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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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  • Mike
  • Twickenham
  • 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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Entertaining, intriguing and grotesque

Thoroughly entertaining follow up to altered carbon that delves into kovacs’ envoy potential and explores morality and spirituality without getting too hippy dippy. The backdrop to the action was one of the threads I hoped would be explored in AC and was not disappointed. Would listen again to catch the missed detail.

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Confusing

I found this book highly confusing. Maybe it was due to listening to it in so many small segments whilst commuting, but I was constantly lost as to where exactly the characters were and who was who. I don't normally have this problem and I loved the first book in the series. Disappointed :(

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Pretty good, but...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you liked Altered Carbon, you'll love this. This is Kovacs doing what he does best, as a soldier.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Angels?

Richard Morgan does a great job building dramatic tension. There's a bit where one of Kovacs' team is being ritually executed in the most horrible way, and they're all basically dying but Kovacs decides he's not going to just sit around & listen to it happening. I won't spoiler it but I'll leave it to you to find out how he tries to deal with it and if he succeeds.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Learn to pronounce words like Maori. It's not May-ory!

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The Takeshi Kovaks saga continues

More Envoy enhanced adventures this time chasing ancient Martian relics. Rip snorting stuff! Worth the listen if you liked the style of Altered Carbon..

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An all round great follow on from the first book.

Richard Morgan's second book in the trilogy is brilliant. Todd Mclaren performance of the book equals the writing quality of Morgan. well worth a listen too.

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Well written, quality recording

The story itself is great, but IMHO requires you to read Altered Carbon to make you really care about the principal character.
Voice acting and production is good, but as always I would prefer at least two actors.

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In the end a decent book

A decent book in the end but 3 stars because the first of the book didn't really capture me, like others have such as the Expanse series.

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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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  • 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