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- Publisher: Hachette Book Group (6 August 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1549153064
- ISBN-13: 978-1549153068
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 4.7 x 15.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,491 customer ratings
Abaddon's Gate Audio CD – Audiobook, 6 August 2019
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"A politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner...Corey perfectly balances character development with action."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
About the Author
James S. A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.
Jefferson Mays, an Earphones Awards-winning narrator, is also an award-winning theater and film actor. In 2004 he won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Doug Wright. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from University of California-San Diego.
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* The second half of the third series.
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This is high octane space opera of the absurdly action-packed variety, and if I missed the political wiles of Chrisjen Avasarala, it was (mostly) made up for by getting a glimpse – if only a glimpse – of what awaits beyond the solar system. It's another epic episode with lots of excellent set pieces, although it took me a long while to warm up to the new characters.
My only real criticism is that given just what’s out there I’m a bit disappointed that we’re still wallowing in humanity’s worst flaws for our villains. I’m hoping that the future will hold something different to arrogance, pride and self-interest.
So I was a little disappointed with this 3rd instalment . Why? Well i think some of the personal story-lines are becoming a bit more predictable, which is perhaps to be expected in a 3rd book, the author uses the same phrases about the same characters several times throughout the book (which can break the 'escapist-spell' of the story and bring you back to reality, when you realise this is the third time he has used that simile, but mostly because, bizarrely religion features heavily within the story.
Religion within a science fiction setting is a difficult thing to master and even the best at it, Frank Herbert, didn't always get the balance right. This book certainly doesn't.
BUT.... this book does open the gates to a huge potential for future stories in this series. I hope that the potential is in fact realised. (I have just 5 minutes ago bought the 4th book in the series, so I will let you know.
As with the first two books, the story telling method of using the points of view is fantastic, this was reinvigorated with book three with who the book follows. In offering us often opposing view points the authors made this book feel different from what had preceded it, I still love the first two books but I welcome this change.
As to the actual story, wow! Continuing with the incredibly fleshed out and well conceived universe, this book then pushes the story, along with its characters into uncharted territory. This feels like the first part of the main body of the overall narrative, with the first two books almost acting as prologue and scene-setting.
I can highly recommend this book and the novel series as a whole. As good as the tv show is, the books are just that bit better with their added detail and the ‘inner voice’ context that tv and film struggles to portray.
If you're reading this then odds are you already know what the Expanse is about, with its characters, plots, sub-plots etc... So I won't get into that here. Suffice it to say that after reading the previous two books you ought to be hooked enough to get the 3rd one anyway.
I'd have given it 4.5 / 5 but not possible here and 4 would be a tad too harsh. Where's the missing 0.5 then? Two reasons actually... +++SPOILER ALERT +++
- One of the new POV Characters, Anna, didn't float my boat. I found her rather bland. Liked her sidekick Tilly though, that one is fun!
- This technical question hit me towards the end. If anything faster than say a baseball is "locked in slow orbit" by and around the alien station following its introduction to a nasty Martian grenade-launcher at some critical point in the book, then how come we've got so much of a gunfight and bullets flying around after that? Surely that can't be possible??? Or perhaps I missed something somewhere...
But never mind, inconsistency or not, that certainly didn't spoil it for me and I'll be reading the rest!
Almost found myself skipping a few lines which to me is nearly always the death knell of any book so although I finished it and have purchased the fourth in the series I’m a little apprehensive as to if I’ve spent wisely or not. Time will tell.
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. Also, as with the other volumes, the title has been carefully considered and again suggests well read and educated authors, Abbadon being a dwelling place of the dead in the Hebrew bible – most appropriate.
If the first two books hadn’t been so rip-snortingly brilliant then Abbadon’s Gate would have been a perfectly acceptable and enjoyable read and, as such, it deserves a four star rating. Also, notwithstanding the above, the ending is very satisfactory and tidily achieved – a fairly uncommon accomplishment in science fiction where a convenient deus-ex-machina is all too often pulled out of the bag.
My only beef is that I have had to wait patiently for each subsequent release, much like waiting for the next episode a gripping TV series. But, if this is your first time, you are probably in for a treat.
If you are looking for other authors, you could try Mark Cooper (Merkiaari Wars), Michael Hicks (The Last War etc), Evan Currie (On Silver Wings etc), Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet) or James Corey (The Expanse series). Please read inserts or sample downloads before spending your hard earned dosh.