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Broken Angels

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Richard K. Morgan

Narrated By: Todd McLaren

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: April 2005

Duration: 16 hours 12 minutes


Critics have compared Richard Morgan's first novel, Altered Carbon, to the classic hardboiled fiction of Raymond Chandler. The comparison doesn't accurately describe Morgan's second novel, Broken Angels. Morgan's prose never approaches Chandler's metaphoric excess, and Morgan's antihero, Takeshi Kovacs, doesn't wisecrack nearly as often as Chandler's hero, Philip Marlowe. Also, Kovacs's far-future universe is considerably darker than Marlowe's noir world. In Kovacs's universe, high-tech implants called "stacks" record memory and personality; this means soldiers can be sent to their deaths, have their stacks implanted in new bodies, and be sent to their deaths again, and again, and again. Generals needn't quibble about wasting lives in massacres or nuclear explosions. The slaughtered soldiers will soon be back in action--unless their stacks aren't recovered. Then their consciousness will go mad, isolated in an indestructible, inescapable virtual reality. The proper term for the Takeshi Kovacs novels isn't "hardboiled." It's "brutal."
The Martians disappeared long ago, but they left behind their star gates, which have allowed humanity to spread across the galaxy--and bring warfare to the stars. As Broken Angels opens, Takeshi Kovacs is a lieutenant in humankind's most feared mercenary company, but rumors of an astonishing archaelogical discovery inspire his desertion. Humans have never found a Martian starship until, perhaps, now. If the rumors are true, and the ruthless Kovacs can take possession of the unprecedented relic, he will make his fortune. But if he fails in his quest, he may find himself imprisoned in high-tech hell for eternity. --Cynthia Ward--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


  • Dan Pressley

    It is important that you have first read/listened to the first book, Altered Carbon, in this series. Otherwise, the world and ways will be unfamiliar and far less enjoyable. This book was a fun and tough ride. I enjoyed it alot but it didn't feel as immersive as the first book. It has also left me wanting more and I hope that the author will write a sequel soon. This is science fiction but not to the point of confusion. It has the feel of a military story with a mix of detective story intertwined.

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