By James S. A. Corey
For generations, the sun approach -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- used to be humanity's nice frontier. formerly. The alien artifact operating via its software lower than the clouds of Venus has seemed in Uranus's orbit, the place it has equipped an important gate that results in a starless dark.
Jim Holden and the staff of the Rocinante are a part of an enormous flotilla of medical and armed forces ships going out to ascertain the artifact. yet behind the curtain, a fancy plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its center. because the emissaries of the human race attempt to locate even if the gate is a chance or a risk, the best possibility is the only they introduced with them.
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