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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Format: Hardcover
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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By CC Man on 4 Jun. 2015
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Slightly disappointed in this one after thoroughly enjoying the earlier books in the series. Space Opera has a long and hoary past which was brought up to date by the likes of Iain M. Banks and his Culture series. The two authors behind the James S.A. Corey name are a welcome addition to the genre although not as subversive or inventive as the late-lamented Mr Banks. Very much more in the traditions of Space Opera. My problem with this fourth book in the series is probably because much of the action is planet-bound with the main characters James Holden and his spaceship crew much less effective. The mystery of the aliens who created then abandoned the star gates allowing humans to cross the universe is relegated to the background along with the Detective Miller simulacra created by the alien Protomolecule. He's a ghost that only Holden can see and flits in and out of the story. Holden has been called in to adjudicate on the competing claims between independent settlers on a new planet and the corporation that's been awarded development rights. The corporate crew have the guns and hardware but it's a hard-core settler faction that draws first blood in a potential war. Holden is supposed to stop a bloodbath. The plot isn't helped by being broken up into different viewpoints of the different characters. That worked in the previous books but seemed to drag here. Overall, the impression is more of a contract-filler novel than a further development of the series.
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