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Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse (now a Prime Original series) Paperback – 12 June 2012

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit; 1st edition (12 June 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 592 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1841499897
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1841499895
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.8 x 3.7 x 12.6 cm
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'Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be' ― George R. R. Martin

'As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form' ― io9.com

'This is the future the way it's supposed to be' ― Wall Street Journal

'Tense and thrilling' ― SciFiNow

'Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fight scenes' ― wired.com

'High adventure equalling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology and a group of unforgettable characters . . . Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce' ― Library Journal

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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. - George R.R Martin

A winning blend of old-school space opera and modern sensibility... Corey combines no-nonsense storytelling with hard-boiled dialogue as the novel races to a truly cosmic ending. An excellent start to a promising new series. - The Telegraph

Corey... has created a refreshingly blue-collar tale, with well-drawn characters and a compelling narrative sweep. Roll on Book Two. - Financial Times

If you love tales packed with worldbuildy details like how humans cored asteroids, pumped them full of atmosphere, and spun them up for gravity's sake, then you'll love this novel to pieces. - io9

One of the best opening volumes to an SF series in recent memory, one of the most entertaining novels I've read in 2011 and a novel that only has me hungry for more in the series. This is a Space Opera I want to see more of on the shelves. - SFF World

A ridiculously entertaining space opera... A relentless, page-turning novel with some great character-building. - Wertzone

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2018
I started watching the t.v. adaptation of “The Expanse” and a little way in, loving it, decided to read the books first. Always prefer it that way round and “Leviathan Wakes” is simply brilliant, a rollercoaster ride through space – a proper epic that holds all your attention first page to last.

A classic tale at the heart of it, a small, motley and eclectic crew who may hold the fate of the universe in their hands, face off against varying powers, battles galore, with plenty of richly layered characters all set against the backdrop of a beautifully imagined future world.

A heady mix of space opera, drama, horror and science fiction, Leviathan Wakes drowns your senses, messes with your heart rate, keeps you up at night and has a disturbingly relentless feel to the more horrifying moments. All this whilst attaching you to the characters in an emotional way that makes you crazy when the bad things inevitably happen.

I adored it – I don’t think I’ve read a book this long in such a short time ever  – that cliche about not being able to put it down was almost literally true in this case.

Fantastic writing, clever, intelligent plotting and a visceral, visual feel to it that digs deep, Leviathan Wakes is one of my favourite reads ever. No messing.

Bring on Caliban’s War is what I say.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Corey brilliantly balances the world-building and the introduction complex moral
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