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Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs #2)

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Welcome back to the brash, brutal new world of the twenty-fifth century: where global politics isn’t just for planet Earth anymore; and where death is just a break in the action, thanks to the techno-miracle that can preserve human consciousness and download it into one new body after another.

Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private...more
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Published March 2nd 2004 by Del Rey (first published 2003)
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Mar 22, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] 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...more
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...more
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 malfe...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.
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...more
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
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...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...more
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
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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!
aPriL purrs 'n hisses
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
J.A. Huss
"Somewhere, a baby was crying."

I love how that sets the whole atmosphere for chapter three. Just that one simple sentence to start things off. I've read all three Kovacs novels and loved each one of them for very different reasons. I'd have to say that Woken Furies is my favorite, but Broken Angels comes in a close second. Altered Carbon was a fantastic introduction to the series, the character and the world, but it's not really a true representation of who and what Kovacs is. (That's my opinion...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Prattle On, Boyo
I must admit how disappointed I am with this book. Altered Carbon grabbed me by the throat almost from the opening line while Broken just sort of held my attention and only because I like the Kovacs sometimes sardonic, ultimately haunted character.

The fascination with stack transferrence is still there which has always been a selling point for me as is the tendency to make everything ultraviolent (enhances the story line IMO) but the characters are utterly forgettable. Hand, the corporate shill...more
Dave
While the last book (Altered Carbon) was almost a detective story (in the sense The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was) in a science fiction setting, this story was in some ways more traditionally science fiction. With an alien space ship, a group of people trying to get to it and exploring it with the excitement of imminent danger to everyone, the sense of betrayal lurking, and certain other sci-fi themes, it kind of reminded me of a number of science fiction movies I've seen (including one this s...more
Alexander Veee
So instead of delivering another exhilarating hardboiled detective fiction by way of cyberpunk novel Morgan instead decided to write about how corporations and militarism are bad. Also a good chunk of the novel involves the characters trying to open a door. Because, it's hard to open, because, of, reasons, and stuff. And martians. And war is bad. And corporations are greedy. And sometimes wars are fought over money or corporate interests or no reason at all. Cool beans, but that's pretty common...more
Derek (Guilty of thoughtcrime)
I was hugely disappointed by the direction this novel took after its prequel Altered Carbon was so successful. The first book is a 26th century mystery, and a well-done mystery, too; this one is short on mystery and long on death and dismemberment. The epilog sounds like the ending of an Agatha Christie story, where Poirot gathers everybody in the parlour to explain the whodunnit to those of us too dim to figure it out. Unfortunately, it wasn't that I didn't figure it out, but that I never reali...more
Wealhtheow
Takeshi Kovacs is a man for hire. He exists in virtual reality, like all minds without bodies, and is "re-sleeved" into a body when he has a job to do. And this time, his job is to get an archaeologist to an abandoned Martian spaceship. To get there, the team has to make their way through a war zone--a war in which Kovacs has already fought on both sides. The ship is flooded with radiation, drifting in the middle of space, and the architecture of the Martians is enough to literally drive humans...more
Benjamin Newland
The second "Takeshi Kovacs" novel, this book features "Kill Bill" levels of graphic violence along with plenty of graphic sex. We're still in the "dark" mode here--something of a cyberpunk offering--but this novel does not draw nearly as much from the noir detective tradition as the first novel did. For that reason I liked it less, though that may have been because I kept wanting it to be the first book or because reading the two back-to-back like this may have burned my brain a little. We're st...more
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