The Expanse

13 books in series
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Leviathan Wakes Summary

Far EastHumanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond.

Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.

©2011 James S. A. Corey (P)2014 Hachette Audio UK
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  • Book 0.1

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  • Book 1

    • Leviathan Wakes

    • The Expanse, Book 1
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636

    Far EastHumanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Work

    • By RG on 24-01-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • Caliban's War

    • Book 2 of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent sequel to Leviathan Wakes

    • By Stephen Amos on 18-08-15

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  • Book 2.5

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  • Book 3

    • Abaddon's Gate

    • Expanse, Book 3
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

    For generations the solar system--Mars, the moon, the asteroid belt--was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another enjoyable romp

    • By T on 08-06-15

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  • Book 3.5

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  • Book 4

    • Cibola Burn

    • Book 4 of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 952
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 949

    The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • dont swap the narrator of the first 3 books!

    • By Scott on 23-05-15

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  • Book 5

    • Nemesis Games

    • Book 5 of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 961
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 905
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 903

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stunning next episode

    • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 10-06-15

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  • Book 5.5

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  • Book 6

    • Babylon's Ashes

    • Book Six of the Expanse
    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 909
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 856
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 857

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great performance

    • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 23-12-16

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  • Book 6.5

    • Strange Dogs

    • By: James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    An action-packed novella from New York Times best-selling science-fiction author James S. A. Corey, set in the world of his Hugo-nominated Expanse series - now a major TV series. Like many before them, Cara and her family ventured through the gates as scientists and researchers, driven to carve out a new life and uncover the endless possibilities of the unexplored alien worlds now within reach. But soon the soldiers followed - and under this new order, Cara makes a discovery that will change everything.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting short story

    • By O.K. on 11-09-17

    Regular price: £4.99

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