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Woken Furies

(Takeshi Kovacs #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  29,010 ratings  ·  1,092 reviews
This is high action, ideas driven noir SF of the highest order. Morgan has already established himself as an SF author of global significance.

Takeshi Kovacs has come home. Home to Harlan's World. An ocean planet with only 5 percent of its landmass poking above the dangerous and unpredictable seas. Try and get above the weather in anything more sophisticated than a helicopt
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Del Rey Books (first published March 17th 2005)
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Sándor Szabó Absolutely. The main character connects them, no real hints or references to the second part. Actually, better to read this first because it can motiv…moreAbsolutely. The main character connects them, no real hints or references to the second part. Actually, better to read this first because it can motivate you to read the second part, the other way round it is not so sure. :) (less)
Reece Pickett Basically. They are Military Machine Intelligences. They're AI made to kill people. The deComs are sent to clear them out to make the area safe for pe…moreBasically. They are Military Machine Intelligences. They're AI made to kill people. The deComs are sent to clear them out to make the area safe for people, as far as I can tell.(less)

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Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Some times a book doesn’t get to be judged as a stand-alone work. When it’s the third book in a loosely connected series featuring the same lead character, what happens in books one and two are going to affect book three’s read. After enjoying Broken Angels (second in the series, review here), I immediately requested Woken Furies from the library. Sadly, it was a serious disappointment both as a series installment and as a stand-alone read. Be warned: this is a long review, mostly because I want ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, cyberpunk
I'm a grown-up. And I've seen quite a lot. Also, I know quite a lot - no boasting here, just plain facts. So, for a guy in a mid of his 30ies, who's seen and knows a lot - I'm at a very big disadvantage here. Because all I can say after reading this book, is "I don't know".

Here's a list of things related to "Woken Furies" that I don't know:

• I don't know, how Richard K. Morgan was able to write such a mediocre third book of the series after great, even grand, maybe, first two books.
• I don't k
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I see a lot of mixed reactions to this book but fortunately, mine is all gung-ho. Why? Because I freaking love this book. Why? Because it has all the best features of the hardest of hard-SF, the fantastic world-building, the hard tech, the bloodthirsty craziness of uploaded and downloaded consciousnesses mixed with the mafia of all breeds and Oligarchies and corporations and all if it is mixed some of the tightest characters I've had the pleasure to read.

That doesn't really describe it, though.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was another good instalment in Richard Morgan's excellent Takeshi Kovacs series. I find Morgan's writing to be super engaging and the story itself delivers a good mix of action, humor, and mystery while still giving the reader plenty of thought-provoking themes to ponder.

This third book took us back to Harlan's World, Takeshi's much mentioned home world. Never one to live the quiet life Takeshi finds himself on a brutal mission of retribution against those who have wronged him before he get
Michelle F

Listen, in a couple of years I am going to reread this whole series...because, overall, it really is pretty good. I'm going to bet that my reread will end with a more convicted endorsement of this third volume. I really think it will. This time around, though, I have to say that I only just landed on the positive side of 'happy to be done'. It was like a big glass of my favourite soda, slowly losing its fizz. I was excited at the first sips, but by the time I got to the dregs I had definitely ha
Matthew Iden
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Actual rating: 4.25

I heard once that in Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, the weather--so starkly and powerfully portrayed--is often considered a character in the movie as much as any of the actors.

In exactly the same way, Woken Furies is less about the protagonist, Takeshi Kovacs, than it is about the world and the culture of his dystopic future. Morgan's world-building is so overpowering that Kovacs isn't so much a character in the novel as a journalist, bringing us a report from the front lines
Milda Page Runner
The writing and the worldbuilding are still stunning. The plot though is spread too thin and suffers from uneven pacing and too many secondary characters/various groups. Isa, Segesvar, Murakami – people from the past that clearly mean a lot to Kovacs, but we don’t get enough backstory to really connect and care. Initial confusion and not knowing Takeshi’s motivation for the bigger part of the book doesn’t help immersion either. I liked the ending and the time Takeshi spent with De-Coms. I li
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I was rather disappointed in this book. As much as I enjoyed the first two Takeshi Kovacs stories and as much as I find the universe fascinating this story fell flat for me. I think the reason for this is that Morgan assumed the reader would have a strong emotional connection to Kovacs and his past enough though much of it was not revealed until this book. Sure we got some references to his home world and why he left, but they were rather matter of fact statements with little to suggest an emoti ...more
David Sven
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good conclusion to the series. Richard K Morgan brings all the elements together that have built the legend of Takeshi Kovacs over the past two books.Those elements that were previously background become the main story.

