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An atmospheric tale of corruption and abduction set on Mars, from the author of the award-winning science fiction novel Altered Carbon, now an exciting new series from Netflix.  

From the moment Richard K. Morgan's dazzling debut, Altered Carbon, burst onto the scene, it was clear that a distinctive new voice had arrived to shake up science fiction. His subsequent novels - including the sequels Broken Angels and Woken Furies - confirmed him as a master of hard-boiled futuristic thrillers. Now Morgan returns to the world of SF noir with a riveting tale of crime, corruption, and deadly crisis on a planet teetering close to the edge.   

On a Mars where ruthless corporate interests violently collide with a homegrown independence movement as Earth-based overlords battle for profits and power, Hakan Veil is an ex-professional enforcer equipped with military-grade body tech that’s made him a human killing machine. But he’s had enough of the turbulent red planet, and all he wants is a ticket back home - which is just what he’s offered by the Earth Oversight organization, in exchange for being the bodyguard for an EO investigator. It’s a beyond-easy gig for a heavy hitter like Veil...until it isn’t.

When Veil’s charge, Madison Makedwe, starts looking into the mysterious disappearance of a lottery winner, she stirs up a hornet’s nest of intrigue and murder. And the deeper Veil is drawn into the dangerous game being played, the more long-buried secrets claw their way to the Martian surface. Now it’s the expert assassin on the wrong end of a lethal weapon - as Veil stands targeted by powerful enemies hell-bent on taking him down by any means necessary.

©2018 Richard K. Morgan (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Turns out there is life on Mars

With Thin Air, Richard K. Morgan returns to Mars, as it was depicted in 13 (Black Man), but some time later. When I first noticed a new narrator I was worried, but Colin Mace does a great job. Any fans of 13 (which I consider Morgan’s most important work) will enjoy this book, and notice themes that are familiar, but not rote. Morgan’s got a talent for vivid depiction of urban bleakness- and that’s on full display here. It’s a complex plot to put it mildly- but that’s one of the reasons Morgan’s books are great re-reads, or re-listens.

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Mars Reimagined

Not skipping a beat, Richard K. Morgan twists out another Gene Tweaked Battle Hardened Noir Space saga with enough A.I. assisted anti-Hero bloodshed bravado and semi-tasteful Raw Sex to match His other Interplanetary High-Techno wrenching Novel Triumps. Brother in Arms, Give Us More!

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  • James
  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
  • 11-09-18

Brain Spinach Saves the Day!

The tendency to judge a book against its author's prior work is tempting. In this case, it's better just to forget Takeshi Kovacs and go with the flow. Thin Air is an enjoyable fast paced SF thriller. The characters are interesting enough to keep you going and the plot sort of makes sense.
In the contemporary Sci Fi world that will have to do. While Altered Carbon was a whole new direction, this book seems like paint by numbers in a lot of places. Superhuman fighter always kills everyone in the room, with a little help from spinach- wait, no, that was Popeye. Veil uses built in systems that seem prepared for any eventuality. Convenient, to say the least.
Thrown in here and there are gratuitous sex interludes that will thrill the 14 year old male reader, I guess, but seem to have no other reason to intrude. Things just sort of happen, and miraculous escapes just sort of show up on schedule.
Anyway, I still enjoyed it. There is an originality to the book that is way ahead of the stamp it out by formula writers that dominate Sci Fi- I'm looking at you, B.V. Larson. I'm not sure if Morgan will ever be as good as he was with Altered Carbon, but that is a high bar, and this book makes a valiant effort at it.
It's possible that every writer has a few good books in them, and the other ones are the price you pay to get to those books. I'm happy to do that, with the hope that Morgan is just getting a started.

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The Porn Version of Kill Bill on Mars (but dull)

First the good: Narrator Colin Mace is excellent. He is able to capture various accents and sexes in his tone, and he mostly gets it right. He can shine even the juiciest turd, apparently, because I listened 3/4 of the way before I gave up. I kept getting ready to punch out and his depictions would draw me back in. If I was only reading this, I would've already tossed the book by the time I gave up on the Audible version.

Now the bad: The plot is somewhat weak. The women are stereotyped bad-ass b*tches and the men all are twisted in some way or another. Usually they're corrupt. Everyone is jaded, which becomes dull after a while. The story is about twice as long as it should be, interspersed by immensely graphic porn. Now I realize we live in a modern world, and apparently almost everyone watches porn these days. But historically genuine SciFi is cerebral, and this is far from that. It could have been. But the author seems to want to appeal to teenage boys rather than make a genuine attempt.

Now the author did seem to work very hard to create a separate world and it's pretty believable, I'll give him that...to a certain extent. But he got too wrapped up in the tawdry minutiae and it really spoiled the entire thing. It had so much promise, but I finally, sadly, put it away. I don't have the patience to wade through any more drawn out descriptions of the variety of sexual acts that the Herculean protagonist indulges in, I'm tired of the bloody gore, and I'm worn out waiting to find out what the actual plot is.

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  • Michael
  • Battle Creek, MI, United States
  • 11-12-18

Kovacs fans will enjoy this

This was very much in the same vein as Morgan's Takashi Kovacs novels. Gritty and dark, some fairly graphic sex and violence seens but not so it overwhelms the story. Good characters and interesting tech. #Dark #Gritty #Action #SciFi Detective #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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A stellar Noir

this is my favorite book by Richard K Morgan, and I've read all three altered carbon novels. I'm very impressed with the world building, the tone, and the cast who read it.

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Just couldn't get into it

I loved the Morgan's Altered Carbon trilogy and I enjoyed Thirteen, but this one - I just couldn't get into it. I felt the same with his Market Forces as well - I simply had a herd time following the plot and wasn't very interested. Having said that, as always with Morgan, it's very well written and the style is wonderful.

The narrator was great. Excellent pacing and nice accents.

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adult suspense-action conspiracy story

engaging complicated but a little disappointed/quick on scene changes and connections, but good for someone who wants"gritty"and adult realism
narrator is perfect for this story

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God, what a writer.

Richard K Morgan hits all the right buttons. Noirish P.I. feel to this novel, even if the story is actually about a “washed up” ( read: not at all) military cradle to grave kresh born hard man with a bit of a late burgeoning conscience. Hard SF. Even a bit of romance, with a serious bit of eroticism. Made for at least one uncomfortable dog walk:). Bottom line- killer tale. Colin Mace does an excellent job as narrator. All around 5 star experience.

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Quellist is at the top of his form!

Creates a world that rings true with human nature and how we would change post-colonial on Mars. Character development is very well done. A fun and driving story.