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.
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"A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
"A lively follow-up to an energetic debut, with a still refreshingly cynical hero." (Booklist)
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.
The genre, no, but the author, yes.
I enjoyed the scene where they were exploring the Martian space ship.
The Martians were interesting.
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.
Broken Angles along with Altered Carbon are both innovative, edge of your seat science fiction. The characters are fluid well developed and easy to relate to, and the story line is simple but cleaver enough to keep you interested which are not traits that are easy to find. If you like Sci Fi you will like Broken Angels.
Whatever prevents you from doing your work has become your work. - Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
My interests tend toward Biology/Medicine and SciFi, particularly post-apocalyptic fiction.
So whereas Altered Carbon was a sci-fi homage to oldschool hard-boiled detective noir, this was more of a sci-fi homage to 'The Dirty Dozen'. But its still Morgan's entertaining, violent, sexually explicit prose here (and I say this in the most appreciative sense). I am becoming a real fan. Narration is similarly excellent. Recommended.
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