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As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David tak As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about. Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, "Gods of Risk" deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.


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As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David tak As tension between Mars and Earth mounts, and terrorism plagues the Martian city of Londres Nova, sixteen-year-old David Draper is fighting his own lonely war. A gifted chemist vying for a place at the university, David leads a secret life as a manufacturer for a ruthless drug dealer. When his friend Leelee goes missing, leaving signs of the dealer's involvement, David takes it upon himself to save her. But first he must shake his aunt Bobbie Draper, an ex-marine who has been set adrift in her own life after a mysterious series of events nobody is talking about. Set in the hard-scrabble solar system of Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, "Gods of Risk" deepens James S. A. Corey's acclaimed Expanse series.

30 review for Gods of Risk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    Mini-review Boring, pointless, and immature. Gods of Risk is a short story that takes place after the second book of the main series: Caliban’s War. I honestly don’t know what’s the purpose of this novella unless you want to read a perspective of a teenager with rampaging hormone doing everything he can—while being obnoxious, frustrating, and ignorant of everything—to save his sweetLeeLeeLeeLee crush so he can relive a moment of erection from smelling her hair or breath. This is the exact example Mini-review Boring, pointless, and immature. Gods of Risk is a short story that takes place after the second book of the main series: Caliban’s War. I honestly don’t know what’s the purpose of this novella unless you want to read a perspective of a teenager with rampaging hormone doing everything he can—while being obnoxious, frustrating, and ignorant of everything—to save his sweetLeeLeeLeeLee crush so he can relive a moment of erection from smelling her hair or breath. This is the exact example of a YA character that I immensely disliked reading. Gods of Risk isn’t like The Butcher of Anderson Station; this novella is boring, and it doesn’t deepen my love for the series whatsoever. Yes, Bobbie—one of the main POV characters introduced in Caliban’s War—do appear here, but her role here has been reduced to a muscle-gaining maniac. No idea what else to say, I didn’t enjoy reading this one at all, and I wish I hadn’t read it. You can find the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! My Patrons: Alfred, Devin, Hamad, Joie, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 3 *** This is a short story set in the colonized parts of Mars, and is told from the POV of Bobby 's teenage nephew. He is everything every teenager is, most prevalently rules by hormones and obsession with a girl who has shown some interest in him and has a lot of issues. He is smart, very good student, but naive and wants to be a grownup already, acting like a brat with his family and risking his life for the promise of some nookie... This story had very little to do with the overall arc of *** 3 *** This is a short story set in the colonized parts of Mars, and is told from the POV of Bobby 's teenage nephew. He is everything every teenager is, most prevalently rules by hormones and obsession with a girl who has shown some interest in him and has a lot of issues. He is smart, very good student, but naive and wants to be a grownup already, acting like a brat with his family and risking his life for the promise of some nookie... This story had very little to do with the overall arc of the series, giving us a glimpse of the difficulty Bobby has readjusting to regular life and dealing with constantly being treated like a traitor, since she happened to had worked with Earth in her attempts to save Mars from monsters... It's a long story, so read book 2 before this one if you want some clarity 😀😀😀. The writing of this series is worth checking it out!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    It's like a really good after school special. It's like a really good after school special.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott Hitchcock

