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Summary

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees.

The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price. And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

©2015 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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

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Stunning next episode

As usual a great plot and wonderful characters. Great to learn more about the back story of our core team and in such an unusual way. Thank you for bringing back Jefferson Mays as the narrator.

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Space Opera At Its best!

Wow! what can I say! Just finished reading James S.A Corey's fifth
instalment of his Expanse series of books and I believe this is his best
book yet. Now, that's a pretty weighty statement in light of his first three
books. Granted, his fourth part of this series wasn't quite up to his
incredible ability to tell a ripping yarn but on balance Corey sets a very
high bar and so for those who have read his other books in this series I think
my assertion that this could well be the best to date is an indicator of the
quality and fantastic story-writing skills that is Nemesis Games.

Although this is Corey's fifth book in his Expanse series, it is by no means
the last. There is just so much scope for further books that Corey has an ever expanding canvas from which to work with. As with his previous parts to this series, we are left with a tantalizing and somewhat unexpected cliff-hanger that has left me chomping at the bit for the next book. I was fortunate enough to have picked up on Corey's work late enough to have all first five parts of this series available and so no waiting time for the next one. Now, though I'll have to wait quite a while.

Corey brings together all the characters from previous stories such as the Martian marine Roberta Draper, the cranky under secretary Avrasarila and even Clarissa Mau and weaves them into this story and pulls them all together in a very satisfying way like an old friends reunion but is integral to the unfolding plot. Nemesis Games also expands some of the core characters back stories and provides interesting insights into their lives before joining up with Holden.

This book also sees a welcome return to the job of narration by Jefferson Mays with his smooth and flowing style that is flawless and competent in its delivery.

Nemesis Games is up there with the very best of any authors work in the genre I've read and Corey has raised the bar yet again with this absorbing and riveting read.

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best of the series

hallelujah, welcome back Jefferson Mays! great performance, gripping plot, and a welcome shift in pattern to previous instalments.

can't wait for the next one!

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Great sci-fi adventure!

Real page turning action, more depth into favorite characters and epic story progression. Great work from the reader too, like watching the best blockbuster in your head!

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Copyright ending spoiled the experience.

You know how people tend to remember the beginning and end.

I can't talk about the beginning. but for the end, and thus my lingering experience of the book, the only feeling left is the copyright statement.

what a terrible way to end a book.

reading that at the end sounds like I was committing a crime.

I bet those who pirate the book won't hear that but us who do pay for it get this reprimand.

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The Fifth Expanse Novel

This is the First Expanse Novel I’ve listened to on audible, it starts just a little after the 4th prime series finishes, and it’s really really good. The characterisation and interlacing of story threads is masterly. The voice artist is easy to listen to and captures the individual characters and jargon very well.
I will be buying the next.

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Exceptional book and fabulous narration

Once again, great writing and great narration work hand in hand to deliver superb results.

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3 days

I usually take a good while to listen to an entire book, this one only took 3 days. I had done most of it in the first and last 4 hours split over the last 2 days. its definitely one of my favourites. the characters get so much depth and yet again for the fifth time I've reviewed these. jefferson mays does an incredible job narrating the book. Time to buy more credits to get the rest of the series.

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Amazing

As someone who went to books after finishing the show I wondered how the book would play out because of one memorable scene in the adaptation.
Loved every second of it. It had a slower start but it escalated quickly. Can't wait to continue with the next one.

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Better than the tv series at the tedious parts

It is worth “reading” after watching the series as I did- because it gives more depth and has much more fun in the comic reload moments. To say it’s well written is an easy Nader statement. Thoroughly enjoyable. Neeeeext.

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  • Raphael Huber
  • 06-08-17

Enjoyable SciFi, recommendable, with faults

If you are into the expanse franchise this is still worth to listen to or read. It's great to be on the Roci with the crew and I really enjoyed it.

However this and the following book (Babylons Ashes) have really one big problem in their story.
--- VERY SMALL SPOILER - basically none at all ---

Something terrible happens, some bad guys do it, and even though it is very very terrible they still have the support from most of the fraction of humanity they belong to. Given the gravity of what happened it is not credible at all that they would have that support. Or not without at least a generation of brainwashing and isolation from facts. But that didn't happen.

It's really quite bad that the story kinda relies on the people being fine with that bad thing, so very often in that story I just got annoyed because of this. It's just not credible without assuming the that all the normal people are being extremely stupid, bad or downright sociopaths. And stories that rely on people, a whole fraction of humanity even, being stupid or bad really aren't well thought out.

Nevertheless: Enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-22

Mediocre for this series

Narrator was fine.

Story was mediocre, for this series at least.

Guess it's just there to tie up the story and throw out new plot lines.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-22

Great book, poor audio quality

incredibly poor audio quality. Did not expect this poor of a product on audible. Book is stil great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-22

fantastic

This narrator deserves an oscar... seriously! fantastic series, fantastic writing, you cant go wrong! a definit good choice!

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  • Matthew
  • 10-06-21

Best so far!

I like them all, but if book 4 was the least exciting. This was certainly the best one so far.

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  • Emil
  • 06-05-21

Good book and narrator, terrible recording

Audible needs to have this remastered or something. There is an issue with the quality of both high and normal quality recordings of this book.
The story and narration are great and this book fleshed out the backstories of the crew very well.

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  • Max
  • 19-02-21

Best book so far, lookin forward to the next one

Such a shame season 5 got gutted as much as it did. This is my favorite book so far

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  • Henri
  • 30-01-20

A step throught the living world of Expanse

Everything continues forward beatifully and naturally as the character do their best to make do with what they have.

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  • Rasmus
  • 09-10-19

Nope

Major Spoiler!

So you're telling me in a world where we have fusion drives, gauss cannons and extremely advanved detection techniques that painting a rock and slapping a rocket on it is enough to destroy the earth? It's so stupid it tainted everything about the series. I finished the book and started the sequel but that one plot point is so unfathomably stupid I can't enjoy the books anymore.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-19

Feels like a filler gap between interesting events

Spends way too much time talking about irrelevant things to the story and world development, the Naomi chapters are the the worst offender at this.

Very sol focused without the depth or mystery or exploration of humanity that previous books indulged into.

And while it spends many chapters in small irrelevant happenings, it glosses over big significant events including the biggest disaster in humanity's history like they dont matter much from a storytelling perspective leaving many aspects completely unexplained and without an actual motive.

Additionally I don't like that the story seems to ignore the alien's arch completely.

Narrator did a great job and the writing itself while annoying at times when it goes over the top in belter accents, is mostly solid.

This felt like the obligatory filler episode before a big budget episode where big things happen. I hope that impression turns out true.