Release Date: 27/06/13
For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.
There are some authors that as a reader you cannot believe that they’re so prolific. As such James (aka Daniel Abraham, MLN Hanover) really gives the reader a story to enjoy. The prose is sharp, the cracking pace wonderful and when added to a set of characters that really make the universe a joy to visit all round makes this something to behold. A cracking book on so many levels and as such I really do wonder who the author made a deal with to keep delivering cracking reads with each release.