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
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 have been an avid audible listener foot quite some time.it has helped me stay sharp and entertained as well.
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.
As someone who has read all of Richard Morgan's other novels, this was the last title left to read and I kept putting it off simply due to the fact that it's title didn't spark my interest. Don't let that stop you.
Unlike every other book by this author, this one is the only one that has a protagonist with no augmentstions to set him apart from your every day human. Morgan is an expert Sci-fi author and despite the future setting here there isn't much science fiction to speak of which makes Market Forces unique. While that fact may result in a seemingly less fantastic story, the character driven plot makes this an interesting read (or listen in this case). The different dynamics between characters is what kept me reading and the climax left me satisfied.
it took me over a month to get through this book. after Carbon, the author just gets worse and worse with each book. This book had some neat ideas, but drags on pointlessly through them. Obligatory sex scenes are common with Morgan's writing.
I don't know, it's like because altered carbon was good, they just keep letting this author try to hit gold again, and every piece of work just falls short.
Don't waste your credit.
I really enjoy Morgan's books, his dark, flawed characters and his often brutal worlds. In this case, a quarter of the way through the book, I didn't care what happened to Chris, and by the halfway point I was disinterested in everything else.
Morgan is at top form; if you like hardboiled, visceral, unrelenting and unforgiving action and drama, then you're likely to enjoy anything he has ever written. The single reservation I have with this entry us the occasionally uneven editing between vocal cuts, pauses where there should sometimes be a smooth flow and, in other places a jarringly fast segue between chapters.
That's it, my only gripe.
This book, like any other written by this author, is not for the easily offended out faint of heart. You've been warned... but if these things aren't a problem for you, you'll likely snap up everything else in Morgan's library.