Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse Book 3)

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Abaddon’s Gate (The Expanse Book 3)

Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse Book 3)

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

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.

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  1. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Third book in an excellent sf/space opera series, March 30, 2016
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    This is the third book in this intense, compelling SF series (apparently 6 books long). They’re all definitely space opera, but some of the most intelligent space opera I’ve read. If you are reading either Stirling’s “Change” series, or Weber’s “Safehold” series- this is the series that these try to be but are failing at!

    ALL the characters- good and bad- are so complex and coherent that it’s hard to tag them with the Good Guy or Bad Guy labels. Allies have differing priorities, and who is allied with whom changes in the face of circumstances. All the characters are nuanced, and range from naive through savvy political creatures, and from pretty sane and sensible through pretty nutso… but all are comprehensible and in their own ways sympathetic. These books have some of the best-drawn characters I’ve read in space opera.

    The plots of the novels vary, as the situation started in the first book evolves, and humans’ understanding evolves as well. Meanwhile, even faced with an Alien Menace, the various humans engage in political infighting and bigotry, some of which we grow beyond.

    I was disappointed that the amazing Chrisjen Avasarala did not appear in this book, except in one brief mention, but am hoping she will be in subsequent ones. Meanwhile the Methodist minister Anna brings compassion and good sense to some very complex and hair-raising situations. And then Clarissa/Melba is on an arc of revenge, unfortunately not aimed at Avasarala who is the one who mostly deserved it, if it were deserved at all…

    The plotting is, again, intricate and suspenseful, and is an intelligent mix of Big Events and the small ones that guide people’s actions and reactions.

    I strongly recommend this series for anyone who likes smart sf/space opera, or just tight plotting and memorable characters.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic addition to the series., March 18, 2017

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    Fantastic addition to the series. Don’t let the other negative reviews put you off. Sure there are a few key characters missing in this book but it is for the better of the story (mainly Chrisjen). As a whole this book is on a much smaller scale taking place mainly in only one location but it leads to something much more amazing.

    The new protagonists for this book Bull; head of security for the OPA, Anna the pastor, and Clarissa/Melba are all fantastic.

    Bull, the stubborn old dependable earther who has to shoulder the responsibility without the official authority due to belter prejudiced.
    Anna, the pastor with the heart of gold and compassion of an angel without the zeal of James Holden.
    Clarissa, daughter of Jules Mao hell bent on revenge willing to do what ever it took to take down Holden and his crew.

    Instead of having a flat out evil entity like protogen and Jules in the first two books the antagonists in this book are more in the grey area. The main antagonist can be two dimensional at times but given the extreme circumstance it isn’t implausible.

    Aside from the new protagonists my favorite part of the book is of course the return of (or whats left of him) the hardboiled cop, Detective Miller.

    As a stand alone book I would give it three stars but if you are like me following the story and enjoyed the first two books this is a must read and the end of this book sets up the stage for something amazing.

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  3. 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Kind of a transition point in the series, July 20, 2016

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    The third book in the expanse series, But I’m not exact;y sure but it takes place about a year after the end of the second one. As now there’s a giant mysterious ring near the edge of the solar system. Nobody knows what it is or does and everybody is afraid to enter it. I’m pretty sure most of you can figure out where it goes from there.

    As always one of the main POV characters is Jim Holden, more or less the star of the series. Maybe the term defacto we be a better term. But he joined by the points of view by three new characters. Anna, a priest with a wife and child. Bull, the Earth born head of security on a massive OPA ship and Melba, who manipulating things in order to demonize Jim Holden for something he did in a previous book. The crew of the Roci is here as always. and the new side characters are interesting. Not a whole lot of action in this as it more of a talking piece. There are some action scenes, mainly the third act of the book. But as always with the Expance novels the personal interactions and the look at the various going ons in each POV paints an interesting picture to keep thing engaging.

    I’m trying to keep this vauge as possible in order not to spoil any plot point, well those not gleamed from reading the summery descriptions of the novels that come after it. But if you’re a fan of the Expance series I would say pick it up. It is an enjoyable read and sets up the other books mentioned quite nicely.

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