Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes

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The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series. 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. "Interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." -- George R. R. Martin
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Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 142 x 231 x 43mm | 699g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0316129089
  • 9780316129084
  • 123,129

Review quote

"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
"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton." --- Charlie Stross
"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one." --- Jo Walton, author of Farthing---
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About James S a Corey

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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Rating details

170,114 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 45% (76,362)
4 40% (67,632)
3 12% (20,114)
2 2% (4,178)
1 1% (1,828)

Our customer reviews

The first in the Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes is a collaboration between Daniel Abraham (author of the recently-released The Dragon's Path) and Ty Franck, personal assistant to George R. R. Martin. (With just that sentence, sci-fi buffs are already clicking the buy links). This book is FABulous! Really - it's sci-fi, with a bit of the thriller, a shot of "Alien", and an old-fashioned crime mystery to boot. It tells of the strange prejudices between Earth, Mars, and the "Belters" (those who live on the outer edge of the system and who rely on supplies from Earth and Mars). There's an embittered police officer/detective, a loyal and true-to-his-morals ship captain, an entertaining crew, a little bit of romance, and a mission to determine who or what is attempting to cause war between the planets. While it put me somewhat in mind of Clarke and Heinlein, it's NOT hard science fiction; more of a space opera, with a lot of human drama. It's a thriller that happens to occur in outer space. If you've never read science fiction, but would like to try, this would be a good novel to whet your appetite with. If you're a fan of old-fashioned science fiction, you'll love this one. I've put this one on my to-buy list (I read an eGalley, but this is for the keeper shelf), and eagerly await the next installment in the series, Caliban's War, which I haven't been able to find a release date for yet. QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): "You don't get to just fly away, you murderous son of a b___. I don't care what your reasons are, but you just killed fifty friends of mine. You need to know who they were. I am sending to you the name and photograph of everyone who just died in that ship. Take a good look at what you did." Book Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars Sensitive Reader: It's basically a read about sailors (even though they're sailing spaceships) and hard-core police officers - there's a bit of profanity.show more
by Julie Smith
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