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Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  12,230 ratings  ·  504 reviews
Broken Angels is a standalone sequel, to Richard Morgan's debut novel Altered Carbon--a high-tech, ultra-violent, noir SF thriller which attracted much attention, including a movie deal.

Thirty years later, our super-soldier hero Takeshi Kovacs is wearing yet another body (swapping is easy in this future), already wounded in a messy war against revolutionary forces on the p
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Unknown Binding, 490 pages
Published December 4th 2003 by Gollancz (first published 2003)
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Carol.
Mar 22, 2014 Carol. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, fans of Leviathan Wakes

Recently I've been told I'm tough to please.

Here's what I know about books: their experience is highly subjective. Not only to book details like plot, setting and characterization, but also to the reader's place and time, to their mood, the book format and any distractions.

What appeals to me will not necessarily appeal to you, even if we are best friends. Or hate each other. Or don't know each other. I write these reviews first for me--I have a terrible memory, and if someone asks me if I liked
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Stephen
4.5 to 5.0 stars. Great follow up to Altered Carbon. The Takeshi Kovacs novels are original, inventive, high octane SF at its best. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!
Lightreads
The misplaced titles game: Broken Angels ought to be the title of some rancidly sweet early twentieth century morality tale of former prostitutes finding God in a halfway house. In reality, it’s a psychopathically violent pseudomilitary skiffy tale of humans mucking about in the remains of the long-gone Martian civilization; the entire main cast spends about two-thirds of this book dying in agony from radiation sickness, and the remaining third poking into their consciences and not liking what t ...more
Heather
Oct 31, 2009 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diehard Morgan fans
A very different book from Altered Carbon. And not nearly as good. Is this one of those cases where a successful author isn't subject to as much editorial control?

A difference that doesn't bother me is that Broken Angels is more SF and less murder mystery than Altered Carbon. But then there's the rest:

1. He has. This. Really annoying. Use. Of. Periods. To show pauses. Or something. Which is not only distracting but also makes it hard to parse. The sentences. Hey. Richard. Try an. Ellipsis. Or. A
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Mad Professah
Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacsnovels have a stellar reputation among hard core science fiction fans. I have previouslyenjoyedreading Morgan's first book in the series, the exciting Altered Carbon , which introduces the Takeshi Kovacs character to the world.

In the second book Broken Angels , Morgan puts Kovacs in another compelling and very dangerous situation, while stillmaintainingthe character's unlikeability. The themes of the first book, explicit sexuality, corporate greed, capitalist mal
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Melissa
While not as good as Altered Carbon, this still has enough going on to be interesting. It's more a creepy ghost story than a mystery, and for a while there's some excellent suspense - Who might be sabotaging the crew from within? Who might come out from the other side of that Martian gate? And what will those crazy nanobots think of next? Be forwarned, though, that herein lies the absolute worst sex scene that has ever been put to paper. The fact that is takes place in virtual reality is no excu ...more
Helen
The Takeshi Kovacs series is very violent and very graphic but also a lot of fun. The stories are set in a dark future society where humans can have their consciousness backed-up electronically and transferred to new bodies if they die. The main character, is a highly trained courier who takes on different missions as a sort of mercenary for higher. The plots is complex and jumps around but the writing is very entertaining and I love Kovacs.
Krbo
auf, doslovno me glava zaboljela, ali doslovno!

nakon što nas je upoznao s glavnim likom ex pripadnika najelitnije svjetske skupine vojnih uobojica ("specijalaca") Takeshijem Kovacsom u prilično čitljivom cyber-krimiću Digitalni ugljik Morgan ga je ovaj puta prebacio u podržanr military-SF kao plaćenika jedne od brojnih "ubijamo za vaš novac" organizacija.

vrlo neuspješno

rezultat je užasna konfuzija, akcije ima na vagone - toliko da se stvarno više ne zna "tko pije, a tko plaća", potpomognuto Tako
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Jason Kelley
It's just not as good as the first one!

OK, there, I said it. And I mean it.

I can only imagine that writing a follow up to critically acclaimed novel has got to be a bummer. Think about it. You got this big awesome first story with all these great ingredients and an amazingly complex and fascinating protagonist. You also got mad style as a writer. And you definately have a book deal for a sequel that might actually pay the bills for the year and leave you in peace to write. Sounds not so bad hu
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Joseph
Takeshi Kovacs knew the dame was trouble from the moment he met her ... Of course, in Broken Angels the dame in question doesn't come slinking into his 1940s gumshoe office; instead, as the story opens Takeshi and some, um, associates have been hired to retrieve the dame in question, Tanya Wardani, from a prison camp. Wardani's an archaeologue, see, and there's this alien artifact in a cave ...

