Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history.
In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan's World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with "the" Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it's time to be afraid.
After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell.
Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.
©2005 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
"The author's eye for detail and feel for the atmosphere and nuances of SF noir result in a story packed with action and angst that will also appeal to general suspense readers." (Library Journal)
"Morgan's anxiously awaited third Takeshi Kovacs novel makes a terrific addition to an award-winning series....Highly recommended for followers of the series, cyberpunk devotees, and hard-boiled detective fans not averse to a little genre-bending." (Booklist)
One of my favorite books but narrator is so annoyingly bad that I had to go drop listening after first 40 min. and get a hardcopy instead. Shame...
This recording has a terrible echo. It made it so that I could not enjoy the story and stopped after about 5 minutes.
Please re-record this, and send me an email when done!
To be fair, I never finished this book. The characters are all hard and brittle, tough and hardened. I start to feel empty when I listen to it and think that I never want to meet any of those people so why do I want to hear what they say? There is too much anger without a purpose; ditto for violence. the tough guy act runs very thin quickly. not at all recommended.
After readong some of the previous reviews, the only thing I have to offer is that the narrator reminds me of some TV Evangilist. So, it made me laugh whenever he swore, especially during the sex narration. The story is still good enough to listen through to the end. Morgan is a great author.
If you liked "Altered Carbon" you'll really like this one. The sex was rather graphic and a bit gratuitous but...who cares. I found myself beginning to dislike Kovac as the story progresses but, then again, he is a modern hero with a good side and a evil side. I began to understand him a bit more by the end of the book. The conclusion was more than a little contrived. I call it the "Wayne's World" syndrome. If you remember that awful movie it felt, at the end, that everyone was just sort of tired of doing the movie and it just sort of ended. In that sense, I guess "Woken Furies" is not Morgan's most technically adroit work. It does have more meat than "Market Forces" however. Well worth the time.
mystery, history, and sci fi fan
First a Con- the recording does begin with an echo effect that makes it very hard to understand what is going on. The echo is put to better use later on. The Pros- I listened to Broken Angels and enjoyed that greatly, but Woken Furies built on that. The narrator took a while to get used to but somewhere in the first few hours something clicked and from then on it was a great ride. Great book- overall great narration. This is a recording that will stay with me for a while.
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
This is the third in the Takeshi Kovacs series. It's almost as good as the first, Altered Carbon, and far, far better than the 2nd, Broken Angels. Some reviewers have complained that the story is hard to follow--and it certainly will be if you haven't read Altered Carbon. As an audiobook alone it might be daunting--there are sudden shifts of time and perspective, plus a lot of futuristic technology that is used casually but rarely explained. I leapfrogged between the audiobook and a hard copy.
But it's a great combination of philosophical musing and a bloody space opera. Highly recommended if you like dark Sci-Fi (but read Altered Carbon first.)
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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