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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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  • Chris I
  • 07-04-18

Masterful imagining of a future world

Gripping stuff. Even better than Altered Carbon. Dark and intriguing with many plot twists. Great narration.

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  • Karnal
  • 06-24-18

Very different to the first book.

It was enjoyable enough but I preferred the 50's detective style of the first one.

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  • David Cardiff
  • 06-19-18

Great Sequel

Originally I wanted to listen to the audiobooks of this series as I was really struggling to enjoy the Netflix series. I thought that perhaps the books might make a bit more sense and be better executed.

I was 100% right and am absolutely hooked, this sequel is every bit as good as the first book and tells a completely new story whilst keeping a lot of the original character narrative in tact. Well worth listening to!

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  • Robert Rawlins
  • 05-30-18

An unusual follow up.

Great performance, and the story was enjoyable in itself, however it didn't share much of the original, the crime thriller is gone, replaced with an epic sized cross-space adventure

Enjoyed it, but the first was more to my tastes.

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  • Miss C T Davenport Thomas
  • 05-30-18

Out of this world!

This is the second book I’ve now listened to in this series, having just finished it I can’t think of anything I would really change, a few of the voices sounded a little out of place on a couple of occasions but, I guess that’s the same with every narrator and isn’t much of an issue.

In recollection I felt it took a little while to get going but once the story hooked me, The it just kept giving, right to the end!

Can’t wait to listen to the next!

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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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  • 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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  • Neil
  • 05-21-18

Pretty good

Generally a good paced tome. Less involved than Altered Carbon; more of straight-line plot-wise.

Only serious gripe is the narrator’s pronunciation of Maori (which he renders May-or-ee) and the accent he gives that character (who sounds Indian Raj , kinda). Both are so grating as to be offensive. Such a shame as otherwise I like the narrotor’s characterisations. All he (and the audible editors) needed to do was google a pronunciation guide and watch Temuera Morrison in the Star Wars movies...

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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