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Publisher's Summary

The explosive third novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series. Now a major television series.

For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them. 

Abaddon's Gate is a breakneck science-fiction adventure following the critically acclaimed Caliban's War.

The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, Cibola Burn, Nemesis, Games, Babylon's Ashes, Persepolis Rising

The Expanse Short Fiction: The Butcher of Anderson, Station, Gods of Risk, The Churn, The Vital, Abyss, Strange Dogs

©2013 James S. A. Corey (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Politics, philosophical ideals, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce, this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended." (Library Journal, starred review)

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Best scifi series I've ever "read"!

This has got to be the best scifi series I've ever read. The depth and detail that the Authors put into this series really pulls you into the story. They have beautifully showed a very believable space age future for humans.

They have an elegant way of showing all sides of the human condition. The good, and the bad sides. Our compassion, and our prejudice. Our curiosity, and our blind self judgments.

I'm only three books in, but each one is getting better as they go along. Each character is so layered that I've developed a connection to them. I feel like Bastian in "Never Ending Story" huddled over the book. Screaming at the characters, hoping they succeed!

These authors belong among the greats of science fiction, like Arthur C Clarke. And this series is a must read for any true Science Fiction fan.

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great book!

I really enjoyed the depth of story
... and the reality of each character.

the book gives a positive view of choice... and of the future

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Space Epic

Love and hate, death and destruction, despair and hope, great loss and great gain, good and evil. Tried and true formula that worked very well in a sprawling space saga. I enjoyed this book a lot, but it won't stick with me.

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Did you read the first two?

If you read the first two and enjoyed them, read this one.

If you have not read the first two, don't read this yet. Read them.

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excellent series and quality naration

This series is excellent and the narrator does a great job with the different characters.

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So good!

Different from the show, but I found this version of the events to be much more interesting and detailed. You get a much better sense of the chaos going on and there is a lot more action, suspense, and heart. Also there are about more interesting characters that were either cut or combined into one or more other characters for the TV show.

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Overall a wonderful addition to the Expanse series

Performance: Jefferson Mays does a wonderful job of emphasising the nuances of all the different characters. He definitely allows you to feel the coldness of Clarissa, the gruffness of Bull, and all of the other characters. Great job here.

Story: I enjoyed the story a great deal. I always enjoy the portions of stories where they greater picture is revealed, and the (story) universe expands out to show us the grander world that lies beyond our little portion. Abaddon's Gate is definitely the appropriate name for this book. The only thing that got a bit tiring for me was the excessive back and forth with the human drama of "control". I feel like that portion dragged a bit. Overall though, I definitely enjoyed it!

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It went places I wanted it to go.

It was a rollercoaster I laughed and cried on. This series was not one I thought I was going to like, but I have enjoyed enjoyed every minute of them.

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Continued greatness

Another perfect addition to the Expanse universe. From start to finish a very captivating story.

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Great book, better story than the TV show

For some reason I was not quite as engaged with this one as I was with the previous two. I did prefer this story with the character differences and minor plot shifts more than the book (particularly with the Marines). it was more than just a slow start, it wasn't until the last third that I was really all the way back into it not wanting to stop listening for a second.

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  • Jonathan McGrath
  • 10-23-18

Fantastic

Another stellar entry in what is quickly becoming my favourite sifi series. Once again watching the TV show doesn't render the book pointless but instead the book embellished the story, with a few different characters just as endearing as the main cast.