Abaddon's Gate (Expanse Series #3)

Abaddon's Gate (Expanse Series #3)

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by James S. A. Corey
     
 

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The explosive third novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series. Now a major television series on Syfy!

For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's

Overview

The explosive third novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series. Now a major television series on Syfy!

For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

The Expanse (soon to be a major SyFy Channel television series)Leviathan WakesCaliban's WarAbaddon's GateCibola BurnNemesis GamesBabylon's Ashes
The Expanse Short Fiction The Butcher of Anderson StationGods of RiskThe ChurnThe Vital Abyss

Editorial Reviews

This trade paperback and NOOK Book original is the third full novel in a science fiction series that began with Hugo and Locus award-nominated novel Leviathan Wakes. (The sequence also includes a novella.)

In Abaddon's Gate, Jim Holden and his Rocinante crew must decide if a giant alien artifact is an unprecedented foe or a waiting opportunity. A series with cinematic possibilities.

The Washington Post - Sara Sklaroff
As in any space opera worth its stardust, good use is made of the properties of physics…And the authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow…
Publishers Weekly
Corey (a shared pseudonym for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) delivers a politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner to continue the Expanse space opera series. Not too long after the events of Caliban’s War, the alien matter-manipulating protomolecule that had taken over Venus catapults mysterious mechanisms out beyond the orbit of Uranus. Those mechanisms build a thousand-kilometer-wide ring that the governments of Earth, Mars, and the Outer Planets Alliance all race to investigate. Capt. James Holden of the Rocinante plans to be on the other side of the solar system during those investigations, but the government of Mars files suit to reclaim the Rocinante and forces Holden’s crew to schlep a news team out to the Ring. Meanwhile, Clarissa Melpomene “Melba” Mao, the daughter of disgraced tycoon Jules-Pierre Mao, sets up an intricate plan of revenge against Holden for his actions against her father. Corey perfectly balances character development with action and uses shifts in point of view to keep the large cast intimate. Politics, philosophical ideas, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise. New readers should start with book one; series fans will find this installment the best yet. (June)
George R.R. Martin
"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, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro. So where's the second book?"
Jo Walton
"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one."
Charlie Stross on Leviathan Wakes
"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."
Sun on Leviathan Wakes
"It gnaws at your soul."
io9.com
"Literary space opera at its absolute best."
From the Publisher
"A politically complex and pulse-pounding page-turner.... Corey perfectly balances character development with action... series fans will find this installment the best yet."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Riveting interplanetary thriller."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on Leviathan Wakes

"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, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro. So where's the second book?"—George R.R. Martin

"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton."—Charlie Stross on Leviathan Wakes

"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one."—Jo Walton, author of Farthing on Leviathan Wakes

"It gnaws at your soul."—Sun on Leviathan Wakes

"High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce,
this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended."—Library Journal on Abaddon's Gate (starred review)

"Politics, philosophical ideals, and humor mingle in a tale that will shock and surprise."—Publisher's Weekly on Abaddon's Gate (Starred Review)

"Literary space opera at its absolute best."—io9.com

"[T]he authors are superb with the exciting bits: Shipboard coups and battles are a thrill to follow."—Washington Post

Library Journal
When the alien artifact that has plagued the planets of the near solar system—Earth, Mars, the Moon and the Asteroid Belt—from its Venutian haven reveals its construction of a massive gate into the darkness within Uranus's orbits, a flotilla of military and scientific spaceships sets out to explore the artifact. Accompanying the mission on the Rocante is Capt. Jim Holden and his crew, who have had more interactions with the entity than anyone else in the galaxy. But Holden soon finds that he plays a crucial and deadly role in this gate's appearance. VERDICT High adventure equaling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology, and a group of unforgettable characters bring the third installment of Corey's epic space drama (after Caliban's War and Leviathan Wakes) to an action-filled close while leaving room for more stories to unfold. Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce, this superb collaboration between fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck should reawaken an interest in old-fashioned storytelling and cinematic pacing. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316235426
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Series:
Expanse Series , #3
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
5,415
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

George R. R. Martin
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, the kind of SF that made me fall in love with the genre way back when, seasoned with a dollop of horror and a dash of noir. Jimmy Corey writes with the energy of a brash newcomer and the polish of a seasoned pro. So where's the second book?

Meet 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 www.the-expanse.com.

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Abaddon's Gate 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 44 reviews.
Micahmay76 More than 1 year ago
What a great ending, I hope the author continues this story, as I will definitely purchase more stories in this universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not since the first 3 books in the Ender series have I enjoyed a sries so much. Asimovion ideas...action...adventure...everything you might want from a space opera.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I hope they make this series of books into a series of movies. There are way too few good sci-fi movies, and this one would make a great classic!
Anonymous 12 days ago
I enjiy reading each book of this series. I just wonder why the author used Spanish and Hungarian words in the same sentence on page 5?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put theese books down! Highly recomend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ending to series! Images of a proto molecule infested asteroid colony still haunt me.
Whidden More than 1 year ago
Good read, but not quite up to the quality of the preceding novels.
BluntInstrument More than 1 year ago
This book had pretty much the same plot as the first two books in the series.  By the third book, the exact same formula got pretty boring.  The end was interesting, but left things very wide open for another sequel.  
stevengibson More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the ride of the space opera. As the third book in a series it continues and ties up an ongoing story. It uses a changing POV to tell the story. One is Jim Holden who is in charge of the Rocinante, a stolen Martian warship. This book spends a great deal of time on religious questions. One POV is Anna, a minister who travels into space. A major plot of this story, like the previous two, involves the challenge of the protomolecule and the struggle between the three great powers. Earth, Mars and the outer planets are in a power struggle and the protomolecule is one pole of the struggle. The last quarter of the book involves an intense battle for control of the giant spaceship, Behemoth. This small unit fighting involves almost all characters in the story. The lead up involved the steps that all the characters took to bring them to the same spot in space. I think this book would appeal to fans of space opera and readers who enjoy military fiction and alien invasion stories. I think it best to read the three books in order.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great series and finished well. I found myself caring about the characters more than I usually do. I look forward to more from these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dreaded getting into the third as they're never aa good as the first two... How great it is to be proven wrong!
purrfectmatch 4 months ago
This is the third book in The Expanse series and needs to be read in order. The first book is Leviathan Wakes. This third installment doesn’t disappoint. The line of dominoes that was pushed by the release of the Protomolecule, has given the opportunity for someone to put Holden once again in the cross-hairs, setting a secret plan in motion, one that needed what the Protomolecule Gate inn order to pull Holden into the right place, at the right time. But this time the threat isn’t just The Protomolecule and the humans who have been playing God, and trying to manipulate things to their favor, it’s not even the player with grim intentions for Holden and his crew, the worst threat was already brought within them to the Gate. By the end, again, one is left wondering where the humans of The Expanse will end up next.
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