Luckily, his "enhanced" life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He's another Thirteen, one who's already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there's no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane and alive long enough to succeed?
©2007 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"Stellar." (Publishers Weekly)
I couldn't even finish the book... It just seem to drag on... I couldn't seem to maintain interest in the book.
Richard Morgan's best work. This is intelligent Sci Fi, with a good proportion of Sex and Violence-(Much more violence than sex, but that's life, isn't it?) The Narration is flawless, and each scene is so detailed, that the mind wanders to the imagery just as the action grabs you-There are well placed Rants against all kinds of prejudices, religions included- So, if you can't suffer hearing that someone doesn't believe in your religion, don't listen.
Morgan could turn this into his own version of Stephen King's Dark Tower, and he should! PS: The wife doesn't share my enthusiasm, she liked it, but I loved it!. Listened 4 or 5 times, and it's an ipod keeper!. Jack
I agree with Rusty. If you like the other books by this author, you will like this one too. His characters are complex mixtures of good and bad.
While many people liked this book, I didn't. The science fiction elements could have been removed without much change to the overall book. Plus, it read like a bad R rated movie, with a lot of language. Plus rants against Christianity. I want to listen to a book, not a soapbox. I was relieved it was over.
It is a good futuristic story but too much of authors political views and moralizing become tedious. It is also surpringly sappy. Similar to Altered Carbon but at least two notches down.
I don't know what I liked about the book. I couldn't bring myself to finish it. I loved his Kovacs series. Every other word in this book was some cuss word or something. I don't recall the other books containing this much. Maybe I don't hang around enough people that use this much profanity as part of their daily communication. I tried listening to it on the trip to Florida and then at work but no luck. Maybe it's the narration. Maybe it will be better if I read it. Who knows.
Reduce the amount of swear words. I understand where the author is going with the character but too much is too much.
It may not be the narrator but the book.
If I could get through it maybe. But as stated above, I got to chapter 10 and had to quit(I really wanted to like it as I needed something to listen to on the long drive to Florida.). In all honesty, I don't even remember the parts I listened to or what the book was about. I just remember that it contained a lot of swear words. I tried going back to it again and realized why I stopped. Sorry.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
It was just kind of boring. It dragged on. I really enjoyed Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan, but this is far from his best effort. The narrator does a decent job, but the story barely held my interest.
The story was not what I expected from Morgan. Just disappointed.
No longer getting any more books from this author
I read and enjoyed Morgan's ALTERED CARBON, and picked this title thinking it would be another winner, but was very disappointed.
My main discontent with THIRTEEN, was that I just couldn't find anything much to like or identify with in any of the characters. In the context of a glacially-paced 24+ hour unabridged listen, this book is a tough row to hoe. The plot was byzantine and far-fetched, and as it didn't involve any higher interest such as saving the world or curing an epidemic, there wasn't anything in the plot line to carry me past or through my (at best) indifference to the characters and their doings.
The novel follows one of a group of genetically-modified professional super-killers called "Thirteens". Our protagonist is a Thirteen whose job it is to hunt other Thirteens. In the abstract, this is a perfectly good premise, but as written by Morgan, this becomes an interminable story of a thug running around bullying and threatening people; which I vainly hoped would lead somewhere before long.
It didn't, and I eventually became offended when the plot, such as it was, required cheap devices to keep the story moving, I should say plodding along; such as when a "bad-guy" Thirteen confronts the protagonist Thirteen in a public tavern. The "bad-guy" 13, born, bred and highly, highly, highly trained as a ruthlessly efficient killing machine, monologues inexplicably for what must have been 10 pages; --rather than just pulling the trigger. This preposterously implausible inaction eventually (after a long, long swath of unbelievable speechifying) allows the protagonist to escape. Ugh, how cheesy! I wanted my money back right there.
But wait there's more! There is also the constant irritation of Morgan's political and religious axe-grinding. He places his story in a future where the United States has shattered into pieces. Here again is a perfectly good premise, but Morgan fills it with political correctness on steroids, so the story positively (or I should say negatively) drips with contempt for Christians, Republicans, masculinity, nationalism, etc, etc. While this isn't wildly far fetched as our possible future, Morgan stacks his cards in such a gratuitously one-sided manner, and thrusts these cards in the readers face so repetitiously and at such length, as to annoy and offend, with what one can only surmise could be his self-indulgence of his political biases.
I gave it a game effort, making it through about 20 hours, at which point I still hasn't found anything or anyone to root for, or anything else of enough interest to motivate me to continue listening.
I can't recommend this one.
I really tried to listen to this book. I hate paying for a book and then not listening to it. However, I had to give up after about an hour. I simply had no idea who the characters were or what they were doing and, frankly, I didn't care. The reader is good, though, which is the only reason I even gave it an hour!
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