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Woken Furies

Woken Furies

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Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty-fifth-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan’s World forever.Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history.In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan’s World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with “the” Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it’s time to be afraid. After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell.Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order–from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.From the Hardcover edition.
Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty-fifth-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan’s World forever.Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history.In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan’s World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with “the” Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it’s time to be afraid. After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell.Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order–from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.From the Hardcover edition.

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Publish date: Sep 27, 2005
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shanaqui_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Like his other books -- I liked it, but was all the sex really necessary?
nmele_4 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The politics come to the fore eventually in what looks like the last novel in this series. Again, Morgan blends thriller. science fiction and mystery elements into an action-packed story with political punch.
gglockster_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Somewhat disappointing, left many hanging plot devices and a bit fragmented.
valleyguy_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Finally, in this book, I got to enjoy Takeshi Kovacs involved in a plot that incorporates elements of his past that are only hinted at in earlier novels, which makes the story part of an actual event of change in his life, where the other books featured "side jobs" so to speak. Woken Furies takes place on his home world and features the presence of Quellcrist Falconer, the revolutionary figurehead of centuries ago, when Takeshi was much younger. There is a cool plot where the powerful founding family of Harlan's world sleeve a former version of himself to kill him. We get closure on the anticlimactic precursor that was Broken Angels, and we get to see Takeshi go from purposeless man of vengeance to a redeemed man, part of a bigger plot. This was my favorite of the novels and it had a very satisfactory ending where a lot of interesting things tied together in an unpredictable way.
revslick_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
If you're in the mood for roughneck, old-school detective novel mixed with sci-fi then look no further. Richard Morgan makes Takeshi Kovacs into the Bruce Willis (Die Hard) of the future age.
parsiya reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Pretty Strong Stuff. It's a shame that there won't be another Takeshi Kovacs book :(
nancydotcom reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I love Tak, I love his futuristic worlds and the entire wild ride, every time. Have to get a Takeshi Kovacs fix every once in awhile....
thecrow2 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
In this book Takeshi Kovacs returns back to his homeplanet and has to face two terrifying thing. Quellcrest Falconer, a familiar revolutionist from the past ... and himself.P.S. Enjoyed the hungarian references... :-)))
japag_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Woken Furies is the third instalment in the Takeshi Kovacs series. In this one, Takeshi returns to his home world, Harlan's World, to wreak havoc.The book starts very well, almost in media res. The reader is taken on a fast-paced journey through Harlan's World and its current state of affairs with Kovacs, who seems to be as much a passenger on the trip as the reader. He joins a group of mercenaries that fights against robots left over from a war long past. This part of the book has interesting characters, fast violence and well-written sex - the trademarks of the Kovacs series.After the jaunt with the mercenaries follow meandering descriptions of the history of the world, Takeshi's travels all over the place with close to no goal, and frustration by the reader as Kovacs becomes more and more an idiot that one does not want to know any closer.At the end the pace again picks up, and the book closes well. The threads are brought together interestingly, even though somewhat abruptly. I would very much like to read more about the martians and the aftermath of this book - perhaps through someone else's eyes...Not as good as the first book, but an ok read.
slothman_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Takeshi Kovacs is back on his home planet of Harlan's World, and he seems to have some people mad at him-- angry enough that he finds it expedient to skip town and go out with a group that hunts rogue war machines left over from the planet's last civil war. His life is complicated by pursuit by a formidable opponent: a backup of himself taken from more than a century ago, when he was considerably more ruthless and unsubtle. And if that weren't enough trouble, he seems to have found a rallying point for the planet's previous revolution to start up again.Morgan delivers a harsh critique of both entrenched power and the revolutionaries that oppose them, examining the high costs paid by those who value power over people.

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