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Thirteen (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Richard K. Morgan

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Thirteen by Richard K. Morgan (2007)

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The main character is virtaully unstoppable and that's always reassuring...I like the way Morgan forces us to think about a future not all that different than our present, but I too prefer the Kovacs character... ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This reads as an explosion of talent; rough around the edges, but it's got depth. Morgan has built a well thought-out world for his characters to live in, so much so that the plot of this book takes a backseat to pretty much everything else.
I'm writing this about 80% of the way through, and I don't expect that I'll need to edit my impressions based on the next 20%. For me, this book isn't the murder mystery, it's the landscapes, lore, and depth.
If you love to get lost in a world skillfully built and masterfully exposed, give this a read.
I'd award one more star if I cared about the plot in any capacity other than a reason to justify a constant change of scenery. ( )
  liso | Sep 18, 2015 |
An extremely boring book with boring characters and I could not bring myself to finishing it. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
So its been a long time since something of this genre took my attention. Ok something recently published.It was overall a great story. Loved the characters, even the "bad" guys. It turned out to be a great novel on politics (not in your face), sci-fi (love genetically modified things), there was even a "love" story (it by no means over took the story,and it wasn't....romance at all, if that makes sense) But then you should read the book and find out for yourself. Oh and lets not forget mystery. There were some very good, unexpected twists and turns. Great stand alone novel.

Now I need to read more of this authors books. ( )
  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
So its been a long time since something of this genre took my attention. Ok something recently published.It was overall a great story. Loved the characters, even the "bad" guys. It turned out to be a great novel on politics (not in your face), sci-fi (love genetically modified things), there was even a "love" story (it by no means over took the story,and it wasn't....romance at all, if that makes sense) But then you should read the book and find out for yourself. Oh and lets not forget mystery. There were some very good, unexpected twists and turns. Great stand alone novel.

Now I need to read more of this authors books. ( )
  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
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The future isn’t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs–private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero–into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K. Dick Award in the process. In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war-for-profit. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country . . . or a planet.

Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back–and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison–a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous.

Luckily, his “enhanced” life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He’s another Thirteen–one who’s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there’s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane–and alive–long enough to succeed?

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"In Thirteen, Richard Morgan reshapes and recharges science fiction, with a new hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country ... or a planet." "Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public condemned the supersoldiers as dangerous mutants, dooming the thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back - and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man. That was before a police sting landed him in prison - a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous." "Lucky for him, his "enhanced" life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in a fugitive. But Marsalis's prey is no common criminal. He's another thirteen - one who's already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there's no question that Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: Can he remain sane - and alive - long enough to succeed?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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