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Abaddon's Gate: Book Three of the Expanse series (English Edition)
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Abaddon's Gate: Book Three of the Expanse series (English Edition) [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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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
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"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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not worth the money.... 17 septembre 2013
Par Teafran - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
i had high hopes for this final piece of the trilogy, but it has failed miserably. The whole concept of The Expanse has been stood on its head with new characters that have no personality and no real purpose other than to fill pages of type. The known characters are not what they once were and the plot line is...well obtuse wouldn't be too strong a description.

It is very unfortunate that a great series had ended like this - it deserved much better.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Missed opportunity 27 juin 2013
Par jaguar - Publié sur
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I will not waste words with yet another brief plot summary. You can get that from dozens of other reviews.

I agree with many different reviewers that this chapter of the expanse series missed a golden opportunity -- to bring forward some of the characters from the previous novels, and make the story line more cohesive! Of course, I'm not talking about the main characters such as Holden's crew and Miller, but some of the bits and pieces of the other novels. It had Martian Marines, so why not bring back Bobbie? I absolutely loved the Bobbie character and wanted to see her kick some more ass in this one. Oh well. It had UN politicians, so why not bring back Avarsala? Her conniving and manipulating could have made the story more interesting. They did bring back Sam and her inclusion into the story seems forced, almost an afterthought, like the authors were afraid to make any old characters have big roles, so they threw here a few lines here and there.

One other thing I felt about this novel was that the "conclusion" or "finale" was far too long. It seemed to me that the "end" was about 40% of the novel (as indicated by my Kindle saying I was at about 60% when the stuff began to happen).

I would have to say the first Expanse novel was 5 stars , the 2nd was 4 stars, and this one was 3 stars. I sure hope the next one does not continue this trend downward.
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