Market Forces kind of reminded me of a really well written plot for a B movie. Gladiatorial combat with cars for career advancement cheapened an otherwise compelling plot. The concept was kind of stretched. It reminded me of knight rider from the 80's. (although much better written.) A good plot with intrigue and mystery was stretched thin to accommodate a car chase. Overall I found it entertaining but was disappointed by what it could have been.
I became a fan of Morgan with "Altered Carbon", and the series that follows.. Market forces was a foray out of that world and back into our near future.
I didn't think I was going to like it for the first half hour, but it quickly picked up the pace and got me hooked... it sinks a bit in the middle, but toward the end I was back to carrying the MP3 player in my pocket everywhere, too good to put down until it was done!
Morgan keeps proving he can hold your attention, and make you Actually like the anti-heroes, even though you know you shouldn't.
I found the title and summary a little deceptive. this book took me a while to get into. It is sort of a melding of" Road Warrior" meets "Wall Street" the Movie( think Gordan Gecko(Micheal Douglas)). This book was more about the corporatization of War. It is a fictional tale set in futuristic Britain. pretty much where things are a broken down to the very wealthy corporate mecenaries and everkyon else is the dirt poor. so there is only 2 classses. I didn't start to get into this book til about 3 to 4 hours in. probably because i'm not that much into the whole mad max future thing . This book did sort of show that there is profit in war making it just didn't show how. All in all it was only a Decent Read
I picked up this book thinking it would be another book in the Takashi Kovacks line. Or at least a centeral character of this type. This is NOT. The entire story is very wordy and the plot is not well developed. I fell asleep 10 minutes into it each time I tried to listen. Kept trying to get past the bad part. Never got there. Definatly is not the work that Altered Carbon or Broken Angels is. No central character like Takashi Kovacks either. Did not like at all. Mr. Morgan should go back to writing Takashi Kovacks books. I think he would find a large number of people like myself that would like more books about him.
This is the way things are going if capitalism continues unchecked! a wonderful read!!!! and a convincing performance.
I should start by saying that I have enjoyed all of Morgan's other books and am not bothered by his characters, dark stories, writing style, language, etc. This story is not like his others, it is thoroughly unpleasant from start to finish. I found myself wondering part way through why I was still listening, it was that bad. It is a book where miserable people in a miserable world do really nasty things to each other. Every character in the book is a worthless waste of space and then they go down hill. If you read the description of the book and think that it might not be for you, don't buy it.
I enjoy good sci-fi and fantasy books. I also enjoy listening to Mysteries and Business marketing.
I have enjoyed other books by Richard Morgan and Simon Vance.
Of course, he has great skills and imagination for science fiction and fantasy. I bet they make a movie out of his sci fi.
Not really. I used the 2xs speed to get through and I almost skipped the end.
Yes, I've already listened to it four times myself.
When Chris takes on his best friend.
Pretty much every moment was stirring.
Having reading Thirteen and Altered Carbon, I had expected much from Morgan. Unfortunately, this story was a departure from his other works and not in a good way. The story rambled and lacked any real coherence. The book read like numerous short stories that the author attempted to weave together around the main character. There was, however, no attempt at creating an over-arching, unifying point. So many of these side stories could have been deleted from the main story. They didn't add to the character, the setting, or the plot.
Unlike other reviewers, I also didn't find the characters particular deep or compelling. Rather, I had the sense that Morgan was confused about who Chris (the main character) really was. On the one hand, one could say that that confusion was a reflection of Chris's own confusion of his sense of identity, but the confusion in terms of plot, pacing, and setting would suggest that the confusion was a reflection of poor development rather than thought.
This book reads like a classic...could end up being one, I think. Morgan does stretch one's imagination
and ability to buy into some of his concepts pretty hard, but he never snaps the chord.
His characters play the scenes like real humans...human strengths, weaknesses, all there
to drive the story line to its not so simple, thought provoking, conclusion. There's hints that the hero has a bit of "super" ability to drive a car. I dislike "superpower" junk. Also, his wife as his personal super competent mechanic was a bit of a klunker. But Morgan managed to keep the whole peice in the right key, even so.
Simon Vance played it all with perfect pace and pitch. First rate narration. Consistent, too.
Overall, SF as I think it should be. Up there with the real good ones.
PS...The above praise does not apply to some of his other works which, frankly, contain every
element it takes to make genuine stinkers. Those include everything in the " Takeshi