Leviathan Wakes is the first book in the SciFi series called The Expanse by James Corey. The Expanse is also a TV series on SyFy. I will discuss the book further in my review posted below but the basic plot is that there is a killer virus and three major powers are at the verge of an intergalactic war. One old cop and small group on a military spaceship are the only ones that can save the galaxy from the virus and all-out war.
The story begins as a small crew leaves their ice harvesting space station to explore signals coming from an spacecraft. Without giving away the beginning of the book or the first episode things go downhill very quickly. The first episode of the tv show is on SyFy at http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse/videos/101-dulcinea You will need to log into your cable provider to watch the episode though.
So anyway the book and the TV series both focus back and forth on the older cop (Miller) who is investigating a case of a young woman named Julie that ran away from her rich family to join a group called the OPA which is kind of a mix between a union and freedom fighters. Miller becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Julie and much of the book revolves around this weird "non-relationship" that he as with her.
Meanwhile, the five-person crew from the spaceship just can't seem to catch a break. They continue to get caught in the middle of what could become an intergalactic war but they have some negotiating power of their own and skills that keep them alive through all of it. I could describe further what happens to them but I don't want to spoil the book or TV series for you. This is one of the best classic SciFi stories I have read in a long time and I found it ironic that I started reading this book called Leviathan Wakes before realizing I was watch the same thing called Expanse on SyFy. What I like best about this story is that you can't ever expect to know what is going to happen next. There are several very shocking plot twists in this book and I liked how the world felt very intimate as you got to know just a handful of characters very well.
I give the book five out of five stars and recommend it to SciFi fans who have been looking for an epic futuristic space series. I will be listening to the second book on my Audible.com account as soon as I work through about three more books which will only take me about two to three weeks.