This book can be summed up in one word- boring! The way the story unfolds in fairly interesting but the "mystery" isn't powerful enough to drive the story forward with any momentum. I found myself longing for the book to finally end. I'd recommend that you skip this one.
Woken Furies is a solid entry in the Takeshi Kovacs series of books. One thing I really like about this series is that, though they are all sci-fi, each has a unique identity in another genre(s). Altered Carbon is a noir thriller set in a sci-fi world, Broken Angels is more standard alien/action genre fare, and Woken Furies mixes both.
That being said, I really felt compelled to write a review for this book, as opposed to the other two, because the producer of this audiobook should be drawn and quartered and then fed to swamp panthers.
The mispronunciation and proper pronunciation of the main characters name is well covered in the first book. It would be one thing if we were all guessing at the pronunciation but anyone that has listened to or read the first book knows exactly how to pronounce "Kovacs". You'd think the audiobook company that produced the first two books would know how to as well. I know it may seem nit-picky but Kovacs' name is said about a million times in the book and hearing it pronounced "co-vacks" (as in Ernie) made me cringe every time. I suppose there is some reason why Todd McLaren didn't continue as narrator but it would have been nice to have him back. Narrator continuity is important.
The overuse of reverb and audio effects only adds to my hatred for the production crew of this audiobook. We aren't dumb and we don't need aubible clues that we are listening to a flashback or dream. There's a reason why professional voice actors narrate these books, afterall.
This book and the entire Saga of Seven Suns series so far are some of the most interesting, exciting books I've read/listened to in a long time. Some reviewers feel that the books are slow or that there are too many characters. For me, it was exactly the opposite impression. The story and the characters captivated me. Each character is well developed over the series and they are unique enough that I never confused them as some others have commented.
As for the story, I classify the entire series as "page turners". I couldn't wait to find out what happened next as the plot and intrigue between the different groups in the story deepened. New mysteries present themselves just when you feel you have a hold of the current ones, holding your attention and pulling you further into the story. I was actually somewhat surprised at how much I enjoyed the story, as the genre of Space Opera has never really been one of my favorites.
One warning to Audible listeners, The Saga of Seven Suns actually encompasses SEVEN books, with the first three available here, two others with audio versions available elsewhere (read by another reader), and the sixth and seventh books due in June 2007 and June 2008 respectively. Having finished book five I'll say that the worst part of the series is having to wait a year to find out what happens next.
I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
Strange to call a book like this "fun" but that is exactly what it is. The book is funny, exciting, and disturbing all at the same time. I'm looking forward to more books from Jeff Lindsay.
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