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Publisher's Summary

A novella set in the universe of James S. A. Corey's NYT best-selling Expanse series, Auberon explores a new and alien world and the age-old dangers that humanity has carried with it to the stars. Now a Prime Original series.

Hugo Award Winner for Best Series

Auberon is one of the first and most important colony worlds in humanity's reach, and the new conquering faction has come to claim it. Governor Rittenaur has come to bring civilization and order to the far outpost and guarantee the wealth and power of the Empire.

But Auberon already has its own history, a complex culture, and a criminal kingpin named Erich with very different plans. In a world of deceit, violence, and corruption, the greatest danger Rittenaur faces is love.

The Expanse
Leviathan Wakes
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games
Babylon's Ashes
Persepolis Rising
Tiamat's Wrath

The Expanse short fiction
The Butcher of Anderson Station
Gods of Risk
The Churn
The Vital Abyss
Strange Dogs
Auberon

©2019 Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (P)2019 Orbit

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It’s the thing people who like the show forget

That it’s the writing and the social observation that make these books so damn good.

The story is good, but so are hundreds of others. These books are some of the best science fiction ever bc of the page-by-page writing, not the plot.

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  • AJ
  • 2021-03-03

If only it were longer...

Well that was spectacular. Painfully brief. I regret not having listened to it before moving on to book 8 - it's an excellent little snapshot of what Laconian rule over the colony worlds is like, what the colony worlds' societies are like, and as usual the immaculate world building is skillfully unveiled through the lens of focused and engaging storytelling and characters. It's series like The Expanse that make me think the timeless literary classics of the modern day, the stuff of genius that defines the medium, isn't the high-brow academic stuff that you might find lauded in journals and classrooms - it's the popular, pulpy, nerdy genre stuff like this that will live on. IMO this series and it's authors should be household names.

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Not sure if this was necessary

It ties some loose ends but not sure if there is really much value in it. I could've not know and that would be fine. I still enjoyed it.

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Definitely Worth It

Enjoyed this novella immensely. It did not evolve as I thought it would. The characters were invested and interesting.

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Spectacular

Probably my favourite book ever. The Expanse novels are great and this is even better

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Excellent

This is the greatness I have come to respect about Mr. Corey. Only thing I could ask for would be for more length.
His Characters are so well described and believable.
And as usual Jefferson Mayes is Perfect.

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Some Meds in Your Sugar

I love it when otherwise mindless brain candy surprises me with a thoughtful if not deep question. Happens in this book.

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  • Vincent Jeffries
  • 2019-12-04

Tight, Clean, Pure Expanse Perfection

In this reader's opinion, JSAC is/are putting out the finest Sci-Fi of it's kind right now. The Expanse stories are not exactly hard, opera, adventure or literary. They are all of these things and none of them. Somehow distinctive within well-worn genre settings.

If the authors dig a bit deeply within modern SF tropes in their Expanse Novels, they can be forgiven, as that is perhaps the only reasonable critique for the series. By contrast, the novellas benefit from the limits their form places on the JSAC story style. There's not enough room for anything but the character revelations and thriller-quick plot movements that JSAC excel(s) at.

All the happenings sit inside the political, psychological landscapes both familiar and wondrous that the Expanse series is best known for. It's a canvas that heightens each person and place within. The vivid colors and dimensions swirl off the page (or through the headphones) without spilling melodramatically, or ponderously over the top. It's just one space-bound thriller twist, or cool character flash after another.

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  • Shayne Perry
  • 2019-12-03

Good, but short.

Great expanse story as always. It's a "novella" so it's going to be short. However, the story certainly needed more to make the short time just a bit more interesting. The massive cliffhanger at the end also disappointed me. Just as it started to REALLY pick up, BOOM. It's over. I will impatiently wait for my next journey through the excellent expanse universe. Worth your time, and money! Just, don't expect a detailed or as complete a narrative as one might be accustomed to in the normal series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-15

Another masterpiece.

It's definitely a dark tale. Just goes to show you that the Empire wasn't going to last forever anyway. Good job recycling a couple of familiar characters.

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  • Shayla Williams
  • 2020-02-12

Decent

Just more filler for the series. It was decent, I guess. Another reminder that everyone is old now. Trying to humanize the Laconians and make them more sympathetic because they grew up in this system, and don't know or understand how or why it's wrong. Honestly, this whole thing could as easily have been told as a Sith/Empire story. Empire did nothing wrong. The rebels are terrorists. Oh, wait. Are we the bad guys? Gee, I didn't mean to be the bad guy. For a filler of a novella, it did its job. That's all it needed to do, so I'm giving it a higher rating than I would have if I'd read it as any kind of stand-alone novella.

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  • fezzik
  • 2020-02-07

A story-within-a-story, fantastic

I've been working my way through the expanse series. the locales the plot that characters the imagery all have been fantastic in each of the books and in each of these novellas.

this novella is no different it just adds to the complete picture in the texture of the whole story helps make it more complete.

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- the story line it was interesting intriguing it had me wanting more

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- it's a novella but it still seemed short
- it's a great story but hard to spend an entire audible credit on it

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  • sky rackleff
  • 2020-01-28

Adventure of the new worlds

A wonderful addition to sharpen the lore of the James S.A. Corey universe! Highly recommend adding this to your library to make a great series even better.

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  • 2020-01-27

Just a little more world building.

In the already deep and well defined world of The Expanse, this somehow manages to provide more depth.

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  • hoos30
  • 2020-01-27

Make Accounting Exciting Again

Great Story. An insightful addition to The Expanse universe. Also makes me wonder if we just met a certain "character" that shows up in a later book.

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  • Julie W. Capell
  • 2021-11-28

Good even if you haven't read other Expanse novels

I read the first book in the Expanse series about 7 years ago and I remember liking it a lot. Pretty straight-up space opera, with a heavy dose of noir detective. I also remember watching the first couple of episodes of the Expanse television series and not liking it nearly as much. Fast forward to 2021, and this novella popped up in my Audible library. I don't remember ordering it, but I am glad to have found it.

This was a tight little story, with some very good writing. And although the "twist" ending was telegraphed well in advance, it was still a bit of a surprise how things turned out, although true to my memories of the first book, it felt quite noir and realistic.

This is a short work that could be enjoyed by anyone, there is no need to have any previous knowledge of the Expanse universe.

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  • TMK Amazon Customer
  • 2021-11-01

Good story

Good story with Erich in it as well!
I liked how : to be yourself as you are or be yourself as you see yourself two very different things.