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Nemesis Games

(The Expanse #5)

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The fifth novel in Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series--now being produced for television by the SyFy Channel!

A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being
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Kindle Edition, 536 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Orbit
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Petrik
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars

It’s all about the crew of Rocinante, and that’s the main reason why Nemesis Games is the best book in the series so far.


Here we are at the halfway point of the series. Nemesis Games, the fifth volume in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, once again put Holden, Naomi, Alex, and Amos in a tough spot. But get this, for the first time in the series, we finally have an entire book with POV chapters told exclusively through the eyes of these four characters. Let me repeat that, Holden
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Kemper
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
“This is as good as it gets. Can’t expect everyone to be on the same page. We’re still humans after all. Some percentage of us are always going to be assholes.”
- Naomi Nagata - Nemesis Games

"Boy, that escalated quickly... I mean, that really got out of hand fast."
- Ron Burgundy - Anchorman: The Legend of Run Burgundy


After their latest misadventure the Rocinante is in need of extensive repairs that will keep the ship sidelined as the crew finds itself with a variety of personal matters that need
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Bradley
Re-Read: 10/11/18:

Shit. I said everything I wanted to say in my old review. It's still a stirring adventure for each of the characters as they split up and eventually came back together.

Truly a character-driven novel this time, though. Not much alien stuff. Just humans doing the god-awful crap they do. :)


Old review:

This was one hell of an easy read. I got sucked back into the characters as if I had never left and was delighted to see that they shone brighter than in several of the previous novel
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: corey-james-s-a
That´s the slowest conceptualized one so far, mainly focused on showing the personal lives of the crew, their past, and what´s going on on earth.

And that´s so great because we learn so much about the characters out of the backstory that they evolve and become more eclectic, the power balance keeps changing and all in all it´s more of a preparation for the further parts, because there is not so much big action as one is used to. Now we are prepared with more three-dimensional characters, amounts
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Hannah Greendale
Nemesis Games offers a perfect blend of intimate character stories with a broad scale intergalactic adventure of epic proportions. The book takes about 200+ pages to establish the stakes before launching into one thrilling close call after another.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2015/06/19/b...

*Warning: May contain spoilers for previous books if you haven't read them*

The Expanse is my favorite space opera series right now – the only space opera series that I’m still following, to be honest, when I’ve given up on so many others. Not only are things still going strong at book five, they also just keep getting better and better. I thought Cibola Burn was going to be the best installment we’ll see for a while, but
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Rob
Executive Summary: Best one yet! I've always enjoyed this series, but I really loved this book. My only complaint would I don't have more to read! I can't wait for book 6.

Audio book: Jefferson Mays is back! Huzzah! Don't get me wrong, he's not one of my favorite narrators or anything, but he is good. And the guy they got to replace him for book 4 was not. I was considering switching to text for this book if that narrator was used again. Thankfully I didn't have to.

His accents for Avasarala and
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Ashley
First, a warning: I have officially passed the point of objectivity for this series. You know you’ve passed that point when you no longer care what happens in a book series as long as you get to spend more time in its world hanging out with its characters. This isn’t a place I get to easily, but once I’m there, I never ever leave. Love, it is irrational.

With that said, oh boy, this book was awesome.

In retrospect, one of my favorite things about each book in the series is how different each one
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Derkanus
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Gary
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The most nerve-wracking Expanse novel yet sees the crew of the Rocinante separate for a variety of personal reasons during some down time for ship repairs. Slowly, they find themselves drawn back together as a strange conspiracy morphs into a shocking, game-changing event.
This time, each of the Roci crew has their own POV storyline, instead of the usual cycling through a new cast of supporting characters. The opportunity to take an even closer look at these people we’ve come to love (instead of
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Choko
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 4.75 ***

"... “We’re not making any official statements, especially when James Holden’s in the room. No offense, but your track record for blurting information at inopportune moments is the stuff of legend.” ..."

OK, this was awesome!!! I think after the short story "The Churn", which was all about how Amos got to be who he is and where he is, this is my favorite book of the series so far!!! It was everything you want from a Science Fiction + Space Opera + Drama!!! And none of that manufa
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Tom Merritt
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved getting the perspectives from each of the view of the Rocinante. I also loved splitting them up so we can see a little more of what they're like outside of Holden's orbit. My only quibble would be that the story arc leaves me hanging which in show business I believe is called leaving me wanting more. Which ultimately is a good thing but damn. All of the Expanse novels have left you on a hook for the next one but never as intensely as this one I don't think. SO MANY MYSTERIES! ALL THE MYS ...more
Lori
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice addition to the series.
Lindsey Rey
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I need book 6 RIGHT NOW!!!!!
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015

Only last week I wrote that I don’t like to start multi-volume stories in progress, as I have neither the patience to wait years, nor the sharp memory to keep events and characters sorted out long term. But, what good are rules if you can’t make exceptions! Five years ago, my friends were all praising this new space opera thing by a new author: “The Expanse” by James S A Corey. When I learned that half of the creative team behind this alias is Daniel Abraham, I didn’t hesitate, and today I consi
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Mike
After the shortcomings of the previous installment, I was a bit concerned that the shine might be off this delicious space opera apple (not a Star Carrier level of concern, but still some). I was extremely happy to see my concerns obliterated and my faith in this series more than restored.

My biggest problem with the last book was that it felt very claustrophobic. I mean, the series is called Expanse , but Cibola Burn mostly took place on one planet, nothing like the solar system (and beyond)
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Renay
Friends, I have been having paroxysms of joy whenever I think about this book, these characters, their friends, AVASARALA, BOBBIE, FRED.

