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Persepolis Rising is James S A Corey's 7th full length installment in the Expanse universe. At the end of Book 6, a splinter group of the Martain navy defected to Laconia with a sample of the protomolecule. 30 years later, with the Sol system getting back on its feet and a fledging world spanning commerce enterprise beginning to take off, Laconia returns to impose itself as the ruler of all humanity. Jim and crew are still around and get caught up in the initial conquest of Medina station. Relative to the technological might of Laconia, the rest of human is clearly outclassed. Think Star Wars episode 4.
The sci-fi elements are in line with the Expanse universe. Laconia displays some unique adaptations of protomolecule tech with strange, self healing spaceships and powerful weapons with advanced tactical gear. Also reintroduced is the mysterious vanquisher of the original alien tech creators. The main characters have aged well, but this set (assuming a trilogy for the complete story arc to finish) must be the finale for James Holdren and crew. Corey also does a tiny bit of housecleaning with send-offs for a few long time characters.
Jefferson Mays continues to perform admirably with another excellent narration. The pace is easy going with good character distinction.
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What made the experience of listening to Persepolis Rising the most enjoyable?
Jefferson Mays as always performs this book with precision and grace. His character voice variances are clear and his dialogue diction is superb. The familiar characters are well written and remain true to their personas from the past books.
If you’ve listened to books by James S. A. Corey before, how does this one compare?
Whoa, so there's a 30+ year time lapse since the last book Babylon's Ashes. Which throws the reader off a bit at the start. The Authors do their best to quickly catch you up that it's been a few decades of frontier missions for the crew and introduce you to the governmental factions that have evolved since the last book but it's still an odd transition. It was necessary to advance the story and allow the new villain the time to develop fearsome new tech based on the protomolecule. Once you ease past that initial time lapse shock it's business as usual for the rough and tumble crew of the now very old and no longer state of the art Rocinante.
What about Jefferson Mays’s performance did you like?
All of it. He's fantastic.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I blew through this book. It had enough to keep you listening and I really enjoy the universe, characters, and story so it was enough to keep me hooked.
Any additional comments?
It's a set up book that lines up a big finale.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
A great addition to a wonderful series, there's a time skip which will worry those of us who have read the previous books. Don't be worried, nothing major is hand waved away between the point of the last book ending and this ones beginning, all will be revealed in a compelling manner.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It was disappointing specially after the genius previous books. It was quite extensively boring at some points, looong descriptions about things that's been described 10 times before. Like reading "The Fellowship of the Ring" for the first 40+ pages. Story structure very similar to Nemesis Games and Babylon's Ashes, shit storm in the 1st presumably the satisfying results in the second. No issues with that, but that "godmode" ship, jeez, it's like imagination ran out or something. I really thought i'll have a firefly like crew I can love and read about their journey, but, of course, every "journey" need to be about saving something exponentially larger every time. I'm sorry about that, and waiting for Tiamat's Wrath.
excellent. just as good as the previous books, and left me wanting more. heartily recommended
Jefferson Mays brings the characters to life. This whole series is brilliant and this most recent doesn’t disappoint. Can’t wait for the next