Elements like Kovacs' home world Harlan's World and the surrounding orbitals which rain down angel fire on anything that flies, unleashing the fury of Martian ghosts on any machinery that tries to rise over 400 feet in the air.

Then there's the oft referred to Virginia Vidaura, K
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this. I've been picking at it for months. I just can't get into it. It's boring. I'm more than half way through and can't muster up any interest. Altered Carbon was fantastic. Kovacs was a believable bad ass. The rest of the series sucks. This book was just really long descriptions of places and a lot of "envoy senses" explaining everything. There was no mystery, no interesting characters, meh. I also don't believe that the backup copy of Kovacs would agree to hunt down and kil ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
So I'm finished with book 3 and I can't stress how happy I am that's over with. There's a lot to not like about Woken Furies. I don't even know where to start... Oh wait, that's a lie. Yes I do.

First off, Takeshi Kovacs suffers from Dresden syndrome. That's what I'm calling it from now on at least. Get this, you figure Tak is pushing 140 years old at this point? Subjectively... and he acts younger and dumber than any of his previous incarnations in the previous two books. I mean he's got anger
Altered Carbon
Broken Angels

The third and final installment in the Takeshi Kovacs trilogy Woken Furies was a bittersweet read for me. On the one hand, Takeshi is probably the best protagonist I've come across in years. I sincerely want to be him when I grow up, and I feel a special kinship to him. Richard Morgan is a fantastic storyteller with an incredible command of the language, making his books a joy to read. Unfortunately, this is the last planned book featuring Takeshi. I tried to draw it o
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Weak finish! The other two books had a good blend of Kovacs' character, some manly action with weapons and a couple of decent stories. The sleeving and cortical stacks gave some great room for your mind to wander. This last part of the trilogy meandered all over a planet, existential angst, religion and way too deep inside Kovacs' and others heads. It didn't know what it wanted to be, I think Morgan had a fantastic, very earth shattering conclusion in mind but he forgot to write a story to get ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
From the abbreviated experience I've had reading Mr. Morgan's books, I've come to the conclusion that he's a better scenarist than he is at building a thorough plot. Books like Thirteen and Altered Carbon are all over the place, tossing in characters, set-pieces and, if there's room, the kitchen sink that tend to distract from the overall story. What Mr. Morgan excels at is creating a believable and enticing future world. Thirteen featured an America divided into a few liberal outlying states su ...more
I liked the concept of this series but I struggled to understand what actually happened in the third installment. There were too many characters and too many sequences with long winded dialogue which didn’t progress the story in any meaningful way, to appreciate the extensive world building and finer aspects of the book.

Whilst I believe some of my confusion was due to having listened to the audio version (which clocked in at over 22hrs), the constant flickering of characters in and out of the co
5.0 stars. Book three in the Takeshi Kovacs series. Each installment has been amazing and this installment certainly continues that trend. Can not wait for the next one. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!
2015: And then the end never stops twisting about ... back-stabbingly beautiful.
I love the way he describes technologies in his future vision of humanity. I am going to miss Takeshi Kovacs, I may even have to read the books all over again.

2018: Did get around to the reread. I had a harder time with the re-read than I anticipated because I did remember just enough to take away the major reveals. However that makes it possible to focus on other aspects of the books more.

