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For generations the solar system--Mars, the moon, the asteroid belt--was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into 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 artefact. 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.

©2014 Ruth Field (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fights, freakish experiments and twisty-turny mysteries" ( Wired.com)

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Lets just forgive everything.

This book ended my enthusiasm in the series. The following while contain SPOILERS. To make the villian (with a weak, juvinile motivation) so beyond evil to only forgive her in the last chapter is too much for me. If she would have died instead Id be fine but no, lets invite her on the Roci and make her a teammember.

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  • Alex
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  • 05-29-18

Too much internal struggle

I love this series, but I’d say book 3 had too much of an internal struggle

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really good

Nice entry to the series. Still enjoying the characters. Enjoying the new characters each book. looking forward to the next instalment.

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loved it<br />

I am so glad that the TV show made me aware of this series, they are both really great and the science parts are really interesting.

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  • T
  • 06-08-15

Another enjoyable romp

Another enjoyable romp from Corey’s “Expanse” series. Our heroes, Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante, have new problems – as if the proto-molecule and all it has been creating weren’t enough already! This 3rd novel of the series sometimes lacked the break-neck pace of the earlier books, but there are nice plot developments, new characters to introduce and of course lots of action sequences. Same narrator, Jefferson Mays, as 1st two books – he does a good job.

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  • RJB1
  • 04-17-15

The Expanse Series Continues to Impress.

Any additional comments?

Although, in my opinion, it is not as good as the first two books, Abaddon's Gate is great continuation of the series. The Authors continue to flesh out their universe and developed well thought out characters. I eagerly await the next installment.

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  • Jason Berry
  • 11-27-16

Good story, but performance clean up needed

The story is fantastic, like the other books great characters. certainly worth a listen or read.

Seems there are a few repeating sections - not sure if this is software related or the recording.

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  • Mr
  • 03-02-15

Could not stop listening .

Loved the story, some overtones of space odyssey with Miller character, but overall excellent and well narrated . I would recommend.

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  • D. Montgomery
  • 10-16-18

Very good indeed, looking forward to the next one.

Very good indeed, looking forward to the next one.
Very good indeed, looking forward to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-18

great listen!

Great book, very interesting listening to this book and comparing it to season 3 of the expanse

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  • Vince Guitar
  • 09-05-18

excellent story well narrated. well worth the time

excellent story well narrated. well worth the time spent, Looking forward to the next book in the series

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  • WM Brown-Coleman
  • 08-01-18

the story keeps getting better with each book<br />

Love the whole story another I love one of my characters Sam, Good book in all

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  • D. Oliver
  • 07-27-18

A Fantastic Story

A really great story building on the first two books. Looking forward to the next.

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  • redhammer
  • 06-30-18

Another classic

Well this was book 3 and currently I’m 5 hours from the end on book 4...as I only started book 1 about 7 weeks ago. So that’s how gripping this series is. Plot wise others can review, I’ll just say this is the best science fiction series I gone through since al on Peter Jackson’s various ones.

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 01-04-16

Great narration

Even better than the first book the series. Feels like he's hitting his stride. Love where the story is going. A brooding menace on the horizon, much like GoT's White Walkers.
Narrator, Jefferson, has been SLAYING it on these stories.
Have to say his delivery of the Indian UN official, 'Avasarala' has been outstanding.
Brilliant story enhanced by great voice performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-18

Great series but weakest of the trilogy

Although entertaining, this installment had a filler vibe through it. The stakes just didn't seem as high and some of my favorite characters are absent through majority of the story. Still worth listen though.

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  • Christopher
  • 06-27-18

Excellent!

Great Great! book, excellent addition to an already amazing series. Twists and turns make it edge of seat material. Highly recommend reading/listening.

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  • Jack
  • 05-19-18

best in the series so far

Excellent storyline. A significant amount more action than the previous book with a lot faster pace.

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  • Stuart Prince
  • 05-14-18

Loving it

Great narration, still remains fresh and interesting into the 3rd book. will definately get the next one.

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  • Javier
  • 01-14-18

Finished in 2 days

If you could sum up Abaddon's Gate in three words, what would they be?

This was a great continuation of the first 2 books. Overall it was a great book to listen to. I think it's probably the best book so far, but it was a little slow at parts.

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  • Timothy Lehmann
  • 12-05-17

Not as strong as the first two, but still good

Mays' performance is spot on, although the story isn't as compelling as the first two.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-17

great series

This book is excellent, great character development that changes how you see them as they grow. very vivid storytelling. my favorite scifi so far.

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  • Ms Anil Perera
  • 08-23-17

Amazing

Great story only getting better with each book. Can not wait for the next book.

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  • Dale
  • 08-13-17

More of a great thing!!

The Expanse series by Corey has entrenched itself as my number 1 series and hasn't let off with this installment. The story continues on an upward trajectory, literally, to the furthest reaches. Strongly suggest getting onboard from book 1, if you already have...you don't need me to tell you how good it is.

Jefferson Mays is at his best again! really brings every character to life with his captivating tone, cadence and nuance.