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Thirteen Audiobook

Thirteen

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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.

What the Critics Say

"Stellar." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jclark Oxford, CT United States 11-24-08
    Jclark Oxford, CT United States 11-24-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Superb- Morgan's best so far"

    This is the fourth RKM book I've listened to so far. I believe it's his best. The story line is fascinating and the narration is brilliant. Highly Recommended.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey K. Ericson Pheonix, AZ 09-16-08
    Jeffrey K. Ericson Pheonix, AZ 09-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Really Enjoyable Listen"

    This was a great road-trip book for us. Rich Story, interesting characters. It dragged a little in the middle while he explored his ideas about the future of civilization. They were interesting and definitely a possible real outcome, but not necessarily critical to the story. We definitely would recommend it to anyone who is open-minded and not easily offended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Whittaker, MI, United States 04-02-08
    Douglas Whittaker, MI, United States 04-02-08 Member Since 2001
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    "I agree with Rusty"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Columbus, OH, United States 09-15-07
    James Columbus, OH, United States 09-15-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Thrill a minute"

    This book is a superb thriller. The story gets confusing with abrupt shifts of focus on various characters, but the action more than makes up for it. This is a novel of the future in about a century from now, when the fruits and price of the present genetic revolution have led to the technologies that form the basis of the book's characterization and plot. You can't stop listening. Well worth listening to more than once. The narrator does a fine job of conveying all the different personalities who are in conflict.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Phillips Kansas City 09-07-07
    Bruce Phillips Kansas City 09-07-07 Member Since 2007
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Schmeisser Eagan, MN United States 09-04-07
    John Schmeisser Eagan, MN United States 09-04-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Takes a while to develop"

    The first half of this book was very difficult to listen to. The author appears to paint a picture of the future whereby humans are unable to communicate without the use of massive amount of profanity laden speech. I'm not opposed to the use of profanity, but I found myself counting the uses of the words in one short segment and gave up after hitting 50 in less than 5 minutes. Entirely unnecessary!

    The book finally picks up in the second half. Save yourself some time and skip straight to part II.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Grand Blanc, MI, United States 06-17-09
    Bill Grand Blanc, MI, United States 06-17-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Very XXX vocabulary"

    Very dissapointed! Every 5th word was "F***". Apparently this author has a very limited vocabulary. I could not get past the 1st half hour. I will be staying away from this author in the future!. Wish I could get my $ back.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 10-24-08
    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 10-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Too SLOW"

    I couldn't even finish the book... It just seem to drag on... I couldn't seem to maintain interest in the book.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa osprey, FL, United States 05-08-08
    Theresa osprey, FL, United States 05-08-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Intelligent, not for kids, rated R- Fantastic!"

    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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Billings, MT, USA 04-05-08
    Chuck Billings, MT, USA 04-05-08
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    "Sci Fi?"

    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.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful

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