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Abaddon's Gate: Book 3 of the Expanse [Format Kindle]

James S. A. Corey
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"A politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner.... Corey perfectly balances character development with action... series fans will find this installment the best yet."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Riveting interplanetary thriller."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Leviathan Wakes

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro. So where's the second book?"―George R.R. Martin

"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."―Charlie Stross on Leviathan Wakes

"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one."―Jo Walton, author of Farthing on Leviathan Wakes

"It gnaws at your soul."―Sun on Leviathan Wakes

"High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce, this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended."―Library Journal on Abaddon's Gate (starred review)

"Politics, philosophical ideals, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise."―Publisher's Weekly on Abaddon's Gate (Starred Review)

"Literary space opera at its absolute best."―

"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow."―Washington Post

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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. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent story marred only by inconsistent pace. 28 décembre 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books’ simple classic, wittily operatic style and couldn’t wait for more of the same from this third volume of the Expanse series. What was the protomolecule artefact from Venus going to do? What is the purpose of the enigmatic reanimated Miller? What splendid scrapes would Holden and his stalwart crew get out of by the skin of their teeth? The anticipation was almost too much to bear but I patiently finished my last book before diving in.

This over-egged anticipation was, however, a little misfounded. This story focuses on the various human factions as they race to the strange ring built by the protomolecule and vie to become the first to metaphorically plant their flag. The chapters featuring Holden and his crew are, as ever, superb but it all rather grinds to a halt with the ship-load of ecumenical types trying to shoe-horn God into a multi-species universe – a sure fire winner for killing a bit of sci-fi stone dead. The Melba/Clarissa single-minded revenge thread adds a bit of spice as do the Bull segments but the chapter per character structure, which usually keeps the pace bowling along and the tension building, sags more than a little with each Anna segment. Unlike the other two books, this feels like a book written by two people.

I do, however, like the thought given to the names of ships; as well as being the name of the ship in Rush’s excellent Sygnus X1, Holden’s Rocinante is the name of Don Quixote’s skinny horse; the ultimate futility of aristocracy (in this case plutocracy) is nicely echoed in Melba / Clarissa Mao’s ship the Cerisier (aka The Cherry Orchard); and the naming of the religious ship ‘Prince’ is a wickedly appropriate allusion to Machiavelli’s most famous work.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 22 septembre 2014
Par Filiep
Great book for the Scifi loving reader. Although you should start with the beginning of this 'Expanse' series (Leviathan Wakes and Calibans war) to get the best out of it. It's a series worth reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The third novel of The Expanse 4 juin 2013
Par TChris - Publié sur
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The protomolecule, once confined to Venus, has managed to launch a self-assembling Ring that sits outside the orbit of Uranus. Anything that tries to fly through the middle of the Ring comes to an immediate stop before it begins a slow motion trip in a different direction, leading to the conclusion that the ring is some sort of gate. Representatives of Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets all converge on the Ring, as do Jim Holden and his crew. Although Holden would prefer not to investigate the protomolecule's latest actions, he's given no choice. Of course, from the moment the Ring is introduced, the reader knows that Holden will fly through it.

As you would expect, Holden and his crew (Naomi, Alex, and Amos) return in this third novel of The Expanse. As you might not expect, so does Josephus Miller, who is back from the dead. Or maybe it's not Miller, but something Miller-like is a key character again. Speaking of the dead, Julie Mao is echoed in her sister Clarissa, now known as Melba Koh. She blames Holden for Julie's death (or transformation) and she's devised a cunning plan to obtain revenge. None of this will make the slightest bit of sense unless you've read Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, which I would urge any fun-seeking fan of science fiction to do. You could probably understand and enjoy Abaddon's Gate without reading the first two novels, but you'd be missing sooooo much context that it would be a mistake.

Other significant characters (some new, some returning from earlier books) include: Anna Volovodov, a member of the clergy who joins a UN advisory group on a mission to the Ring; Carlos Baca, a/k/a Bull, the untrusted security chief from Earth on a converted generation ship named Behemoth that belongs to the Outer Planets; Sam Rosenberg, Behemoth's chief engineer; Clarissa's wealthy aunt, Tilly Fagan; and Monica Stuart, a journalist who accompanies Holden and his crew, documenting their response to the Ring.

As they proved in the first two books, the writing team known as James S.A. Corey knows how to tell a fast-moving story that mixes humor with drama. This time, Holden is up against a space station that makes the Death Star look like a slingshot, as well as the usual array of humans who would like to jettison him out an airlock. While the action is never shortchanged (there's enough to satisfy the most ardent space opera fan), the novels are so good because the writers bring the story back to the people who are affected by it. The writers have a keen understanding of human nature and a remarkable ability to translate that understanding into emotionally complex, fully formed characters. Holden, in particular, changes a bit in every novel. This time, having lost his self-righteousness, he struggles against "creeping nihilism" and tries to recapture a sense of purpose.

