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Cibola Burn: Book 4 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 on Abaddon's Gate)

"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 on Leviathan Wakes)

"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton." (Charles Stross 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)

"Literary space opera at its absolute best." (io9.com on Abaddon's Gate)

"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow." (Washington Post on Abaddon's Gate)

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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world.



James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.



And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilisation which once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed them.



Cibola Burn
is the exhilarating fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the best of the serie....so far 9 août 2014
Par marco
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Corey is SF with humanity, real characters with such intensity you have to feel something for them. This book is probably the best so far of the expense serie
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 On a envie que ça continue 6 septembre 2014
Par Kimono
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
J'ai trouvé le quatrième bien fait même si quelquefois la description de l'univers est un peu confuse.
Je vais attendre la suite
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A transition novel that disappoints a bit 24 juin 2014
Par Todd S - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Previous books in the series have established a future in which the solar system has been claimed by three factions, but the stars are out of reach. The Expanse has done space opera right with touches of Aliens and Chinatown thrown in for flavor. However, much of the momentum created by the preceding novels has been wasted just as the universe has opened up.

Mild Spoilers: The initial setup of squatters versus corporation does a great job of pitting two equally grey groups against each other. Daniel Abraham (one half of James Corey) has always excelled at characters that are understandable despite their awful choices. Yet, the introduction of a stereotypical, mustache-twirling villain in the form of a security chief destroys this balance. The unnecessary escalation of violence followed by random dangers (storms, slugs, and algae) just feels sloppy. None of the new characters add much and the female character who essentially "just needs to get laid" is a bit offensive. The ending is compressed and rushed. Further, the lack of consequences to characters despite the constant cataclysmic events robs much of the tension.
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Don't take my criticism to mean that you shouldn't read the book. I still highly recommend the series and look forward to the next entry, but I hope things pick up. The series is best when the characters aren't confined to a single planet.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Excellent Work Continues, But This Is More Of A Transitional Novel 19 juin 2014
Par Jeffrey Frank - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Put this on your "to read" list if you have enjoyed any of the earlier novels. Put this on your "must read" list if you loved Abaddon's Gate. This novel is like a workhorse episode of one of your favorite science fiction TV shows (not the one that hooked you, but one of the middle ones you really liked), and it shows that James S.A. Corey can tackle this universe from the smallest to the largest scale.

This novel still gets 5 stars in my book, because compared to other science fiction series it is one of the only ones left that I would still buy just knowing that it is by a particular author.

Pros:
- Masterfully remixes plot and character elements from the series, especially Abaddon's Gate
- Sets the series up for more stunning political & economic challenges that have always been a key part of what makes these books great
- Maintains a fantastic sense of suspense, excitement, and wonder while feeling remarkably grounded - one of the best elements of this series is how if feels meticulously attentive to detail and how it hews to most hard science fiction conventions before adding one major improbable element to the mix just to see what happens.

Cons:
- Core / returning characters who are better together are split for long parts of the novel
- Only around half of the key characters introduced in this book really seem to earn their major actions later in the novel, so there are a lot of moments where readers could justifiably ask why they do what they do
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Cibola Burn is incredibly suspenseful and exciting (like a really good Western!) 17 juillet 2014
Par Mad Professah - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The fourth book in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn, was released on June 17, 2014 and I devoured it in three days. Things are going well for Corey right now as earlier this year it was announced that SyFy has decided to make a television series out of The Expanse books, ordering a first season of 10 episodes, describing it as their "most ambitious" series and "Game of Thrones in space." Then, just a few weeks after Book 4 (Cibola Burn) of the series was published, they learned that Book 3 (Abaddon's Gate) won the prestigious Locus Award for Best Science Fiction. Other books that have won the Locus award include classics of the genre like Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov, Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis and 3 of the 4 books in the Hyperion cantos by Dan Simmons. Great company! As you can see from my review, Abaddon's Gate is a really good book, but the truth is that Cibola Burn is possibly even better!

Abaddon's Gate is like a roller-coaster, a thrilling ride that ends with an "oh ****!" sequence that completely upends the set of rules we thought the Universe was abiding by, opening up the story to dizzying set of possibilities. Cibola Burn is not as "big" a story as Abaddon's Gate, but it is even more suspenseful (which I did not even think was possible). Cibola Burn is really more like a very good Western. After the events of the previous book (*spoiler alert*), there are now thousands of star systems, with who knows how many habitable planets, for humanity to expand to. So, basically there is a land rush on, and Cibola Burn is set on Ilus, one of the first planets that has been colonized by former Belters (people who were born and raised in space, in the Asteroid Belts). However, a mega-corporation named Royal Charter Energy who gets a charter from the United Nations to explore the planet (which they call New Terra) and its resources (especially it's very import lithium deposits). But by the time the RCE ship gets there, Belter colonists have been there for more than a year and someone plants a bomb and destroys the landing pad, damaging the main shuttle, killing the official UN representative (and most importantly) preventing RCE from getting a secure foothold on the planet.

