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Broken Angels (2003)

by Richard K. Morgan

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Series: Takeshi Kovacs (2)

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Fifty years after the events of ALTERED CARBON, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Procterate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp's revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless -- and whose dangers are endless. Here is a novel that takes mankind to the brink. A breakneck-paced crime thriller, ALTERED CARBON took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. BROKEN ANGELS melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars. This is SF at its dizzying best: superb, yet subtle, world-building; strong yet sensitive characterisation; awesome yet believable technology, thilling yet profound writing. Richard Morgan is set to join the genre's world-wide elite.… (more)
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This was actually quite good - definitely more hard/"straight" sci-fi than Altered Carbon, but with much of the same joy of discovery. Morgan has rather a knack for all this worldbuilding stuff. In this, we get the Martian progenitors fleshed out a bit more, though still with ample mystery. Much of the book reads like Starship Troopers meets Aliens by way of Stargate with light hints of Lovecraftian atmosphere. Definitely a fun read; looking forward to the next. ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
I truly didn't have a clue what I was getting into when I started this second book in the Kovacs trilogy. Altered Carbon was a VERY different beast.

That being said, we pick up with Kovacs thirty years after his reawakening on Earth and he's far down his lonesome path, giving up on private eye stuff and giving up his free will to join a war. An ongoing war that's either economics or ongoing economics by other means, that is. Give him something bloody to bite into and he's happy enough. It certainly doesn't hurt that his particular Envoy training gets him all the best gigs and privileges.

But is this a hard-bitten war novel? It certainly seems to be, with the wrinkle of easy sleeving into new flesh and the bitter by-line of corporations versus colonial governments.

But. Add an ancient civilization, the one that we stole the tech that turned us all into immortals, a fantastic find, and then turn it into an exploratory heist novel with enormous opportunities for cross and double-cross, and we've suddenly gone into great hardcore SF territory.

Kovacs is still fantastic and Morgan has a talent turning out complicated and memorable characters up and down the line. I felt sad for each death. And what beautiful deaths they were. This was some harsh territory filled with great mysteries. Kovac's intuition still runs as hot as his hallucinatory madness.

Few hard-SF novels are quite as memorable as this one, but that's more a feature of the characters than anything else. I've read some really amazing epics. Even so, this one is deeply satisfying and a winner on nearly all levels.

It IS NOT anything like a repeat of the first. Get that expectation out of the way and I'm sure everyone's enjoyment will be very high. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Kovacs is working as a mercenary fighting rebels and being paid well he quickly goes AWOL at the possibility of getting the cut om finding a Martian spaceship. So much of current human tech and exploration is based on the few bits they have found that to find a ship would be amazing amounts of wealth. But with so much money on the line you have to wonder who can you trust as they figure out how to activate the gate to get to the ship as their sleeves slowly die from radiation poisoning. This isn’t a noir as the previous book but certainly more thriller style. An enjoyable read. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jan 6, 2020 |
Not nearly as good as the first one. I hope the next is better. ( )
  hidefdog | Nov 7, 2019 |
Novel about the chase of mysterious alien artefacts on a far away planet in a future where humanity evolved to master nano-technology and direct brain interfacing with computer system. The main character Takeshi Kovacs is a mercenary with a wide range of skills recruited to secure the alien artefact, together with a team he assembles. After a complex series of adventures they discover the artefact and manage to escape the war zone with part of his team. The action is very entertaining and the twists and unexpected turns of the actions are thrilling. The characters do not seem to develop a lot during the book, but rather are exposed slowly to be much more complex than what they appeared at beginning. ( )
  vladmihaisima | Oct 27, 2019 |
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Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more . . . trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire, and helping a far-flung planet’s government put down a bloody revolution.

But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own. So when a rogue pilot and a sleazy corporate fat cat offer him a lucrative role in a treacherous treasure hunt, he’s only too happy to go AWOL with a band of resurrected soldiers of fortune. All that stands between them and the ancient alien spacecraft they mean to salvage are a massacred city bathed in deadly radiation, unleashed nanotechnolgy with a million ways to kill, and whatever surprises the highly advanced Martian race may have in store. But armed with his genetically engineered instincts, and his trusty twin Kalashnikovs, Takeshi is ready to take on anything—and let the devil take whoever’s left behind.
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