I just finished Caliban's War. I liked it, but it has a lot of issues that, at least, did not convince me. I may ask about them here as they come back to my memory.
I'm about to ask something about the end of the book. I tried to keep the title spoiler-free but the rest, of course, will not be.
One I remember distinctly is: why is Holden the only one to go into Nguyen's ship to look for the transcoder codes for the bioweapons launched towards Mars?
“I’ll take the pinnace over to the battleship,” Holden said. “The transponder activation codes are going to be in the CIC.”
“You?” Avasarala asked.
“Only two people got off Eros,” Holden said with a shrug. “And I’m the one that’s left.”
Doesn't sound like such a hard idea to come up with. Why didn't the martians send marines to the ship to try and get the transponder code? Holden would argue that it was a better idea to just go in in a small force (for instance, just one hot-headed ship captain) that has experiencie with the protomolecule, but the other posibility is not even mentioned.
I was expecting Holden to call them and convince them to leave him try first. "Give me an hour, and if I am not back by then you go in and try it your way.
Is there a good explanation?