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Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey

Cibola Burn

by James S. A. Corey

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Series: The Expanse (4)

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The gates have been opened, probes sent through and thousands of worlds have been discovered just ready and waiting to be colonised. The Edward Israel is a colony ship under contract to Royal Charter Energy with a mandate to survey and explore what is being referred to as New Terra. But a ship that escaped the destruction of Ganymede has beaten them there and is in no mood to let the newcomers encroach on what they feel is already their territory and sets about trying to dissuade them from even landing. When violence results and deaths accrue those back home decide a mediator is required to broker a peace between the two sides and there’s only one man that fits the bill so far as impartiality goes and also with a reputation for not hiding things. Step forward James Holden and the rest of the crew of the Rocinante to see if they can work out a solution and maybe set the template for all future colonisation attempts. It’s not like he can make matters too much worse, right?

This fourth book in the Expanse series once again has multiple characters to follow as the story unfolds. As well as Holden we get three new voices this time around. Basia is one of the existing colonists, Elvi (an exobiologist) is on the first shuttle down from the new arrivals and Havelock who’s left in charge of security on the Edward Israel when the rest of the security team go planetside. With the exception of Holden these are probably my least favourite POV characters in the series so far and when teamed with the power-tripping villain of the piece it makes for a potential letdown from what has come before. So it’s fortunate that the setting and overall story makes this another fine entry in the sequence. The threat of the unknown from the alien technology and the mystery of what happened to them helps pull this story along nicely so even with weaker storytellers it doesn’t detract too much from the enjoyment value. There’s promise that we will return to more familiar people in the next book so I even have that to look forward to. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Feb 8, 2019 |
it is clearly a work of crafter, not poet in the sense that it is a good read but it is clear that authors set to write the series for years, so lots of action but slow overall progress ( )
  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
I approached this new book in my favorite space-opera series with a mix of excitement and apprehension: no need to explain the former, of course, but the latter came from the fear that after a compelling trilogy the authors might somehow slacken their pace. So it's with extreme satisfaction that I can now say that Cibola Burn maintains the same level of excellence of its predecessors and even manages to surpass them - not a mean feat, indeed.

Full review: http://spaceandsorcery.blogspot.it/2014/08/cibola-burn-james-sa-corey.html ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
4.5 stars. A chunk in the novel's final third was a bit of a slog, but otherwise this was so, so, so good. It gets the so-alien-it's-*alien* aspects of Stanislaw Lem's work, but frames it in a way that's really consistent with the rest of the books in the Expanse series. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars is because, likely through no fault of the author, I found the narration of the audio book to be distracting and annoying. This led to frequent breaks from listening to the book. Overall, a good story, but I chose the wrong format. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031621762X, Hardcover)

The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and the land rush has begun. Settlers stream out from humanity's home planets in a vast, poorly controlled flood, landing on a new world. Among them, the Rocinante, haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule as they investigate what destroyed the great intergalactic society that built the gates and the protomolecule.

But Holden and his crew must also contend with the growing tensions between the settlers and the company which owns the official claim to the planet. Both sides will stop at nothing to defend what's theirs, but soon a terrible disease strikes and only Holden - with help from the ghostly Detective Miller - can find the cure.

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"The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth. James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the heart of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail. And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it"--Back cover.… (more)

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