A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.
The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets.
The colony ships heading for the 1,000 new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone.
Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun.
As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.
©2016 James S. A. Corey (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group
It's in the top 5, along with four other James S A Corey books.
Above Paul Hoffman, Robert Harris, Frank Herbert, James Clavell, Steven King... you get the idea.
Okay, maybe I was waxing a tad lyrical, after all it's the sixth book in the series. But much like the Rocenante's Epstein drive, this series seems to run on a different sort of gas.
What is notable in this book is that it concerns a real, human nemesis worthy of Holden - Marco Innaros. He is a fantastic villain; perpetrator of deeds that would make Atilla the Hun cough, yet with a warped moral framework that masterfully justifies everything he does. James SA Corey is a genius at shifting the narrative voice to describe though process, without changing the overall feel and pace of the book.
This book also has the best space battles out of the series; I would go as far as to say the most exciting ever written. Wait till the rail gun comes out... You'll understand what I mean.
His voice is now part of my head and I'm going to struggle going to sleep tonight without him.
Hence the lengthy review.
Mays has the rare gift of being able to capture the essence of characters with only the slightest changes of intonation. In a book of this scale, subtlety of delivery is key, and I was really awed by his control of the human voice.
With Earth in ruins, the only thing standing between humanity and a new dark age, is a Martian frigate, its crew... and a rail gun.
I really enjoyed book 6. The plot is expansive and nail biting at times. The book is beautifully read by Jefferson Mays. Thank you for bringing him back again to read it.
Another great installment of the Expanse series. I've been waiting for it for a while now and enjoyed it thoroughly, but sad it's already over. just going to have to wait again now.
Since I discovered Audible I have become addicted. I like my fiction with a twist. I'm a fan of sci-fi and literary fantasy.
I love and adore this series. Not a committed fan of science fiction I have surprised myself by devouring all the books (Cibola Burns I had to read as opposed to listen to tho'). And this one absolutely delivers. I think what attracts me so much to these novels is character development and evolution and a really thoughtful and original plot, as well as a society which echoes political and socio-economic factions that are all around us, I can relate to these people. They might be fighting in spaceships miles above our heads, but they're waging the same sorts of wars. The intense humanness is what keeps me reading, and the great writing of course.
Of course, now that I've watched Season 1 of The Expanse their faces are fixed in my head as the tv characters, but mostly that's ok. Jefferson Mays he is the perfect narrator, every nuance, every tiny inflection comes through.
ps Audible - will you finance re-recording Cibola Burns with Jefferson Mays? Nothing against Erik Davies, it's just that his narration is not as suited to the series as JM, it spoils an otherwise brilliant run of books.
I loved it, very good story, worth listening. I hope the author would write some more of the similar style stories.
i absolutely love this series. Its got amazing characters, a good plot and believable story lines. It's well put together and I can't wait to see where it goes from here!
Another great book in the Expanse series. references past books a fair amount, so helps to have read / listened to them.
A couple of the story lines seem to be the to give more depth but don't add to the plot exactly, hence a 4 out of 5
These books are incredibly well written. It makes you part of the crew of the roci in a way few writers are able to.
"Awesome! Just awesome!"
James S. A. Corey is back and better than ever. The authors are changing their narrative style a little by telling the story from every relevant angle making this a complex but very exciting story! Everything we love about the expanse and a little more.
"This time around the story just stalls"
There are plot holes and the way characters behave is really weird. Nobody appears to be really angry/hurt/traumatised about the attack on earth. That just doesn't make sense. The story went nowhere this time. It feels like the authors are stalling.
I was missing all the ingredients that make The Expanse a great series for me, like a good Holden story (he feels left out this time), great action writing (too sparse) and alien stuff/new worlds/new technologies/mysterie development.
The space battles where OK, Bobby was OK, the Prax and Vandercaust bits where good, but it fails to save the book for me.
He has a nice and consistent voice to listen to, but he's not my favourite. Some of the Belter slang is weird to listen to, it's supposed to sound foreign but the way Jefferson May pronounces them is weird. I didn't recognise the German or Dutch in it for instance. It must have been really hard to do, reading a boring story with characters speaking a self-invented language half of the time.
We got even more Marko this time (the blandest villain character ever), a meek Avasarala (!) and boring details about the struggles of Micio Pa. I would have cut a lot, if not most of it.
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