Heroism and self-sacrifice have been consistent themes in The Expanse, and that remains true in Abaddon's Gate. Unlikely heroes have always emerged in these novels, and one of the new characters might be the unlikeliest of them all. As one of the minor characters notes, heroism is what happens when people don't think about the consequences of their actions. As another character demonstrates, the same is true of people who commit evil acts. Circumstances often dictate heroism, just as they dictate villainy, a subtle point that Abaddon's Gate illustrates brilliantly.

The writing is strikingly visual. Reading the Corey novels is like watching an extraordinarily detailed movie. Like the other novels in The Expanse, Abaddon's Gate delivers what fans want from space opera -- furious interstellar action, a sense of wonder and awe -- but it does more than that. The addition of a clergy member to the story invites discussions of philosophy -- not dry sermons or religious musings, but meaningful thought about forgiveness and the possibility of redemption and the benefit of using persuasion, rather than violence, to achieve just ends (themes that are present in each novel, but sharpened in focus in Abaddon's Gate). The novel is funny and exciting and moving and, on occasion, it comes close enough to being profound to set it apart from the vast majority of space opera.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Letdown after the buildup of the first two books 21 juin 2013
Par Michael - Publié sur
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Although I enjoyed both Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse) and Caliban's War (The Expanse), I wasn't quite as impressed by Abaddon's Gate. The book is very readable and moves along at a decent pace. The problem is that the sense of wonder, awe, and fear from the first two books is completely absent in this outing.

In Leviathan's Wake, the authors created an interesting setting with mankind spread about the solar system. There was political tension, personal struggles, and an awesomely terrifying protomolecule on the rampage. I was enchanted by Detective Miller's redemptive quest and grew attached to Holden and his crew. The novel built to a horrifying climax but humanity was saved by heroic sacrifice. Epic stuff and massively entertaining. The book was pretty much the epitome of "show, don't tell" as we're given an up close and intimate ride through the plot.

In Caliban's War, the series lost a bit of focus by expanding the number of viewpoints but the new characters were interesting (especially the caustic Chrisjen Avasarala.) The tension was ratcheted up as once again the corporations attempt to bend the protomolecule to their will and things go spectacularly wrong. Holden and company are right in the thick of things. Add in a shooting war and the sudden appearance of the artifact from Venus and the novel's roller-coaster ride ends on an ominous note. Great stuff and a page turner that I knocked out in two days.

*** mild spoilers ***

Then, we get to Abaddon's Gate. It starts promisingly with events pushing Holden and crew along with multiple (semi-hostile) fleets together into alien space, a bizarre alien artifact that bends the very laws of physics, and a handful of new characters (the only standout being Bull) with their own agendas and concerns. Where the first two books deftly combined alien machinations, mega-corporation intrigue, and personal struggles against a backdrop of interplanetary political struggles, Abbadon's Gate largely abandons that in favor of a much smaller story that takes place mostly on a single ship.

A daughter of one of the megacorp's executives is out for revenge - right up until she has an epiphany about the futility of hating Holden and about how she was really hating herself. Or Daddy. Or something. Whatever, didn't stop her from joining up with the next set of bad guys she runs into. Honestly, what the heck was with that entire character arc?

A priest joins the expedition because she's interested in how the Gate/Ring tie into the greater framework of His plans. Oh, that and she apparently exists to be there to teach Melba about forgiveness and redemption.

To make matters worse, most of the Roci's crew are sidelined for the bulk of the story. The Roci itself is, effectively, absent from the story. Holden, although present, is a shadow of his former self both in terms of the vibrancy of his character and his effective role in the plot. Worse, it feels that he is present mostly as a conduit for an info dump explaining the purpose of the artifact. At the end of the book, River Tam... uh, I mean Melba finds a new home and place in the universe and we'll apparently be seeing more of her in future sequels.

Despite being an easy read due to the author's writing style, it's an ultimately empty experience that serves as a placeholder for the next book which will presumably see mankind head out into the stars. Hopefully there the series will recapture what made it so awesome to begin with.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great series rolls on, but shows signs of expansion 5 juin 2013
Par Indy Reviewer - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
"Abaddon's Gate" by the writing team of James S. A. Corey continues the Expanse series in page turning fashion with action galore. The book isn't quite as sharp as the first two as the expansion on-the-fly of the series weighs a bit on the plot and structure. Still, a fun summer read. 4 stars.

It's hard to find good modern space opera - likely since most people who are capable of writing it probably end up doing screenplays instead as the payoff is far more lucrative - but Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck really brought a breath of fresh air to the genre with Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War. Their mix of modern characters, reasonable science along with the fiction, plentiful action, and multiple plot twists resulted in two very good books and the expansion by the publisher of what was supposed to be a trilogy into a six book saga.

