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Woken Furies | [Richard K. Morgan]

Woken Furies

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

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.

Woken Furies is the third Takeshi Kovacs novel, following Altered Carbon and Broken Angels.

©2005 Richard K. Morgan; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Erick los angeles, CA, USA 04-27-06
    Erick los angeles, CA, USA 04-27-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Book"

    If your are a fan of the cyberpunk genre like me this book is a must to hear. As for the complains about the reader, this book is more of a dramatization than a reading and it uses some sound effects like echos to give it more of a reality feeling. My only complain is that there are a lot of characters to follow, sometimes I had to rewind back a couple of minutes to follow the plot, but other that that a great book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Caroland Woodstock, GA United States 09-21-08
    Nathan Caroland Woodstock, GA United States 09-21-08 Listener Since 2008

    Book Bat!

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    "Cyberpunk and Grit!"

    I was looking for something that was decidedly sci-fi and cyberpunk and this fits the bill perfectly!

    Well written with three books in the series which leaves you wishing there were more to be had.

    Action and mystery, there promises to be plenty of audio action and I can only cajole you to take a listen and enjoy.

    We need more like this!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Mount Vernon, WA, United States 03-19-13
    Andy Mount Vernon, WA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Story was underwhelming, performance was horrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This seemed to be an opening to a Cyberpunk epic. The first book was a good "detective" novel, the second was a decent "military" novel, the third was just... lost.


    Has Woken Furies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I may be turned off from this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Todd McLaren, the narrator of the first two novels.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The story was severely lacking, and the narrator effects and lack of consistent pronunciation ruined this one for me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Loomis, CA, United States 03-27-12
    Amazon Customer Loomis, CA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Dufis sucks"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The deaf


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Woken Furies?

    All the scenes where Dufis speaks


    Any additional comments?

    He ruined the booked. Why did they change narators?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Los Lunase, NM, USA 02-19-09
    Aaron Los Lunase, NM, USA 02-19-09
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    "Good Story - Narration was distracting"

    I love Richard Morgan's books. I thought the story was good, but the mispronunciation of the Kovacs name and the during certain parts was annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delinda 11-06-08
    Delinda 11-06-08 Member Since 2006

    In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something

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    "Someone had to wake me up from Woken Furies"

    Although I toughed it out, this was not a fast paced book. It was fairly slow through the whole book. The plot was supposed to be futuristic and the ending was just lame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Eldorado, OH, USA 03-11-10
    Matt Eldorado, OH, USA 03-11-10
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    "Enjoyable Series"

    This was an excellent series, . I highly recommend it, very well written and love his other books, also. I just wish, they would keep the same narrator!!! While I do understand, that this may not always be possible, the narrator could AT LEAST listen to the previous books in series, and pronounce NAMES and PLACES correctly!!! Nothing is more irritating and frustrating!! than having to stop playback, and try to figure out who narrator is talking about!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Doggrell 04-16-09
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    "If you like the series, get this one"

    I am a big fan of this series, but I was a little worried about downloading this one because of the other complaints about the audio quality. At the beginning, they use this reverb effect that takes some getting used to. It is used sparingly throughout the recording, though.

    In the end - I think it is just as good as the earlier books.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    finhead 09-28-07
    finhead 09-28-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Fun but has adult content"

    The third book in the Takeshi Kovacs series is fairly entertaining in my opinion. Readers should be warned the book does use a lot of profanity and the author seems to throw in graphic sex scenes at set intervals for no apparent reason but if you can get past that, the story itself is quite enjoyable. I think the novel would be better without those more adult aspects but I still find the character of Takeshi Kovacs and the notion of transferring your consciousness from one "sleeve" to another infinitely interesting.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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