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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356504166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356504162
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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The explosive fourth novel in James S. A. Corey's Expanse space opera series, which began with the critically acclaimed Leviathan Wakes

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James S. A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham, author of the critically acclaimed Long Price Quartet, and writer Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Wise on 5 Aug. 2014
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DYNAMIC duo Corey’s sci-fi supernova of a series continues with this, the fourth Expanse novel. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the previous three as the characters are delivered afresh with energy.

Interplanetary frontiersmen are in a dash to colonise new worlds and unlock their riches. The story centres on the planet Illus, stuffed with lithium, which has been claimed by a bunch of miners in the teeth of the intergalactic corporation which owns the rights to strip the place.

Battle-hardened squatters versus stop-at-nothing business greed, it’s all set to kick off. Enter James Holden and the crew of The Rocinante to keep the peace…but there’s something not quite right about the mission. There’s big politics going on somewhere, a theme throughout all the books in the Expanse series.

With Alastair Reynolds scale settings and Golden Age gung-ho, this is energetic and thoroughly satisfying space opera.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Wright on 11 Jun. 2014
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Good to meet Holden's team and Miller again and also some interesting new characters and a really great story, starting where book 3 left off. I found myself really looking forward to reading this each evening, and it was really gripping, although the villain lacked a bit of definition as he was really all bad.

Interesting exploration of the politics involved in exploring new planets - who has the authority, those who got there first or powerful corporates? And also a reminder of the unknown dangers of alien biology. A satisfying read with a solid ending and the promise of something new.

Frustrated that this has finished and looking forward to book 5 if there is one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paysan on 25 Jun. 2014
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This fourth novel is true to its predecessors. Some new characters, some old and half-forgotten ones. Excellent twists and turns in plot. My only disappointment is that Chrisjen isn't in it more but as she"d say, "all I hear is Miao, miao, cry, miao, miao". Great job, Coreys. Keep it up.
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I think it's best to put spoiler warnings up in advance as while my comments won't spoil this book it's near impossible to discuss it without spoiling earlier instalments. So there's you warning.
The events at the end of the last book mean the series has been turned on its head. Up until now the series was about humankind surviving in our solar system but with the gates there are now earth-like planets to colonise creating a new age of discovery/gold rush. Things go wrong literally right out the gate with "squatters" colonising a planet already claimed by an interplanetary conglomerate. So what could have been a "first landing" story quickly becomes a conflict between two factions. It's interesting to see how the two sides are portrayed as both act unreasonably and not everyone within a faction is on the same page. The only downside to this is that the aspect I found most interesting - that of studying the alien ecosystem is buried under the conflict. Which is a shame.
The characters bring different viewpoints although I never really warmed to Basia. Havelock started out as appearing 1 dimensional but developed into the most interesting character overall. Typically of Daniel Abraham is the fact the most interesting character is a non- POV one and also the villain.
I think this book will divide fans as it is very different from the rest of the series.
I felt the ending was resolved a bit too easily and the constant disasters on the planet was a bit of overkill for me.
I hope they go back more to the solar-based story rather than exclusively focusing on new worlds from now on though. The change was probably required to keep the series interesting and hints about the new book suggest we'll be seeing the political ramifications of the gate-system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Clare on 25 Jun. 2014
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Struggling to understand the negative reviews for this book. Overall very entertaining with good mixture of characters. Would definitely recommend.
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This series just goes from strength to strength - presenting a believable sci-fi world that's a mix of optimistic futurism and depressingly familiar realpolitik and then smashing it with a series of ever-escalating crises. It's a compelling and fairly unique mix of space opera and serious science-fiction that manages to feel relatively gritty and believable while also being tense and exciting.

Of course if you want slow, methodical serious sci-fi, or pulpy Star Wars blaster battles you're going to be disappointed - but if the idea of something somewhere in-between sounds good, this is exactly what you're looking for.

If you're already familiar with the series, and you're wondering if this book lives up to what's gone before: it does. The stakes may not be as high as in previous volumes, but it's an arguably more human crisis and manages to move the overall story forwards in a way that's measured and believable, but left me exciting to read the next book. Great stuff.
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Another excellent edition in the Expanse series. I've torn through these 4 books, and am eagerly awaiting the review of the 5th.

The fourth instalment continues what is for me one of the great things about this series - the formula of keeping core strengths that work, and adding completely different situations - all the books have felt different, but familiar.

In particular, the core is Holden, with Naomi and the crew on the Rocinante. Holden is the main point of view character, but spends little time on the ship. The new point of view characters are also compelling, and great to see the return of a character from the first series.

Putting the characters in a different situation with different challenges works yet again, and the gradual opening up of the Expanse universe is great, the authors have done a great job building this up realistically.

In summary, an excellent, enjoyable read.
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