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Spacecraft hunted in ‘Broken Angels’

“Broken Angels” by Richard Morgan

You change bodies like you change your clothes. There is nanotechnology that can bring you back from the brink of death, or take you right into its arms. Space travel is merely a matter of broadcasting your soul across the galaxy into another body.

Welcome to the world created by Richard Morgan. Morgan’s second book, “Broken Angels” reintroduces the character, Takeshi Kovacs. This time Takeshi finds himself leading a band of mercenaries and an archaeologist on a treasure hunt. However, their treasure is nothing of the ordinary sort. It is a Martian spacecraft, a ship that could change the course of a war and possibly much more.

The Martians are long dead, but the technology that humanity has scavenged has allowed them to travel the stars, and there is much to their technology that we do not understand. Despite the fact that humanity understands very little about Martian technology, it is very valuable and it is up to Takeshi to help secure the Martian spaceship or die many times trying.

Unlike Morgan’s first book, “Altered Carbon,” we find his main character, Takeshi Kovacs, not on the mean streets of San Francisco. Instead, Takeshi has chosen to become a mercenary in a brutal war far from Earth. While “Altered Carbon” was more of a hard-boiled mystery in a crossbreed of Raymond Chandler and William Gibson, “Broken Angels” is more on the military science fiction side of things. This is not to say that the plot is overly linear, but it is certainly not the “whodunit” that “Altered Carbon” was.

While “Broken Angels” is not quite the roller-coaster ride that “Altered Carbon” was, it is nevertheless an excellent sophomore effort. “Broken Angels” contains much more action than “Altered Carbon,” and while the plot is not as complex, it is certainly just as satisfying. I highly recommend “Broken Angels.”

“Broken Angels” by Richard Morgan is available through the South Lake Tahoe Branch of the El Dorado County Library.

-Mark Dulyanai is a library assistant and Friend of the Library, South Lake Tahoe Branch.

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