Because even the fastest ship would take the better part of a year or more to get to the planet (and even signals from Earth take several hours to be transmitted), the humans are on their own trying to settle what is essentially a property dispute in a jurisdiction where the rules are "TBD." This is basically a wild, wild west scenario. So, how will humans in the future advanced civilization deal with an uncivilized situation rife with conflict?

This is the powder keg that Corey has set up as the primary explosive force behind the plot developments. For the first time in the series, the entire book basically deals with problems pertaining to one planetary system. Although there's also a bunch of new characters, the people we have been following for four books: James Holden (captain of Rocinante), his lover (and Rocinante executive officer) Naomi Nagata, pilot Alex Kamal and chief engineer Amos Burton return and we get to learn a lot more about them. My favorite character in the series, Chrisjen Avarasala (the profane grandmother who basically is the most powerful person on Earth), has a too-brief cameo in the Epilogue chapter along with Bobbie Draper, the huge female Marine who is so important in Caliban's War.

In addition to these characters, there are new people in the story who we get point-of-view chapters from: Basia (a Belter colonist on Ilus who is a father of two teenagers a bit over his head), Elvi (a Earther scientist who is sent by RCE to investigate alien life on the planet and finds herself the subject of one of her own experiments) and Havelock (an Earther who is working in the security department on the RCE ship and has appeared in previous books in the series in more limited fashion). Of these my favorite was Elvi (demonstrating once again that the all-male duo that is James Corey can fully realize female characters with the best of them!) However, the most memorable new character is the villainous Adolphus Murtry, the chief of security on the RCE ship and who turns out to be a psychopath).

Amazingly, Holden is sent to Ilus to serve as a United Nations representative to mediate between two groups of people who feel like they can basically justify any action if it leads to their desired result of control over this new planet. Since we know from the first three books in the series that Holden is pretty headstrong himself (and diplomacy is not his strong suit) it should not come as a surprise that the situation on Ilus/New Terra (the warring factions can't even agree what to call it) goes from bad to worse. And then the crazy alien stuff starts happening.

In my opinion, Cibola Burn is the best story in the series so far. It is incredibly suspenseful and exciting. However, in terms of the overall Expanse series there is not much development in answering some of the larger questions of the series (except one very big event that happens towards the end of the book that I will not spoil for you here except to say that it involves the protomolecule from Leviathan Wakes) and that is somewhat disappointing but frankly I was so gripped by the overall story that I absolutely devoured the book (which is not small) in roughly two days of reading.

The only bad thing about finishing this book so quickly is now I have to wait almost an entire year until Book 5 comes out. But I am cheered by the news that the series has been expanded from the original trilogy to nine books. Let's hope the SyFy television series will be as successful!

Title: Cibola Burn.
Author: James S.A. Corey.
Paperback: 592 pages.
Publisher: Orbit.
Date Published: June 17, 2014.
Date Read: June 20, 2014.

OVERALL GRADE: A/A- (3.83/4.0).

PLOT: A.
IMAGERY: A-.
IMPACT: A-.
WRITING: A.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 one of the best series going now 1 septembre 2014
Par B. Capossere - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
In my review of the third EXPANSE novel from James S.A. Corey (actually a collaborative effort from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), I said this:

How did Corey do, based on strengths I highlighted in reviews of the first two books?
• fluid prose: check
• likable characters: check
• mostly strong characterization: check
• humor that runs throughout: check
• nice balance of shoot-em-up action, political fighting, and personal conflicts: check, check, and check
• quick pace that had me knock of a 500+ page book in a single setting: check
• a feel (in a good way) of old-time sci-fi along the likes of Heinlein or Asimov: check
• a ratcheting up of tension and stakes: check and check
• a sense of risk thanks to not all the characters making it to the end? check
• an ending with both some resolution and an opening up that will leave you waiting for the next one? Check and damn-you-check

These guys are so consistent, I could probably already review book four by just cutting and pasting the above and changing the title. (Hmmm, note to self… )

Well book four, Cibola Burn, is now out and well, you’ll note I’ve cut and pasted the above. So I’m done here. See you at book five.

