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Thirteen Paperback – June 24, 2008
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In other respects, although a huge fan of Mr. Morgan's earlier work (Altered Carbon is one for the ages) I think Market Forces was kind of a miss, and Thirteen, although a compelling read, didn't quite take it over the edge either. There were several stylistic problems - names too close to each other, different characters referenced by the same name - which didn't appear in his earlier works, and a lot of the promised and implied consideration of race, gender, identity and even species didn't seem fully developed. A lot of the characters have seemingly identical experiences (illegal pregnancy - with a child of a Thirteen; waking up early on the Mars flight) but whether this was deliberate or intended to draw comparisons or contrasts seemed unresolved. Marsalis could have been Kovacs' spiritual great-great grandfather when it comes to choices of weapons and problem-solving techniques, but given those tendencies, the plot developments seemed predictable.Read more ›
A summary of the plot follows: (Major Spoilers follow)
When a shuttle between Mars and Earth crash lands in the Pacific Ocean with body partsfrom the passengers strewn throughout the ship, COLONY Executives Sevgi Eretkin and senior partner Tom Norton are called in to investigate and find out which passenger woke up prematurely, used the autosurgeon to cut up and eat all the sleeping passengers. They discover that a Thirteen a genetically enhanced soldier that had been banished to Mars (or to a resettlement area)after they were no longer useful and deemed a threat was behind the murders eating the crew because his sleeping chamber opened prematurely. Now he is on a killing spree and they aren't sure why.
They partner up with Carl Marsalis another Thirteen who makes a living hunting other Thirteens and either bringing them in for resettlement or killing them. Seen as a traitor to his own kind and never accepted by humanity, Marsalis is a bruised outcast who tries to do the right thing while surviving in a world where he's not welcome. When it comes to light that the escaped Thirteen Alan Merrin had help in escaping and that he's part of a far larger plan, Marsalis and Ertekin feel compelled to track him down and find out the larger truth behind his escape.Read more ›
Our protagonist (Carl) is a 13 who is licensed to track down rogue 13's and either capture or kill if need be. He is brought in to hunt down a particularly nasty 13 who escaped from mars, feasting off the frozen bodies off his shipmates on the months long haul from Mars to Earth. Yeah, wow, gritty. Morgan's strength is envisioning a world that is very very derived of our own - showing how technology can and will be abused.
But, then about half way thru the book, it stops cold. And as Carl and crew track down the vile 13, we suffer thru chapter after chapter of political and social rhetoric. I really don't like when authors stop the plot cold and start lecturing to me the details of a made of the social & political structure of a world set in the future. I could literally have skipped the middle 1/3 of the book to no effect. Some editor here was really asleep on the job.
I have read all of Morgan's books and this one just got too far off base. My advice, less preaching and more action and story. If I want to contemplate the social structure of emerging religious & political factions I'll click over to "that" section of Amazon and find something, thanks.
I'll give it a solid 3 as it starts strong & end strong.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting, engaging start, lost me towards the end. Still enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like Richard K. Morgan and his books. And I enjoyed this one also.Published 3 months ago by James M. Thayer III
Cannot believe I missed it when it came out...another gem from R.K.Morgan.Published 4 months ago by daz
And I'm so glad he did. It's really a fun read with a exciting pace that starts in pieces and eventually puts the pieces together. Get itPublished 9 months ago by The Leper
Freakin' A! Thirteen is another awesome book by Richard K. Morgan!
Mr. Morgan is one of my top three favorite current authors and I can't rightfully say why I just now finally... Read more
I was so disappointed to have wasted my time and money on this. It had some potential, but just could not get anything moving. Read morePublished 10 months ago by son of Lar
Somewhat entertaining but not as good as the Takeshi Kovacs series.Published 12 months ago by Benjamin Schrager
A snapshot of a future where a new body is as quick as a flash drive and a healthy bank account. Engrossing thriller plots. Compellling protagonists.Published 13 months ago by Jason Penterman
If you've ever been cut off at an intersection, or worked in any sort of customer service for any length of time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by seth kilian