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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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    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 04-19-08
    Drew San Antonio, TX, USA 04-19-08
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    "Good once it got going"

    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...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John West Haven, UT, United States 07-19-12
    John West Haven, UT, United States 07-19-12
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    "Flawless"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is amazing, the narrator does an excellent job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Angels?

    No peeking, just get the book


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    All of it. The story doesn't have many slow spots, but I was engaged in the story the entire time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ed SPARKS, NV, United States 03-15-12
    ed SPARKS, NV, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "not a good recording"
    What disappointed you about Broken Angels?

    the echo of the recording from the recording booth.


    Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    very good


    Any additional comments?

    the recording of this book is appsolutly terrible! it should be redone correctly. or give me my money back....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Orange, CA, United States 01-31-12
    Michael Orange, CA, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A little hard to get into"
    Would you try another book from Richard K. Morgan and/or Todd McLaren?

    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.


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    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-02-10
    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-02-10
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    "Improving author"

    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."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pope Brownsville, TX, USA 01-21-10
    Pope Brownsville, TX, USA 01-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Another good book, but the same jarring notes."

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Pincourt, QC, Canada 06-25-07
    Linda Pincourt, QC, Canada 06-25-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Triple wow!"

    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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    Richard Ruidoso, NM, USA 02-10-06
    Richard Ruidoso, NM, USA 02-10-06
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    "the best"

    This was absolutely the very best Sci-Fi/horror/adventure novel I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them............I can't wait to read his latest of the series, Woken Furies, hope it comes to Audible soon, or I just might buy the hardback....lol.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas brooklyn, NY, USA 11-01-09
    Nicholas brooklyn, NY, USA 11-01-09
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    "SCI FI LOVE CONTINUED!"

    Great reading, story kinda losing steam, but still very worth it.

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    Tiffany Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-09-06
    Tiffany Las Vegas, NV, USA 02-09-06
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    "Bla Bla Bla"

    I Loved Morgan's other book Market Forces, it is one of my all time favorites. But, both Altered Carbon and Broken Angels put me to sleep. The reader of this book is a bit boring and had the effect of making me tune out, kind of like my 10th grade science teacher whose class I slept through. It was like I was hypnotized. I couldn't make it through either book which is unfortunate since I used up two of my credits to this rambling, yawn inspiring saga. The plot didn't advance quick enough and didn't keep me interested. Don't get me wrong I loved the premise of both books, but the readers lips were moving and all I heard was bla, bla, bla. Dick Tracy on downers. Boring. Which is amazing because the basic plot is so creative. Buyer beware.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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