Reader reviews for Broken Angels

Altered Carbon was a great noir novel, perhaps the best noir I've read. It was also brilliant science fiction with a touch of cyber punk. I neither wanted nor expected Broken Angels to tread the same ground. In this novel, Broken Angels, Takeshi is back in the military. He's drawn into a get rich quick scheme involving ancient Martian technology. As usual, Morgan's plot descriptions sound cliched, but they aren't. These aren't the Martians we think of, and this isn't some mad caper. It's a war novel, and it comes with all that entails. Did I think it was as good as Altered Carbon? Not really. Takeshi is a hard character to write. He's a lot of different contradictions, which aren't easy to balance in a way that always makes sense. Some of Takeshi's actions sort of unwraveled at the end. I loved the direction the book took, but for me to feel it was genuine I think Morgan had to do a better job setting it up. Perhaps part of the problem was an ending the felt sort of rushed. I'm emphasizing the negatives, but in some respect, when you have a great writer like Morgan, the negatives actually stand out even more.This is a Takeshi Kovacs novel and a Morgan novel, so make no mistake, it is still excellent. I just felt it didn't quite live up to the original. This is a four star review, and if I hadn't seen what Morgan could be at his best, I would be raving. As it is, this was a good sequel to a superb book.I still have a high hopes for book three.
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Not as good as the first Takeshi Kovacs novel, but Morgan does take his protagonist in a new direction here. The series continues to plunge the depths of cyberpunk and digitized experience with a gleeful, tactile, gritty sense of style.
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I barely remember this one, but I imagine my thoughts were the same: interesting, but why all the sex...?
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Takeshi Kovacs got out of his impromptu detective gig in Altered Carbon, and is now involved in a war on a distant planet. He's not thrilled with either side, but he'll take the pay-- until he runs into a chance to stake a claim on an alien artifact belonging to the ruined civilization that humans first encountered on Mars.Naturally, the only people able to back such an expedition are ruthless profit-seekers, and things start messy and get messier as the plot unfolds. Kovacs tackles it as best he can. In keeping with the first book, the story involves violence and multi-layered intrigue, and doesn't glorify either one in the slightest.
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A jump in time and space for Takeshi Kovacs. In this novel, we dump the detective stuff and go into a world of war, archaeology, corporate indifference, and martians! However, don't go expecting it to be some kind of Aurthur C. Clarke meets the Bourne Identity because you would be wrong. Just as Altered Carbon, the first book in the series, bases it's story, but only lightly touches on the fact that humans have downloadable consciousness, this book treats Martian archaeology as a stage prop for the real plot. If you want things to tie together, you need to read the next book, Woken Furies.
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Very dirty-gritty, torture, killing, sex all very graphic. Really cool hi tech gadgetry.
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This is the second installment of the Takashi Kovacs novels; a series of misanthropic cyberpunk novels that involve an easy exchange of bodies (sleeves) so long at their cortical stacks (a constructed cylinder in the back of the sleeve's head that contain the memories and personality of an individual) remains intact.As much of a detective novel as the first installment was (Altered Carbon), this one strays far from that genre. This is, more or less, a mercenary plotline with a smattering of the author's feelings towards corporate-sponsored wars and who truly benefits from the mass-murder of innocent civilians.In addition, there is a wormhole gate involved that was originally built by an extinct Martian race.Anyway, reading this book did not get me hooked as Altered Carbon did. In fact, I felt it took too long to build up after the pacing of Altered Carbon kept me very much involved. But, I kept at it and actually started to enjoy the book more as I got to know the supporting characters more.The book does leave the reader with a small clue as to something much larger going on…a possible lie that Kovacs have been telling everyone and a truth that he has been keeping from the reader… That has me intrigued. With that in mind, I am willing to finish this series sooner than later.
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If "Altered Carbon" was cyberpunk meets private detective, "Broken Angels" is elaborate caper meets military procedural, with an ever-widening range of double-crosses that keep the meaning of it all in turmoil up to the very end. This is also a much more political book than "Altered Carbon" and that adds greatly to the complexity of it all; I think this is a good thing, you might disagree. My one qibble is that this is not quite the page-turner that "Altered Carbon" was, as there's a bit of drag in the middle third of the book. It's as though Morgan wanted to build a bit of the ol' military "hurry up and wait" atmosphere into the plot. That said, if you've read any of Morgan's other work there is no reason why you won't enjoy this novel.
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3 word summary? - very very "adult" This is a "sequel" to Altered Carbon - though Broken Angels is slightly better in some way - it seems more smooth or something - less time spent explaining the backdrop perhaps. The story is independent of the first book so you don't have to read them in order (but Altered Carbon is good enough that you should anyway).It is graphic, with detailed (and very long) sex scenes which are gratuitous in nature - i.e. they don't advance the plot in any significant way. I'm not a prude and I don't mind graphic sex, but be forewarned that it is adult in nature, a.k.a pornographic, no two ways about it.I would have taken off a star for this but for a) it's such a good story otherwise and b) you don't need to read it to follow the story since it's gratuitous anyway. And, of course, the book is violent and gory and has a dim view of the value of human life... But, other than that, it's terrific!
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. Unfortunately it just doesn't hit the spot.Its not because it wasn't the same as Altered Carbon , I am not looking for a carbon copy. Its because I love archeology and the thought of finding out more about the Martians was wonderful, but it didn't quite deliver. The big reveal about the Martians became a cops and robbers shoot-out. It was right out of some movie-cartoon. And at the end of the book I had a another feeling of let down. mostly because the book was very similar in story mechanics to the first book. It was a fast and furious story with lots of sex and violence and lots of razzle dazzle future tech. Takeshi had another love interest, and was mooning over the woman in the previous book. It struck me that the future stories were all going to be the same, just the details were going to change, and that made me sad. I was hoping for more from Morgan and Takeshi.
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