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Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan

Broken Angels (2003)

by Richard K. Morgan

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Series: Takeshi Kovacs novels (2)

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I love Morgan's writing, and I love Takeshi Kovacs, but even that couldn't save this novel. It's not terrible, but beside Altered Carbon it becomes dull and pointless. Maybe we're just seeing Kovacs on a standard, everyday mission (that involves alien artifacts and a war zone) but I'm not sure why we needed a switch to a space opera mercenary when former-elite soldier turned detective was working so well. ( )
  semjaza | Nov 7, 2015 |
I didn't think this was a good follow up to Altered Carbon, a book I really liked. In it, Takeshi Kovacs is a 25th century ex-military noir detective who has been resleeved (lived quite a few lives) and who solves a murder/suicide mystery. It's a good tale. I expected more of the same. Now, in a sequel, you do expect the author to deviate a LITTLE from the original, or it'd be more of the same. Same with music. But this? In Broken Angels, Takeshi Kovacs is a mercenary who is persuaded to become a ... mercenary to find some leftover Martian garbage that may or may not be worth a fortune. And he has to do it in a nuclear war zone. Pretty different from the first. And he's changed in this book. He's darker. He's more introspective. Not necessarily bad things -- just different. Also the sex is different. In the first book, it fit the plot. In this book, you get the most ridiculous sex scene that's perhaps ever been written, in VR no less. Stupid. The sex scenes seem forced and I didn't like them. They also all seem boilerplate to me. All of the women do all of the same things in exactly the same order to Kovacs, I guess exactly as Morgan likes in real life. Gag. I didn't finish this book. It wasn't exactly terrible. I just started reading other books and set it down. After it had been on my table for a month, I realized I just was no longer interested, so I'm giving up on it. 'Fraid I can't recommend it. ( )
  scottcholstad | Mar 9, 2015 |
The sexy man-beast Takeshi Kovacs is back in action, for yet another adventure! Yay! Get that sexy hunk a stripper pole to dance around. Don't bother with the g-string. Just let that hot wang flap in the breeze for us all to drool over.

Damn. That sounded gay. I'm not 100% gay, okay? But goddamn. I'm 90000% gay for Takeshi Kovacs. I guess it's because he's just so good at what he does. He always wins. If it's mind games, a sword fight, a shootout, or a straight-out brawl, Kovacs will win every time. Because he's just that fucking good.

Okay, enough of my drool...

This book is about Kovacs teaming up with yet another group of mercenaries, to recover an important alien artifact. You see, pretty much all of the high-tech stuff in their world, they stole from the aliens.

The problem is, those aliens were smart as fuck, and they put fun little booby traps in and around most of their artifacts, to wreak havoc with any fool who tries to snatch up such valuable items.

It's crazy, because all the aliens are long past dead. Like centuries past dead. But their ghosts haunt the artifacts. Not real ghosts, of course. That'd be silly. I mean hologram type ghosts and such. Defense ghosts.

This story isn't quite as good as the other Kovacs books, simply because there's much less anal porn. Hardly any fucking at all happens in this book. It's so sad. How can anyone deny such a hunky man-beast?

Dammit. Now I've got to go scour the interwebs for hot Kovacs slash fic. Because he's so heterosexual in these books, that it actually offends me. How dare you keep that huge cock, just for the womens. How dare you! ( )
  gecizzle | Mar 5, 2015 |
I've already read this before, so after rereading Altered Carbon, I'm going back for more Kovacs! ( )
  fabooj | Feb 3, 2015 |
Fantastic second book in the series. ( )
  ub1707 | May 5, 2014 |
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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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