THIS WAS LIKE AN ACTION MOVIE IN BOOK FORM FROM THE HEAVENS WHERE EVERYONE IS BOTH BADASS AND VULNERABLE AND DEADLY AND STRONG AND HEARTBREAKING AND HILARIOUS. EVERYTHING I WANTED FROM THIS SERIES THIS BOOK GAVE TO ME AND IT'S BEAUTIFUL AND I CAN'T EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVED IT. IT'S SO GREAT. IT'S THE GREATEST. ARE THERE OTHER WORDS TO TALK ABOUT HOW GREAT THIS
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Trish
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first three books took place in our solar system, some time in the future. The fourth book switched to a more outwards look thanks to the ring gates and all the pathways they had opened. Since I'm a fan of stories about galactic discovery, I LOVED the new setting and all its possibilities. Alas, we are now back in Sol.

Part of me wanted to be out in the deep black and explore, see aliens or at least find more artifacts, connecting the dots, getting closer to solving the mystery of the builder
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Kevin Kelsey
Easily the best in the series so far. No question about that. Instead of introducing several new characters and slowly weaving them into the plot along with the Rocinante crew, this one buckles down on the core characters and delivers in strides. A lot happens, considering that no time had to be spent giving us info on all new people, the bulk of the book fully develops backstories and gives us the goods on the main characters.

Naomi brings it all home in this one, and it's amazing to finally se
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Andreas O
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Moving the pieces.

Unspecified spoilers ahead.

Excitement. Drama. Character. Vast, sweeping changes to the universe. The book has it all.

Still, at the end, little that was not started in this book is resolved. The implications are not expanded on. What should have been a momentous, earth shattering change has less impact than the Ilus incident in the last book. The book ends long before the story does. This is half a book pretending to be whole. A good half. But still only half.

Pieces are moved a
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Lata
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. A tense story with a shocking development. The Roci team is split up and in different locations. We get a better view into each team member's thoughts, finally, and Bobbie and Chrisjen are back, too.
People are leaving for the new unexplored planets, and that's changing things politically throughout the system, shaking up governments and making Belters very uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Naomi gets a reminder from her past. And damn! I am so glad we finally get some insight into Naomi, and
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Justine
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
This was yet another great entry into The Expanse series. This book provides some insight into the personal backgrounds of some of the long time characters as the usual action filled tale unfolds. The story continues to be full of excitement and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment!
Mr. Matt
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, aliens, favorites, sci-fi
After the resolution of Cibola Burn, I thought surely the series was due for somewhat of a step back. Nope. The Expanse delivers again! Holden, Burton, Nagata, Kamal, and all the rest are back ... and so is the tension that the author has managed to keep at a high pitch over five books. Impressive.

Holden and company return from New Terra and split up - each pursuing some personal, somewhat hidden agenda. The break up of the company leaves Holden morose and struggling. His crew had become his fa
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Olivia
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Finally we get to explore more points of views from the crew of the Rocinante. I especially enjoyed reading more of Naomi and found her backstory very interesting, but also Amos and Alex got an interesting and enthralling story. I even grew to like Holden!

Avasarala is my favourite character and I think my only complaint this time around was that we don't get to see as much of her as I'd like.

I'm excited to read the next book!
Raja
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
The entire book is great... except for anything that has anything to do with one particular character. But first, the good: We're back to big spaces and high stakes, which is enjoyable after the sometimes claustrophobic fourth book in the series. It's more my speed. My favourite characters return, which is also pretty great. The earth-shattering events are handled deftly, and we see enough characters react to them that you can probably find your likely response in there somewhere. The ending, as ...more
Jamie
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Frequently wistful and sometimes maudlin, as the Roci is stripped down for repair and the crew leaves Holden temporarily, going their separate ways to catch up on personal business. The first half has some deeply personal back stories on Naomi, Amos and Alex, each back on his/her home turf after a long absence and pondering the meaning and value of family, both old and new. Mars Marine Bobbie Draper and Clarissa "Peaches" Mao also play large roles, both great characters making a most welcome ret ...more
Samir
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.

Cathy
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous. I think I have a new favourite in the Expanse series! 5 stars with a cherry on top. Some slight spoilers ahead...

All about Holden, Naomi, Alex and Amos, instead of the usual introduction of a new host of characters never to be seen again.

And Bobby is back! And Avasarala, potty-mouth and all.

This is like pure gold for the fans of the series. No distractions of getting to know other characters or slowly diving into a complicated storyline. Just our favourite crew, with their odd-ball hu
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Scott  Hitchcock
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: expanse, sci-fi
Book 1: 5*
Book 2: 4.5*
Book 3: 4.25*
Book 4: 3.5*
Book 5: 4.5*

A redemption after the downward trend of the first 4 books.

Finally getting character perspectives from the other main characters and additionally their back stories made this great from start to finish. Throw in a direction I didn't see this series going in with some humanity altering events and this was a total winner.
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh man…I don’t really know where to begin with a review of Nemesis Games. As this is undoubtedly my favorite science fiction series, I don’t think that a fully unbiased review is possible. But then again, this is my review, so I suppose I can write it any way I please. So yeah, a glowing review it shall be…

Nemesis Games essentially begins right where Cibola Burn left off, so if you finished that book a while ago, as I did, you may have to engage your memory banks to recall all of the major plot
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