Cibola Burn

Cibola Burn

Paperback - 2015
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The explosive fourth novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series. Now a major television series!

" An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave."
The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.
Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth.
James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the midst of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.
And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it.

The Expanse Leviathan Wakes Caliban's War Abaddon's Gate Cibola Burn Nemesis Games Babylon's Ashes
The Expanse Short Fiction The Butcher of Anderson Station Gods of Risk The Churn The Vital Abyss
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2015
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9780316334686
Branch Call Number: SF COR
Characteristics: 611 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

Book 4 in the Expanse series delivers!

At the end of book 3, a new frontier opened for humanity. Appropriately, Book 4 feels like a western, an adventure on the utmost fringes of civilization.

Cibola Burn feels more intimate, as it deals less with inter-planetary conflict and more with inter-personal struggles on a barely-hospitable frontier. As such, the novel soars, given that the authors excel at conflict and character development.

True to its sci-fi nature, the effects of their frontier struggle eventually reach out to all civilization, galaxy-wide. The interplay of the intimate to the interstellar is simply fascinating.

mvkramer Oct 03, 2016

After three top-notch volumes, this was something of a disappointment. Pace dragged, characters were not as well-drawn as usual and some mind-boggling, boneheaded decisions were made by all. Hope volume five improves.

Sep 09, 2016

Fairly decent sci fi read considering it's late in a series.

Jun 10, 2016

No. 8 in "The Expanse" series

Mar 09, 2016

Impressive continuation of the story line. I would have appreciated a bit more fleshing out of the alien artifacts. The series started out as something very new and imaginative, with descriptives that really brought home the truly "alien" nature of the protomolecule. Now the tale seems to be falling into the "space opera" gestalt that so many have wandered down before. NOT to say that it is a poor story. It only seems a bit weaker than the earlier books in comparison. I loved the short dialogs of "the investigator", sprinkled throughout the book. There is certainly conflict, mostly barely constrained, which keeps the tension high and the pages turning into the wee hours. I enjoyed the analysis of consequences at the end, which sets up the next book. Definitely a must read for Expanse fans.

Sep 10, 2014

A good action yarn with the witty repartee and at least some of the breathtaking imagination of its predecessors, but I found the denouement disappointingly flat and tidy. Might be that the series is starting to run out of steam, or that the writing partnership now has to take the upcoming TV series' budget and scripting needs into consideration when plotting out new installments. Still, I'll read "Expanse 5", hopefully it'll get things back on track.

Sep 01, 2014

A welcome return to what Corey does best after the (still very interesting) detour of GATE: a complex cast of characters, featuring many of our old favorites; a strong focus on James Holden and his crew; and a close look at how the small details of a situation can have a universe-wide impact.

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