My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Captain James Holden's life would be pretty good, if only the dead man would stop talking to him. I can't say who the ghost is because of spoilers, but fans of the Expanse novels know that his insistence on interrupting Jim at the most awkward times, like when he's trying to just take a leak...well, it can't be good.
And it's not. Holden has enemies he's not aware of, and alien life forces more vast and dangerous than he can contemplate. But it's not all about him.
This is space opera! Huge ships traveling vast distances, conflicts both military and personal, truly existential questions of morality, humanity, religion and redemption. It's got it all, and it's a hell of a page turner. As much as I enjoyed the first two novels, I couldn't put this one down. I loved the discussions of responsibility and morality, and I enjoyed the human touches, the heroes and villains who were neither all bad nor all good, but much more complicated than that.
If you've been thinking of diving into the series, you have to start with the first novels to get the full flavor, but once you're hooked, you'll stay for the entire roller coaster ride.
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