I have been in a sci-fi mood lately and this one fit the bill nicely and what was more satisfying was the fact that this was one of those completely random titles I downloaded and found myself interested in it enough to listen to it twice.
Excellent book which I wouldn't mind having turned into a series but this one is tied up pretty well so I doubt that'll ever happen.
Well written, well narrated! Science has created several variants on the human gene by splicing and doing the dastardly with them and in doing so they created a group of super soldiers as well, called Variant 13. Most of them have either been killed off or shipped off to camps or Mars as they are just too dangerous to allow out in public but a few of them have managed to get out amongst humanity or to break out of captivity.
This is where the main character of the book comes in as he is a twist who hunts twists (derogatory name for variants), and he is one intelligent and hard assed individual .. but then he has been made, and trained to be that.
Pick it up, you'll enjoy it.
74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books
I didn't have the patience to wait for the story to begin. Too much time was spent on the backstories of the characters for me to care. I guess that's why the do the backstory, to help us care, but for me, it did just the opposite.
I couldn't finish this. Its been in my library for a couple of years. I have been trying over and over to let this story pull me in. But its boring. I could never care about the characters. I did not think that the story every got going. Over half way in and Im still waiting for the plot to coalesce.
The reading by Simon Vance might be some of the worst I have come across on Audible as well. Maybe this had something to do with how I judge Thirteen.
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Just a great idea. A genetically modified quasi human who is intent on revenge. The character is used as touchstone for questions about what it means to be human, prejudice, and how we project our own insecurities on things we don't understand. Really enjoyed it.
I would say the last scene. There was an element of ambiguity that could possibly hint at another book in the series. I certainly hope so.
Hard to say. The main character is an anti-hero. My feelings about him were mixed but ultimately his touch guy approach to the work was refreshing and somewhat of a throwback to a genre that isn't used a lot now. If you are squeamish, or if sex and violence bother you this is not a book for you. But if you like sanitized film noir, with enough hard hitting action and intrigue to keep you interested, I think you will enjoy it tremendously.
I generally like Richard Morgan, but this is my favorite. He hit hit the right notes here and I hope he write more books in this universe and with these character(s). Well done.
Simon does his best to give life to this bloated, dead prose. Vance makes memorable characters and his work with The Millennium Trilogy was the primary reason for selecting this book. Turns out it was the only reason. If you like long winded exposition, this is a great book. If you like good story telling and engaging dialog, look elsewhere.
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A very entertaining picture of a pronounced dystopian future. The backstory is a rich tapestry of interesting pieces of information: vintage Morgan. A troubling aspect of Mr. Morgan???s works is that he seems to lack the vision to give his stories any satisfying meaning. They are elaborate, highly detailed ??? brilliantly detailed! ??? tapistries that ultimately have no particular point. After a fascinating and extremely violent romp from Mars to The Rim Countries and Jesusland, ???Thirteen??? peters out with an ending reminiscent of ???Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid???. This is unsatisfying because Mr. Morgan???s creative genius deserves more. His works to date are strongly based on a philosophy of scientific realism: All biology is portrayed in electro-chemical-mechanical detail. All living things are deterministic. No Steve Talbot here! As in ???Altered Carbon,??? where the ???Catholics??? are portrayed as unscientific, dogma-ridden simpletons for their belief that a digitized personality lacked a soul and therefore ???sleeved??? humans were basically zombies, here the residents of Jesusland are portrayed with unremitting disapproval. In Mr. Morgan???s works to date, religious impulses and ideas are universally repellant and destructive. The lives of his non-religious characters, though, are hardly attractive; more ???Clockwork Orange??? than desirable. Still, the rich detail of the story is worth your time.
My only complaint about this book, and about Morgan's writing in general is that the plot often seems to stumble around aimlessly through the second act of the book. Of course once all is revealed towards the end the aimlessness picks up meaning, but it sure would be nice if the plot was a bit less muddy.
The positives on the other hand are huge. Morgan builds an incredibly deep, realistic, and thought out world that the reader gets slowly submerged into. Exploring this world and it's consequences is really the greatest pleasure of the book. Morgan achieves what only the few great sci-fi authors do, he finds the perfect balance between entertaining the reader and presenting the reader with some very interesting ideas and questions that will make them look at the world, and themselves through different eyes.
While I think the book could have been a little better, it stands head and shoulders above so many others out there that I give it 5 stars.
The narration is great, switching flawlessly between accents, the characters really develop their own voices. Totally worth a listen. Unless you're from "Jesus-Land", you might not be able to handle it.
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
I've now read all 5 of Morgan's novels and this is nearly as good as Altered Carbon, my favorite. Like the others, it's very violent and the hero is basically a sociopathic killer, but you sympathize with him all the same. It's great cyberpunk, this time set in the year 2110 or so.
The British reader does a good job, tho' some of his American accents sound too disdainful for my ear.
If you like Morgan's previous books then you will like this one. The plot is not as engaging as any of his previous works. It serves as the filler between present day and Market Forces and the trilogy. Don't listen to the people who wrote about the book being hard on religion. It's science fiction and is just presenting a possible view of the future. It's not hard to imagine why the Southern United States could be called Jesus Land...