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Abaddon's Gate: Book 3 of the Expanse [Paperback]

James S. A. Corey
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4 Jun 2013 Expanse (Book 3)

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.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499925
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 15.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is literary space opera at its absolute best (io9)

Abaddon's Gate is absolutely great. Courageous and audacious, with

short chapters, smart characters, and a snappy narrative, it's leaps and bounds

bigger and better than the vast majority of space opera


A politically complex and pulse-pounding page turner . . . Series fans will find this installment the best yet (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review))

The best space opera has to offer (LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review))

The authors are superb with the exciting bits: shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow (WASHINGTON POST)

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The explosive third novel in James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse space opera series, which began with the critically acclaimed LEVIATHAN WAKES

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too tired to write a review... 18 Oct 2013
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But please, more! Too good a crew to leave with a few!

If you've not read these books, do. Read plenty of enjoyable but bloated sci-fi. This stuff is as rich as you need but under 1000 pages per book.

Now we have no more Mr Banks, I believe the mantle is passed here...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The fact that I read all three books in this trilogy in less than two months illustrates its quality. Great characters, lots of actions, an obvious fascination with spaceships (I'm tempted to get back into Eve-online after reading it), and most importantly - an excellent story.

Abaddon's Gate ties off the trilogy perfectly. I was left wanting more, which is good, but I also felt satisfied with the ending.

The writers have a knack for creating characters that seem very real and human. I found this made the book very emotional at points, probably a bonus for what is intended to be a space opera! (I don't recall feeling particularly emotional during any of the Star Wars movies, apart from being very excited!).

One character that isn't obvious at first, is gravity. By the end of Abaddon's Gate I had a much deeper insight into gravity and how it would feel to live on a planet or moon without much. It's a concept or 'character' I haven't seen used in any other sci fi universe, and it's done incredibly well.

The other thing I really like about Abaddon's Gate, and the trilogy as a whole, is it's easier to imagine that it might exist in the future. That is, I don't have to suspend my disbelief as much compared to say, Star Trek. This makes the world and characters even more believable.

Lastly...the book is just fun to read. I read an interview with the authors that said this was all they really wanted. They definitely succeeded for me. Part of what makes it fun is the action. The action sequences easily bring to mind a sci fi action film. I can imagine this would be relatively straightforward to convert into a screenplay...and hopefully one day it is (although I'm guessing the lack of gravity would make it expensive to produce :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books’ simple classic, wittily operatic style and couldn’t wait for more of the same from this third volume of the Expanse series. What was the protomolecule artefact from Venus going to do? What is the purpose of the enigmatic reanimated Miller? What splendid scrapes would Holden and his stalwart crew get out of by the skin of their teeth? The anticipation was almost too much to bear but I patiently finished my last book before diving in.

This over-egged anticipation was, however, a little misfounded. This story focuses on the various human factions as they race to the strange ring built by the protomolecule and vie to become the first to metaphorically plant their flag. The chapters featuring Holden and his crew are, as ever, superb but it all rather grinds to a halt with the ship-load of ecumenical types trying to shoe-horn God into a multi-species universe – a sure fire winner for killing a bit of sci-fi stone dead. The Melba/Clarissa single-minded revenge thread adds a bit of spice as do the Bull segments but the chapter per character structure, which usually keeps the pace bowling along and the tension building, sags more than a little with each Anna segment. Unlike the other two books, this feels like a book written by two people.

I do, however, like the thought given to the names of ships; as well as being the name of the ship in Rush’s excellent Sygnus X1, Holden’s Rocinante is the name of Don Quixote’s skinny horse; the ultimate futility of aristocracy (in this case plutocracy) is nicely echoed in Melba / Clarissa Mao’s ship the Cerisier (aka The Cherry Orchard); and the naming of the religious ship ‘Prince’ is a wickedly appropriate allusion to Machiavelli’s most famous work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good but no cigar 13 Sep 2013
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Book 1 - wow, this is cool! Book 2 - excellent, wake up early to read a chapter. book 3 - come on, something happen. When this came out, i reread the first 2 books and enjoyed them even more and whilst this is a good book, it's taken a while to do much and the new characters are a little dull. Story line has become a little predictable and i found myself wanting to skip forward to the action. Great series overall but a slightly limp ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! 9 Sep 2013
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A definite must read for any sci-if fan. Best in the series with plenty of twists and turns and a epic conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 8 Sep 2013
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What a page turner, a real sci fi classic with a tantalising and thought provoking ending. All set up for book 4.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An anticlimax 17 Aug 2013
By R. M. Lindley VINE VOICE
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I loved the first two books in the Expanse series, but the conclusion left me slightly deflated. There is less of the visceral action that was so gripping previously (apart from the final scenes) and the big reveal was - well, meh. I appreciate that James Corey wants to leave things open for further books, but I felt that too much was left hanging at the end. A shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great conclusion 10 Aug 2013
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I woke up at 4am this morning and have just spent the last two ours reading the gripping end to a great trilogy of books. The characters have been well developed throughout so you do care what happens to them. There are some great twists and enough action to keep you thoroughly engaged and just about the right amount of intrigue to give you hope for the future of the human race. Loved it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Same as book two with a different plot.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good hard science fiction.
Published 11 days ago by Morten Strårup
2.0 out of 5 stars Series Gradually Going Downhill
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as the previous two installments.

The best thing about the first book, and to some extent the second was the introduction of the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by busstopp
5.0 out of 5 stars half way through and really enjoying it
great third book of the series - plot line is as good as the other two books - Holden just as gullible
Published 1 month ago by iainm2
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
This is a stunningly good book. Stop reading this review and go buy it. Now.

I read some of the reviews here with a bit of a heavy heart - as some give the impression of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Lacey
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't even finished it and its a six out of five
So why am I reviewing this before I have finished, because it was worth every penny and I have still got 25% to go. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bass Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Space Opera
Enjoyed this 3rd part as much as the parts 1/2.
Good continuity from book to book. Enjoyed the characters who didn't waiver in thier opinions, likes & dislikes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Roderick Head
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Finish.
This is the third book of the series and brings the storey to a great end. Room for more? I think so.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Grahamnt
Good space opera series, but a bit throw away with characterisation. It will be interesting to see how well the fourth instalment works,
Published 6 months ago by Graham Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it love it
Fantastic book, nice descriptive in depth characters, i thoroughly enjoyed it, one of those books that is hard to put down.
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