A stand-alone corporate thriller set in a near-future world where war is just another commodity to be traded. A novel that will be enjoyed by any thriller reader.
This one was one of the roughest, though not for its violence. It is horrifying because its dystopia is so accessible from where we stand. It...more
My experiences thus far indicate that the book appeals more to men, perhaps given its focus on fast armored cars, expensive alcohol, and the occasional porn-star sex...more
# Rollerball, Death Race 2000, James Bond (Daniel Craig era)
# Wall Street
# The Godfather
# A Clockwork Orange
# The book is extremely filmic. (In the Acknowledgements you learn the book is derived from a film treatment.)
# Masses of violence, no shortage of sex and a good leavening of wit
# Careful study of a marriage going wrong
As a satire, what is particularly inter...more
The story focuses on the meteoric rise of Chris Faulkner’s career after his brutal killing of a fellow executive to ear...more
The book tells the story of Chris Faulkner, a Mad Max/Gordon Gecko hybrid who works in Conflict Investment for the Shorn Corporation. The CI arm of the firm bank-roll paramilitary organisations and...more
Hard to describe. Set into the future around 2050 the book follows the future investment advisors of "Conflict International". An investment company that profits from the various little conflicts/overthrows/wars/etc between groups world-wide. CI acts much like a venture capital firm of today, they apply the money of their investors into th...more
So anyway, if you get over the fact that Richard Morgan wrote this book with his testicl...more
Market Forces is set in the near future, in a world that extrapolates the worst of free-market capitalism into a dystopia...more
All of the characters, with the possible exception of Carla (the protagonist's wife) and her family, are absolutely despica...more
I allow my favourite writers one huge stuff up. Consider yourself served. This book was truly terrible in every way. You say it started life as a short story, and then you turned it into a film script. The sort of B grade sci fi with cheap effects I find myself telling friends "no SF's not really like that - the books are really good...Hollywood always dumbs things down".
Well thankfully this story was too dumb for even Hollywood to make.
What dreadful friends you must have, to co...more
While the premise of the book is interesting in a dystopic kind of way, the...more
Well, this story was like that... I was getting fed up with it and wanted to take a gun to the author... not to kill, but simply to maim him by shooting his hands, so he couldn't write any more.
Ok, that's a bit...more
Morgan (Altered Carbon ****Sept/Oct 2003; Broken Angels **** July/Aug 2004) leaves his far-future SF thrillers for a violent corporate satire. An indictment of globalization, the novel condemns economic exploitation and offers a scenario in which companies will sell anything in a world where human life is cheap. Though set in the near future, the thriller's premise convinced the critics. Initially conceived as a film script, Market Forces contains cinematic settings (like deadly car duels on oth...more
Maybe it would have been a better reading it rather than listening to it. Or maybe it was just ridiculus?
It took me a bit of time to buy into the premise of this book. Everything about the world that Morgan builds for us feels familiar and true, but the road battles just didn't feel right until anout three-quarters of the way through the book. Once Morgan explains the logic it's brilliant, but it bothered me for most of t...more
Chris Faulkner is a conflicted antihero, uncertain whether he can maintain his life of a corporate warrior. Chris remains a compelling and unpredictable character, even as the reader becomes more intimately familiar with his life. His relationships with his wife, clients...more
For me the final nail in the coffin was when the protagonist picks up a novel and leafs through it. A very brief plot synopsis is given of this novel and anyone who has read the earlier works of Mr Morgan would realis...more
I understand the book was adapted from a screenplay, and that shows in that there are scenes where the action isn't described adequately in words. Those same scenes often lack interest, as prose, but would be very cool and exciting on a screen.
The ending is satisfying, but it's not a "happy" ending (not...more
The main character, Cris Faulkner, is a corporate deal maker, but in this world, in order to climb the corporate ladder, you are required to kill the person you wish you replace. This is generally done on the highway in fatal road-rage style face offs. Sometimes multiple agents work together against other firms for an account.
One thing I must stress about this book and all of Morgan's books is that while...more
While the premise is a deliberate exaggeration, the flavour and setting of the story reflects my experience of how it feels to work in large elite consultancies.
As usual, Morgan's writing is taut, his storytelling is compelling and his action se...more