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Broken Angels | [Richard K. Morgan]

Broken Angels

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.
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Publisher's Summary

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own. So when a rogue pilot and a sleazy corporate fat cat offer him a lucrative role in a treacherous treasure hunt, he's only too happy to go AWOL with a band of resurrected soldiers of fortune. All that stands between them and the ancient alien spacecraft they mean to salvage are a massacred city bathed in deadly radiation, unleashed nanotechnolgy with a million ways to kill, and whatever surprises the highly advanced Martian race may have in store. But armed with his genetically engineered instincts, and his trusty twin Kalashnikovs, Takeshi is ready to take on anything...and let the devil take whoever's left behind.

Broken Angels is the second Takeshi Kovacs novel. Don't miss the first, Altered Carbon, or the third, Woken Furies.

©2003 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
"A lively follow-up to an energetic debut, with a still refreshingly cynical hero." (Booklist)

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    Patrick United States 05-15-13
    Patrick United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A huge dissapointment after "Altered Carbon""
    What disappointed you about Broken Angels?

    I loved Altered Carbon's take on sci-fi noir, and the way that it explored the stack system (where people's minds can be transferred to different bodies. Broken Angels ditches the noir/mystery feel, doesn't do much with the concept of stacks, and instead goes for an ultra-violent military thriller with a little "Alien" thrown in. The story didn't make a lot of sense to me, and I got turned off by the frequent graphic sex and violence. Granted, Altered Carbon also had a lot of sex and violence, but at least it was held together with a good story. Also, Kovacs, who was a bit of an anti-hero in "Altered Carbon" comes off as pretty much unlikeable in this.


    Has Broken Angels turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre, no, but the author, yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene where they were exploring the Martian space ship.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The Martians were interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 02-01-10
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 02-01-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Gritty and Hard Nosed Sci Fi"

    Will definitely like if you liked the first book "Altered Carbon" nicely narrated. Gritty and Hard nosed characters and plot development. May offend some in its crudeness of action and settings, but would not expect a Harlequin romantic comedy reader to even glance at this book. Definitely a good listen for the appropriate audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Tucker Fort Lauderdale, FL USA 12-30-05
    George Tucker Fort Lauderdale, FL USA 12-30-05 Listener Since 2004

    Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work. - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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    "Fabulous Noir Sci-Fi"

    I've enjoyed Richard K. Morgan's science fiction more than any other books I've ever downloaded from Audible (and that's a lot). The plot of Broken Angels is sufficiently complex to keep your interest but not overwhelming. There's plenty of tension to draw you forward. The scope of the novel is sufficiently grand to remind you of why you like science fiction in the first place.

    Takeshi Kovacs, the hero, is fabulous. Imagine Han Solo and Clark Gable and James Bond being grafted into one personality... that's him.

    Warning: there are a couple of steamy scenes not for the prudish -- and can be very distracting while you're at work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Reynolds Springfield, IL United States 08-06-05
    Jack Reynolds Springfield, IL United States 08-06-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent Book for Lovers of Gritty Sci-Fi"

    This is another outstanding effort in the ongoing saga of ex-Envoy assassin, cum private detective Takeshi Kovacs. Many reviewers have taken exception with comparing Richard Morgan to Neil Stephenson or William Gibson. I loved Stephenson?s early work, and Gibson broke new ground with Neuromancer, but where are they lately? Stephenson has been engrossed in his three book Cryptonomicon series, a long drawn-out story that is something like Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but that flat out makes no sense. Who knows where Gibson has gone, his later books show him struggling with finding new visions in his once vivid imagined universe. Morgan picks up the mantle and welds on a bit of Raymond Chandler, and the result is exceptionally entertaining and quite interesting. There are a couple of graphic sex scenes that do seem a bit gratuitous, and if you read the first book, they will make you wonder about Morgan?s predilections. Still, I have to think that if Chandler could have gotten away with it, Sam Spade would have had a similar scene with the bookseller in The Maltese Falcon. If you like gritty, sci-fi set in the not too distant future, and not the dreck that Kevin Anderson is pushing in his abysmal ?Saga of Seven Suns? series; you?ll like this book and its prequel, Altered Carbon. Definitely not a waste of a book-credit.

