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Publisher's Summary

A novella set in the hard-scrabble world of James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series, The Churn takes the best-selling sci-fi series to the dark world of organized crime, drugs, secrets, and murder that shaped the Rocinante's mechanic, Amos. Now a Prime Original series.

Hugo Award Winner for Best Series 

Before his trip to the stars, before the Rocinante, Timmy was confined to a Baltimore where crime paid you or killed you. Unless the authorities got to you first.

On a future Earth beset by overpopulation, pollution, and poverty, people do what they must to survive. The Churn follows a crime boss named Burton as his organization is threatened by a new private security force tasked with cleaning up the city. When the police start cracking down, Burton and his foot soldiers - loyal lieutenant Erich, former prostitute Lydia, and young enforcer Timmy - become increasingly desperate to find a way out. 

The Expanse

  • Leviathan Wakes
  • Caliban's War
  • Abaddon's Gate
  • Cibola Burn
  • Nemesis Games
  • Babylon's Ashes
  • Persepolis Rising
  • Tiamat's Wrath
  • ​Leviathan Falls 
  • Memory's Legion

The Expanse Short Fiction

  • Drive
  • The Butcher of Anderson Station
  • Gods of Risk
  • The Churn
  • The Vital Abyss
  • Strange Dogs
  • Auberon
  • The Sins of Our Fathers
©2014 James S. A. Corey (P)2021 Orbit

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a little more flesh on Amos

If you're a fan of the books Amos is probably one of your favorite characters. Well there isn't that much more detailed about how he became who he is, there is a whole lot about how it's not about how society of Earth works.

If you're a fan of the series you're definitely going to enjoy it.

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Jefferson Mays!!!

Love Amos and grateful this book was rerecorded with Mr. Mays, as his voice is the Amos I've grown accustomed to.

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Love this whole series!

I love this entire series! Wish I could find more like it. Really well written and completely engrossing. If you liked Amos and want to know more of his story - here it is in all it's messed up glory.

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The Churn

A wonderful tale exquisitely told. I wish that I had discovered this artist sooner. Delicious

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Great background story for a key Expanse character

5 of 5 stars.

I've watched the entire "Expanse" series but haven't read any of the novels. This brief novella demonstrates James S. A. Corey's gifts for describing character interaction and gesture. One does not need to be familiar with the series to enjoy this story which stands on its own.

"The Churn" introduces us to Timmy (aka Amos Burton) as a teenager on the mean streets of Baltimore. We get an early look at his sociopathic personality and the early friendships that shape his character. A nice bit of additional color to an engaging, and at times unnerving figure without a moral compass.

I'll definitely read more of the series after this.

Jefferson Mays gives an excellent performance.

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Better than expected

This was a solid 3.5. I had never read anything in the expanse series, but took a chance on this and was glad I did. It was worth the time.

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Amos!

I loved learning Amos's back story. He is one of my favorite characters in the series.