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Thirteen | [Richard K. Morgan]

Thirteen

Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.
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Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison - a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous.

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.

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    Bruce Phillips Kansas City 09-07-07
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    "Boring"

    I liked the Altered Carbon series, but Morgan's latest novel Thirteen is just plain boring. If you like very, very long conversations about politics, race, genetics, and relationships then you might like this book.

    This was one of the few books I purchased on audible that I just could not finish. After listening through 3/4 of this book I just was tired of it and moved on.

    I really couldn't care about the characters and there was almost no suspense. A very boring story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BillNapoli 08-22-07
    BillNapoli 08-22-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Way too long!"

    I NEVER like abridged versions of a book, but this one SHOULD have been abridged. It went on and on and on and on. Each time I thought I would abandon going any further, something interesting enough would occur in the plot to keep me hanging in a bit longer. I finally made it to the end and, in retrospect now ask myself, "Why did I bother?" My recommendation--skip this one.

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    "Hum dee dum dee dum"

    Finished the book, not sure why? There was just enough intresting material to keep going. Just never really seemed to get past the authors adolescent veiw of life.

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    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 07-16-09
    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 07-16-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Digusting!"

    Full of bigotry and prejudice towards Christians. Gratuitous vilence and foul language. Tedious plot. Cardboard characters.

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    Thomas 06-27-07
    Thomas 06-27-07
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    "Not For Me!"

    If you are an American with a belief in God and that Jesus was the son of God then I suggest you forego purchasing this book. I’m not going to suggest that the literary prose is bad or that the author does not have a right to present this fiction in the manner he has, but I found the content highly inflammatory towards the United States and unacceptably biased towards the secular views of a what I suspect to be a large segment of the European Populace. I'm not an overly religious person as I haven't been to church since I was in my teens (I'm 57 now) but I do believe in God and the New Testament. I find offensive the term "Jesusland" as depicted by this author. I don't care if you're an Atheist or if you belong to some segment of Christianity that twirls snakes and speaks in tongues, the author is offensive towards the greatest Country in the history of mankind. I should point out that I've read many books by European Authors and I've never felt the need to express my negative opinion such as I have with this author.
    I will not purchase another book by this author.

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    Sue Norman, OK, USA 07-17-07
    Sue Norman, OK, USA 07-17-07
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    "FYI: Not"

    If you prefer your sci-fi without a huge amount of profanity this may not be the book for you. I was very disappointed in the juvenile language.

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