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Broken Angels (2003)

by Richard K. Morgan

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Series: Takeshi Kovacs novels (2)

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Fantastic second book in the series. ( )
  ub1707 | May 5, 2014 |
Of course, not as brilliant as Altered Carbon, but then that is a tough act to follow. Still, excellent writing and staggering imagination. Richard is a major scibe and I will read him any day over blown up celebrities such as King. ( )
  aguba | Nov 11, 2013 |
Wow, not nearly as good Altered Carbon. In fact, really bad. The over-the-top graphic sex and violence are a turn off, as are the lame plot twists. Next! ( )
  wweisser | Jul 6, 2013 |
I didn't feel this was quite as strong a book as "Altered Carbon", but that's relative - Morgan knows how to tell a story, and Takeshi Kovacs is just as fun as ever. ( )
  chaosmogony | Apr 27, 2013 |
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Critics have compared Richard Morgan's first novel, Altered Carbon, to the classic hardboiled fiction of Raymond Chandler. The comparison doesn't accurately describe Morgan's second novel, Broken Angels. Morgan's prose never approaches Chandler's metaphoric excess, and Morgan's antihero, Takeshi Kovacs, doesn't wisecrack nearly as often as Chandler's hero, Philip Marlowe. Also, Kovacs's far-future universe is considerably darker than Marlowe's noir world. In Kovacs's universe, high-tech implants called "stacks" record memory and personality; this means soldiers can be sent to their deaths, have their stacks implanted in new bodies, and be sent to their deaths again, and again, and again. Generals needn't quibble about wasting lives in massacres or nuclear explosions. The slaughtered soldiers will soon be back in action--unless their stacks aren't recovered. Then their consciousness will go mad, isolated in an indestructible, inescapable virtual reality. The proper term for the Takeshi Kovacs novels isn't "hardboiled." It's "brutal."

The Martians disappeared long ago, but they left behind their star gates, which have allowed humanity to spread across the galaxy--and bring warfare to the stars. As Broken Angels opens, Takeshi Kovacs is a lieutenant in humankind's most feared mercenary company, but rumors of an astonishing archaelogical discovery inspire his desertion. Humans have never found a Martian starship until, perhaps, now. If the rumors are true, and the ruthless Kovacs can take possession of the unprecedented relic, he will make his fortune. But if he fails in his quest, he may find himself imprisoned in high-tech hell for eternity. --Cynthia Ward

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Serving as a mercenary in a distasteful war, Takeshi Kovacs joins a covert team that aims to secure a coveted archeological prize, an endeavor that ensnares him in a web of treachery and betrayal.

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