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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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  • 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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  • Paul Woodroffe
  • 02-20-18

Pretty Disappointing

Would you try another book written by James S. A. Corey or narrated by Jefferson Mays?

I would definitely read the next one, but this one just didn't inspire me or really interest me that much.

Which character – as performed by Jefferson Mays – was your favourite?

Jefferson Mays is excellent and I think without him, I'd have almost found this book boring. I thoroughly enjoyed all the previous Expanse series novels and this one was surprisingly dull. I can't tell you really why, it seems to have everything it needs - but it just didn't work for me.

What character would you cut from Persepolis Rising?

None - I would 'uncut' one character.

Any additional comments?

I have no idea why, but it just didn't grip me like the others.
Previous books had me on an emotional rollercoaster all the way through, this one - well, my heart beat raised once and I had tears once, so for me - I just wasn't as emotionally involved. I know why they needed the 30 year gap, but it added a disconnect for me. Ironically though, I think the next book that 'disconnect' will be gone and provided the subject is good, I suspect the book will be back to great - fingers crossed!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-18

Great book

good pace. great characters. narater really draws you in to the story. Can't wait for the next.installment

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  • Matthew
  • 01-22-18

Gripping as always, until incomplete ending

Another great installment of The Expanse, right up to the premature end. A feature of this series I have enjoyed, apart from the reliability of the authors to get their books out on time, is that every book ended. Despite being a long running series, every book stood on its own. This one bucks the trend, and it was unsatisfying.

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  • Mr. David Archer
  • 01-19-18

Still loving this series

Wasn't too sure when it set out whether I was going to enjoy this or not but damn so interested to see where this goes! Great book, great narrator as always! And a great addition to the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-18

blockbuster in bookform!

continuing the epic story of the crew on the Roccenante. wish this story would never end

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  • D. Davidson
  • 01-14-18

Great progression, the ending is an killer!

What a brave and unexpected way to continue the story arc (no spoilers).
I am eager awaiting more...there will be more. Right?

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  • Elise
  • 01-10-18

Best one for a while

As usual I've heard a few complaints about pace but that's what these books have always been about - characters.

I enjoyed every minute and am now really looking forward to the next one.

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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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  • Kevin
  • 12-23-17

Awesome

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