In this fast-moving space opera, the political and military tensions between Earth, Mars, and the colonies of the asteroid belt are already racked like billiard balls, just waiting for something to set them spinning out of control.
Jim Holden is an idealistic spaceship XO, lately slumming it on an ice hauler back and forth from Saturn to the human colonies of the asteroid belt. Joe Miller, a native Belter, is a washed-up, morose cop well on his way to an alcoholic early retirement. Short, quick-moving chapters alternate between the cop and the XO, ordinary joes who are about to become major players on a very, very big stage.
Holden and crew are lured to the wreckage of a ship, fittingly named the Scopuli, but their rescue mission turns into an ambush. Miller’s missing persons investigation puts him on the trail of something far bigger and more malevolent than he expected. Holden unwittingly starts a war. Miller is this close to uncovering the most cold-blooded perversion of science since Josef Mengele, in between drinks. Holden does the right thing, no matter what. Miller does what needs to be done, damn the consequences. When the paths of the two men converge, their combined hard-headed self-righteousness may be enough to destroy the solar system as we know it.
Or maybe that will be the giant, mutating, possibly sentient former asteroid crawling with human-alien zombified biomatter and transmitting jibberish into space like Radio Mad Ophelia.
Check the WRL catalog for Leviathan Wakes.