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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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  • Wesley
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 11-19-11

A masterful follow-up, Morgan hits his stride.

After Altered Carbon I put Morgan on the list of authors to watch.

I wasn't sure what to expect from Morgan's second outing with Kovacs character. He wasn't flat but there wasn't a whole lot of depth to him after the first novel. I was pleasantly surprised with this outing and with the fact it departed from the Hardboiled Nior genre a bit and got more into the para military aspects of Kovacs past and his current skills.

This is my favorite novel to date by Morgan and is on my short list to read again. It is good enough to stand on it's own without Altered Carbon backing it up. Morgan uses the distance of time to keep the same character but put him in a different setting where we can see a whole new dimension to him.

Morgan still puts in too much graphic sex for my taste but that can be overlooked in this novel.

There isn't much more I can say without spoiling things. I will say that it is a very fun ride with lots of shoot'em up's and head scratching with a real taste of aliens without actually having a live aliens marching around in the book.

This book has made the "recommend to friends list" and will stay there for a long time to come!

Todd McLaren is just masterful. Again, he takes the written word and gives it life. His readings never get in the way of the story. I'd listen to him read the side of a cake mix box, he is just that good.

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Good Enough

The narration was excellent as before, Todd McLaren really does a good job capturing the characters. The twist at the end was unexpected and the whole story was riveting. I feel like it could've moved faster. I was somewhat disappointed with the way the story progressed and the bloodshed.

Otherwise, a great followup to the first novel!

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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 2 people found this review helpful

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great without the longwinded

I really enjoyed Altered so was anxious for the second Broken. Morgan didn't back away from his gritty and sensational as in the first so the second continued on queue. The only that thing that took away from Broken which seemed to get worse the deeper you went was the long-winded narration or explanation of history and technology where, I feel, a brief review would have been suffice. It slowed the pace considerably especially at the end when all the lose ends needed to be tied up.

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And the streak ends.

Altered Carbon was fantastic, Woken Furies was different but good, Broken Angels is great... but what happened to the reader!?!
This guy doesn't sound like Tak, he doesn't feel like Tak, he doesn't even say his name right.
If you have listened to the other books in the Takeshi Kovacs series be prepared for a nails on chalkboard experience. The reader isn't bad, but it is a big step down from the first two.
The story doesn't disappoint, but doesn't quite have the impact of the first two.
Overall worth getting, expecially if you loved the first two, which you should listen to before this, but be prepared to hate the narrator.

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  • L.
  • Travelers Rest, SC, United States
  • 07-22-06

Next best to Altered Carbon

Another hit from Morgan! VERY deep, the twists and turns come so fast, and the plot is so deep, that you have to REALLY pay attention to keep up. Plots, within plots, within plots.

I usually have the end of a book figured out WAY before the end.. don't even try it with Morgan's Books, you'll find yourself left behind in the dust ;)

I could only give it a 4 star rating because it's not "Altered Carbon", and that's my new standard by which all other books are now judged... But Morgan's writing style is Head and Shoulders above "The Norm".

As most have said, the language, situations and Violence is "Adult ONLY", but it's another "Can't put it down" book from Morgan.. I'm happy to see so many new books for more mature readers, The "Kiddie Sci-Fi" gets old after a while... KEEP WRITING PLEASE!!!!

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  • Ryan
  • phoenix, AZ, USA
  • 06-09-06

Wasted potential

The author truly has a talent for creating a believable future world and characters that fit well in it. If there is an abridged version of this book perhaps it would be worthwhile (I can't believe I said that). I am a person who doesn't offend or shock easily and I was not by this book either, but the author seems to go out of the way to try which is almost offensive in and of itself. Like a comedian relying on vulgarity. The sex scenes read like a 14 year old writing into Penthouse and the graphic desription of torture for no apparent benefit to the plot just comes across as sophomoric. I truly was sucked in the first half and it could have been much worse. I just hate a book going down in a tailspin. Unless you're 15 - in which case wait till your parents go to sleep and be sure to get this.

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  • Kamal
  • Brampton, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-24-06

Back to the future

This book is very different from its prequel, Altered Carbon. Same Takashi Kovacs, but different time (decades later), different place (Mars), and even a different sleeve (black, instead of white).

This is less of a mystery, than a tale of mysticism, wonder, and ultimately, greed. If you though Kovacs was a jerk in Altered Carbon (which he was, but ultimately a likeable and "moral" jerk), you probably won't conjure much sympathy for him here.

Still an adult-themed book (again, rated R for violence, graphic sexual content, and strong language), the author seems to have left some loose threads hanging out the edges of his weave.

Still, the book is a decent followup to an excellent debut, and worth purchasing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Hip and sexy, unafraid.

I really enjoyed this. Even though I personally don't buy into the idea of seperating mind and body which stands as the backdrop of the book, the story stays consistent with the rules he lays out.

In the mean time the story itself MOVES. Its crisp and very hip. Its sexy when it wants to be, brutal when it needs to be, and gritty as hell. I liked it a lot. The characters here are pretty real. They have failings and strengths. I only wish in this story he'd taken the voodoo theme just a little further along rather than abandoning it.

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  • RJT
  • Thornton, CO
  • 11-02-05

Broken (Fallen?) Angels - worth the time.

I write with some chagrin; I wanted to read this sequel to _Altered Carbon_ despite some trepidation after reviewing several customer comments.
At the outset, let me state that I truly enjoyed the book. I am a fan of the "SciFi-mystery-military" genre (e.g., Weber, Ringo, Drake) - logical after my 20 year military career. This novel was filled with everything I enjoy in SciFi and then some; in all, an excellent read.
Many previous reviewers have noted the author's use of language. One *can* write a militaristic novel without reverting to "R-rated" language - I suppose it *is* possible; but for those who have spent time in the service, yet alone in a war, the characters would simply not seem "real" without one or two of them resorting colorful language. So the use of less than eloquent language is understandable.
What did *not* appear understandable, was how the author (twice) resorted to crudely executed, thematically incongruous and linguistically graphic depictions of sex. There was no need. I fail to see what Morgan hoped to accomplish by forcing the storyline to incorporate this byplay (forgive the pun). I don't use my fast-forward button often, but ......
And yet it was a *very* good book; I enjoyed it immensely and strongly recommend it. The narrator speaks with a very, very slight lisp, but his diction is otherwise clear: spoken in a well intoned, rich baritone (though his female voices leave something to be desired).
Should you choose this title, be ready for a fast paced, exciting plot; relatively accurate (again, graphic) descriptions of combat and combat-incurred injuries, and long periods sitting on the edge of your seat!