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Woken Furies (2005)

by Richard K. Morgan

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Series: Takeshi Kovacs novels (3)

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Takeshi Kovacs finds himself back on his home planet of Harlan's World. Nine-tenths water, Harlan's World is surrounded by 'orbitals' that were created by a species who departed the planet long before human settlement. These orbitals are programmed to destroy any object of sufficient technological level flying above a certain altitude.

Kovacs is on the run after making numerous attacks against the Knights of the New Revelation, an extremist religious order. He has declared a personal vendetta against the New Revelation with the express intent of killing every single member.

While trying to secure passage after his most recent attack, he saves a woman named Sylvie from a group of religious zealots. In return, she allows him to take refuge with her mercenary crew as they head out to decommission sentient military hardware that has run amok on a nearby continent. During one of these missions, Sylvie collapses, and upon recovery her personality appears to have been replaced by that of long-dead revolutionary leader Quellcrist Falconer.

The crew return to base where they discover a younger version of Kovacs has been illegally duplicated and is hunting them on behalf of the Harlans, dictators of Harlan's World. Most of Sylvie's crew is killed and Sylvie/Quellcrist is captured. Kovacs schemes to rescue Sylvie by approaching old criminal associates of Falconer, the Little Blue Bugs.

The Little Blue Bugs mount a successful attack on a Harlan fortress and rescue Sylvie/Quellcrist. Hiding from Harlan forces in a floating base, the Quellists are sold out by its owner and recaptured. Another assault by Kovacs and a detachment of UN Envoys ends with orbital weapon fire called down by Sylvie/Quellcrist eliminating their Envoy captors but sparing Kovacs and his former revolutionary comrade-in-arms, Virginia Vidaura. Kovacs' younger self catches up with him and after a struggle, Kovacs decides not to kill his younger self but instead allow him life and the chance to make the same decisions he himself had to make. Nonetheless the younger self is killed by one of the survivors of the combat.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
After decades wandering the universe, first as an Envoy and then as a killer/detective for hire, Kovacs has finally returned to his home planet. As the years go by, he's become increasingly aimless, until now all that still motivates him is vengeance. In the midst of his not particularly meaningful slaughter of a misogynistic religious cult, he falls in with a hard-as-nails civilian contractor. They haven't been traveling together long when he realizes that another personality is seeping through her cybernetic implants--a personality that thinks it's Quellcrist Falconer, the long-dead revolutionary hero.

This is the most openly transhumanist book I've read in some time.
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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Takeshi Kovacs is such a cool character, one tends to love him even when he seems somewhat unintelligible, or when he's a bit smug. The way Morgan writes it, Kovacs always seems to be fighting or fleeing for his life and the way he does it makes for a fun story. Enjoyed this one more than the 2nd installment of Kovacs' (_Broken Angels_), but _Altered Carbon_ still my favorite. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I put it away to listen to later - was not in the mood to read it. ( )
  Mindslayer | Nov 18, 2015 |
Woken Furies serves as a close-to-ideal conclusion to the Takeshi Kovacs series as it shares a few details about Kovacs' early life and describes the maturing of the character since his military career ended.
This novel sort of goes back to the mix of cyberpunk and noir which was a key selling point of Altered Carbon, first opus of the trilogy. It's got it all: yakuzas, big guns, a decent plot, computer hacking, sex & violence: it is anything but a letdown.
Woken Furies also digs deeper into the series' main themes than the two previous books, namely: dualism, in the sense that the body/soul couple is a recurring element of the book; and leftish social and political uprising against the current oligarchy through the political figure of Quellcrist Falconer (whose anarchist and revolutionary ideology are disseminated in the novels).
Overall a very enjoyable read although I thought it does not touch the genius of Altered Carbon. ( )
  corporate_clone | May 8, 2015 |
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Morgan not only delivers what he proved extremely efficient on in his previous novels, which is: Hollywood-style action, laconic one-liners, heaps of manslaughter and a fast-paced, darting-around plot; he also shows new qualities and such that have been only vaguely discernible until now.
 