I like the writing style,
Mirnes Alispahić
Richard Morgan writes wet dreams of cyberpunk lovers, there's no doubt about that. Starting with "Altered Carbon", Morgan introduced a cynical antihero, Takeshi Kovacs, into the genre and puts him into the world of neon, mega-corporations, yakuza, and body alterations (graphic action scenes and explicit sex included). "Woken Furies", the last part of a trilogy on the ex-Envoy, a member of an elite unit of soldiers, amplifies the winning combination and raises the bar, as it usually happens with ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
This book has its ups and downs, and it's the most complex and introspective installment of the series. I found the ending satisfying and I'm happy I came along for the ride. Takeshi Kovacs is truly one memorable character.

“Every previous revolutionary movement in human history has made the same basic mistake. They’ve all seen power as a static apparatus, as a structure. And it’s not. It’s a dynamic, a flow system with two possible tendencies. Power either accumulates, or it diffuses through the
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Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A rapid-fire review, so I don't make myself late for an appointment...

A lot of stuff is going by me fast these days, and this last installment of Altered Carbon trilogy i sno exception -- I listened to it on audio whil on leave from work, and blasted through it in, what, two or three days. The book is fairly long. Clues to the ending are scattered throughout, as well as further hints and descriptors of the culture of both Harlan's World and of the Protectorate at large. (The Protectorate seems t
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first two Takeshi Kovacs novels by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon  and Broken Angels , are pretty amazing, so it's bittersweet to be reading and reviewing Woken Furies, which is billed as the third and last of the series.

Each of the three books featuring Takeshi Kovacs written by Morgan is so different it's hard to call them part of the same series, but they do all feature Kovacs, a hard-bitten, world-weary, brutally efficient killing machine and violent mercenary with his own uniqu
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Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
This one was a mixed bag and I may be coming down on it too hard. On one hand, three Takeshi Kovacs books read so closely together is a bit much for me.

All the hard-boiled machismo kind of wears thin after a while and it all comes of like a Brock Samson rampage. And the sex in the series has kind of annoyed me, at least in the second and third books. I don't mind explicit sexual content if it has purpose within the context of the overall work -- and I felt like it did in "Altered Carbon." Howev
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: scififantasy
The third in Richard Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs series and my least favorite.

Somewhat paradoxically, however, I also found it the most complex. This book is extremely bleak, and in a manner that's not readily apparent.

While the protagonist Takeshi Kovacs is your typical angry, jaded, world-weary ex-soldier in both Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, his personality is livened by a sense of humor. This liveliness is almost entirely absent here in Woken Furies, which is the only book set on Kovacs' hom
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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C.T. Phipps
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cyberpunk, grimdark

It's said you should never meet your heroes. Also, that you can't go home again. This is unfortunately something that happens to Takeshi Kovacs when he is forced back to his homeworld in order to deal with the resurrection of Quella Falconcer as well as the alien technology that looms over his planet. I never thought the alien part of the series was compelling and feel this is the weakest of the book with Takeshi at his most monstrous. Sadly, this is the book that they chose to adapt to seaso
Kieran Delaney
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was utterly taken by Altered Carbon, Morgans first Takeshi Kovacs book - his second, Broken Angels, however was not great and felt like both the character and his writer were treading water. Woken Furies is a return to form, though not necessarily in the style of the original. Its still hard and fast, descriptive and intelligent but gone is the hard boiled detective noir to be replaced by grim action thriller that is positively epic in scale. An adventure that rolls from side to side of an ali ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
When we reunite with Kovacs, we find him back on Harlan's World, the place of his birth. He's hunting priests of a local patriarchal religion—Knights of the New Revelation—in a damaged synthetic sleeve, but we don't know why. After the events in Broken Angels, it seemed like Kovacs was done with the mercenary life. But things spiral out of control pretty fast. Soon Kovacs is so hot from pissing off the New Revelation crowd and the Yakuza that he's in the outback fighting rogue biomachines with a ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was an amazing read - I loved the first one in the series Altered Carbon and quite enjoyed the second Broken Angels but this third book completely exceeded expectations.

Takeshi Kovacs was always a string character, he has depth, nuance and enough complexity to seem very real throughout. Not always a good guy, often a very bad one, disillusioned, cynical and in many ways dissociated. Any ideals he had have been striped away and his loyalties are tarnished. And the complete package of th
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