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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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Not as good as 1st but intriguing

Interesting story line but nothing like the first book. Found it somewhat confusing. The author seemed to skip over details occasionally I felt like I missed some world building chapters. I couldn't always follow the political nuance.
the Kovacs character is great though, needed a stronger female lead like the first book though.

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  • Lars
  • Marshall, MI
  • 04-20-16

Not 'Altered Carbon,' but still pretty good.

So whereas Altered Carbon was a sci-fi homage to oldschool hard-boiled detective noir, this was more of a sci-fi homage to 'The Dirty Dozen'. But its still Morgan's entertaining, violent, sexually explicit prose here (and I say this in the most appreciative sense). I am becoming a real fan. Narration is similarly excellent. Recommended.

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Not sure why this is considered a sequel

The book is supposed to be a sequel to "Altered Carbon"; however, the only tie to the first book is the name of the main character. This story is Takashi Kovasc 30 years after the events of "Altered Carbon" but it might as well be a completely different character as the events of the first book have no bearing on the second book.

I enjoyed "Altered Carbon" a great deal because the author illustrated several circumstances that the world of re-sleeving can cause. That was missing in this book.

"Broken Angels" is a straight forward military space sci fi story and didn't have the interest or the depth of "Altered Carbon", even the sex scenes in BA were contrived and served no real purpose in the story.

As a stand alone novel "Broken Angels" is average sci fi but it lacks the depth of the first book.

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Poor 2nd book

Nowhere as well written as 1st book. Characters are not interesting. Storyline weak. Narrator is good.

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Five stars five stars five stars five stars five stars biatch, nice twist, E'Noff SAID!!!!!

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Broken angels

Not as good as the first book. The story is weaker but the narration is still solid.

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Another excellent Takeshi Kovacs story

Definitely a great listen, liked it even more than Altered Carbon.

Check it out if you like the first book.

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Poor use of words...

I thought the premise of the story was wonderful, the writing itself was good and the narrator did a fine job. What I couldn't enjoy was the use of "adult" language for the sake if using "adult" language. I felt the author couldn't find a thesaurus which wasn't written by a street thug wanna be.

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Oftentimes too quiet for a car on a freeway.

'Nuff said. voice actor was well chosen, but the deep voice makes it occasionally difficult to hear.

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Dreadful performance ruins the book

What disappointed you about Broken Angels?

Huge fan of Richard Morgan, but the performance was so dreary...that I had trouble staying awake. There's a lot going on in the world, but Todd McLaren's voice droned that I couldn't stay engaged. I kept having to replay sections because I had no idea what happened in that buzzing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kovach, of course. The world is such an interesting, complex place with very cool technology.

Would you be willing to try another one of Todd McLaren’s performances?

Nope, never.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story was great. I bombed out of the audiobook but bought the ebook and quite enjoyed it.