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Bookseller: Alec & Zazu
Title: Leviathan's Wake (Expanse #1)
[Alec's original review has been lost to the deep recesses of time, so as a fellow lover of this book series, here's Zazu's take:]
This is the book I give to people who tell me "I love science fiction. This is also the book I give to people who furrow their brows and quirk their mouths when when they hear any words even remotely referring to space. Whether you're already a sci-fi convert or not, this is the book (the series!) to entertain and delight, to puzzle and gasp over, to clutch, white-knuckled, until every single page has been turned. You won't be able to help getting attached to the awesome characters as they plunge through a horror-filled, suspenseful noir-style mystery in the best contemporary space opera to hit the scenes since Ender's Game.
Whoever you are, just read this. And we'll see you again when you come back for the sequel.
— From Staff Picks Archives
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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"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