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Thin Air

Narrated by: Colin Mace
Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors, with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work.

And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years...and it promises to be a publication to remember.

An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.

©2018 Richard Morgan (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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It's Richard Morgan, but not at his best.

OK, longstanding Morgan fan here but not bowled over by this one. Were my expectations too high? Maybe. This book is set in the same universe as the earlier Black Man (Th1rteen in the US) and it delivers a lot of the same bitter, pulpy cynicism but without the depth of that book. It's... I dunno. It feels unfair to say it, but "placeholder Morgan"? If you like Morgan's style there's a lot to love, but it feels kind of superficial compared to Black Man and Altered Carbon. I also found the sex kind of gratuitous. If you're a teenager that might be a selling point not an irritant of course. Overall, I enjoyed it but I'm not sure if I'll read it again (I read Black Man, oh, at least 4 times, and will again. That's a 5-star book).

Audiobook-wise, reader Colin Mace is... well. He has a laconic, p*ssed-off, bored tone that fits the character but (and it's not the first book I've listened to that he's read, and it seems to be a Thing) he doesn't seem to track the sense of what he's saying a lot of the time. He puts. Pauses. Where they don't. Add anything. Sometimes he'll start reading a sentence, but when you think he's stopped, then you'll find it's not the end. Of the sentence. Sometimes this really gets in the way of understanding.

Overall... Damn, I love Morgan's work, I've been LONGING for this, but somehow it's pretty meh. Sorry, Richard.

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Excellent, the best so far

Beyond the sexy noir there is a convincing political context that gives this P.I. story some lasting weight. Really enjoyed this one.

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Don't wake the overrider

Cyberpunk
Mars
Detective story

what more do you need? well delivered by Colin Mace. a good cyberpunk thriller

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Pretty good

I enjoyed the story, nicely intricate with some signature ultra violence from the author. Generally liked the narration too, although the pronunciation of some of the specific Martian terminology struck me as a little odd.

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Good but not great

I enjoyed the overarching story here but struggled a bit remembering who all the different characters where.

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Stonking

Excellent book, stonking performance. Some very accomplished characters and damn impressive how dumb luck and betrayal upon betrayal stack up.

Far more interesting and readable than Iain M. Banks.

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Another cracking Richard K Morgan tale.

Hold on to your hats, face paced, plot twist after twist with Morgans amazing descriptive style and depiction of a future that seems all to relevant and real.

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Damn... Richard Morgan is on form

This is going to be a very short review. All in all this novel is riveting, I loved the setting and I hope this turns into another trilogy. I feel that the twists and turns in this novel were so unpredictable compared to his earlier work. Talking about his earlier work his writing has come a long way, far more descriptive and less unessisarily abstract (not that I ever complained before); But it's clear that he has progressed as a writer.

As for Colin Mace, he does an excellent job of bringing the protagonist and all the other characters to life! There was only one character I felt could have used a different voice to set him apart, but it really didn't make much difference as they were not in it much.

Overall, fantastic read!

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Brilliant

Fabulous sci-fi. Similar style to the Altered Carbon books. Great story and great narration

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Similar to his carbon series but not quite,

Close but felt it needed a tighter edit.... Only do many times you can hear overider before your eyes start rolling, worth a listen anyway