    3.5*'s Of all the novellas in this series this one took me the longest to get into. All of the characters were detached and thus it was hard to really connect with them. Even Bobby who I really liked in the last book. At the end it picked up and was a decent read in a great series. 3.5*'s Of all the novellas in this series this one took me the longest to get into. All of the characters were detached and thus it was hard to really connect with them. Even Bobby who I really liked in the last book. At the end it picked up and was a decent read in a great series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    David Draper is a hard working chemistry student who has started a sideline cooking up narcotics for a shady dealer. Since this is happening in the future on Mars I guess we can finally declare defeat in the War on Drugs, right? It’s weird that I only realized while reading this that while Mars has been a big part of The Expanse series with a couple of major characters being born on the red planet, that we actually haven’t spent much time there in the books. The most interesting aspect of David’s David Draper is a hard working chemistry student who has started a sideline cooking up narcotics for a shady dealer. Since this is happening in the future on Mars I guess we can finally declare defeat in the War on Drugs, right? It’s weird that I only realized while reading this that while Mars has been a big part of The Expanse series with a couple of major characters being born on the red planet, that we actually haven’t spent much time there in the books. The most interesting aspect of David’s story is how it gives us a taste of a society in which the long term goal is terraforming the planet, and everyone has a very defined role to play. David isn’t a bad guy, and we realize that what he’s doing is one of the only ways he can rebel within a rigid structure where he has precious few moments of free time. With his Aunt Bobbi back on Mars and living in his house after leaving the Marines, he is growing increasingly frustrated at the life that’s been laid out for him. This gives us a big of background on what Bobbi dealt with after the second book, and while the David story isn’t anything fantastic it’s an interesting deeper look at a part of The Expanse story that we don’t see much of elsewhere.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    This fourth novella is a bit different as it's not an "origin story", which means it's not showing events from the past. Instead, it takes place immediately after book 2. We follow Bobbie (freshly out of the Martian Marines) home to Londres Nova, where she is staying with one of her brothers and his family for now. Thus, we also meet her nephew David, who is a cook - and not in the culinary way. While the situation on Mars gets more and more critical thanks to terrorists blowing structures and p This fourth novella is a bit different as it's not an "origin story", which means it's not showing events from the past. Instead, it takes place immediately after book 2. We follow Bobbie (freshly out of the Martian Marines) home to Londres Nova, where she is staying with one of her brothers and his family for now. Thus, we also meet her nephew David, who is a cook - and not in the culinary way. While the situation on Mars gets more and more critical thanks to terrorists blowing structures and people up, David and the girl he's in love with get into trouble and David has to come up with a way to get them out of it (chemistry-style ... think Breaking Bad on another planet *lol*). Thus, we now also get a glimpse at what living on Mars is like - through the different viewpoints of people of different age groups (Bobbie, her older brother, the 16-year-old nephew, some other Draper family members). We see how people think and feel about the on-going conflict, but also the general culture that has developed on Mars, and the private life of a single family. Once again, the story was written very well, the authors' writing style simply is superb. There was suspense and even full-on action and enough development to the charcters, but I enjoyed David's idea (science for the win) and the family ties (blood is thicker than water) most of all. More than even that, however, it's another piece in a mosaic breathing yet more life into the Expanse universe and giving the people populating the Solar system faces, making it all more real.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    "You're a tough guy, but I'm a nightmare wrapped in the apocalypse." I've slowly but surely been making my way through this series, and I'm loving it. These little side stories do add a little something to the main series, and in this case, that something was a deeper liking of Roberta Draper. I liked her in Caliban's War well enough, but not as much as I wanted to. But now I've had some distance from Caliban's War, and in my mind, she's taken on kind of a mythical badassery, and that, combined "You're a tough guy, but I'm a nightmare wrapped in the apocalypse." I've slowly but surely been making my way through this series, and I'm loving it. These little side stories do add a little something to the main series, and in this case, that something was a deeper liking of Roberta Draper. I liked her in Caliban's War well enough, but not as much as I wanted to. But now I've had some distance from Caliban's War, and in my mind, she's taken on kind of a mythical badassery, and that, combined with the line I quoted above, kind of makes for a whole lot of YESSSSS! in my book. She's awesome, and I wish she had more than a tiny little role in this story. But, at least there are more main stories for me to get to, which will hopefully continue to contain her, because I LIKE her. The rest of the story was... not bad, but it wasn't amazing either. David Draper is Bobbie's nephew, and she's staying with him and his parents for a while until she decides what she wants to do with the rest of her life now that she's kind of fucked her career. David is in school full time, and cooking drugs for a dealer on the side... Not because he needs to, necessarily, but because he's good at it and the money is a bonus - and I think because he likes the tiny rebellion of it. When his friend LeeLee gets into trouble (because of course, on par with both LW & CW, there's got to be a damsel in distress to carry the plot - this is really one of my only gripes about this series), he does whatever he can to try to help her resulting in things not going quite as planned, because David is very book-smart, but he is anything but street-savvy. Anyway, this was a good little story for the filler/bridge between books 2 and 3, and I'm looking forward to getting into Abaddon's Gate soon!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    Decent story on Mars featuring Bobby's nephew and a little of Bobby, too. It's good for context, worldbuilding, and a bit of a thrill for any of us missing our Breaking Bad... on Mars. :) It may not be my favorite side-story in the Expanse series, but it's definitely written fun and pulls off a feel-good twist. Of course, it might have been a bit more appropriate to have it turn into a tragedy. But. Alas. That's how the meth dropped. Decent story on Mars featuring Bobby's nephew and a little of Bobby, too. It's good for context, worldbuilding, and a bit of a thrill for any of us missing our Breaking Bad... on Mars. :) It may not be my favorite side-story in the Expanse series, but it's definitely written fun and pulls off a feel-good twist. Of course, it might have been a bit more appropriate to have it turn into a tragedy. But. Alas. That's how the meth dropped.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Well that was anti-climatic and rather "meh". Bobbie is barely in the story and you don't really gain any insight about her. You can safely skip this one and not miss out on anything in the main novels. Well that was anti-climatic and rather "meh". Bobbie is barely in the story and you don't really gain any insight about her. You can safely skip this one and not miss out on anything in the main novels.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Algernon (Darth Anyan)

