The first book seemed to have a much better story line. This book was just OK for me. I had a lot of trouble getting into it.
I liked this better than the premiere novel of the main character, "Altered Carbon". The story kept getting more and more interesting in terms of the explored technology, and the standoff on the planet at the end involving the nanotechnology is wonderful. The very very end of the book gets a little bit "spiritual" for my tastes in a science fiction novel, but it did not ruin the experience. Again, the reader butches it up a little too much, as in "Altered Carbon", trying to give the text a hard-boiled detective sound. But it really doesn't need it. Just read the words, is my advice. Read this book if you liked the first novel, mysteries, hard-sci fi and good action. Although enjoyable without reading the previous book, maximum enjoyment requires you to have read "Altered Carbon."
Returning to the carefully crafted world where people are downloaded and thrown around the universe and change bodies like a change of clothes, we find the universe a darker, more dangerous place. Even digging into the past can be hazardous to your health in Morgan's future world. Unfortunately the narrator still tries and fails in his attempts at characterization and the sex scenes still seem a bit pornographic.
The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy is scifi at its best. Extremely original, you can never predict what comes next; the stories are tight and the characters always interesting. Very addictive and entertaining.
This was absolutely the very best Sci-Fi/horror/adventure novel I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them............I can't wait to read his latest of the series, Woken Furies, hope it comes to Audible soon, or I just might buy the hardback....lol.
I Loved Morgan's other book Market Forces, it is one of my all time favorites. But, both Altered Carbon and Broken Angels put me to sleep. The reader of this book is a bit boring and had the effect of making me tune out, kind of like my 10th grade science teacher whose class I slept through. It was like I was hypnotized. I couldn't make it through either book which is unfortunate since I used up two of my credits to this rambling, yawn inspiring saga. The plot didn't advance quick enough and didn't keep me interested. Don't get me wrong I loved the premise of both books, but the readers lips were moving and all I heard was bla, bla, bla. Dick Tracy on downers. Boring. Which is amazing because the basic plot is so creative. Buyer beware.
I really enjoyed the story line and the characters, but the story was an "F-bomb" fest. It is one thing to skip over the "F-bombs" reading a story, but to hear them in the quantity they appeared in this story was too much, it ruined the story for me. I probably won't buy any other stories by this author. The story also has a graphic sex scene. Too much for me, I like PG-13 stories.