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.
©2003 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
"A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
"A lively follow-up to an energetic debut, with a still refreshingly cynical hero." (Booklist)
Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.
This book is very different from its prequel, Altered Carbon. Same Takashi Kovacs, but different time (decades later), different place (Mars), and even a different sleeve (black, instead of white).
This is less of a mystery, than a tale of mysticism, wonder, and ultimately, greed. If you though Kovacs was a jerk in Altered Carbon (which he was, but ultimately a likeable and "moral" jerk), you probably won't conjure much sympathy for him here.
Still an adult-themed book (again, rated R for violence, graphic sexual content, and strong language), the author seems to have left some loose threads hanging out the edges of his weave.
Still, the book is a decent followup to an excellent debut, and worth purchasing.
I really enjoyed this. Even though I personally don't buy into the idea of seperating mind and body which stands as the backdrop of the book, the story stays consistent with the rules he lays out.
In the mean time the story itself MOVES. Its crisp and very hip. Its sexy when it wants to be, brutal when it needs to be, and gritty as hell. I liked it a lot. The characters here are pretty real. They have failings and strengths. I only wish in this story he'd taken the voodoo theme just a little further along rather than abandoning it.
I write with some chagrin; I wanted to read this sequel to _Altered Carbon_ despite some trepidation after reviewing several customer comments.
At the outset, let me state that I truly enjoyed the book. I am a fan of the "SciFi-mystery-military" genre (e.g., Weber, Ringo, Drake) - logical after my 20 year military career. This novel was filled with everything I enjoy in SciFi and then some; in all, an excellent read.
Many previous reviewers have noted the author's use of language. One *can* write a militaristic novel without reverting to "R-rated" language - I suppose it *is* possible; but for those who have spent time in the service, yet alone in a war, the characters would simply not seem "real" without one or two of them resorting colorful language. So the use of less than eloquent language is understandable.
What did *not* appear understandable, was how the author (twice) resorted to crudely executed, thematically incongruous and linguistically graphic depictions of sex. There was no need. I fail to see what Morgan hoped to accomplish by forcing the storyline to incorporate this byplay (forgive the pun). I don't use my fast-forward button often, but ......
And yet it was a *very* good book; I enjoyed it immensely and strongly recommend it. The narrator speaks with a very, very slight lisp, but his diction is otherwise clear: spoken in a well intoned, rich baritone (though his female voices leave something to be desired).
Should you choose this title, be ready for a fast paced, exciting plot; relatively accurate (again, graphic) descriptions of combat and combat-incurred injuries, and long periods sitting on the edge of your seat!
Don't read this book until you've read the first novel (Altered Carbon). This is a futuristic world, with lots of new technologies and phrases that won't make any sense to you if you haven't read the first book. I liked the fact that the second installment just took off without the usual plodding re-hashing of details from the previous story. Kovach is the perfect lead character, sort of a cross between Han Solo and Indiana Jones but with out the moral code. His sarcastic sense of humor with an "I really don't give a damn" attitude make him very sexy. I've read other reviewers that were turned off by the strong language and explicit sex scenes, but many of you might actually find them refreshing. I enjoy Fantasy and Sci-Fi novels (Robert Jordan was my favorite), but the total lack of sex in Jordan's complex adult stories was very dissappointing and quite unrealistic. Morgan has written a trilogy (yes, the third one is out already!) with lots of very strong female characters who really enjoy sex. There are evil women in the book as well as righteous ones, but none of them are victims. The only part of the two books that I could have done without were the graphic torture scenes. Fortunately, they are only a small part of what is sure to become a classic trilogy. The movie rights have been snatched up by Holliwood already, but the dilemma will be, who will play Tak, when he's in a different body in each episode?
This book and the one preceding is quite a literary ride. The material is excellent and the voice-acting is superb. I've been a long time fan of Audible and I seek books that I can listen to that require me to pause and think while listening, this book most certainly does.
There are a few steamy sex scenes in the book but the cyber punk genre is definitely satisfied. My apologies to the author for stereotyping, but this pulpy sci-fi novel fits perfectly in the cyber punk realm. The language is raw, and the descriptions are quite graphic, a 17+ year old crowd recommended (it's the parent in me). I look forward to the next installment of Morgan's envisioned future.
Both books are excellent listens.
Altered Carbon - Broken Angel
I loved these books. I never write reviews but, I had to for these great books. I can't wait for the next one!
Don't miss it!
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
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.
I liked the book once it got going, but for me it took three hours to spark an interest...Even then my interest wained again until about 5 hours into the book...Altered Carbon was much better than this story in my opinion...I will be ending the series at this book...It just shouldn't take that long to get into a book...
There are a lot of characters with unintelligible names, added to technologies of the author's creation. It seemed inordinately difficult to keep everything and everyone straight, and by the time the book was over I didn't care about anyone who had been in it. This is so different from my reaction to Altered Carbon where I really felt invested in the characters and who lived and who died seemed to matter (even though they could be re-sleeved anyway)
Altered Carbon was a marvel and it flowed. This follow-on book seemed strained and forced and I was disappointed.
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