    -Jack

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Stacks and Stacks of Technio Bable"

    RELIGION IS RELIGION HOWEVER YOU WIEGH IT.

    This has received some really good reviews. I was into it for the first three chapters. It reminded me of a beefed up Joe Haldeman. It did not entertain me like a Duane Suarez. I felt the story got bogged down in the techno details. Saving a persons personality in what they called a stack from your vertebrae was cool the first fifteen times it was discussed. The 50th time, it was getting old. There was lots of other tech advances, matter of fact, almost everybody in the story was damaged in some way and was being cured through some sort of advanced tech.

    The narrator was okay, his voice is a deep bass. I could hear him alright on ear phones, but through my truck radio the bass messed with my speakers.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Woodland Hills, CA, United States 05-13-08
    Kenneth Woodland Hills, CA, United States 05-13-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Now That I've Listened..."

    to both Richard K. Morgan Takeshi Kovacs tomes, the scenes and characters have seeped into my psyche. All is vivid. All is extremely well-written. However, I don't like the feelings I'm left with, after time. Sure, I was fascinated when listening, but now I realize the problem which is causing me pain and unhappiness.

    Takeshi Kovacs, the character who would naturally seem to be the protagonist, sympathetic, likable, even lovable, is none of these.

    He is a superior fighter, has a brilliant mind, and can kill without conscience. I do not like him--and his world depresses me. Very much.

    I feel sick, at times, when I recall the most vivid scenes and the actions taken by Kovacs. This is bloody, violent, no love here. Lots of sex. No love that I remember.

    OK if you want it, but I'm not going to buy the third book, Woken Furies. I will stay far away. I hope hundreds of years away in time.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Stef 11-08-06
    Stef 11-08-06
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    "Excellent noir military scifi, well performed"

    Altered Carbon, the first book to feature this protagonist, is a noir mystery. This book has a more military theme, but still with a mystery flavor. Todd McClaren does an excellent narration job. The world that Morgan creates is intriguing and reasonably and brings up lots of interesting ethical questions. He does a good job of balancing action, philosophical pondering, and emotion. The plot is enjoyably complex but with plenty of familiar cliches. Note that there's lots of violence, gore, and torture.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 07-22-06
    L. Travelers Rest, SC, United States 07-22-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Next best to Altered Carbon"

    Another hit from Morgan! VERY deep, the twists and turns come so fast, and the plot is so deep, that you have to REALLY pay attention to keep up. Plots, within plots, within plots.

    I usually have the end of a book figured out WAY before the end.. don't even try it with Morgan's Books, you'll find yourself left behind in the dust ;)

    I could only give it a 4 star rating because it's not "Altered Carbon", and that's my new standard by which all other books are now judged... But Morgan's writing style is Head and Shoulders above "The Norm".

    As most have said, the language, situations and Violence is "Adult ONLY", but it's another "Can't put it down" book from Morgan.. I'm happy to see so many new books for more mature readers, The "Kiddie Sci-Fi" gets old after a while... KEEP WRITING PLEASE!!!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Gere Norwich, VT United States 02-15-09
    Robert Gere Norwich, VT United States 02-15-09 Member Since 2007

    Tallman

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    "A perfect storm."

    I liked Altered Carbon and Thirteen and I am enjoying Woken Furies, but Broken Angels was a sad waste of time. What happens when you combine a weak story with a reader who doesn't know what do do with the characters? 8 hours of wondering when, and if, it is going to get better. Altered Carbon and Thirteen are more gritty noire stylings with ample violence and sex (ok, more than ample) but Broken Angels aims for the philosophical and Mr. Morgan comes up short.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 09-23-14
    Justin 09-23-14

    Love books that cover all kinds of topics and stimulate your mind and body.

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    "Really hard to follow."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Stop trying to put in special effects into the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Done with this series.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The echo added in the narration in the prolog and the echo in parts of the story drove me crazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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