This is a very different book than Altered Carbon -- Altered Carbon was a consciously noir mystery set
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Brainycat
Richard K Morgan's first book, Altered Carbon introduced us to Takeshi Kovacs, a bitter cynic with a heart of gold and the best psychosocial training humanity has been able to muster in this post-cyberpunk setting. In Broken Angels Takeshi comes back thirty years later as a lieutenant in Wedge's Wolves, a notoriously "effective" mercenary army involved on the interplanetary force's side of a recently colonized planet's war for independance. While getting put back together on a causualty ship aft ...more
Karina
While the first of these was a kinda science-fiction detective story, this one is sort of a treasure-hunting adventure in a war-zone and space. It was only ok, as far as the plot goes.

I found it annoying that. People talk. Like this. A lot. That would be okay if it was an occasional thing for emphasis, but it was really overdone.

The protagonist had some serious psychological issues too this time around, imagining conversations with a character he'd only met for 5 minutes and exchanged a few se
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Mike
Richard Morgan's future is a strange place: digital immortality, a human civilization that spans dozens of worlds and resides in the remnants of an ancient Martian civilization, all powerful corporations that control the fates of entire worlds, and all manners of technology for killings or satisfying the more carnal needs of humanity.

In this far future mess of humanity we find Takeshi Kovacs, the erstwhile protagonist from Altered Carbon, finds himself in the middle of a protracted planetary war
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Nick
Second in the trilogy, this is one of the most haunting books I have read in a long while. Eerie and hard-boiled at the same time, Morgan's blend of science fiction, mystery and political fiction works but the addition of the "Martian" ship is truly weird and wonderful. Great series so far!
Stuart
This book is just a punishing read. It checks all the right boxes: Cool future military technology, deadly mercenaries with cynical attitudes, evil corporate execs, radioactive battlefields, deadly nanotech, mysterious and powerful remains of an advanced alien race, double- and triple-crosses, and an utterly jaded, highly skilled Envoy/spy/super-soldier who literally blasts his way out of every situation, but feels appropriately regretful after creating a pile of corpses (or sometimes just a spr ...more
Mike
Mar 12, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Having enjoyed the first novel in this series (Altered Carbon) I honestly don’t remember why I did not immediately pick up Broken Angels. Perhaps I was intending to wait for more books to be written, or to stretch out the goodness, or I was just plain lazy. They’re all potentially correct.

Broken Angels takes place a longish time after the events in Altered Carbon and also follows the adventures of everyone’s favorite Solider-Of-Fortune, Takeshi Kovacs. (He is not to be confused with the earthly
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aPriL eVoLvEs
Radiation eats at the bodies throughout the book as an ongoing planet war eats at the souls. Anyone with feelings of righteous belief ends up with the ashes of their belief lying at their feet. Betrayal is endemic. Darker than the first in the series and I can see why some would stop here. Altered was an exploration of sexual decadence, this is an exploration of moral faith that lies behind much political hatred and manipulation. True believing leads to moral rot once you begin forcing everyone ...more
Bonnie
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Alan
Apr 15, 2011 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The bloody-minded
Recommended to Alan by: Previous work
The same, but different. That's what we want from a sequel, after all, and in that Richard K. Morgan certainly delivers.

I thought Takeshi Kovacs' debut in Morgan's debut novel Altered Carbon was stunning. Broken Angels is somewhat less so—the shock of the new has worn off a little... but it's still pretty good.

Altered Carbon was instantly familiar, in a way—a solid noir detective novel, set on a retrograde Earth at the heart of a small but growing interstellar human culture. The differences—othe
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Gar
Book 2 of the loosely connected Takeshi Kovacs trilogy. It leaves the gumshoe framing behind for a heavyhanded war fable with the overall moral that war is hell, technology does not relieve suffering, etc.; this will be bludgeoned into the reader by the end.