    [7/10] “They don’t hate us,” Bobbie said, her voice tired. “They’re afraid of us.” “Then why do they act like they hate us,” David’s father said with something like triumph. “Because that’s what fear looks like when it needs something to go.” Prophetic words that remind us science-fiction is often about seeing trends in current societies and ringing the alarm bells. This novella was written in 2012, when signs of the problems created by growing fascist movements in Western countries were already c [7/10] “They don’t hate us,” Bobbie said, her voice tired. “They’re afraid of us.” “Then why do they act like they hate us,” David’s father said with something like triumph. “Because that’s what fear looks like when it needs something to go.” Prophetic words that remind us science-fiction is often about seeing trends in current societies and ringing the alarm bells. This novella was written in 2012, when signs of the problems created by growing fascist movements in Western countries were already clear to see. In only the last weekend (aug 2019), three mass killings took the lives of innocent people whose only crime apparently is their skin colour. I didn’t start reading the Expanse novellas to search for confirmation of political agendas. I did it because I got distracted in the candy store by too many attractive new sweets on display (new books, new series), and I let too much time pass since my last read. To get back into the groove, I am trying to read all the tie-in short stories before I start on the big novels. “Gods of Risk” is a game show on Mars, some sorts of alpha males fighting it out, no holds barred. But the story has little to do with this game, other than a poster in the room of David, a teenage boy on the Mars colony with a very special talent for biochemistry. Teenagers don’t change much from one generation to the next, even if they live on a recently terraformed planet in the Solar System. They define themselves by rebelling against the previous generation. And usually they get in trouble by trying to get some street credit or rying to impress the girls with daredevil acts. David gets his kicks from doing illegal cooking of synthetic drugs for a mysterious crime overlord. There’s also a damzel in distress to plunge him even deeper into the soup. His one piece of good luck in this sordid affair is that he is the nephew of Bobby Draper, the ex-marine sergeant from the main series. You know who: ‘You’re a tough guy, but I’m like a nightmare wrapped in the apocalypse.’ Even if the story works better for readers who are already familiar with the universe, I would also recommend it for new recruits who only want to dip their toes in before taking the plunge. The piece has all the qualities of the main storyline in a condensed form: excellent worldbuilding, tight storytelling and a focus on the human element in the context of the larger geo-political games. >>><<<>>><<< Drive Chronologically, ‘Drive’ is the first story in the Expanse universe, a prequel several generations before the arrival of the protomolecule. I read it, and I liked it, but it feels too short to merit its own separate review (I’m not trying to pad my number of read books for the end of the year list) The importance of ‘Drive’ in the larger universe of the Expanse cannot be denied. It all starts here, this is the seed of the conflict between Earth, Mars and the Outer Planets Alliance. Although in a later novel the authors will offer diferent views of history as a balancing act between political personalities, economic pressures and scientific development, the first story ties it all to a single event: Can one man change the course of history? Solomon Epstein is a regular guy on the recently terraformed Mars colony. He is a mechanical engineer/researcher who likes to unwind in the company of his peers with a beer and endless political discussions (The tensions between Earth and Mars are just starting to get serious, as the home planet exhausts its limited resources). Solomon seems more interested in falling in love than in revolution, but he has an idea and, since he is a practical man, he buys a small space ship to test his new efficiency booster for space engines. The rest, as they say, is history! Note: the story is told in alternating between flahbacks and a slowly developing personal disaster. Very good storytelling, but bery bad engineering from a man who is supposed to be a top researcher. (view spoiler)[ not only does he not test his invention on a small scale prototype, but apparently he is also unaware of the actual power and efficiency of his solution, and he is killed by his negligence (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    [3.5 stars] Probably my least favorite Expanse novella so far (I only have the newest one left. I read them out of order), but I ended up appreciating it more than I thought I would.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Interesting window into a bit of Mars life, through David’s (Bobbie Draper’s nephew) experiences as a drug dealer’s chemist. David has a good working relationship with the drug dealer and is frustrated by his family, and particularly by Bobbie’s presence in their home, with some odd and possibly embarrassing situation hovering over her. David is also close to getting into a good program in higher education, when he decides to help a young woman who has a relationship of some sort with the drug d Interesting window into a bit of Mars life, through David’s (Bobbie Draper’s nephew) experiences as a drug dealer’s chemist. David has a good working relationship with the drug dealer and is frustrated by his family, and particularly by Bobbie’s presence in their home, with some odd and possibly embarrassing situation hovering over her. David is also close to getting into a good program in higher education, when he decides to help a young woman who has a relationship of some sort with the drug dealer. While interesting, I would have preferred to see much more Bobbie in this story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Paz R.M.

