Persepolis Rising - climb into your crash couch and get ready!
To my dismay Persepolis Rising starts a full thirty years after the end of the previous book, Babylon's Ashes. I found myself instantly unhappy that the writing duo known as James S. A. Corey had decided it was time for the crew of the Rocinante to be getting old. All of a sudden my favorite characters were spending time complaining about the aches and pains associated with aging instead of kicking ass and taking names. Luckily the authors also put forth an intriguing story line that makes it easy to set aside such concerns. When everything goes to hell, Holden and company prove that despite their age, they aren't done just yet.
With thirty years gone by the seeds planted at the end of the last book have had ample time to grow and the new Belter controlled Transport Union has become a political powerhouse. The Earth-Mars Coalition may still have the military might but the Transport Union controls access to all the colony worlds and a new balance of power has been reached. However, this new peace is a fragile thing and when the missing faction of the Martian Congressional Republic Navy finally re-emerges old habits begin to resurface. Of course the crew of the Rocinante is right in the middle of the action and more than willing to do what it takes to set things right, no matter the cost.
By the time this one was over I was completely grabbed by the new story line and I continue to find the Expanse series as compelling as ever. So if you are a fan of the series then climb into your crash couch, hit the juice, and give this one a read/listen. For audiobook fans, rest assured that Jefferson Mays is back at the mic and on top of his game once again. I definitely prefer his interpretation of the characters over that of the SYFY TV series so this is a good thing for sure.