Broken Angles along with Altered Carbon are both innovative, edge of your seat science fiction. The characters are fluid well developed and easy to relate to, and the story line is simple but cleaver enough to keep you interested which are not traits that are easy to find. If you like Sci Fi you will like Broken Angels.
Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work. - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
I've enjoyed Richard K. Morgan's science fiction more than any other books I've ever downloaded from Audible (and that's a lot). The plot of Broken Angels is sufficiently complex to keep your interest but not overwhelming. There's plenty of tension to draw you forward. The scope of the novel is sufficiently grand to remind you of why you like science fiction in the first place.
Takeshi Kovacs, the hero, is fabulous. Imagine Han Solo and Clark Gable and James Bond being grafted into one personality... that's him.
Warning: there are a couple of steamy scenes not for the prudish -- and can be very distracting while you're at work.
This is another outstanding effort in the ongoing saga of ex-Envoy assassin, cum private detective Takeshi Kovacs. Many reviewers have taken exception with comparing Richard Morgan to Neil Stephenson or William Gibson. I loved Stephenson?s early work, and Gibson broke new ground with Neuromancer, but where are they lately? Stephenson has been engrossed in his three book Cryptonomicon series, a long drawn-out story that is something like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but that flat out makes no sense. Who knows where Gibson has gone, his later books show him struggling with finding new visions in his once vivid imagined universe. Morgan picks up the mantle and welds on a bit of Raymond Chandler, and the result is exceptionally entertaining and quite interesting. There are a couple of graphic sex scenes that do seem a bit gratuitous, and if you read the first book, they will make you wonder about Morgan?s predilections. Still, I have to think that if Chandler could have gotten away with it, Sam Spade would have had a similar scene with the bookseller in The Maltese Falcon. If you like gritty, sci-fi set in the not too distant future, and not the dreck that Kevin Anderson is pushing in his abysmal ?Saga of Seven Suns? series; you?ll like this book and its prequel, Altered Carbon. Definitely not a waste of a book-credit.
to both Richard K. Morgan Takeshi Kovacs tomes, the scenes and characters have seeped into my psyche. All is vivid. All is extremely well-written. However, I don't like the feelings I'm left with, after time. Sure, I was fascinated when listening, but now I realize the problem which is causing me pain and unhappiness.
Takeshi Kovacs, the character who would naturally seem to be the protagonist, sympathetic, likable, even lovable, is none of these.
He is a superior fighter, has a brilliant mind, and can kill without conscience. I do not like him--and his world depresses me. Very much.
I feel sick, at times, when I recall the most vivid scenes and the actions taken by Kovacs. This is bloody, violent, no love here. Lots of sex. No love that I remember.
OK if you want it, but I'm not going to buy the third book, Woken Furies. I will stay far away. I hope hundreds of years away in time.
Broken Angels; in my honest opinion has got to be one of the all time best books I have ever had the pleasure of listen to. This futuristic tale was not only fascinating but very creative as well. The author Richard K. Morgan must have been to the future and back to have been so creative. This particular book takes place somewhere in the future where people can re-sleeve themselves into other bodies, where real death occurs only when you don’t have enough currency. I read three of his novels and loved each and every one of them; so much in fact that I listened to them at least two or three times each. With Broken Angels being number 1, Altered Carbon, and Woken Furies are both as entertaining as Broken Angels. I loved them all.
What a great story. Broken Angels is edgy, fearless, angry, and to the point. This is an excellent sequel to Altered Carbon. Takashi moves from the world of PI to soldier/mercenary, and he takes no prisoners. In our first encounter with this bitter protagonist, we wonder at the military life of an envoy gone PI. Now we know. Besides the stunning array of far-future weaponry and tactics, we get a birds-eye view of the crazy social dynamics of a distant world at war 400 years from now. Politics, sex, corporate espionage, and yes, aliens, all populate the rich universe Morgan has painted. With the crisp ambiance of Blade Runner and the in-your-face encounters of the Sopranos, this novel will not disappoint you. I particularly enjoyed the clash of ideologies that were thoroughly fleshed out. There are the anticipated Morgan twists that satisfy the mystery reader in us, and it plays out nicely, leaving you satisfied. I recommend this to the hard sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery reader, but caution those with delicate sensibilities; if you’re prudish or easily shocked, Morgan is not your author.
Altered Carbon, the first book to feature this protagonist, is a noir mystery. This book has a more military theme, but still with a mystery flavor. Todd McClaren does an excellent narration job. The world that Morgan creates is intriguing and reasonably and brings up lots of interesting ethical questions. He does a good job of balancing action, philosophical pondering, and emotion. The plot is enjoyably complex but with plenty of familiar cliches. Note that there's lots of violence, gore, and torture.
Another hit from Morgan! VERY deep, the twists and turns come so fast, and the plot is so deep, that you have to REALLY pay attention to keep up. Plots, within plots, within plots.
I usually have the end of a book figured out WAY before the end.. don't even try it with Morgan's Books, you'll find yourself left behind in the dust ;)
I could only give it a 4 star rating because it's not "Altered Carbon", and that's my new standard by which all other books are now judged... But Morgan's writing style is Head and Shoulders above "The Norm".
As most have said, the language, situations and Violence is "Adult ONLY", but it's another "Can't put it down" book from Morgan.. I'm happy to see so many new books for more mature readers, The "Kiddie Sci-Fi" gets old after a while... KEEP WRITING PLEASE!!!!
I liked Altered Carbon and Thirteen and I am enjoying Woken Furies, but Broken Angels was a sad waste of time. What happens when you combine a weak story with a reader who doesn't know what do do with the characters? 8 hours of wondering when, and if, it is going to get better. Altered Carbon and Thirteen are more gritty noire stylings with ample violence and sex (ok, more than ample) but Broken Angels aims for the philosophical and Mr. Morgan comes up short.
The first book in the series makes this book worthwhile, but the book does not quite stand up on its own. The series are detective novels of a sort and so the end of the book does do a satisfying job of wrapping all of the pieces up. However, the book does not give anything to you much until then and the journey feels a bit long. The gratuitous sexual scenes from the first book are present but more juvenile. The heavily violent scenes are described in a less immersive and less graphical way and have lower shock value compared to the first book.
The end feeling from the book is that the first book in the series was the author's love child and the second is the result of him feeling like he needs to write another book. You see the same trend with music and sophomore albums. The second album is rarely as good as the first and is often worth skipping unless you really like the band. Same effect here.