Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. CoreyLeviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes

byJames S. A. Corey

Paperback | June 15, 2011

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The first book in the landmarkExpanse series,now a major television series from Syfy!
Leviathan Wakesis James S. A. Corey's first novel in the epic,New York Timesbestselling series the Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction where humanity has colonized the solar system.

Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship's captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war, and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history.

The ExpanseLeviathan WakesCaliban's WarAbaddon's GateCibola BurnNemesis GamesBabylon's Ashes
The Expanse Short FictionThe Butcher of Anderson StationGods of RiskThe ChurnThe Vital Abyss
James S.A. Corey is the pen name of fantasy author Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. They both live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Find out more about this series at www.the-expanse.com.
Title:Leviathan WakesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.62 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316129089

ISBN - 13:9780316129084

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Date published: 2017-12-05
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Date published: 2017-11-27
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Date published: 2017-09-08
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Date published: 2017-05-15
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Date published: 2017-02-03
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Editorial Reviews

"It's been too long since we've had a really kickass space opera. LEVIATHAN WAKES is interplanetary adventure the way it ought to be written." --- George R.R. Martin "This is the future the way it was supposed to be." --- The Wall Street Journal"As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form." --- io9.com"An excellent space operatic debut in the grand tradition of Peter F. Hamilton." --- Charlie Stross"If you like science fiction with great characters and set in real space, you'll enjoy this one." --- Jo Walton, author of Farthing