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Publisher's Summary

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own. So when a rogue pilot and a sleazy corporate fat cat offer him a lucrative role in a treacherous treasure hunt, he's only too happy to go AWOL with a band of resurrected soldiers of fortune. All that stands between them and the ancient alien spacecraft they mean to salvage are a massacred city bathed in deadly radiation, unleashed nanotechnolgy with a million ways to kill, and whatever surprises the highly advanced Martian race may have in store. But armed with his genetically engineered instincts, and his trusty twin Kalashnikovs, Takeshi is ready to take on anything...and let the devil take whoever's left behind.

Broken Angels is the second Takeshi Kovacs novel. Don't miss the first, Altered Carbon, or the third, Woken Furies.
©2003 Richard K. Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure." (Publishers Weekly)
"A lively follow-up to an energetic debut, with a still refreshingly cynical hero." (Booklist)

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Confusing and hard to stay engaged--but worthy...

Worthy of a second read, now that I know the ending.
Not as good as the first book--although, it may be when I reread it.
Voice acting is outstanding.

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Not as good as Altered Carbon but not bad

I enjoyed the first book, Altered Carbon. Though it was mostly a typical (if graphic) gumshoe novel, it introduced a well made and thought provoking universe.
Broken Angels has a bit more of a generic, convoluted sci-fi plot with fewer memorable characters. I liked the parts that expounded upon Takeshi's background, the Quellists, and the Martians, but they felt few and far between. The continuous action was enough to keep me interested, but I hoped for more depth. The fact that the end of the book turned into another "who done it" scene also had me rolling my eyes. Maybe if all of the character motivations revealed in the end had been explained along the way, it would have made for a more compelling read. I agree with readers who say this book is worth reading if you want to get more acquainted with TK's universe, but keep expectations in check.

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Loved...

Loved as much as altered carbon! I am sad that the are only three books. Would live to see a future book that goes into the old ones (martians) story. What happened to them, and why.

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Mixed feelings

Storyline gets a little convoluted, lags at parts. Characters not as interesting as the first book. Mediocre reading experience.

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Part two of an excellent trilogy

This continues the story started in Altered Carbon. An excellent trilogy, and introduction to RKM.

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lost with no direction

it's a good story just changes directions for no real reason but worth a look

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  • G E B
  • Tucson, AZ
  • 02-17-18

Takeshi Still Rocks, but...

...now that I’ve listened for my second or third time, it’s clear to me how much has been lost from Altered Carbon: clarity and feeling in the storyline and poor production values in the recording (primary in the narrator’s too obvious insertions either during edits or new sessions where both disturbing changes in volume and/or tone are jarring). The storyline is more complex, with many more characters and a less obvious arc makes for a bumpier ride. I’m hoping that the end of the trilogy is as I remember it, in which I was left so desperate for more that I was driven to write Mr. Morgan about the trilogy (and Thirteen, another favorite); I was delighted to hear back from him!

Now that Netflix has released a truly remarkable 10-episode interpretation of Altered Carbon, I presume his current residence @ Head in the Clouds will preclude any future correspondence beyond receipt of well-deserved fan mail!

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vividly entertaining

Superior performance and memorable characters make this another worthwhile book to listen to. I wish they would release a third done with this narrator because it would be great.

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A perennial favorite

Whether you're curious because of the debut of Altered Carbon on Netflix or have already read/listened to the aforementioned first book in the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy, your money will be well spent in listening to Broken Angels, the Altered Carbon sequel. It takes the established character and expands upon themes only mentioned in the first book, in the process expanding on the human Diaspora amongst the stars, while still making it painfully clear that even an ex-Envoy can find solid employment in what should theoretically be enlightened times.

War seems to be the human constant. And it ceases to be a question of who you're fighting for or what philosophy you espouse, but rather if you've got the means to get off world in time or have to join up and fight if you want to keep fed.

As an Envoy, Takeshi has undergone training and conditioning which is entirely unreliant upon the sleeve he's wearing at the time. His intuition, capacity to improvise, and ability to read people border on the superhuman. Put a mind like that into a custom combat sleeve and you've got one of the most dangerous men in existence. But what happens when he tires of fighting? When one war seems much like another, and none of the pain and bloodshed has ultimately come to mean anything? That's when you've got a deserter, or at least one willing to desert if there's sufficient incentive...

Despite the chaotic new environment and large-scale warfare all around, Broken Angels follows the winning formula of it's predecessor, and is ultimately a first-person action-oriented mystery. Seven mysteries, in fact, if my count is right. Each layers into the next to create a single story operating like a well-engineered machine. Nothing out or sync, nothing missing, nothing excessive.

The narrator is the same as previous, and succeeds in getting across Takeshi's wealth of experience and overwhelming fatigue. If only the third installment of the trilogy we're so lucky.

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Very good

I don't know why Altered Carbon amazes me while this book is merely very good. This book is excellent in many ways. The imagination poured into this book is at the top of the field. The writing is at the top of the field. The intelligence of the story is without fault. I have no quibbles with the cool plot. My friends tell me that they loved this book every bit as much as Altered Carbon, so given how much is fantastic about this book, I think my 4 star rating has to be accepted as a comment on me rather than the book.

Solid narration. The production seems to have overemphasized the bass and left some of the recording hard to soak up at moderate volumes.