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Market Forces Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Richard Morgan, the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, strikes out into new territory with Market Forces, leaving behind the farflung battlegrounds of Takeshi Kovacs for the not-so-distant future of corporate Earth. Here, Morgan extrapolates a world where commodities trading reaches a brutal pitch and the outcomes of banana republic uprisings are the new market. Now, on the road to success, the brokers of the new economy compete for status and promotions via road rage on the freeways of new London.
Morgan's conflicted protagonist, Chris Faulkner, is a comer known for one spectacular kill that shot him to the top of mid-range global capital firm. He parlays his reputation and skills as a driver into a job in the emerging field of "Conflict Investment" at the world's hottest and hardest firm. Soon he finds himself running with the big dogs and rises to the top of a brutal realm, but his ascent is quickly threatened by vicious senior partners, gold-digging suitors, fame, fair-weather friends, and his own nagging conscience.
Market Forces is at once an anti-globalization treatise and anime fantasy meets The Road Warrior. Morgan employs the graphic-novel imagery of his two previous novels to create a disturbingly brutal picture of slash-and-burn capitalism run amok. There are times when Faulker's moral quandries seem hollow in the face of his actions but this isn't Crime and Punishment. Enjoy the ride and "come back with blood on your wheels or don't come back at all." --Jeremy Pugh
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Morgan's brutal, provocative third novel (after Altered Carbon and Broken Angels) charts the moral re-education of executive Chris Faulkner, who joins notoriously successful Shorn Associates, which specializes in "conflict investment" - financing totalitarian regimes, as well as guerrilla movements, in developing countries that are never allowed to develop. Taking his theme from such well-known critics of Western capitalism as Noam Chomsky, Susan George and Michael Moore (all listed as sources), the author presents a bleak near-future that includes continuing job loss through NAFTA, the undermining of national economies like that of China and the creation of a permanent underclass. Faulkner and other company hotshots compete in highly dangerous, often fatal car races, which reflect the ruthlessness of their corporate careers. Faulkner's auto-mechanic wife, Carla, strives to humanize him, but he will have to kill a lot of people with his car, guns and, in the penultimate bloodbath, a baseball bat before seeing the error of his ways. While some may be put off by the graphic violence and the heavy-handed polemics, most readers will find Morgan's economic extrapolation convincing and compelling.
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While the idea is novel and the promise is there, some ideas just aren't fleshed out to their conclusion. In the background there is evidence to what generated both the malformed ideas of fitness as well as the way other societies reacted to the same pressures. The knife fights to determine field agents in South America, for example, are mentioned, but as a whole the concept of the world and the critique of society's maladaptive methods to justify perverse philosophies are left hanging.
Chris seems to change his a basic character without warning at times as well, going from philosophical old school chess playing samurai to a starry eyed lost boy with an ax to grind, but in a story about a man lost in a world that makes no sense, that's forgivable. The true dynamic of him wrestling with his identity isn't lost, even if, at times, his motivation is.
Also included is Morgan's generally cringe worthy sex scenes, but if you can stomach those then the story can keep you engaged enough to press on. There are always new and exciting abuses an unfair survival of the fittest world can use to tantalize. Overall I'd recommend this for fans of cyberpunk and those with a left leaning bent to their thoughts.
You will love it. Buy this book.