    Have you ever wanted to punch a character? Like reeeally punch a fictional character in the face and tell them to shut the fuck up and grow up? Yeah, that was me. And I know David was a 16 years old angsty teenager, but he might not only be the worst character written in this series so far, this is one of the worst teenager character I've ever read. And guys... I've read my fair share of YA. So that's saying a lot. This novella does practically nothing to expand (ha-ha, get it? cause the series is Have you ever wanted to punch a character? Like reeeally punch a fictional character in the face and tell them to shut the fuck up and grow up? Yeah, that was me. And I know David was a 16 years old angsty teenager, but he might not only be the worst character written in this series so far, this is one of the worst teenager character I've ever read. And guys... I've read my fair share of YA. So that's saying a lot. This novella does practically nothing to expand (ha-ha, get it? cause the series is called The Expanse) the universe. In fact, because our character was such a self-centred, petty, unconscious, and asshole kid, everytime there was some dialogue about the state of the universe, the martian position against Earth and the fragile peace between Mars and Earth, this guy just turned around and ignore everything about the real world to go whine about his dumb crush. Guys, HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THE LEGEND HIS AUNT WAS, he knew she was in Ganymede and didn't give a fuck. I mean, what???? Ugh. It was 76 pages of pure angst and a moody teenager so no, I was expecting much more, especially after Caliban's War. This novella gets two stars just because of one reason: Bobbie Draper. She was a really minor character, but this gave me a lot more insight about her and seeing the treatment she is given by her people, especially her family, after the events of the second book makes me so excited to see what she will do, and in what position she'll be now that there's a war near. Plus, she did some kickass shit here and that was fun to read. I'm not sure if David will ever appear again in this series... but if I'm being honest here, just skip this one, unless you have some spare time and wanna see how Bobbie is dealing with her stuff back in Mars, then you really aren't missing, well... anything.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    "It was like his parents had suddenly realized he wouldn't be there forever, and now their love was like a police state; he couldn't escape it." David Draper, the sixteen year old nephew of Bobbie Draper, is a self-entitled little piece of shit. I have very little patience for intelligent children with loving families who live in stable economic situations, and yet they still insist on being angry little assholes. This is David, a gifted chemist who lives on Mars, and who is headed for great thin "It was like his parents had suddenly realized he wouldn't be there forever, and now their love was like a police state; he couldn't escape it." David Draper, the sixteen year old nephew of Bobbie Draper, is a self-entitled little piece of shit. I have very little patience for intelligent children with loving families who live in stable economic situations, and yet they still insist on being angry little assholes. This is David, a gifted chemist who lives on Mars, and who is headed for great things. Meanwhile, he's decided to rebel out of a combination of stupid anger and laziness, and he somehow ends up cooking drugs for a local drug kingpin. He's also got his head entirely up his own ass. He sees girls as things, and only does nice things in the hopes that he will be rewarded with sex. He is extremely immature yet book smart. It's a bad combination. This novella is set after book two in The Expanse series, Caliban's War. After the events of that book, Bobbie is home on Mars living with her brother and his family while she's on "psychological leave." David resents her and her presence because it gets in the way of what he wants to do. He also ignores almost entirely the monumental things happening around him, including domestic terrorism, and the fact that his very own aunt is heavily involved in the politics of the solar system. Thankfully by the end of the book he's learned some hard lessons and grown up, but man he's insufferable for most of it. I just wanted to punch him. [3.5 stars]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Kelsey

