Woken Furies

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Random House Publishing Group, 2007 - Fiction - 480 pages
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Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding twenty-fifth-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan’s World forever.Once a gang member, then a marine, then a galaxy-hopping Envoy trained to wreak slaughter and suppression across the stars, a bleeding, wounded Kovacs was chilling out in a New Hokkaido bar when some so-called holy men descended on a slim beauty with tangled, hyperwired hair. An act of quixotic chivalry later and Kovacs was in deep: mixed up with a woman with two names, many powers, and one explosive history.In a world where the real and virtual are one and the same and the dead can come back to life, the damsel in distress may be none other than the infamous Quellcrist Falconer, the vaporized symbol of a freedom now gone from Harlan’s World. Kovacs can deal with the madness of AI. He can do his part in a battle against biomachines gone wild, search for a three-centuries-old missing weapons system, and live with a blood feud with the yakuza, and even with the betrayal of people he once trusted. But when his relationship with “the” Falconer brings him an enemy specially designed to destroy him, he knows it’s time to be afraid. After all, the guy sent to kill him is himself: but younger, stronger, and straight out of hell.Wild, provocative, and riveting, Woken Furies is a full-bore science fiction spectacular of the highest order–from one of the most original and spellbinding storytellers at work today.From the Hardcover edition.

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Takeshi Kovacs, former special agent, now enforcer-for-hire, returns to his birth planet, the grim Harlan's World, intent on tying up some loose ends from his past lives. When he encounters a female ... Read full review

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Ok, so I finished, and as is the case with much speculative science fiction, it kind of loses it's way after the major concepts are explored.
With a name like angelfire, could we expect the
Orbitals to be anything else? Icarus Reborn as a title would have been too blunt, and has already been taken.
But along with that seemingly innate desire for immortality of the iD, there's an acceptance that the form of ascended/digitized sentience may be more of a shared experience. That sharing will render those unprepared gibbering mental zombies jettisoned off as floatsum into lower mechanized or biological life. But for those comfortable with their revolutionary riders, religious delusionaries and alien intelligence, it'll all be beaches and cream.
So in that sense, an exceptionally hopeful book.

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Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of 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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