Nemesis Games

Book 5 of the Expanse
Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
Series: The Expanse, Book 5
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (710 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees.

The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price. And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

©2015 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form." (io9.com on Leviathan Wakes)

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Enjoyable SciFi, recommendable, with faults

If you are into the expanse franchise this is still worth to listen to or read. It's great to be on the Roci with the crew and I really enjoyed it.

However this and the following book (Babylons Ashes) have really one big problem in their story.
--- VERY SMALL SPOILER - basically none at all ---

Something terrible happens, some bad guys do it, and even though it is very very terrible they still have the support from most of the fraction of humanity they belong to. Given the gravity of what happened it is not credible at all that they would have that support. Or not without at least a generation of brainwashing and isolation from facts. But that didn't happen.

It's really quite bad that the story kinda relies on the people being fine with that bad thing, so very often in that story I just got annoyed because of this. It's just not credible without assuming the that all the normal people are being extremely stupid, bad or downright sociopaths. And stories that rely on people, a whole fraction of humanity even, being stupid or bad really aren't well thought out.

Nevertheless: Enjoyable.

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A step throught the living world of Expanse

Everything continues forward beatifully and naturally as the character do their best to make do with what they have.

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Nope

Major Spoiler! So you're telling me in a world where we have fusion drives, gauss cannons and extremely advanved detection techniques that painting a rock and slapping a rocket on it is enough to destroy the earth? It's so stupid it tainted everything about the series. I finished the book and started the sequel but that one plot point is so unfathomably stupid I can't enjoy the books anymore.

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Feels like a filler gap between interesting events

Spends way too much time talking about irrelevant things to the story and world development, the Naomi chapters are the the worst offender at this. Very sol focused without the depth or mystery or exploration of humanity that previous books indulged into. And while it spends many chapters in small irrelevant happenings, it glosses over big significant events including the biggest disaster in humanity's history like they dont matter much from a storytelling perspective leaving many aspects completely unexplained and without an actual motive. Additionally I don't like that the story seems to ignore the alien's arch completely. Narrator did a great job and the writing itself while annoying at times when it goes over the top in belter accents, is mostly solid. This felt like the obligatory filler episode before a big budget episode where big things happen. I hope that impression turns out true.

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Another solid chapter in this epic tale

Corey once again takes us along for a ride, although this time less on the Rocinante. Each of the crew get their hands full on their own little adventures, which results in some interesting comebacks for characters from the previous books. Will we see the permanent crew of the Rocinante increase I wonder. I have to say that although the story is solid I found the first many chapters to be a little slow paced this time around. There is a lot to tell, especially concerning Naomi but the whole thing is slightly convoluted this time around. Also I have to say that I was very disappointed with the recording. The audio seems clipped, as if the microphone volume was too high the whole time. It was very distracting. Other than that, a solid continuation of this amazing adventure.

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A bit of a let down.

Still the same expanse, with the same awesome characters and engaging plot. But for the first time in the series I spotted some serious plot holes and they rubbed me the wrong way. Spoilers for the book below! The way the Free Navy took over makes pretty much no sense whatsoever. You have Earth's Force and the Martian Force (smaller of the two). Third party steals some ships from the Martians and they suddenly have the strongest force in the system... The math just doesn't add up. The attack on Earth made little sense as well. There was a constant tension between the Earth and Mars, on top of constant treat from Belter terrorists, and they didn't have a system to prevent someone from dumping a rock to the surface? And those rocks are invisible, because of some stealth coating? A coating no one is using on ships and weapons? Sure... The author could've used some McGuffin from the Aliens, or something. It would've made more sense than this.

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Great continuation of a great story

This book is a bit different from the others since the crew goes on different journeys where we get to learn about their past lives. It's nice to get some backstory and also to not have all four of them on a ship the whole book. Like with every previous book I'll just jump straight to the next one!

