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In the thousand-sun network of humanity's expansion, new colony worlds are struggling to find their way. Every new planet lives on a knife-edge between collapse and wonder, and the crew of the aging gunship, Rocinante, have their hands more than full keeping the fragile peace.

In the vast space between Earth and Jupiter, the inner planets and the Belt have formed a tentative and uncertain alliance still haunted by a history of wars and prejudices. On the lost colony world of Laconia, a hidden enemy has a new vision for all of humanity and the power to enforce it. New technologies clash with old as the history of human conflict returns to its ancient pattern of war and subjugation. But human nature is not the only enemy, and the forces being unleashed have their own price. A price that will change the shape of humanity - and of the Rocinante - unexpectedly and forever....

©2017 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2017 Recorded Books Inc

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once more unto the breach Holden goes

if you have become a fan of thevseries this is a must read. if not, get it just for the joy of listeing to jefferson mays' narration.
as the next in the expanse saga this ticks all the blocks of chracters development, plot and society exposed to new tech (epstein fusion drives and alien protomolecule). for the real science of scifi this falls short only the forerunners have done such a great job of illustration. In this book, the authors explore the full extent of the political ramifications and it's ultimate conclusions of the rise of empires.
as a collective the expanse series is not crowned by perseplis but rather well supported and able to stand alone. its a great scifi romp with all the ingredients like marine fist fights, space battles, combat stratergy, romance, desire for power and much more.

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A very new kind of twist to the expanse story

Laconia finally makes is move. Be ready for action, new technologies and interesting physics again.

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Maybe the best one yet

I find it hard to review books without giving spoilers so I'll just say that this is another awesome entry in the series, as the title says I think it might even be the best one so far. Can't wait for book 8!

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Was that a whole book?

One whole book and not much more happened to push the story. It should be moving at much higher pace. It is languishing. Still enjoyable to listen to the story and Jefferson is good, but not moving far enough.

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Good as always

Another great book in a series of good books. Slightly slow in the beginning but turns out great.

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Solid and intriguing

An ambitious addition to The Expanse universe, this time expanding the narrative in yet another new direction. Despite clearly being a setup for further events I was just as engrossed as I was with previous books.

Good to see Jefferson Mays doing the narration again. Another quality performance.

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  • Mathias
  • stockholm, sweden
  • 01-25-18

Excellent build up

This book takes the story of the Rocinante crew even further into both the universe and the depth of the characters. If doesn’t disappoint and even though it’s a clever build up to future books, it’s so much more than a transport. A must read.

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When you have written yourself into a corner

I almost didn't get through this story as I was constantly irritated by the "magic" like advantages they had to give their main antagonist in order for them to be even slightly relevant to the overall story.
To me it seems like the authors had written themselves in to a corner and had to break many of the logical rules the had established throughout the series. Which is too bad because I really liked the previous books, but this was a major let down.

Don't get your hopes too high up for this story.

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Once again gripping.

Heard it twice already.
Best epilogue yet.
Curious how Netflix will mend it all together in the TV series.

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  • david
  • 12-23-17

too much chat

I enjoyed this read like the rest but this is a build up to a bigger story I hope. there seemed a lot of chit chat with little relavance

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  • Max
  • 06-02-18

what to make of this..

It felt great to get back to this series after a year hiatus, and all the characters are just as familiar and distinct. James SA Corey are a fantastic writing duo, who consider every decision they make and create incredibly realistic science fiction. That's mainly a strength but it's perhaps a slight weakness in this book, which jumps forwards by a really meaty chunk of time in order to arrive at another significant moment in history. I wanted to grow old with Amos Holden et al, but that privilege has been taken from me.

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  • S. Morris
  • 05-18-18

Better Than The Last

I was pondering whether to even get Persepolis Rising after the rather
disappointing Babylon's Ashes and especially after some early Luke warm
reviews. However, as usual, I don't like to ditch a series once I've read
the first few parts and liked them. It's hard for writers to always be
consistent so I like to give them the benefit of the doubt so I purchased
this title.