The strength of Altered Carbon lay primarily in its straightforward gumshoe PI framing. Free of that, the weaknesses start shining through. First and foremost, a serious failure of imagination that you see a lot of when you've read a bunch of
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Tasula
Broken Angels is the sequel to Altered Carbon. Takeshi Kovacs has been resleeved (given a new body) and is now soldiering for the Wedge (an elite corps) in a battle between the Cartel and rebel Kemp. He meets Jan Schneider, who tells him of a gate and a Martian starship, and convinces him to get backing for a mission to recover it. They collect an archaeologist, and assemble a Spec Ops team, and venture forth. There are battles, betrayals, deaths, strange creatures, politics, sex. Fascinating.
Jamie
This is the second entry in the "Takeshi Kovacs" series, but where the first book was a hard-boiled detective story, this is more typical military science fiction: the recovery of mysterious ancient alien artifacts taking place with a background of vicious planetary warfare. I was satisfied with the plot and impressed with the characterization. Morgan's writing is rich and very dense - this is not a quick read - and I was drawn deeply into Kovacs's universe.

I've seen some complaints about a part
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Anthony Ryan
Body-hopping secret agent Takeshi Kovacs traverses a less-than perfect pan- galactic future where identities can be recorded and transferred from one genetically engineered ‘sleeve’ to another. The second novel from the master of SF-noir is an intelligent high-tech actioner expanding the world first seen in Altered Carbon. High-tech weaponry, military jargon and firefights abound, but there is an important question arising from all the carnage: does identity have any meaning or even worth when i ...more
Joe
What a story! Amazing. I am enjoying the indefinite feeling of having lived a powerful adventure, and I don't want to spoil it by thinking about all the reasons why and the words to explain it. Hell, I have only just managed to bring myself here to report back that this is a book to put at the top of the list, especially if you liked Altered Carbon. I'll write more about it someday, but don't wait for me. Read it.
Erik
An entertaining, fun read - though not as good as the first in the series, Altered Carbon.

While AC was a postcyberpunk detective fiction murder mystery, this one's a rather more straight-forward treasure hunt. It did capture some of that fabulous joy of finding and interacting with an advanced alien species (which, for me at least, never gets old). There was the cool technology of course. But the overall plot and person-to-person interactions just weren't as good. Still a recommend, though, if y
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Glenn Conley
The sexy man-beast Takeshi Kovacs is back in action, for yet another adventure! Yay! Get that sexy hunk a stripper pole to dance around. Don't bother with the g-string. Just let that hot wang flap in the breeze for us all to drool over.

Damn. That sounded gay. I'm not 100% gay, okay? But goddamn. I'm 90000% gay for Takeshi Kovacs. I guess it's because he's just so good at what he does. He always wins. If it's mind games, a sword fight, a shootout, or a straight-out brawl, Kovacs will win every ti
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Roddy Williams
‘Sleeved in a damaged combat body, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in a brutal little Protectorate-sponsored war to put down the revolution on Sanction IV.

Taking the chance to join a covert team trying to secure an archaeological prize, Takeshi is dropped into a maelstrom of betrayal that makes the front-line a happy memory. For this is a prize whose value is limitless and whose dangers are endless. It’s a prize that the corporations will kill for.
A prize which will take mankind to the
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Onefinemess
I would put a cool image here, but I can't find the cover of my copy because a) I'm too lazy and b) It's a shitty book-cover edition. I HATE it when you buy used books online and they aren't labeled as book cover editions. Pet peeve #84.

So.

Good book. Slow burn, gripping in the end, at least in the sense that I couldn't wait until tomorrow to finish it. The initial sex scene seemed unnecessary BUT it did at least have a couple purposes with respect to the plot so it's not like it was just jammed
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Kevin Veale
As is probably obvious, Broken Angels is the second in the Takeshi Kovacs series.

It deals with the same problems as the first book, in that despite being a sharply intelligent and well-realised story, it's not necessarily fun. The protagonist is well-realised but not particularly likeable, and the story itself is grim.

Then again, that's hardly beyond the pale for noir-esque tales, and it certainly fits the context here.

With that out of the way, considering it's true of the entire series at large
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Lee
I really needed some sci-fi to read when I picked up Broken Angels. I had previously read Altered Carbon and was thinking this sequel would be as thoughtful. It turned out to be a fun read, with a few new devices to think about: Angel-like creatures from a Mars civilization that had spread across the universe, then vanished.

I liked the speculation on how corporations, future archeologists, and mercenaries each would fit into their roll. Some interesting ideas were proposed. There is violence in
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