More of the same . . .
by James S.A. Corey, Orbit
Caliban’s War is the second installment in The Expanse series of space opera by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for the writing team of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).
It kicks off about a year after the events in the previous book in the series, Leviathan Wakes.
Some weird stuff is going on Venus where a spaceship containing alien goo crashed and the solar system is still on the threshold of war as Earth, Mars and the outer planets square off against one another. Our heroes from Leviathan Wakes, “Captain” Holden and his motley spaceship crew arrive at Ganymede station to investigate an outbreak of hostilities and soon become embroiled in a conspiracy by a rogue UN faction to get the edge on their rivals in the looming conflict.
To keep things fresh some new major characters are introduced: an aged potty-mouthed politician who is trying to prevent an outbreak of fresh hostilities, a scientist looking for his kidnapped daughter who might be the key to the whole affair and a Martian space marine who is witness to an alien super soldier killing off her entire squad.
Caliban’s War is more of the same and that shouldn’t present a problem to fans of Leviathan Wakes who enjoyed that novel’s page-turning space opera action. However when one thinks about it, it is a case of the proverbial two steps forward and one step back. It doesn’t really progress the overall narrative in the series (is it going to be a trilogy?) except for introducing up some new characters and ending on a cliffhanger that sets up the next book in the series.
Still, fans should check it out and readers who are waiting for Peter F. Hamilton to churn out his next space opera magnum opus would find this series an acceptable substitute. Check it out if you haven’t already done so.
More of the same, which shouldn’t be a problem for fans of the original slickly-written book in the series.