Caliban's War (The Expanse #2) (Paperback)

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This is book number 2 in the The Expanse series.

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Bookseller: Alec
Title: Caliban's War

Though some of the horror from Leviathan Wakes has been replaced with political maneuvering, its sequel provides just as many thrills as Corey expands the universe and the problems that exist within. Holden and crew are joined by three other POV characters, each of them entertaining in their own way; though I do have to say that the foul-mouthed Indian grandmother who has the UN by the balls was a particular treat. Strong female characters who aren't exceptional specifically because of gender, and an increasingly multifaceted plot play off of the quick writing and coalesce into a worthy sequel.

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The second book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Caliban's War shows a solar system on the brink of war, and the only hope of peace rests on James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante's shoulders. Now a Prime Original series.


We are not alone.

On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.

In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun . . .

The Expanse
Leviathan Wakes
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes
Persepolis Rising
Tiamat's Wrath
​Leviathan Falls

The Expanse Short Fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station
Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs

About the Author

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

Praise For…

"This breakneck tale will have readers itching for book three."—Publishers Weekly

"Caliban's War is even better than Leviathan Wakes. It's old-fashioned space opera, the kind of SF that I cut my teeth on, a real page-turner set in a vividly imagined solar system... superlatively written."—George R.R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

"A worthy sequel to Leviathan's Wake. Compelling characters and a plot that combines political intrigue with military sf create a memorable story that begs for film adaptation."—Library Journal

"Tense and thrilling"—SciFi Now

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316129060
ISBN-10: 0316129062
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Pages: 624
Language: English
Series: The Expanse