It had been six months, so I picked up the next episode of The Expanse: Babylon's Ashes.
I'm not actually sure how many series I've read this far, i.e., all the way to Book Six. Patrick O'Brian's stories of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin is the only other that comes to mind.
Of course, O'Brian's books were one of the great literary achievements of the 20th century; that's a high bar!
But clearly The Expanse has something going on.
I agree with those who say that Babylon's Ashes was not the strongest of the series so far. Book Five was much better. The Free Navy are not very interesting, and I'm not sure where I stand on the investigation into the soul of Filip Nagata.
However, one of the strongest parts of the overall series is the way that characters with dark pasts are developed into rich and fascinating stories. Think of Clarissa Mao, or Basia Merton, or even Joe Miller from Book One (Leviathan Wakes).
And, we get some great space battles, we get a very new interesting character in Michio Pa.
My pattern of late has been to take a bit of a break between books. After all, I have much else to read.
But I'm sure I'll be back for Book Seven. I suspect that, just as summer turns into fall, Persepolis Rising will be finding its way into my hands...