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James S. A. Corey
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2 May 2013 Expanse (Book 2)

For someone who didn't intend to wreck the solar system's fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it.

While Earth and Mars have stopped shooting each other, the core alliance is shattered. The outer planets and the Belt are uncertain in their new - possibly temporary - autonomy.

Then, on one of Jupiter's moons, a single super-soldier attacks, slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars indiscriminately and reigniting the war. The race is on to discover whether this is the vanguard of an alien army, or if the danger lies closer to home.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1841499919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499918
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The action-packed sequel to James S. A. Corey's Hugo- and Locus-nominated SF debut LEVIATHAN WAKES

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On Jupiter's largest moon, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier.

On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting.

And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.

Once again, Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante find themselves in the eye of the storm. A missing child may hold the key to humanity's survival - but only if they can find her first.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Continues... Brilliantly Well 18 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Perhaps despite myself, I was a huge fan of the first book in this series. No FTL travel? Humanity stuck in the home system? It all just seemed a bit, well... parochial. More 'space soap' than 'space opera'. But then I actually read it and it wasn't parochial at all - it was genius. Believable characters, interesting plot, snappy dialogue, and everything coming together to make a proper sci-fi yarn.

So I was naturally interested to read this follow-up - and it doesn't disappoint. The newer characters are all engaging, the plot is at least as interesting as in the first book, and the quality of the writing is high. It's possible that I enjoyed the first book more, but I think that's only really because the first book was such a surprise find. I read an enormous amount of sci-fi - lots of it less than stellar - but these books are well worth the attention of even the very occasional sci-fi fan.

I actually rather hate the prominence of series in sci-fi - it smacks of a lack of creativity, or of barely masked greed at the expense of creativity. But when it's done well, as it is here, it can be a real pleasure. If I hadn't already started, I might prefer to have waited to start these books until all 3 were out (because I absolutely hate waiting for sequels), but I'd heartily recommend this series to anyone and everyone who likes a good read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read 6 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having picked up the first book on a whim and being absolutely blown away by its wonderful combination of human characters, touches of hard sci-fi (there's very little hand-wavium in any of the technologies throughout) and far-reaching scope, I jumped on this second instalment.

It delivers the same excellent pacing, the same humanity to the characters - their doubts, opinions, weaknesses, strengths, developments - that reminded me of the hugely enjoyable chemistry in Joss Whedon's "Firefly". It's rare that an author has the dedication to stick to newtonian physics throughout without resorting to artificial gravity, but little touches like that keep the universe consistent and grounded in a way that sci-fi can often lose to high concepts or low-brow flash. Also, unstoppable space zombies that may or may not eat planets. What a fantastic combination ^_^

I would strongly recommend this series; it's hugely enjoyable, well crafted and stands out from the Banks and Asimov that I've been reading recently as a gem of unadulterated pleasure.

Can hardly wait for the next in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story I wanted, and the story I didn't... 12 Aug 2013
When I picked up Leviathan Wakes late in the game I knew that the general consensus of the novel was pretty good, that it was a well portrayed near-future science fiction, and that it lived up to the initial hype surrounding it. My opinion was pretty much along those lines too, and I ranked it right up there with the best novels I'd read that year. To say I was eager to read Caliban's War is somewhat of an understatement, but history does have a habit of repeating itself and here I am over a year after its release finally getting around to it. What I found within the pages of Caliban's War is both the story I wanted, and the story I didn't...

Caliban's War is set against the backdrop of the aftermath of events from Leviathan Wakes, and picks up the story a few short months later. With the protomolecule doing all sorts of strange things on Venus, tensions are high between Earth and the outer planets, with fighting breaking out on Ganymede after a horrifyingly familiar creature attacks both sides. As events continue to unfold, the bigger picture of the solar system becomes clearer, though it is far from straight forward.

While Leviathan Wakes focused on two points of view - starship pilot Holden, and detective Miller - this time it's expanded to that of four: Holden; Earth UN politician Avasarala; Ganymede botanist Prax; and Martian marine Bobbie. Holden is the only returning point of view, and his ship and crew are still very much a part of the picture. Of the new viewpoints, Avasarala is my favourite. She's a straight-talking, no-nonsense politician that, perhaps unintentionally, brings a smile to my face when she's on the page, despite the seriousness of the situation. Bobbie is interesting being the sole survivor of the opening attack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Book in the excellent Leviathan Wakes series 24 May 2013
By P. Owen
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Written by the writing "team" under the nom-de-plume of James S. A. Corey the book takes us further into the "Expanse" universe of ancient alien bio-weapons mis-used by humanity for political gain and potentially destroying us all (sociopaths eh!).

This volume introduces the United Nations of Earth and to a lesser extent the Martian Colonies in greater detail (the first book concentrated on the Belt and outer planets polities) and develops the "first contact" and threat of alien tech further - the ending is aweing and sets the scene perfectly for the third book "Abbadon Gates" (June 2013).

The books use a "by character" per chapter viewpoint, not unlike Robert Jordan's Wheel of time - EXCEPT that it is (very) good, with tight storytelling, believable behaviour, every chapter actually having some reason for being there. Difficult book to put down and leaves you wanting more as the first novel did. Keep it up gentlemen.

To everyone else - READ IT! And enjoy,

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a really good read, onto the next one.
Published 21 days ago by MR D F HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I think I read these books years ago but it's all vague. However reading them now is a great experience. Read more
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Published 24 days ago by George Fewster
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely outstanding
A tremendous read from start to finish. Well paced and plotted with highly engaging characters, wrapped in an SF setting that just drips authenticity. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Gordon W McLennan
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoying this more and more
excellent follow up, my favourite i think.
Published 1 month ago by W. Rollason
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read, i loved book one
Awesome read, i loved book one, but book 2 takes it all to the next level.. you will love some of the new characters
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I bought this as a gift for my husband who reads a lot. He actually chose this book after reading the reviews and though it would be an interesting and good book to have. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vindra Kalloo-Migue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Even better than the first book. More tightly editted, even better pacing, superb mystery and action. Loved it.
Published 3 months ago by William Donelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad, but not up to the first book. Seemed to suffer from "second book padding Syndrome".
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