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A-BrokenAngelsMorgan’s debut novel, Altered Carbon, imagined a 25th-century future where mortals could achieve immortality by digitizing human consciousness in cortical stacks and then downloading it in a new body. In this sequel, the cynical former U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has, for the umpteenth time, changed careers and bodies. Now he’s leading a covert band of soldiers in the hopes of reclaiming an ancient Martian spacecraft that holds untold secrets. Of course, an irradiated archaeological site, mercenary corporations, and continuing interstellar warfare all make Kovacs’ mission very difficult, to say the least.
Del Rey. 372 pages. $14.95.

Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars
"Like its predecessor, Broken Angels is a relentlessly brutal book, but the brutality lies at the heart of Morgan’s dark view of humanity’s future, a future in which life is cheap and cruelty all too common. This is rough, if gripping, stuff, capable of making the most shock-proof reader flinch." Bill Sheehan

NY Times 4 of 5 Stars
"[A]s with Altered Carbon, what distinguishes Morgan’s second novel is his persuasive reimagining of the familiar as filtered through the character of Kovacs, a disillusioned superman who carries his own kryptonite around with him. Broken Angels is a novel of pain and guilt." Gerald Jonas

Critical Summary

Let the violence, death, and resleeving continue. Broken Angels, which received the same rave reviews as its predecessor, follows the hard-edged Kovacs 30 years later. He’s still cynical, still disillusioned, and still moralistic despite his rather dubious enterprises. To make matters worse, he suffers from a guilty conscience. Kovacs tries to avoid "abstract hate," but he both thrives on and becomes victimized by brutality, the book’s central theme. Morgan is a master storyteller who lays out convincing scenes, characters, and futuristic technology—so convincing, in fact, that some of the more violent parts are "for the stout of heart and strong of stomach only" (Washington Post). But don’t worry. If you faint and die, maybe you’ll be resleeved into a new, younger body.

Start of the Series

A-Altered Carbon.epsAltered Carbon | Richard K. Morgan (2003): 4 of 5 Stars Selection Sept/Oct 2003. Morgan introduces anti-hero Takeshi Kovacs in the year 2411, hired to solve a murder by the "resleeved" victim.