Leviathan Wakes: Book One of the Expanse series (Expanse 1)
by James S. A. Corey
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499888
Date: 02 June 2011 /
A lead title for Orbit on both sides of the Atlantic, and one that proves that science fiction - Science Fiction, I should say - is as fresh and exciting as it ever was. (I've heard many commentators posit otherwise, so in yer face, bloggersphere!).
Leviathan Wakes is a wide-screen space adventure that is as intriguing as it is exciting and as punchy as it is pacey. Author James S.A. Corey is the writing name of the ubiquitous and brilliant Daniel Abraham and newcomer, Ty Franck and further books in this Expanse series will follow. My pick of the month for sure.
"Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond. Now, when Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race. "