    A solid little side story told from a young adult POV. It doesn't shy away from the hardships and ugly truths of being a kid in an uncertain world. It reminded me quite a bit of my teenage years growing up in a small town, with nothing to do but get into all sorts of trouble. A solid little side story told from a young adult POV. It doesn't shy away from the hardships and ugly truths of being a kid in an uncertain world. It reminded me quite a bit of my teenage years growing up in a small town, with nothing to do but get into all sorts of trouble.

  16. 4 out of 5

    William

    A superb back-story from The Expanse series. The author has written back-stories to most of the main characters and events, and each of them is wonderful and insightful. A must-read if you love The Expanse. This is a very good back-story for Bobbie Draper. Quite wonderful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Efka

    It doesn't matter, if the underworld we speak of is Martian, or Earthian, they both are equally dark, grim and oppressive. But meeting Bobbie one more time still was a pleasure, even though she's more of a support character here, not a protagonist. It doesn't matter, if the underworld we speak of is Martian, or Earthian, they both are equally dark, grim and oppressive. But meeting Bobbie one more time still was a pleasure, even though she's more of a support character here, not a protagonist.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I’m on record as being a big fan of James S.A. Corey’s (the pen name used by Daniel Abraham (Twitter) and Ty Franck) Expanse series, so I eagerly read the novella GODS OF RISK in advance of their next novel ABADDON’S GATE. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this was the weakest entry in the Expanse series. GODS OF RISK takes place on Mars when tensions are growing between it and Earth. Bobbie Draper is present in the story, but she is a peripheral character. The protagonist is David Draper, her nephew I’m on record as being a big fan of James S.A. Corey’s (the pen name used by Daniel Abraham (Twitter) and Ty Franck) Expanse series, so I eagerly read the novella GODS OF RISK in advance of their next novel ABADDON’S GATE. Unfortunately, in my opinion, this was the weakest entry in the Expanse series. GODS OF RISK takes place on Mars when tensions are growing between it and Earth. Bobbie Draper is present in the story, but she is a peripheral character. The protagonist is David Draper, her nephew. He is caught between his future as a promising researcher and his part time job as a cooker for a local drug dealer. When his friend goes missing, David must confront the dangerous dealer and risk it all. GODS OF RISK is a well crafted short story, but it doesn’t really have any action sequences, it lacks some of the cool tech I’ve come to like in the Expanse series, and it doesn’t propel the larger Expanse story forward. It’s tangential, peripheral–it could have taken place on present day Earth, really. It’s Expanse only in name. Even Bobbie Draper seems crammed into the story. The best part of the novella is a sneak peek at ABADDON’S GATE. Buy this if you want the sneak peek or if you want to support James S.A. Corey. Otherwise, just wait for the next novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    A side story that takes place some time after Caliban's War and focuses on David Draper, the nephew of Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper who has just returned from a harrowing mission. David is 15 and one of Mars's bright young chemists, except he has a little drug cooking operation on the side. David increasingly feels his academic and underworld halves colliding and begins making some dangerous choices in order to ensure the safety of those he cares about. I'm oversimplifying things, but Gods of R A side story that takes place some time after Caliban's War and focuses on David Draper, the nephew of Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper who has just returned from a harrowing mission. David is 15 and one of Mars's bright young chemists, except he has a little drug cooking operation on the side. David increasingly feels his academic and underworld halves colliding and begins making some dangerous choices in order to ensure the safety of those he cares about. I'm oversimplifying things, but Gods of Risk feels more than a little like a Martian Breaking Bad (a good thing). It has a protagonist with a two-sided nature, who is making suspect choices on the fly and only manages to dig himself in deeper. Being a novella, things wrap up quickly but I enjoyed seeing a vignette set on Mars and revisiting Bobbie briefly. The authors continue to create interesting characters in fully realized situations, combined with satisfying suspense and action.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Oleksandr Zholud

