Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn't be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society. Read by Todd McLaren.
©2003 Richard K Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc
I don't know whether it was misreading or some typos in the original source material, but the narrator says "yazuka" once, before saying the correct "yakuza" later in the book. Near the end he also says "casual link" where only "causal link" would make sense in the context. I found these mistakes distracting from an otherwise compelling story and voice performance.
The premise and scifi are engaging and entertaining. The blurring between reality, virtual reality and the potential for the human soul to be converted into software is exactly the reason why I am a scifi fan. But this book is too long. Long passages that added little to the story. By the end I did not care how it resolved I struggled to finish. Performance of the actor is very compelling. They capture the tone and voice of each character.
Punchline - good story in need of an editor
Action packed throughout
The overall concept is a fascinating one, - I won't offer any spoilers here, but has an interrsting take on inter-stellar travel and how to get around issues of time dilation
I bought the book when it first came out, following a good recommendation in SFX magazine, and its one heck of a read - on audio, its equally as entertaining
Very difficult to focus in on one scene when the entire book is so packed full or action and activity. One scene which I found unpleasant featured torture (if you're squeamish about eyes, watch out in the final two chapters , but it fit very well into the storyline
Well worth reading or listening to
Constantly introduced ideas about the future that are both believable and possible, I loved it!
Almost a steampunk version of l Ron Hubbard, with a touch of Brandon Sanderson!
An almost laconic laid back narration, that fits the almost reminiscence style of writing
Death is no longer final
"An excellent read"
It was such a relief to come across this book after weeks of listening to boring books and even more boring performers. The narration is excellent. Each character is well and properly portrayed. Todd is awesome. I would recommend it to all scifi fans
Yes loved the book
All characters were good
He suits the book perfectly
Can u please but the rest of the books up for sale they are on your amaracan site please why not the uk site.
"Good read, nice mix of sci-fi and crime"
I enjoyed the world crested by the author, felt kind of cyberpunk, which I loved.
As a fan of both sci-fi and crime novels, this was right in my wheelhouse
"Well written debut with big ideas"
Futuristic detective noir. A lot of big themes and ideas running throughout.
Raises a lot if questions about power and humanity that are seamlessly woven into the plot itself.
"Sci Fi detective story, well read"
SciFi Action Mystery
Greg Mandel - Mindstar Rising.
Detective / Action with a scifi lining.
The overprotective Hotel - Lobby scene.
very well read and has plenty of action and good detective storyline.
"Simile overload= flawed Sci fi film noir"
Yes, digitised consciousness is scifi but the rest of this is like a hammed up film noir knock off. I kept expecting mike hammer to appear in the next scene.
Really not a scifi story - to my mind.
Narration was good, though some of the pronunciation was a bit odd sometimes.
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