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Pretty good but with one major character issue

The book is good for the most part and there are other reviews that are more in-depth about the book over all but I have one major issue with the story that I feed ruins a lot, a basic overview of the situation (without being specific or naming anything) is below the spoiler warning: MINOR SPOILER BELOW There's a returning character which shouldnt be there, in no way does it make sense to me that they'd bring that character back in the way they did. It doesnt benefit the story in any way and its unbelievable that the character is let back in.

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solar system war: crew on vacation

another masterpiece of hard sf in near future setting with our crew and chracters growing from narative ache types to complete persons. clearly this is an interlude story preparing us for the next increments of this series and tying up loose character ends. Again an exceptional performance from the narrator.

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Rich, dense story-telling, beautifully executed

This, and the others in the series, is really near the top of my listening list from the last 20 years. It is so engaging and well-paced. Yes, there are a couple of really annoying characters, but I suppose life is like that and there are many nuanced and enjoyable characters to balance them out. I don't look forward to getting to the end of the books. I would like to put in a good word for the narrator, Jefferson Mays. He does a wonderful job with the different characters, both male and female. His Avasarala is actually better than the book version: his Avasarala is a lady who knows how to speak properly and does not indulge in euphemisms. She says "arse", not "ass".

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  • Simon, Oxford
  • 06-10-15

Stunning next episode

As usual a great plot and wonderful characters. Great to learn more about the back story of our core team and in such an unusual way. Thank you for bringing back Jefferson Mays as the narrator.

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  • S. Morris
  • 07-25-15

Space Opera At Its best!

Wow! what can I say! Just finished reading James S.A Corey's fifth
instalment of his Expanse series of books and I believe this is his best
book yet. Now, that's a pretty weighty statement in light of his first three
books. Granted, his fourth part of this series wasn't quite up to his
incredible ability to tell a ripping yarn but on balance Corey sets a very
high bar and so for those who have read his other books in this series I think
my assertion that this could well be the best to date is an indicator of the
quality and fantastic story-writing skills that is Nemesis Games.

Although this is Corey's fifth book in his Expanse series, it is by no means
the last. There is just so much scope for further books that Corey has an ever expanding canvas from which to work with. As with his previous parts to this series, we are left with a tantalizing and somewhat unexpected cliff-hanger that has left me chomping at the bit for the next book. I was fortunate enough to have picked up on Corey's work late enough to have all first five parts of this series available and so no waiting time for the next one. Now, though I'll have to wait quite a while.

Corey brings together all the characters from previous stories such as the Martian marine Roberta Draper, the cranky under secretary Avrasarila and even Clarissa Mau and weaves them into this story and pulls them all together in a very satisfying way like an old friends reunion but is integral to the unfolding plot. Nemesis Games also expands some of the core characters back stories and provides interesting insights into their lives before joining up with Holden.

This book also sees a welcome return to the job of narration by Jefferson Mays with his smooth and flowing style that is flawless and competent in its delivery.

Nemesis Games is up there with the very best of any authors work in the genre I've read and Corey has raised the bar yet again with this absorbing and riveting read.

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  • matt hall
  • 04-07-16

best of the series

hallelujah, welcome back Jefferson Mays! great performance, gripping plot, and a welcome shift in pattern to previous instalments.

can't wait for the next one!

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  • James Clover
  • 06-09-15

Great sci-fi adventure!

Real page turning action, more depth into favorite characters and epic story progression. Great work from the reader too, like watching the best blockbuster in your head!

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  • Tim Osborne
  • 05-08-20

The Fifth Expanse Novel

This is the First Expanse Novel I’ve listened to on audible, it starts just a little after the 4th prime series finishes, and it’s really really good. The characterisation and interlacing of story threads is masterly. The voice artist is easy to listen to and captures the individual characters and jargon very well. I will be buying the next.

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  • Wendy
  • 10-25-20

Another memorable story

I love this series and Nemesis games doesn't disappoint. Excellent narrator and the story just gets better and better.

