@Brian I am part way through the second book now . I have the books and both seasons on DVD's. The books do help to explain a lot of the many finer details. Love the use of actual Newtonian physics in space. Plus, the gritty detective noir vibe make excellent atmosphere. I happened across the show as a fluke. Saw a youtube video title claiming best space ship combat scene ever. I thought, yeah right, I'll bite and see what it is. Turned out to be where the Rocinante was in combat with the stealth ship circling around the space station with the asteroid cannon. I was Wow, got to find out more about this!