Um, OK. Turns out Kat, Queen of our domain (really, she registered the domain name using “Queen”), says I cannot just cut and paste old reviews on here. Something about contract, signed in blood, first-born, yada yada yada. So let me say a few more things about Cibola Burn (warning, doing so necessitates some spoilage of books 1-3, so if you care about that sort of thing and haven’t read those, come back after you’ve done so. Also, I’m not going to bother explaining acronyms, etc. on the assumption you’ve already read those first novels)

At the end of Abaddon’s Gate, humanity had discovered the alien gateway to thousands of other systems. Cibola Burn opens up a few years later, just as the first explorations are beginning. Or so it was thought. But when the properly UN-Sanctioned RCE charter ship arrives with some corporate interests looking to mine the planet’s lithium and also bringing along a bevy of drooling scientists who can’t wait to get their (properly sterilized) hands on the first pristine biosphere of an Earth-like planet, a group of Belters has already squatted on the planet and begun mining operations. Fearing eviction, an adamant group of “Hell no, we won’t go” settlers plan to blow up the one landing pad on the planet so the RCE ship can’t, well, land. But since that happens in the first 15 pages of a 600-page novel, one might imagine things go awry. Soon, the settlers and the RCE are in an all-out shooting war (Imagine homesteaders and cattle barons) and the big guns back in Sol system decide to send in our main protagonist from books one through three— Holden, captain of the Rocinante— as mediator:. Why? Because:
At the beginning of the war between Mars and the Belt, he had been the most important man in the solar system, and the celebrity, while it had waxed and waned over the years, had never gone away. James Holden was an icon. For some, he was the symbol of the triumph of the single ship over governments and corporations. For others, he was an agent of chaos who started wars and threatened stability in the name of ideological purity. But whatever people thought he meant, there was no question that he was important. He was the man who’d saved Earth from the protomolecule. He was the man who’d brought down Mao-Kwikowski. Who’d made first contact with the alien artifact and opened the gates that led to a thousand different worlds.

When Holden arrives, not only does he have to deal with the tensions between the settlers and the RCE, exacerbated by the murder-is-fine extremists in the settler resistance group and the psychopathic murder-is-fun security chief (Murtry) of the RCE, but it turns out that
a) an “Earth-like” planet is just that, only like Earth, and this one has lots of non-Earthy things that can kill you, blind you, or leave very large welts and
b) the dead alien technology on the planet isn’t actually dead, it’s only been sleeping (or stunned or pining for the fjords) and is now waking up and
c) those far, far more advanced aliens that built said technology were apparently knocked off by something even more advanced (or at least nastier). Or, as one character puts it: “You think somebody built those towers and structures and then just left? This whole planet is a murder scene. An empty apartment with warm food on the table and the clothes still in the closets. This is some Croatoan s***.”

So either in the course of the aforementioned events, or in the course of trying to stop the aforementioned events, things explode, a bunch of people shoot at/get shot by a bunch of other people, more things explode, prisoners are taken, slugs get hunted, people have sex, doctors race against time, prison breaks are attempted, engineers race against time, dead people show up to offer advice, bigger things explode, and Holden keeps repeating, “We have got to get off this planet.” (though things aren’t so great in orbit above the planet either).

It’s all a lot of fun. And often funny as well; I laughed aloud many times at the often wry dialogue. The action does take a while to get going. Holden doesn’t make an appearance for some time, instead we’re introduced to some new characters: Basia, a member of the settler resistance group who is having some second thoughts about what he is doing; Elvi, a biologist who would rather politics didn’t get in the way of her science; and Havelock, Murtry’s second-in-command. Basia is an intriguing, complex character right from the start and Havelock develops into one as well by the book’s close, each of them with raising large ethical questions. Elvi isn’t quite as strongly developed unfortunately, and her character is burdened by a less-than successful portrayal of a “crush” she has on Holden.

When the Rocinante does show up, the action moves into a higher gear, especially in the last quarter or so where it shifts pretty much into warp speed. Holden is a great old-time sci-fi type character, and if his crew is relegated to somewhat smaller roles than prior books, more role players, they play those roles exceedingly well. Amos, for instance, is mostly stuck doing big-tough-guy talk, but it’s hysterical big-tough-guy talk and I could listen to it all day. And Miller, our dead detective reanimated from book one, his relationship with Holden and their dialog remains a highlight of the book.

Beyond the fun aspects, Cibola Burn does tackle some weighty issues and doesn’t shy away from some real-world analogues. Here, for instance, is Amos’ response to hearing that some of the security people were killed by the settler resistance group: “”Oh good. Somebody got killed there. That’s how we claim stuff, you know. This planet is officially our now.” There are several such references to our less-than stellar past with regard to colonization, as well as humanity’s tendency toward violence.

