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Publisher's Summary

Fifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless - and whose dangers are endless.

Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink.A breakneck-paced crime thriller, Altered Carbon took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. Broken Angels melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars.

This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.

©2003 Richard Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media

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Definitely okay

Altered Carbon was very good so I went into this one for more of the same, but, it simply wasn't. This was an okay book, don't get me wrong, but that's it. It felt predictable and Kovacs didn't feel consistent, like this was originally a story meant for a different character, and then Kovacs got shoehorned in

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round 2 was as great as round 1 ...

now the Martian question and how the Core will deal with the Envoy still remains

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  • Martyn. R. Winters
  • 02-09-15

Excitement by the fistful.

I listened to Broken Angels barely daring to breathe for fear I would miss one of the twists and turns of this full-on space drama. Richard Morgan is a superb storyteller and uses all his skills to relate another Takeshi Kovacs tale. If you liked Altered Carbon, you will love this. The fan contract is fully satisfied.

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  • DAVID
  • 07-22-15

Another Great Read

I really enjoyed the first novel, and while the second has a very different fell its every bit as good. Solid story, a few throw backs to the first novel, but no enough that you need to have read the first to enjoy it. The universe that Morgan has created here is really interesting and I hope to see a few more books in this series

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  • Mike
  • 01-12-15

As good if not better than Altered Carbon

Hats off to Richard Morgan on Takeshi Kovacs second outing! A great mixture of politics, philosophy and psychology with a sprinkle of sex and violence. Absolutely brilliant!

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  • Dana
  • 05-15-18

Disappointing

The first book was cool, but this one I couldn’t get into at all. Boring!! Returned it.

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  • Vytis baltrunas
  • 05-07-18

Thank you.

It's rare to find such an immersable novel, when I look for an audio book I want to escape reality, to disappear into another space and time and Richard Morgan certainly did not disappoint, both books in this series already have me dreaming of a likely future, dark, tech filled, a privelaged few dictating the course of the lives of the masses.
The characters are deep, well explained and you feel like you are there with them, which is the while point I suppose.
Such a brilliant universe and future Morgan has created with tasheki Kovac I fear I will not find better for a good while.
A must read for sci-fi lovers, also the tv series is a quaint addition to the novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-18

Entertaining, intriguing and grotesque

Thoroughly entertaining follow up to altered carbon that delves into kovacs’ envoy potential and explores morality and spirituality without getting too hippy dippy. The backdrop to the action was one of the threads I hoped would be explored in AC and was not disappointed. Would listen again to catch the missed detail.

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  • David Stretch
  • 03-27-18

Confusing

I found this book highly confusing. Maybe it was due to listening to it in so many small segments whilst commuting, but I was constantly lost as to where exactly the characters were and who was who. I don't normally have this problem and I loved the first book in the series. Disappointed :(

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  • Skiamakhos
  • 03-20-18

Pretty good, but...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you liked Altered Carbon, you'll love this. This is Kovacs doing what he does best, as a soldier.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Angels?

Richard Morgan does a great job building dramatic tension. There's a bit where one of Kovacs' team is being ritually executed in the most horrible way, and they're all basically dying but Kovacs decides he's not going to just sit around & listen to it happening. I won't spoiler it but I'll leave it to you to find out how he tries to deal with it and if he succeeds.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Learn to pronounce words like Maori. It's not May-ory!

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  • S. J. ATTWOOD
  • 03-15-18

The Takeshi Kovaks saga continues

More Envoy enhanced adventures this time chasing ancient Martian relics. Rip snorting stuff! Worth the listen if you liked the style of Altered Carbon..

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  • TIM
  • 03-09-18

An all round great follow on from the first book.

Richard Morgan's second book in the trilogy is brilliant. Todd Mclaren performance of the book equals the writing quality of Morgan. well worth a listen too.

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  • simmax
  • 10-02-17

very low volume recording difficult to hear

Listen on max volume, couldn't hear otherwise. Poor voice acting. Plot a little laboured in the beginning. Protagonist the usual genius Sci-fi lead figure.

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  • Adm TeKnoMan
  • 02-12-16

I love this series, fantastic

This is an Awesome sorry and a great view on how the future may be...

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  • Kate Louise Webster
  • 03-14-18

The 2nd book is always better

For some reason I enjoyed this more than the first book in the series. Maybe the author had more time to expand on characters and motivations. While the first book was a detective story set in the future. This book is more like a space Opera with it's competing groups of characters and allegiances.

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  • MR
  • 03-09-18

Better than the first

The sex scene is worthy of being nominated for one of the most awful the year it was published, but otherwise the story chugs along well enough. The reader can't pronounce Maori, though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-16-17

Great narrator, I don't enjoy the story

this story lacked density that was needed to flesh it out, altered carbon is king