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)
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 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...
The story is amazing, the narrator does an excellent job.
No peeking, just get the book
All of it. The story doesn't have many slow spots, but I was engaged in the story the entire time.
the echo of the recording from the recording booth.
the recording of this book is appsolutly terrible! it should be redone correctly. or give me my money back....
The first book seemed to have a much better story line. This book was just OK for me. I had a lot of trouble getting into it.
I liked this better than the premiere novel of the main character, "Altered Carbon". The story kept getting more and more interesting in terms of the explored technology, and the standoff on the planet at the end involving the nanotechnology is wonderful. The very very end of the book gets a little bit "spiritual" for my tastes in a science fiction novel, but it did not ruin the experience. Again, the reader butches it up a little too much, as in "Altered Carbon", trying to give the text a hard-boiled detective sound. But it really doesn't need it. Just read the words, is my advice. Read this book if you liked the first novel, mysteries, hard-sci fi and good action. Although enjoyable without reading the previous book, maximum enjoyment requires you to have read "Altered Carbon."
Returning to the carefully crafted world where people are downloaded and thrown around the universe and change bodies like a change of clothes, we find the universe a darker, more dangerous place. Even digging into the past can be hazardous to your health in Morgan's future world. Unfortunately the narrator still tries and fails in his attempts at characterization and the sex scenes still seem a bit pornographic.
The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy is scifi at its best. Extremely original, you can never predict what comes next; the stories are tight and the characters always interesting. Very addictive and entertaining.
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