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Caliban's War

by James S. A. Corey

Other authors: Daniel Abraham (Author), Ty Franck (Author)

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Series: The Expanse (2)

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This book was as good as or better than the first book "Leviathan Wakes". Fast paced with several fun new characters joining the team as the stakes ratchet up another level and the mystery of Venus begins to overwhelm the governments of the solar system. I was hooked on this series after reading "Leviathan Wakes" and was reeled in by Caliban's war. ( )
  Gkarlives | Jan 25, 2017 |
Sometimes you need to read a so-so sequel to realize how good the first book in a series actually is. Caliban's War picks up about a year after Leviathan Wakes left off. It introduces some new characters, including Chrisjen and Bobbie, who are sorely needed female characters who go against the sci-fi female stereotype embodied in Naomi. This book has a few strategic space battles, perfectly choreographed for TV/film, and a lot of political intrigue. Villains and motivations are a little hazy, making getting through the middle sections a bit tough, and I deeply miss Detective Miller and life on Ceres. The book ends on a cliffhanger and the technique works: I want to read the next book. ( )
  Virginia-A | Dec 21, 2016 |
I think I enjoyed this book even more than I did Leviathan Wakes. Granted, the plots are remarkably similar but this book added two new thoroughly delightful characters. The first is Gunnery Sergeant Roberta "Bobbie" Draper, a 6' 6", 220 lb. (all muscle) Martian Marine with a huge score to settle. Also new, unless you've been watching The Expanse on SyFy Channel, is Chrisjen Avasarala, a high-ranking U.N. official whose grandmotherly appearance is offset by a vocabulary that would make sailors blush. (Avasarala is ably played by Emmy Award-winning Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo.) Both of these strong female characters greatly enhance what was already a very entertaining character mix.

The story gets off to a rapid start with a child kidnapping in the first chapter and Bobbie's entire squad being wiped out by a horrific monster in the second. Once Captain Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante get involved you know for certain that things will be getting even hairier in a hurry.

I look forward to reading book three in the Expanse series, Abaddon's Gate.

My thanks to the folks at the Goodreads SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss this and many other fine books.

FYI: On a 5-point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what the book needs in the way of improvements:
*5 Stars – Nothing at all. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
*4 Stars – It could stand for a few tweaks here and there but it’s pretty good as it is.
*3 Stars – A solid C grade. Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for this book to be considered great or memorable.
*2 Stars – This book needs a lot of work. A good start would be to change the plot, the character development, the writing style and the ending.
*1 Star - The only thing that would improve this book is a good bonfire. ( )
  Unkletom | Dec 1, 2016 |
A sequel that's every bit as good as the first book. I like the new characters and I'm looking forward to the next book. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
So who or what is Caliban? It's not in this book.

My guess is the title refers to a character in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

In this second novel in the Expanse series, an ethically deficient group of humans tries to weaponize the alien protomolecule they discovered in the first book...with predictable results. There are spaceships and monsters, some political squabbling, power plays, and inflated egos. The pacing is good. The characters aren't bad, although Holden's personality has changed from the first book, and not for the better. There are more POV characters in this one, too. The prose isn't inspired, but it is serviceable for this kind of story, and there's a bit more angst and emotional wallowing than I personally care for, but the book does keep you entertained and turning pages. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
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Abraham, DanielAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Franck, TyAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benshoff, KirkCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dociu, DanielCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316129062, Paperback)

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 . . .

Caliban's War is a breakneck science fiction adventure following the critically acclaimed Leviathan Wakes.

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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 . . .… (more)

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