Leviathan Wakes (Expanse Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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The first novel in James S.A. Corey's SF New York Times bestselling Expanse 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 ...
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Leviathan Wakes (Expanse Series #1)

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Overview

The first novel in James S.A. Corey's SF New York Times bestselling Expanse 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316134675
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Series: Expanse Series , #1
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 8,818
  • File size: 4 MB

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Excellent escape

    Wow, from the first to the last page. This science fiction is both detective noir, classic space horror, believable science, space cowboy, and elements building to a great space opera. Usually books only tackle one of these types and this uses them all. The chapter transitions between the main characters was brilliant as the storyline twisted together getting tighter and tighter as you read. You can tell the aurthors really wove and stitched together a great read. Read this book first, then the Butcher of Anderson Station next.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Good, Old Fashioned, Space Opera

    Lots of zipping around the solar system. Just the right amount of shooting and destruction. Throw in a little unrequited romance, plus the mysterious aliens and you've got a great classic SF yarn. I could stories like this all day! Had a couple slow chapters here and there, but what book doesn't. I'd recommend it.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    A Riveting Space Opera

    This is the first book of the Expanse series. It is very well written with virtually no editing errors. The plot is spellbinding, the characters are believable, and the dialog is crisp. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I plan to read more of this author's work. Book Two of the series is scheduled for release in late June of 2012.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Great space opera, with a mix of noir.

    A great read for all the science fiction readers out there. Has a good mix of action and dialogue, and the plot keeps you hooked all the way through. I found both main characters interesting, and never felt that I was missing out when the narrative would switch to the other characters. One of the several things I found interesting about this book, is the mix of noir and detective story elements. Not something I typically read, and I found it very inetersting and well done. Overall Leviathan Wakes is a great start to the Expanse Series and I cannot wait to see where the outcome of this story leads to in the next book. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great space opera story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    Leviathan Wakes is a story that starts small but grows larger wi

    Leviathan Wakes is a story that starts small but grows larger without ever losing focus of its core element: the characters. While the authors do present a rich setting for the story with wild action, its strongest feature is the cast. The characters in the story are very deep and compelling. From their run ins with space hijacking to extragalactic horrors, their thoughts and emotions steer the way for a thrilling adventure.

    There are three main characters in the story. First up is Jim Holden, an ex-naval officer turned executive officer on a commercial ice hauler. Jim makes a living off running crucial water resources to the Belt; the outer colonies in our solar systems. But things go wrong for Jim and his crew when they run into a mysterious ship. Then there’s Miller, a Belter cop living on the fringe and watching the solar system go to chaos. One wrong thing leads to another for Miller, and things get ever more complicated as he digs into a mysterious case. Lastly is the mystery girl herself, Julie Mao. She’s the first character introduced and the puzzle piece that brings together Holden and Miller. Even though her page time is limited, her role in the story proves to be very significant.

    The book has a lot of good elements working for it. It has well crafted prose that flows smoothly off the page. The storytelling has good pacing and dialog that really brings out the personality in the characters. There are good descriptions of the environments that help keep the scenes easily imaginable even when the setting is beyond anything humans have yet to achieve. The plot is interwoven in a way that keeps the narrative going with intrigue and suspense. At first there is minimal action, but that changes as the story builds. It’s compelling and holds your interest. Plus it gets good really quick.

    If I had to compare the story to something else, I’d say it’s a mix between David Weber’s Honor Harrington series and Timothy Zahn’s novel The Icarus Hunt. With Honor Harrington, there’s that nice, expansive feel of this giant space setting between different governments. There’s that element of intriguing politics but there’s also that touch of science and military action. With The Icarus Hunt, there’s that smaller scope with a detective bent. In both cases, there’s strong characters. Leviathan Wakes shares some of those traits, but with more grit and a touch of horror.

    As a pretty big sci-fi fan, I thought Leviathan Wakes was a great read. The characters easily swept me away and the story kept me entertained all the way to the end. While this is the first story in a series, it does a good job of feeling complete and satisfying. I give it a five out of five.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Sci-Fi done right!

    I have read this book twice now, and the second time through was just as much fun as the first.

    That's the perfect way to describe this book: Fun. The pages fly by and the story never lets up. You get to know the characters and the worlds and you begin to care about them, and yet the plot never seems to slow. It remains engaging and fun throughout.

    If you are interested in a fast-paced, fun-filled foray into a believable future filled with flawed but likeable characters, this is the book for you. Book two cant come soon enough!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2011

    Enjoyable!

    I'm writing this review for my husband. He was completely engrossed and, believe me, it takes a lot for him to become absorbed in a book. He couldn't put it down.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Fast, exciting read.

    Well realized vision of human life as is spreads into the outer planets and the inevitable politcal and social divisions that will engender.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

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    Great book

    Excellent story and characters. Recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

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    Really enjoyed this book

    If you haven't read it yet you really should.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Excellent Space Opera, absolutely recommended! Can't wait for Ca

    Excellent Space Opera, absolutely recommended! Can't wait for Caliban's War..

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Very Good Story Line

    I couldnt put it down and I would read more from this author

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Noir space opera goodness.

    Corey's novel is an interesting combination of space opera and detective noir. The plot and characters did a rather good job of surprising and compelling me. Good stuff.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Can't wait for the next

    Damned good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Lives up to the 'ass kicking space soap opera' moniker

    Film noir meets space action flick is the best description I can think of. The overall pacing of the novel is thrill ride material. I'd give it a 5 but the authors fired the plot device in order to end the book on a somewhat less than logical note. That will not keep me from reading the next instalment, however.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

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    Fantastic read

    I cant wait for the next book in the series!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Soon to be scifi classic

    Great book with believable characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Excellent

    Easily one of the best books I have read this year, while it's touted as being space opera it's really more of a kitchen sink and has a little bit of everything stylistically. I'll be eagerly awaiting the following titles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    OK

    Sort of good Didn't finish the second (free) story though

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    I was hoping to be wowed by this book -- there are certainly man

    I was hoping to be wowed by this book -- there are certainly many glowing reviews out there. But by the end, I thought it was... fine. A lot of familiar science fiction tropes and characters with a mildly implausible end game. Not sorry I read it, but I won't be reading the rest of the series.

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