    This is a novella set in the Expanse universe, during the time period between Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate. It adds the flavor but isn’t essential for the larger story. I’ve read is as a part of Expanse Buddy read at Hugo & Nebula Awards: Best Novels group. The protagonist of the story is 17-year old David Draper, a nephew of former marine Roberta "Bobbie" Draper from Caliban's War. He is good with chemistry and biochemistry and a nefarious person tries to make him a drug maker, Breaking Bad This is a novella set in the Expanse universe, during the time period between Caliban's War and Abaddon's Gate. It adds the flavor but isn’t essential for the larger story. I’ve read is as a part of Expanse Buddy read at Hugo & Nebula Awards: Best Novels group. The protagonist of the story is 17-year old David Draper, a nephew of former marine Roberta "Bobbie" Draper from Caliban's War. He is good with chemistry and biochemistry and a nefarious person tries to make him a drug maker, Breaking Bad style. The boy is ‘honeypot trapped’ by a beautiful girl working for the pusher. At one moment the pusher decides to break the ties and use the girl for other needs and the protagonist has to save her. A nice but not especially deep story, a good add-on to the series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Review of the audiobook narrated by Erik Davies. I will stand corrected if David Draper shows up in a future book, but other than for the development of his character, this is a novella that doesn't feel necessary. Sure, we do get a snapshot of how humans have colonized Mars which is interesting and thought provoking, but there are no real new insights into the one character we already know, Bobbie, due to her limited role. As with the rest of the series, I love the writing. The style and prose ju Review of the audiobook narrated by Erik Davies. I will stand corrected if David Draper shows up in a future book, but other than for the development of his character, this is a novella that doesn't feel necessary. Sure, we do get a snapshot of how humans have colonized Mars which is interesting and thought provoking, but there are no real new insights into the one character we already know, Bobbie, due to her limited role. As with the rest of the series, I love the writing. The style and prose just work for me, striking the perfect balance between describing the environment, smart and witty dialog, examining the character's thoughts and well timed action. In the end though, the story here doesn't quite live up to the high standards of the series. (I may reassess that if David appears in a future novel and will update this review accordingly.) Erik Davies doesn't miss a step compared to the main narrator of the series (Jefferson Mays) and gives a great performance. Final verdict: 3.5 star story, 5 star narration, 4 stars overall

  22. 5 out of 5

    César Bustíos

    “You’re a tough guy, but I’m a nightmare wrapped in the apocalypse. And David is my beloved nephew. If you fuck with him after this, I will end every piece of you,” Bobbie said, her own smile sad. “No disrespect.” Shit! You don't wanna fuck with auntie Bobbie. I love her, I was hoping to find more on her background but got an annoying, breaking-bad kinda nephew instead. The Butcher of Anderson Station at least gave you some background, but this, I'm not sure what it does other than showing a grasp “You’re a tough guy, but I’m a nightmare wrapped in the apocalypse. And David is my beloved nephew. If you fuck with him after this, I will end every piece of you,” Bobbie said, her own smile sad. “No disrespect.” Shit! You don't wanna fuck with auntie Bobbie. I love her, I was hoping to find more on her background but got an annoying, breaking-bad kinda nephew instead. The Butcher of Anderson Station at least gave you some background, but this, I'm not sure what it does other than showing a grasp of how living on Mars is. Maybe something related to terraforming Mars in the future? Who knows? A decent story but, plot-wise, you can totally skip it, if you ask me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is a short story that is part of a series. The other books before this one must be read before this one. In this one, Bobbie is back home living with her brother and his family. Bobbie's nephew, David, is a "cook" for a local drug lord and he gets into trouble. I believe this short story isn't vital to the overall arc that takes place in this universe. For the overall story arc it does provide the atmosphere of Mars which we haven't really touched upon so far in this series. As for the chara This is a short story that is part of a series. The other books before this one must be read before this one. In this one, Bobbie is back home living with her brother and his family. Bobbie's nephew, David, is a "cook" for a local drug lord and he gets into trouble. I believe this short story isn't vital to the overall arc that takes place in this universe. For the overall story arc it does provide the atmosphere of Mars which we haven't really touched upon so far in this series. As for the characters I would be surprised if anyone besides Bobbie makes a return visit in this series. The story isn't anything remarkable either as there is nothing new here. We have the young kid who gets into trouble with illegal activities as he attempts to rescue the damsel in distress. There is one terrific scene with Bobbie but she is relegated to a minor role. I might be mistaken but it is my belief that one can skip this short story and not miss a thing. That being said, it is a quick read and I enjoy any of my time in this amazing universe.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tom Mathews

