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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Abbadon's Gate by James S.A. Corey (Expanse #3)

Abaddon's Gate (Expanse, #3)Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

Read for October's book group meeting.

Abbadon's Gate picks up right where Caliban's War ends, give or take a chapter, and our regular gang of four is front and center once again. To say this read like an action movie would be a bit of an understatement. It was non-stop action from the first Splat! which, after a while, became tiresome actually.

This is, at it's core, classic space opera. We have the Unknown in the protomolecule - what are it's motives? What is it going to do next? We have OPA vs Earth vs Mars politics. We have personal vendetta and revenge for destroying a family name. We have individuals trying to move beyond the politics moving ships and motives above them as they work for the greater good of the people trapped in this quagmire. The we have the question of God and God's role with man in space. It's a lot of stuff, our good author's didn't pull any punches in this installment - people got hurt and people died. Some dead people came back.

As I noted above, my main complaint was the non-stop action. Toward the end I found myself skimming ahead to find out what happened without having to slog through another characters point of view during a battle scene. I just wanted to shout enough already!

Ultimately not quite as enjoyable as Caliban's War, but still engaging enough that I have book four already purchased.

Recommended if you've read the first two. New to the series? Start with Leviathan's Wake.

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