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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.
10 of 11 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
The book starts slowly, introducing the new reality years on from the last book and builds into another clever, intertwined and action packed story.
can't wait for the next instalment!
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
This is a departure from the rest of the series. Time has jumped and the story feels like it’s more of a set up for future events than a stand alone. Unlike the previous two books which did the same task of set up for the subsequent storyline this book doesn’t have as satisfying a conclusion to this part in my opinion. Jefferson is the master at this series. It is really jolting when it’s not him narrating the expanse. I enjoyed this novel more as a fan of the expanse than a typical reader although I think it explores some extremely valuable reflections on the nature of man and the way great evil is justified in the guise of the greater good
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