Persepolis Rising is set around 30 years after the events in Babylon's
Ashes which has given time for the multitude of new human colonies to
develop and one such colony world, Laconia, has plans to rule all of human
space. The first thing that surprised me was Corey's choice to base this
story so many years after the last. Given the sheer number of new worlds
open to humanity I felt there was enormous scope for material to get Holden
and crew in plenty of trouble. Of course, Corey could well decide to go back
and write a number of stories to fill in the large gap and I hope he does.

I have to say that you really need to refresh yourself on the previous
couple of books in order to get a handle on some of the events mentioned in
this story as I only vaguely recalled some prior plot points covered. In
fact, some of the things discussed by Holden relating to the situation were
plot elements from prior books I had little or no memory of. That's down to
me, I know and those that have come later to this series and thus can read
the books much closer together will have a better mental picture of the
salient events that form the foundation of this book.

As for this story? Well, I am happy to say that Persepolis Rising is a much
moor engaging read than the previous book. However, this is a slow burner
and Corey's writing style tends to slow the core narrative down by frequent
and often rather pointless character musings and introspection. On the one
hand I kind of get what he's doing here in that he wants to really paint a
detailed picture using the characters deep emotional, mental as well as
other personal thought processes but I felt that this aspect was often
overdone and served little purpose but to protract the story and often felt
like a bit contrived and overly artistic. On that basis, I feel the book
could have been about a third shorter if it weren't for this.

Apart from that, I liked this story on the whole and Jefferson Mays has done
another excellent job at narration and I am very pleased to see him used
again for this instalment. I do find it a little surprising to see the
classic principle of imperial rule/dictatorship being used here as history
tells us that such things never last even if the self appointed rulers bear
a velvet glove with an iron fist inside. Given the immense scope of
possibilities with the massive expansion into 1,300 new worlds, I felt that
such an arcane power play is a little clichéd. Having said that, the human
capacity for such acts is probably never going to go away.

All that minor griping aside, I did enjoy this story and it has left us in
an excellent position for the next instalment which I hope comes rather
sooner than this book did. Persepolis Rising is not Corey's best work in
this series but it is a much better effort than Babylon's Ashes so is a
welcome upswing in form.


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  • nicholas jenkins
  • 01-18-18

a little wordy in places.

a little wordy in places, but I liked where I think it is heading, the narrator is as always entertaining

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  • Max
  • 12-31-17

FANTASTIC!

Wow, what a great continuation of an already amazing story. I can hardly wait for the next installment. Thank you for a great production, Jefferson really does them justice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-18

Back to the good stuff

After the last book, I was starting to lose interest in the series. Not anymore!

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  • Mr C.
  • 10-08-18

Love it best

best book on the list. all the detail and depth of story its no wonder its so popular.

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  • mauvo
  • 10-05-18

Just not that much fun...

I listened to this more because I've listened and enjoyed the series to this point. But between sessions I didn't look forward to more of the story.

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  • Christina
  • 09-14-18

Best Expanse this far

As the time goes on, so does the lives of the Rocie's crew. This story added a lot of depth to the saga and is the one I've liked best this far

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  • John O.
  • 09-01-18

Not the best, felt like a "middle" book

Yeah, so it is a good book, but not as strong as the others. while there is a story self contained in this. it's all just setting up for another arc. wouldn't be so bad I guess if I could move right into the next book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-27-18

One of the better

This one takes an unexpected turn, but it really solidifies this series as something better. The ideological lines become more solid, and the lines of morality blur. Very interesting, very good to see them shaking things up a little.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-18

Excellent story but a little short

Loved the story and happy to see some fruit coming from the Calibans War storyline - but the ending leaves too many storylines up in the air, some more conclusions would be great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-18

sick listen

great books hurry up and finish writing the next one guys. also I wish Jefferson Mays narrated my life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-18

continues to mesmerize

just when you think the story could not get any more interesting he sucks you back into his world.

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  • joel
  • 06-23-18

amazing a.f.

My brain loves this book and yours should to. great ending. extremely well written as always.

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  • Funnyjelo
  • 03-05-18

now I have to wait for the next book.

this series biggest problem is that it is too good. really great sci fi and just enough of everything to make it worth it. I honestly didn't expect to like it this much.

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  • Kevin
  • 12-23-17

Awesome

Story just keeps getting better. Performance is always great. Looking forward to the next book.