Cibola Burn isn’t the best of the EXPANSE books. In fact, it might be the weakest. But seriously, the bar is set so high that I’ll happily take a “weaker” EXPANSE novel over 90 percent of what’s out there. If you haven’t started this series, you absolutely should—it’s one of the best things going now. And if you have, you’ll be happy to be back in this universe. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sci-Fi Escapism at it's Best 22 juillet 2014
Par Skuldren - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
"Whatever had built the protomolecule and fired it toward Earth back in the depths of time wasn’t answering calls anymore. The bridge builder had opened the way, and no great gods had come streaming through." -Cibola Burn

If you’re a fan of The Expanse series, then you may breathe a sigh of relief in knowing that Cibola Burn is another great book. It has intriguing characters, fanciful landscapes, mysterious alien technology and gripping drama, all of the ingredients you need for some excellent escapism. In this chapter of the adventure, humanity finds itself quarrelling over a newly discovered planet rich in ore and ripe for exploration. As usual, James Holden and his crew find themselves in the middle of things as all hell breaks loose. A journey to colonize a new world turns into a struggle between civilization and the rough reality of the wild frontier. When governments are a year away, the line between justice and tyranny can become a very thin line.

The storyline for the book is pretty simple. Refuges sneak through the ring and find a habitable planet which they decide to call home. Meanwhile, the UN gives the mineral and exploration rights of the planet to a corporation called Royal Charter Energy. When RCE finally arrives after their long journey through space, they’re met by violence. Radicals among the colonists are met by hardline RCE security forces willing to match violence with violence. As the issue escalates, James Holden is brought in to mediate the situation and try to avert a crisis. Making things even more interesting is the strange, alien technology on the planet that has a mind of its own.

Returning to this book are the core characters: James Holden, Naomi Nagata, Amos Burton and Alex Kamal. As tension brews between the colonists and the RCE scientists, engineers and security forces, Holden must try to de-escalate things before they get out of hand. He and his crew get involved in skirmishes and standoffs which raises the stakes. However the real game changer is the alien technology on the planet. While Holden is fighting fires between the humans, the protomolecule resurrection of detective Miller is still hard at work trying to find the killers of an ancient galactic civilization. As Miller describes it, the planet they’re on is a crime scene, and somewhere is a clue to finding the killer.

“You mean like that?”

Miller shifted, alien eyes moving their lenses in the complexity of the mechanism. “Like what?”

“That. In the middle of the room. That.”

“I don’t see anything,” Miller said. “What’s it look like?”

“The eye of an angry God.”

Like the previous books in the series, there’s a nice influx of new characters to spice things up. Basia Merton is a family man, a refugee, and one of the colonists on the planet Illus. He’s also a terrorist. Elvi Okoye is a naive yet brilliant scientist who struggles to separate the wonders of her own little world from the reality she is surrounded by. The head of the RCE taskforce security is a man named Murty who is willing to go to the utmost extremes to accomplish the mission entrusted to him. Then there’s a familiar character we haven’t seen much of, Miller’s old partner Dimitri Havelock. Havelock is part of the RCE security force, which also places him in between duty and insanity. Like everyone else, he must determine the difference between doing his duty and doing the right thing.

What makes this book great is a combination of several key factors. First off, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (aka James S.A. Corey) have great prose. The descriptive language of their storytelling is just a joy to read. Secondly, there’s deeply intriguing characters who are fleshed out with motivations, faults and twisting journeys that lead them along paths of character growth. The final ingredient is the emotional teeter tottering of escalating plot. The way the story ebbs and flows with conflict and resolution keeps the story engaging and tense. Just when the characters get the problem fixed, a new one arises that’s even more frightening than the last. The entire adventure becomes a skillful dance between despair and relief.

If you haven’t read any of the other books yet in this series, this certainly isn’t the place to jump in. However, if you’ve been reading the series so far, Cibola Burn is another fun chapter to dive into. Holden and his crew get into another mess and drag all the readers along for the ride. The new characters fill out the story with unexpected possibilities and viable threats. Plus the story ends with a great hook for the next book. While the SyFy channel may be turning this series into a television show, I’m not holding my breath for it to come anywhere near the greatness of the books. For readers, this is the stuff we live for, vivid escapism, and James S.A. Corey do a terrific job at it. I give Cibola Burn a five out of five for continuing to fill that joy of escapism.
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