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  • Angus
  • 10-15-20

Excellent Character driven mystery

A beatiful mystery, the different subplots come together like a sublime jigsaw puzzle leaving hooked and desperate for the next chapter. An excellent continuation, but also shaking up of the established characters and story. building on old character dynamics and adding kn new ones to. All in all an excellent character driven narrative with a beautiful unraveling mystery. Only flaw is main story points are unresolved, but clearly meant to be a setup to new narrative arch, so it can be forgiven for that.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-18-20

"That really is how you go through life, isn't it?

Book five in the Expanse series and we finally get to meet each of the four crew members individually. Whilst the Rocinante is in rock for much needed upgrades and repairs, Alex, Amos and Naomi all take some downtime to take personal away trips leaving Holden alone with his beloved ship, and Free Johnson as a sometime companion. But for none of the four companion crew members is this going to be a relaxing holiday ... Another completely different story approach, though perfectly logical in the context of the Expanse universe, and written in the same absorbing, well articulated style of the earlier books. Again read by Jefferson Mays, performance perfect as he carries the readers along through the trials and tribulations, humongous death tolls, and personal interactions of all of the protagonists, great and small. Each is individually and distinctly voiced, tensions revealed - or concealed - as required. Excellent. A wonderful next addition in the Expanse Series, one in which the reader can be totally lost to the mundane outside of the book. The series just keeps getting better.

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  • Dworkin
  • 09-01-20

Brilliant, draws you in.

I've yet read a book that I've seen in the video versions of the Expanse but easily on a par with them. Once you have experienced either version you are attuned to their universe. I just feels so real. loved it

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  • evan o'keeffe
  • 08-31-20

Great book

Bit of a slow starter, book finally goes into some character backgrounds which is great. Very good world building and demolition in this book. Will be interesting to see what the next book holds.

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  • Nat Venosi
  • 06-04-19

Another amazing ride...

I wasn’t sure where it was taking me this time but I liked it! As unreal as the events are I still find myself gunning for these awesome characters and was so glad they made it through again. The narrator, as always, brings it together beautifully. Better than a watching a movie, I savour every listening moment to escape into the “expanse”...

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  • steve
  • 01-24-17

Fantastic

A great chapter in the Expanse saga. Mays is great again. Thank you for sticking to the science and writing great characters.
Loved it.
Couldn't stop listening.
A must for sci-fi fans.

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  • glenn urquhart
  • 01-23-16

Such a good series

Have been devouring these stories.
It's all about the characters. Though not a huge fan of the central protagonist, and sometimes the villains can be a little cardboard-cutout, most of the supporting cast are so much fun ride along with. particularly this novel, where we get to know much more about the crew of Rosanante (I know I'm not spelling that right but I have no idea how to spell it)
Narrator has just brought this whole series to life.
Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Katy
  • 12-17-15

im hooked now

very creative use of prevoous characters. bringing them full circle. psychopath murderers included. very creative sci fi political picture of earth. i want book 6!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-20

Mays is a legend

Mays is awesome, and perfect for this series. both get better and better. and I'm gone and gone and gone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-19

Consistent and entertaining

Book 5 was an excellent book with multiple separate stories happening at the same time. I found this book hard to stop listening to.

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  • David Gamble
  • 10-16-18

So good!

I’ll keep this review really simple... This book was the best in the series so far! Loved it!

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  • Craig
  • 09-07-18

What a ride!

Thrilling journey through the solar system. Starting the book thought I was about to venture out further amongst the stars. Only to be on the edge of my seat listening to an exciting thrill ride. Loved it.

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  • Tim
  • 07-18-18

A fantastic sci-fi

This series just keeps getting better. I loved seeing the story from the other main characters perspectives for the first time. I can't wait to get onto the last book!

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  • Stuart Prince
  • 07-15-18

Another entertaining listen for Expansers

A backstory book to flesh out the Crew of the Rosey, prrsumably so you'll be devastated if they die in the next book...