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Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse by [Corey, James S. A.]
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The first book in the New York Times bestselling Expanse series.

NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES FROM NETFLIX

Humanity has colonised the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is an officer on an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew discover a derelict ship called the Scopuli, they suddenly find themselves in possession of a deadly secret. A secret that someone is willing to kill for, and on an unimaginable scale. War is coming to the system, unless Jim can find out who abandoned 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 Holden, they both realise this girl may hold the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries and secret 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1766 KB
  • Print Length: 573 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 June 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499888
  • ASIN: B004XCGKYQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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It has been a long time since I've read a book that I just didn't want to put down. Leviathan Wakes is a great read. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the Expanse series and am heading straight away to download it.
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Well I went into this having never read any of this series after watching the new Netflix series based on this book.

What can I say, but I loved it. I am a hard core scifi fan from way back, loving Azimov, EE Doc Smith from the golden era through to more recent works in the pulp sci fi fields.

The book has a darker feel to humanity and our endeavours to reach for the stars, but it also shows how even the most flawed of people have redeeming qualities

Worth a read.
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I started of this review with a four star rating as I wanted to have somewhere to go as I read on to the next instalment and then thought better of it. This is a great read and a fabulous start to a series. It touches all of the bases as far as story telling goes. It also achieves my goals in the area of new ideas on the subject of first alien contact. Love it. That's all you get from me so take the plunge. Spend the money and unless you truly are without a sci- fi soul you will be following the series as I am about to do. Number two is already insitu and I am stopping this review right now to start it. Cannot wait. Peter Eerden
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I really enjoyed this book. It's a solid space adventure with some nice plot twists and good reveals. I was worried at the beginning - particularly during the scenes on Ceres - that this was going to be an example of a story that just uses an SF setting but isn't necessarily SF. However things really kicked into full-fledged SF mode once the initial worldbuilding of the political situation of Earth/ Mars/ Belt was rounded out, and it never looked back after that. My only other (early) worry was that the character of Holden was just too damn 'goody-good' to be true. Luckily the other characters are more grounded and cynical and call Holden on his wide-eyed worldview. It's not as cutting-edge science fictionally as, say, Paul Macauley's Quiet War series or Charles Stross's work, but it's certainly got some interesting ideas and goes quite some way to creating a believable solar-system-spanning society that's just a century or so ahead of us. I'm looking forward to reading more and seeing what the mooted TV series makes of it all.
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This book begins as two related but separate stories. One is the tale of the survivors of a destroyed starship scrambling to figure out who attacked them. The other is the tale of a detective searching for a missing girl. These two stories converge at the midpoint.

The world in this book feels realistic. We see humanity spread out across the solar system, yet without the ability to travel amongst the stars.

There is plenty of conflict from within the human race, but as these characters begin to learn more about their situations they realise that they face a greater threat - one that came from beyond the solar system in prehistoric times.

I enjoyed the blend of space opera and noir-detective genres. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding the great threat. We learn a lot about it, but there is still much we don't know, which left me hungry at the end for the next book. I look forward to continuing this series.
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Great space opera and I'm looking forward to working my way through more of the series...
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First book I have read right through for a long time. (five days really, not right through in one sitting. I'm busy, I'm a writer.)
I read a lot of sci fi because I love it, I've watched a lot of sci fi movies, I love them. These days I don't often finish a book because there is so much long winded, think I'll go paint the house, crap out there.
'Leviathan Wakes' may be a little thin on character, long on exposition and detail occasionally, and has some bad grammar, but who cares because the story is classic. Keeps giving the unexpected, twist and turn damn you, 'Where did that come from', this story is great moments.
PS. please don't look up any of my old books on Amazon, they are not very good. I made a very important discovery, no it isn't Jesus, I needed to learn how to write and that's what I've been doing.
This is what I've learned: 'Could not put it down. Told my friends about it.' is the best thing anyone can say about a book. If you understand why 'Leviathan Wakes' is a classic, great book, you know quite a bit.
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From start to finish a great book. Dont be fooled by the slow start it really ramps up and you wont be able to put the book down!
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