The culmination of everything Richard Morgan has been building towards since he began his Takeshi Kovacs novels in 2002, Woken Furies is better than both Altered Carbon and Broken Angels by an order of magnitude. Lacking both the first novel's derivative obsession with style and the second's unredeeming, bleak worldview, Woken Furies marries breathtaking suspense and action with a more consistent and intellectually fulfilling plot that explores the dynamics of power and consequences of revolution from a perspective neither idealistic nor overly cynical and jaundiced. Furthermore, Takeshi Kovacs himself comes into his own as a hero, not merely a long-black-coat clad, boilerplate antihero; this is the first volume of the saga where I found him, at last, a likable and relatable character.
 
Faisons simple, le principal élément moteur de Furies Déchaînées, c’est l’action. Bagarres, fuites, fusillades, sexe... Richard Morgan fait tout pour ne pas laisser un seul instant de répits au lecteur. Un lecteur qui va de scène d’action en scène d’action au point parfois d’être un peu perdu dans ce mélange de gros muscles, de zones de guerre, d’éléments cyberpunk et quelques gouttes de polar. Un fourre-tout qui donne un peu le tournis... il faut reconnaître à Richard Morgan un vrai don pour décrire des ambiances dures et âpres qui ont le mérite d’être accrocheuses. Un vrai bon auteur, un peu rentre-dedans et très prometteur. Ceux d’entre vous qui ont lu les deux premiers tomes des aventures de Kovacs seront sans doute ravis de le retrouver et d’en savoir un peu plus sur lui. Attention pour les autres à ne pas se perdre dans les entrelacs d’une intrigue parfois épaisse.
 

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Fury (n): 1a intense, disordered and often destructive rage... 2 wild, disordered force or activity 3a any of the three avenging deities who in Greek mythology punished crimes 3b an angry or vengeful woman The New Penguin English Dictionary, 2001
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This book is for my wife, Virginia Cottinelli, who knows of impediment.
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The place they woke me in would have been carefully prepared. (prologue)
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Impaler drifted in sideways toward an unused section of the dock. Her grapples fired and chewed holes in the evercrete. A couple of them hit rotten patches and tugged loose as soon as they started to crank taut. The hovelolader backed off slightly in a mound of stirred-up water and shredded belaweed. The grapples wound back and fired again. Something behind me wailed. At first, some stupid part of me thought it was Virginia Vidaura finally venting her pent-up grief. A fraction of a second later I caught up with the machine tone of the sound and identified it for what it was - an alarm. Time seemed to slam to a halt. Seconds turned into ponderous slabs of perception; everything moved with the lazy calm of motion underwater. - Liebeck, spinning away from the water's edge, lit spliff tumbling from her open mouth, bouncing off the upper slope of her breast in a brief splutter of embers - - Murakami, yelling at my ear, moving past me toward the grav sled - The monitor system built into the sled screaming, a whole rack of data coil systems flaring to life like candles along one side of Sylvie Oshima's suddenly twitching body - Sylvie's eyes, wide open and fixed on mine as the gravity of her stare drags my own gaze in - The alarm, unfamiliar as the new Tseng hardware, but only one possible meaning behind it - And Murakami's arm, raised, hand filled with the Kalashnikov as he clears it from his belt - My own yell, stretching out and blending with his as I throw myself foward to block him, hands still bound, hoplesessly slow - And then the clouds ripped open in the east, and vomited angelfire. And the dock lit up with light and fury. And the sky fell in.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345499778, Paperback)

Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty-fifth-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan’s World forever.

Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history.

In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan’s World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with “the” Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it’s time to be afraid.

After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell.

Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order–from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.


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Takeshi Kovacs battles against biomachines gone wild, searches for a centuries-old missing weapons systm, and endures the betrayal of people he once trusted.

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