As "Abbadon's Gate" starts, all three major powers are at a standoff as to how to deal with the events of the cliffhanger ending of Caliban's War, where the original threat of the protomolecule has evolved into something larger - the gate of the book's title. Meanwhile, James Holden is still haunted by another cliffhanger, who turns out to be not just non-corporeal but nonsensical, and is generally enjoying life. However, the political events of the first two books inspire a conspiracy to jolt both the powers and Holden out of their complacency and deal with all the Gate represents, and the book takes off from there.

It's hard to provide commentary on a page turner like this without ruining things, but there are a few points. A bunch of major characters in the first two books don't appear in this one, and the vast majority of the action has the main protagonists of the Rocinante involved but off to the side. Most of the newer characters are generally well written and their stories interesting, but a couple of the supporting cast arcs aren't as well done. One major plot twist that sets up the last third of the book seems slightly forced as well, and overall the book doesn't feel as tight as the first two in the series.

All this fits with the series being expanded on-the-fly by the publisher, where what was originally supposed to be a conclusion ends up being a middle book. It's not badly done by any means and this is a still a fun read, but it just feels like the two authors bolted on a bunch of material onto what would have been the previous ending to the series in a way that would allow more books.

Still, it's a great summer read, and the best news is that the new characters and expansion of the storyline here means that the sequels should be fun too. Definitely should read the first two books before this, though. 4 stars.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Series never lived up to Leviathan Wakes 29 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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Let me start by saying that Leviathan Wakes (the first book in the series), and that the writing team that is James S.A. Corey hasn't lost the ability to craft strong characters and produce excellent scenes.

With that being said, Abaddon's Gate (and to a lesser degree Caliban's War) failed to live up to the potential of Leviathan. The end of the first book left so many questions, so many mysteries surrounding the protomolecule, its origin, and purpose, that I couldn't wait to read more, and there was a core group of characters that the reader had gotten to know and love ready to find some answers.

Then came Caliban's War. Good book, and it introduced the best character in the series with Avasarala, but the plot was a side show to the real story (whatever was going on down on Venus). There was even dialogue to the effect of "You know, this Mars-Earth conflict is distracting us from the real threat. Oh well, let's keep fighting each other". So the reader got another nearly 600 pages of space-faring governments blundering into an obviously orchestrated war, developing characters we pretty much already knew and understood. Oh well, it was well written, and the additional characters were interesting enough, and with that ring thing at the end, surely there will be some answers in the next book.

And finally we get to Abaddon's gate. Again, we get close to 600 pages bouncing around between characters. Again, we get no real answers. Unfortunately, this time the added characters were detrimental to the story. Bull (whatever his real name was) ended up being pretty solid. The problem was with Anna, who was some kind of pastor/fountain of folksy wisdom/luckiest person alive(seriously, she survived through sheer, dumb luck). Every time she opened her mouth, the book stopped dead while the authors lectured the reader on their religious and social views, and about mankind's place in the universe. It felt like nails on a chalkboard whenever the walking caricature of love, tolerance, and empathy that was Anna opened her mouth. I actually agree with a lot of the points the author team was trying to make, but I still felt insulted.

Ugh. I really hated that character.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow, that was a huge letdown 13 décembre 2013
Par Dark Jedi - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I do not think I have read a book series before which have gone from really great to really disappointing in one go like this one just did. There is nothing wrong with the writing itself. It is as good as before. It is the content, the story itself, which is simply disappointing as far as I am concerned.

Apart from Holden and his crew all the nice characters from the previous book like Bobby and the likable bitch Avasarala. The new ones introduced are nowhere near those that we lost in terms of interest and often downright annoying. Miller was brought back but he is not really the old Miller, not surprisingly, and more of a tool than an interesting character.

I was hoping that we would get more into the mystery of the protomolecule device and of course it plays an important part in the story but more as a piece of background or a prop than the centerpiece that I hoped it would. The events in the book are, at least initially, driven by a crazy and fanatical relative to the bad guy Mao from the previous book and who wants to both kill and discredit Holden for revenge. I was not too crazy about that from the start. Once her plan get going things goes bad rather quickly.

As if this revenge business was not bad enough the author drags in a useless as well as volatile and half-crazy captain, appointed for pretty much nothing but political reasons, and a whole bunch of more or less fanatical religious people. The latter was really dragging down the book for me.

Unfortunately the religious fanatics play a big role in the events in the latter half of the book and, not surprisingly, they cause things to go from bad to worse. Even the good ones of these priests and clerics is really ruining the book with their constant nonsensical preaching about how there were still some good in person x and person y etc. etc. and how we should try and talk to him instead of using violence. The maniac(s) were on the verge of, possibly, exterminating the human race for Christ sake! Just push the f-ckers out of a bloody airlock and be done with it.

I have to say that I am probably not really capable of giving a un-biased, possibly not even a fair, review of this book since I am so disappointed with it given how much I liked the previous ones. It is a well written book. Those of you who liked the previous ones should probably have a go at this one as well. I did not like it but that is because of personal taste.
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