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Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  15,901 Ratings  ·  625 Reviews
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
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Published March 2nd 2004 by Del Rey (first published March 20th 2003)
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Jul 08, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
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!!
Apr 01, 2011 Collin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Hey you, guy, I don't like you."
"Oh yeah?! Me neither!"

The Build-Up:
"Where are my guns?"
"Here, under the sheets with me."

The Climax:
BANG! BANG! I'm shooting at you! Pewpewpew! Haha, you missed me! Why I oughta! !@*@$#)

"I should've killed you yesterday, but at least I get to kill you today."
"I'm glad it's you that's doing the killing of me. I feel like we understand each other like nobody else can. You and I are as intimate as the bullet you just put inside my bo
Oct 31, 2009 Heather rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan 13, 2010 Gar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2010 Karina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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
Jamie Collins
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
aPriL does feral sometimes
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
Apr 15, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 09, 2011 MadProfessah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 30, 2011 Lightreads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 21, 2011 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 05, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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.
Anthony Ryan
Sep 01, 2014 Anthony Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
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
Mar 07, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 22, 2014 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  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
David Sven
Jun 19, 2015 David Sven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks
Takeshi Kovacs is back in black (literally) and badasserer than ever.

Also back is narrator Todd Mclaren who gave a solid audio performance. I can't imagine anyone else as the voice of Kovacs. I don't know how I'd like him for other books but he has been a good fit for this series so far.

This book pretty much reads as a standalone. You don't need to read the first book at all to enjoy this and pick up what's going on. It's a completely different story. Completely different sub genre even.

Sep 19, 2014 Tasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 05, 2015 Krbo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
While I enjoyed this book a lot, it took a while to read and I did not feel it flowed quite as well as the first book by this author that I had read, Altered Carbon.

Reading the first third of the book felt a little too much like hard work; as though we were purposefully setting up the plot and characters, it was well enough written, the concept was great and some of the characters and locations very memorable, but it was not quite the delight to read that I was expecting. Then the story took off
Sep 23, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This didn't quite hit me the same way the first book did. Perhaps it's the drastic change in setting and storytelling that occurs. One of the good things about this is that the world of Takeshi Kovacs expands. On the downside, we lose the more personal feeling that Altered Carbon had. Broken Angels also ramps up the science side of science fiction for this story, which made me miss the detective style Richard Morgan used in Altered Carbon. Regardless, he writes intelligently and with aplomb. Thi ...more
Jacqueline Tao
Mar 31, 2016 Jacqueline Tao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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C.T. Phipps
May 30, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grimdark
Broken Angels is the second novel of the Takeshi Kovacs series. Whereas Altered Carbon was a future noir detective story in the future, Broken Angels is a war picture. Even the decades change with Altered Carbon feeling vaguely 1940s-like, Broken Angels feels like it takes place in a pseudo-Vietnam. I was initially disappointed to see none of the original cast was returning from the first book but Takeshi himself and that this took place no less than thirty years later. I really became fond of ...more
Marija S.
Aug 25, 2016 Marija S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richard Morgan's narration is poetry, Todd McLaren's voice is a symphony.
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