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Summary

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.

©2003 Richard Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media

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Excitement by the fistful.

I listened to Broken Angels barely daring to breathe for fear I would miss one of the twists and turns of this full-on space drama. Richard Morgan is a superb storyteller and uses all his skills to relate another Takeshi Kovacs tale. If you liked Altered Carbon, you will love this. The fan contract is fully satisfied.

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Another Great Read

I really enjoyed the first novel, and while the second has a very different fell its every bit as good. Solid story, a few throw backs to the first novel, but no enough that you need to have read the first to enjoy it. The universe that Morgan has created here is really interesting and I hope to see a few more books in this series

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Very different to the first book.

It was enjoyable enough but I preferred the 50's detective style of the first one.

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An unusual follow up.

Great performance, and the story was enjoyable in itself, however it didn't share much of the original, the crime thriller is gone, replaced with an epic sized cross-space adventure

Enjoyed it, but the first was more to my tastes.

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  • Dana
  • United Kingdom
  • 15-05-18

Disappointing

The first book was cool, but this one I couldn’t get into at all. Boring!! Returned it.

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  • Mike
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  • 12-01-15

As good if not better than Altered Carbon

Hats off to Richard Morgan on Takeshi Kovacs second outing! A great mixture of politics, philosophy and psychology with a sprinkle of sex and violence. Absolutely brilliant!

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A Classic waiting to be discovered

Another masterpiece from Mr Morgan.
Once you get the rules of the ‘sleeve’ universe, which you should have if you have heard Altered Carbon, you can enjoy a story which rips up the rules and rewrites what you came to believe.
I enjoyed this story and Carbon so much I had to get the next story immediately

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Meh

Doesn't live up to the promise of its precursor at all. A passable narrative, reasonably delivered by the reader, who has a good ability to render the different characters clearly, but whose default voice is a bit like listening to Christian Bale playing Batman. Wheras the first book had some smart ideas to unpack, this is just proceedural narrative, peppered with ultra violence and graphic sex to no real end. Ultimately, a bit boring.

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Truly unique

An epic sci-fi, truly original and narrated in such a way you can imagine actually being there with the various colourful characters in the story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi!

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Great stuff! Can’t wait to listen to the next book!

Loved it. Can see why amazon got the rights for a series. Looking forward to what happens next. Intelligent sci-fi at its best.

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  • Hákon
  • 27-02-18

Definitely okay

Altered Carbon was very good so I went into this one for more of the same, but, it simply wasn't. This was an okay book, don't get me wrong, but that's it. It felt predictable and Kovacs didn't feel consistent, like this was originally a story meant for a different character, and then Kovacs got shoehorned in

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-18

Horrible lector, way too deep sound.

Horrible lector, way too deep sound.
Horrible lector, way too deep sound.
Horrible lector, way too deep voice/sound

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  • Angelo
  • 21-02-18

round 2 was as great as round 1 ...

now the Martian question and how the Core will deal with the Envoy still remains