    This novella gives us a great view into GySgt Bobbie Draper, one of my favorite Expanse characters, and her life at home on Mars following the events described in Caliban's War. This novella gives us a great view into GySgt Bobbie Draper, one of my favorite Expanse characters, and her life at home on Mars following the events described in Caliban's War.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    3.5 stars This was fine; mostly good for just filling out worldbuilding and giving a picture of life for regular people on Mars. Bobbie is a side character, but retains her awesomeness.

  26. 4 out of 5

    James

    Another short story from the Orbit Short Fiction line. As with so many of these titles, Orbit haven't yet bothered to make this one available to UK readers – luckily there are always ways around that. Whereas The Butcher of Anderson Station was explaining a part of the back story to Leviathan Wakes ; Gods of Risk is almost totally unrelated to the larger story arcs. Instead we are treated to the tale of Bobbie's, somewhat annoying, nephew. Set on Mars after the events of Caliban's Another short story from the Orbit Short Fiction line. As with so many of these titles, Orbit haven't yet bothered to make this one available to UK readers – luckily there are always ways around that. Whereas The Butcher of Anderson Station was explaining a part of the back story to Leviathan Wakes ; Gods of Risk is almost totally unrelated to the larger story arcs. Instead we are treated to the tale of Bobbie's, somewhat annoying, nephew. Set on Mars after the events of Caliban's War , Bobbie has been put on medical leave – although that appears to be an excuse to just sideline her. She sits home every day, watching the news and working out, while her nephew works his way through his college final labs, makes drugs on the side for the local dealer, and spends his remaining free time resenting his family. While Bobbie barely moves from the family apartment for most of the book, she somehow still manages to be a central character through the story. Not so much by what she does, but through her nephew's obsession with this interloper into his family unit. The story explores some of the dynamics of a Mars Marine returning home after effectively working for the other side, but that's really only the secondary story here. The main story is the nephew's growth, with Bobbie's help, from selfish, irritating, teenager to try and save the life of a girl he liked (no matter how doomed that would ultimately be). Lots of the references will only make sense to people who've read Leviathan Wakes, and the story probably isn't going to be an urgent purchase for anybody not already reading the Expanse series – though if you aren't, why aren't you?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

    Well, my obsession with this Expanse universe continues. I continue to watch one of the 14 or so episodes that have already been broadcast almost daily. I’ve seen them all close to half a dozen times. As such, I’ve been catching up on the novellas that take place between novels. I think I’ve read them all (one more after this one that I’ve yet to review) except maybe for the Butcher of Anderson Station. I’ve not avoided that one on purpose, but as it was interwoven into the fabric of Season 1 of Well, my obsession with this Expanse universe continues. I continue to watch one of the 14 or so episodes that have already been broadcast almost daily. I’ve seen them all close to half a dozen times. As such, I’ve been catching up on the novellas that take place between novels. I think I’ve read them all (one more after this one that I’ve yet to review) except maybe for the Butcher of Anderson Station. I’ve not avoided that one on purpose, but as it was interwoven into the fabric of Season 1 of the show then I think it’s story doesn’t hold that many surprises for me. I will get to it at some point, however. Anywho – this novella takes place somewhere after book 2 of the series. It involved my favorite book character, Bobbie Draper, but is really about her nephew, a lovestruck kid that’s cooking the future equivalent of meth because that’s just the environment he’s found himself in. This is my favorite of all the novellas I’ve read in this series. It’s… awesome. Huh, I was going to try to articulate it a bit better, but that’s all I really have to say about it. If you don’t watch the show, please do. I’m nervous about the ratings it gets. It’s very expensive to produce and doesn’t seem like it’s captured the imagination of the larger viewing world like BSG did. It’s too bad. The first season was pretty good, but it followed the book pretty closely, and they chose to end the season before the climax of the first novel was reached. It was an odd decision, but one that makes perfect sense to me now that I’ve seen the huge bang season 2 has started with. It’s quickly become my favorite show on television (except maybe GoT, but that’s not really TV, it’s HBO). So, that’s that. I should tell you about my conspiracy theorist neighbor I had an hours long conversation with the other day, but it’s a long story and I find the whole thing more frustrating than anything. I’m so glad I have this show and book series – escapism at its best.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Quintin Zimmermann

