his one’s the fourth book of the series that would turn into TV’s Expanse, a sprawling space saga that deals with humans, their curiosity (or greed or lust for power, something like that), leftover weaponizable alien goo from a long-dead race, a star gate, a virgin planet, and the crew of the Rocinante.
In a nutshell – refugees from the war over Ganymede cooked through the jumpgate opened at the end of book three. They claim (i.e. they land on) a planet in one of the newly-opened system. Turns out its also a planet a corporate has claimed, and their research team is right behind the colonists/squatters. To illustrate their disinterest in sharing, the squatters blow up the landing pad, but there is confusion and the heavy landing shuttle from the corporation is just flaring over it when the bomb goes off. Lots of people die, the security fascist takes command, there are killings and reprisals. And then, like, if it can’t get any worse, it does. Really, it does.
Did you ever stop to think that, if life exists on another world, it’s like rabbits in Australia if it ever infected our bodies. And that’s what happens. And it that’s not bad enough, it goes effing Biblical. Really, I’ve never read a book with settlers this screwed. It makes Alien look like a rug-staining puppy.
So, yes, if you havn’t read these series, look them up under the pen name of “James S.A. Corey”. They’re damn good, and think enough you’ll have to sink your teeth into them.