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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • sk
  • 05-09-18

Brilliant!!

Excellent audio book . A well read and great paced story.
Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Owen Phillips 2
  • 04-27-18

persepolis rising

great book well paced gripping storyline . The Expanse is a great series - cant wait for the next installment

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  • Terry in Hull
  • 04-24-18

Inconsistent with previous offerings

I have read or heard all the previous books in this saga and this is definitely the weakest. The story is dull, bleak and lacking any charm. The characters I have become to love behaved inconsistently to the well formed personalities that had been nurtered. The usual format of including many different arenas and perspectives was lacking too. High council Duarte was introduced early in the book only to be totally ignored for the rest of it. Come on James , you can do better than this !

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  • Ricky Halvorsen
  • 04-12-18

Amazing performance by Jefferson Mays as usual.

So well written, you really can empathise with all the characters, even with the antagonist, and that ain't easy to archive.

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  • Axel B.
  • 04-08-18

probably my 2nd favourite of the series.

it's a good one, better than the previous two in my opinion. much more believable threat

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  • Poppey
  • 04-04-18

Looking Good

Apart from the overlong wordy bits, I loved it and will be looking forward to the follow-up, hopefully in the not too distant future.

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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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  • 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.