    Following the events that took place in Caliban's War, we find ourselves in the company of David Draper, the nephew of Gunny Bobbie Draper, in the Martian city of Londres Nova. This novella added very little to the cannon of The Expanse and for large portions of the narrative Bobbie is reduced to being a sweatpants clad couch potato watching newsfeeds and lifting weights. A very unflattering treatment of the brave, powerful warrior we enjoyed in Caliban's War. David is a typical irresponsible 16 Following the events that took place in Caliban's War, we find ourselves in the company of David Draper, the nephew of Gunny Bobbie Draper, in the Martian city of Londres Nova. This novella added very little to the cannon of The Expanse and for large portions of the narrative Bobbie is reduced to being a sweatpants clad couch potato watching newsfeeds and lifting weights. A very unflattering treatment of the brave, powerful warrior we enjoyed in Caliban's War. David is a typical irresponsible 16 year old with hormones raging through his system and this is reflected by his poor choices and the company he keeps. This does not make for gripping reading, despite David's eventual growth as a character as he seeks meaning in this crazy world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dara

    If you're a fan of the Expanse series, you'll likely enjoy this short story but if you're looking for new insight or more background in the overall story, you'll be left wanting. David is you're typical angsty teenager. He's involved in cooking drugs. Bobbie Draper is features some in this story but nothing you absolutely need to read. There's nothing new revealed about her character. D+ If you're a fan of the Expanse series, you'll likely enjoy this short story but if you're looking for new insight or more background in the overall story, you'll be left wanting. David is you're typical angsty teenager. He's involved in cooking drugs. Bobbie Draper is features some in this story but nothing you absolutely need to read. There's nothing new revealed about her character. D+

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sambora

    I haven't read an Expanse novel in quite a while, and I read this novella slightly out of sequence (after book 3, rather than book 2), but I don't think that it was those things that made this story bad. Gods Of Risk is a story about a highly intellectual teenage boy, who finds himself cooking for a drug dealer and "falling for" a prostitute. This teenage boy, David, is Bobbie Draper's nephew, and this story felt like it was trying to be a backstory for her, without wanting to really commit to it I haven't read an Expanse novel in quite a while, and I read this novella slightly out of sequence (after book 3, rather than book 2), but I don't think that it was those things that made this story bad. Gods Of Risk is a story about a highly intellectual teenage boy, who finds himself cooking for a drug dealer and "falling for" a prostitute. This teenage boy, David, is Bobbie Draper's nephew, and this story felt like it was trying to be a backstory for her, without wanting to really commit to it or put in the work. It's almost like (he says sarcastically) the authors found it easier to write about the experiences of awkward teenage boys than strong women, which - unfortunately, is not surprising, but it's sure as hell disappointing. Having her lifting weights every single time we see her(!) isn't enough. There were some slightly redeeming factors, small though they were; the atmosphere in the brief subway scenes was great. The good portrayal of a disjointed family under many different types of pressure - very realistic and left believable unexplained. I would have liked to have seen or heard a bit more about the Earth/Mars conflict, but I suppose that went into the main novel, so I can't call it a fully-fledged complaint. I had just hoped for something more. This novella is only about 50 pages long. It took me about 2 hours to read. It was not as good as The Butcher of Anderson Station short story, but hopefully the rest of the main series and the other novellas are of a higher quality. 2 stars _____________ Thank you for reading my review!

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