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

James S. A. Corey
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6 Mar 2014 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 (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1841499935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499932
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

This is the future the way it was supposed to be (The Wall Street Journal on Leviathan Wakes)

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))

Tense and thrilling (SciFi Now)

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

Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fights, freakish experiments, and twisty-turny mysteries . . . Only an excellent book series can pull them all off, and the Expanse will definitely be added to the shortlist of science fiction tales that manage to do so (WIRED.COM)

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Series Gradually Going Downhill 19 Jun 2014
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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 thought provoking idea of the proto-molecule and the mystery surrounding it. So the plot, basically.

But in this installment the plot just got silly.

We got the introduction of a new character, Clarissa, who decides to get revenge for her father's fall in the previous book. And guess what she decides to take revenge not on Avasarala from Book 2 who was primarily responsible for her father's fall, but on James Holden who for some reason she blames more. This really feels like a ludicrously contrived way of creating an enemy for us to root against.

And, spoiler coming, I really thought the story in the final third made no sense.I.e. that there's a super powerful alien intelligence that will destroy the galaxy, unless we can turn off our engines! That will show it we mean no harm! And guess what there's a cartoon villain captain who doesn't want to do that, and will (inadvertantly) destroy us all unless we can stop him.

Having said that there were some good things. The belters / Mars / Earth rivalry, rings as true as it did in earlier books. And it's a nice moment when the main protagonists mistake Clarissa for Julie.
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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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed but lose the padding! 18 July 2014
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I loved the first two books. And in fairness I loved this one too until about 80% in. The last scene (I won't spoil it) well it just keeps going. People have talked about padding before and I'd agree. Every little thought the characters had was explored in excruciating detail while the story stuttered around them. I found myself skipping paragraphs as I just didn't care that much. The characterization was good but I don't need them to analyse every little feeling.

I'm sure the authors must have finished the original draft and thought, "Damn - it's not long enough." I'm told the 4th is better than the 3rd, but I'm all worn out now.

If this is what their style has become then I'm afraid I'm not longer a fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Should be 3.5 stars. Too much of the daft religious woman prattling on about not harming the mass murderer. Felt she was shoehorned into the narrative at the expense of more interesting characters. Too static a setting overall. Also if future humans are as dumb as this lot then we're doomed. Too many preposterously bad decisions were taken in order to kick the plot can on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back on Track 17 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I found the second installment merely "solid" but I'm pleased I eventually got around to part 3. It addresses all of the issues I had with the second book by having a plot that was unique and also opened the series up in ways I hadn't foreseen. The POV characters were all really strong and distinct this time too. My favourite aspect of the book (and something all the books in the series have been good at) is how it throws you into the action right away and continues to escalate throughout. By the half-way point I was almost out of breath and was concerned the story might run out of steam. I needn't have worried as this book doesn't let up until the end and when you get there you can't wait for the possibilities of what comes next. I'm glad the series is back on track and with the potential to go in many different directions. The authors have essentially created the "summer blockbuster" of the sci-fi novel without having to be dumb. Keep them coming.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but with a number of reservations 9 Jun 2013
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This is volume 3 of the Expanse, a (relatively) new series focused around the times when Humans, after colonizing the solar system, are poised to expand to the stars. Although it is just about possible to read this volume without having done so with the two previous ones, it is preferable to read them in sequence.

The alien artefact that has gathered energy by plundering Venus has travelled through the solar system. It has built a massive gate (hence the book's title) near Uranus. Earth, Mars and the Outer Planets Association have all sent ships - both scientific and military - to explore it, with the associated tensions that this can only generate between rivals that have already gone to war because of the artefact.

The book is mainly about the interactions between the humans themselves, and the disasters that their actions based on ignorance and fear can lead to. It is also very much a thriller with the fleet, Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante also facing a threat from the inside that threatens to turn them against each other. The story, however, is largely predictable once you start getting into it, and this is one of the problems with series. From the beginning, and whatever Holden's efforts to do otherwise, you know he and his crew will join the fleet and go through the gate, so the suspense is somewhat lacking here.

As in previous volumes, having each chapter told from the perspective of one of the main characters is a winning feature. It increases the story's pace. It helps to present the same events from different perspective. This device also made the story feel more "real".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all the others
As with the other books in the series, could not put down.
Published 3 days ago by Donut
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great ending to this trilogy, and really good read
Published 23 days ago by MR D F HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 25 days ago by George Fewster
3.0 out of 5 stars on my ship the rocinante speeding through the galaxy....
getting a bit contrived now with the Clarrisa arc... just more of JIm and the roci now that we've got to know them would suit me.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. Rollason
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome
Each book in The Expanse series is better than the one before, honestly, this third instalment has the nail-biting tension, visceral action and fantastic, complex plots of the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Kenneth Otoole
4.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as others think
Yes - this episode is a little slower, but actually the human interest angle is extremely strong. Regardless of the fact that I found the relentless attempts to keep forgiving... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Edmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cant wait for the 4th book
Brilliant cant wait for the 4th book , and I hear a series by the Sci Fi channel has been commissioned.
Published 2 months ago by Ian Cleggett ( Cleggsta).
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
Uneven. Some parts compelling and good pacing, other parts dishwater dull. The parts in novels where characters have internal arguments can be illuminating, but repeating them... Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Donelson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Same as book two with a different plot.
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