- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345480899
- ISBN-13: 978-0345480897
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Richard K. Morgan
“Morgan is one of science fiction’s bright young lights, a crisp stylist who demonstrates equal facility with action scenes and angst.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“Forces is turbo-injected with moral ambiguity, Wag the Dog political scenarios, and action sequences fit for a Bruckheimer movie. [Grade:] A.”
“Compelling . . . immensely entertaining . . . full of duplicitous characters, murky motives, and a detective who’s as tough as he looks.”
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Gritty and vivid . . . Looks as if we have another interstellar hero on our hands.”
“Clearly the work of a gifted, ambitious story teller.”
–The Washington Post Book World
“A superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure.”
“[A] fiercely intelligent new cyber-noir thriller.”
–The Washington Examiner
“Breathtaking suspense and action.”
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About the Author
Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of Woken Furies, Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award. Morgan sold the movie rights for Altered Carbon to Joel Silver and Warner Bros. His third book, Market Forces, has also been sold to Warner Bros. He lives in Scotland.
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One of his best. Don't miss it.
I can honestly say I bought this after reading Altered Carbon without any other expectations.
I love both books! No two readers are the same but for me.....this was a perfect blend of pain, drama, and action.
The cultural and moral comments were both appealing and non-intrusive.
This is a heartrending science fiction drama!
IMHO, Richard K. Morgan is the great talent in scifi in the last 20 years, and his stories will stand the test of time.
The world he has created is fully realized. You'll be sucked into it for the duration, your daily worries and boredom forgotten.
As with many of his protagonists, Morgan's Carl Masalis is an extremely sympathetic, three-dimensional character, someone you'll root for as he navigates a harsh, dystopic future peppered with corrupt politicians, profit-hungry corporations, gritty cops, street thugs, Bible-thumpers, and genetically engineered prostitutes and super soldiers.
This novel screams out for a sequel.
If you're new to RK Morgan, this novel may be a bit hard to follow---Morgan's plotting is deep, dense, and can take some re-reading to get the full of it---but I never read a Morgan novel once, anyway. Every time I re-read one of his works, I get more out of it. This book is full of double-crosses, triple-crosses, and heroes who are entirely too human---no matter what they really are.
The novel is entertaining and the pacing is fast. Has just the right blend of sex, violence, and mystery that I like in a hard SF novel. If I had one issue with this novel, it is that at times the political and social commentaries seemed staged and forced, placed in scenes that were intentionally written as scenes of social/political commentary. A certain group of protagonists and antagonists sit down to "negotiate" and discuss world events and political issues that define and shape these characters. These sections can at times come off as excessively didactic. I realize that most SF novels have these moments, especially dystopias but in the past Richard Morgan has not soap-boxed as much as he has in this novel. That is not to say that I disagree with his commentary, it's dead on when it comes to how we perceive race, social groupings, political self-interest, etc. It just seems that these moments step outside of the SF narrative and become political essays, which is not in keeping with the flow of the story.
Despite these small narrative mis-steps, the novel is just what I needed for the winter. A fast paced thriller that has violence, sex, intrigue, and a really mean son-of-a-bitch protagonist. The over all mystery is a tad predictable but not so much that you dislike the story. I've also read all of Richard Morgan's previous works and I feel like I have a sense for his style. I would not recommend this book as an introduction into Richard Morgan's writings. If you have interest in a blade-runner style SF with a Raymond Chandler mystery, then find Altered Carbon, the first in his Takashi Kovacs novels.