci Fi epic"

    Very good story, entertaining and lost of Sci Fi goodness. The main character comes off as untouchable/preachy which can be annoying but only real complaint.

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    Calin Chase 03-16-15
    Calin Chase 03-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply incredible."

    The story was wonderful. The performance was top notch. I was unable to turn it off.

    I will be buying the rest of this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke Durham Bridge, NB, Canada 03-12-15
    Luke Durham Bridge, NB, Canada 03-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best space sci-fi. Story and Narration."
    If you could sum up Leviathan Wakes in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, exciting, imaginative.


    What other book might you compare Leviathan Wakes to and why?

    This series in in my first place. Great Sci-fi read.


    Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was in book 2 and even though this is a book 1 review I have to say: Chrisjen Avasarala - Mays did such a good job with her. I loved the moment she started talking and hung on every word and cracked up every time she dropped a curse word. In the TV series coming out I think they cast her too young. I hope they don't ruin my favorite character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Jefferson Mays needs to have a role in the TV series.


    Any additional comments?

    Each book in the series has the same vibe but with a fresh plot. I found this very refreshing. Some series once past book two become more of the same and have no where to go. This series keeps opening up new possibilities and goes from a monster creature thriller to a frontier adventure and it all fits and flows.

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    Vincent J. Anido 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Sci-Fi"

    This is sci-fi done right. If you're into compelling science fiction, do yourself a favor, and enjoy this book.

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    Amazon Customer Tauranga, New Zealand 03-09-15
    Amazon Customer Tauranga, New Zealand 03-09-15 Member Since 2014

    I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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    "Leviathan put me to sleep"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Perhaps if the characters were ........... or maybe if the pace was......... Its hard to know. I didnt hate it, the plot is believable, the characters strong but by chapter 36 I was asking myself why I was listening to it.


    What could James S.A. Corey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I dont know. He is obviously a careful and talented writer but this just does not ring my bells


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jefferson Mays’s performances?

    Maybe.


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    Robert 03-08-15
    Robert 03-08-15 Member Since 2014

    Physicist and bookworm.

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    "Compelling, unpredictable, realistic space travel"

    Just finished and the story was exciting and compelling, with a refreshingly realistic take on future interplanetary travel. The author also does a great job of describing scenes and the minds of characters with just the right words or a turn of phrase, keeping things from becoming needlessly wordy. None of the details felt unnecessary.

    The voiceover was also enjoyable, easy to understand, and well paced. I plan on getting the next book in the series.

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    Mike NORTH LOGAN, UT, United States 03-06-15
    Mike NORTH LOGAN, UT, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Kowalski, someone's looking at my profile. Find them. Rico, time for boom boom. Private, send the family a funeral bouquet.

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    "Prostitutes and Mormons in Space"

    James S.A. Corey peered into a distant future where humanity had spread itself across our solar system and found that it is mostly populated by prostitutes and Mormons. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

    I'm not saying the story is about prostitutes and Mormons. It isn't. I'm just saying that when a denizen of the belt is not surrounded by the cold vacuum of space they'd be hard pressed to swing a cat without hitting a saint or a sinner.

    I know what you're thinking, "That sounds a lot like Las Vegas." Exactly. It's exactly like Las Vegas if it expanded to fill the immensity of space. There are even casinos everywhere.

    This of course brings up ethical questions surrounding cat swinging. On earth it is nearly always a cruel act. Perhaps if you were trying to save a cat from the roof of a burning house and had to throw it all the way to a neighbor's pool to save it it might be justified, but less than 10% of all cat swingings in the U.S. happen under such circumstances. In Russia the percentage is higher, but surely it's still under 20%. Ethically speaking, then, on earth nearly all cat swingings are cruel, and debates tend to center on the topic of whether or not the cat deserved it.

    Null-g adds additional variables that must be considered in such discussions. Cats don't cope well with null-g. It takes away nearly all of their abilities, such as being able to land on their feet, or their ability to fall when misjudging the distance of a jump.

    On earth, if you're holding a cat that is freaking out and trying to scratch every exposed bit of your skin, you can simply drop the cat. The cat will land on its feet and be content to exert its autonomy by running away rather than continuing to attack.

    Not so in null-g, which would be both the initial cause of the cat freaking out and thing that maintains the cat's desperate behavior. You must dislodge the cat with no help from gravity. You'll eventually get it off you, but it will take longer and every second counts.

    And then, instead of landing on its feet and ceasing its attack, the cat will continue to flail in its search for control. You might as well tether a set of Ginsu knives together and set them in a perpetual spin. Who is going to volunteer to retrieve the knives? Even when the cat hits a surface, it has no thumbs so its attempts to gain purchase will simply propel it back out into the middle of the room again. You'd have no choice but to wait until it bounced into an airlock and jettison the cat into space. That would be very sad, depending on the cat. They really need to rethink the whole cat in space thing.

    My hypothesis is that cat swinging in space is probably an act of kindness as much as anything else due to the felt gravity provided by centrifugal motion. The cat may feel soothed due to the seeming reappearance of gravity.

    Space mom to her daughter: "Sweetie, have you swung the cat yet today?" Child:"No." Mom launches into a lecture about how the kid promised that if they got a cat she would feed it and play with it and swing it by it's tail every day, after which the girl grudgingly grabs her cat's tail and starts swinging.

    The book was very good, and apparently a television series based on the series is going to play this year on Syfy.

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    Jeremiah 03-04-15
    Jeremiah 03-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "good smart scifi"

    I had a great time with this book I could put it down. the book grabs you at the beginning and it is a collercoaster to the end.

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    Amazon Customer Pittsford, NY, United States 03-03-15
    Amazon Customer Pittsford, NY, United States 03-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Worthwhile Space Opera"

    An excellent story. Its pace picks up immediately, no lengthy investment period for this saga. Excellent world building, the action takes you right through to the end. The story arc beggs the sequel "Caliban's War"; which is my next read...

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    Patrick 02-25-15
    Patrick 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "rounded up from 3.5"

    writing was OK I thought. the story is sort of cool but felt a little clunky at times

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