anyone here read the james sa corey expanse series? i dont like where the series is heading. i read the first two books and the protomolecule story that is being told is although interesting, doesnt match the story of the war between mars, OPA and earth. i was hoping that after the first book, the protomolecule arc could be side tracked while more focus is put onto the mars earth conflict. the first book with miller and holden was amazing i really loved it. the noire detective story and the OPA destablization with earth and mars pulling strings was great. more importantly, both miller and holden were great characters. the characters in the second book really suck. for one avasarala the UN lady is EXTREMELY boring. im reading her chapters and saying please be a holden chapter next. bobbie was a great character that got ruined with the stint of her working in some office for avasarala. the only thing bobbie found was that soren was a spy for and 5 minutes of action smacking people around in her suit. the only saving grace of the second book was holden and prax. and prax simply because his story seemed much more important and half the time he was with holden. they should have had a ngyuyen or another UN/martial admiral as a POV to flesh out the specifics of what was happening during the fighting. i feel like the book is moving away from the political conflicts of OPA, mars and earth. the second book was called calibans war and really there was no actual war. where was the war? the final battle was extremely anti-climatic. and the war started in the beginning seemed lackluster and there were no real perspectives on what was happening. the rocinante vs that ship at the end of leviathan wakes was way more exciting than the huge battle that felt like 3 minutes at the end of caliban's war. there needs to be multiple stories going on. the first book had the OPA uprising on ceres, the detective story of miller, the earth mars escalation with holden and eros storyline was very well written. now it seems that the earth mars storyline took a hit at the end and the only other non-protomolecule arc thats left is the fact that the OPAs influence has risen by intercepting the protomolecule that was headed for mars. i thoroughly hope but probably be in vain that the protomolecule story be benched for a while and have the next book focus on a great war between the OPA, mars and earth. the end of the first book provided a perfect opportunity for that with the protomolecule doing whatever its doing on venus. now ofc its too late with that massive protomolecule space monster thingy that popped out of venus at the end of calibans war but one can hope.