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Leviathan Wakes (Expanse Series #1)by James S.A. Corey
Leviathan Wakes is an excellent, fast-paced, well-thought-out version of a near-future, space-faring humanity. Full of actual science, realistic characters, and a believable human future, the novel contains some very intriguing ideas about space combat and possible alien life. I'd recommend this book to hard-core science fiction lovers along with just about anyone.
Synopses & Reviews
Humanity has colonized the solar system — Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond — but the stars are still out of our reach.
Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for — and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.
Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.
Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations — and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.
"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." George R.R. Martin
"This is the future the way it was supposed to be." The Wall Street Journal
"As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form." io9.com
"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one." Jo Walton, author of Farthing
Fans of large canvas space opera in the tradition of David Weber's Honor Harrington novels as well as readers who enjoy fast-paced hard sf with a dash of noir should relish this remarkable series opener, a standout addition to any collection. Library Journal
"The strong characterization and excellent world-building will have readers jonesing for the planned sequels." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find out more about this series at www.the-expanse.com.
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