Review of 'Broken Angels'

Broken Angels by Richard Morgan

Takeshi Kovacs is back in this second novel by Richard Morgan after his critically acclaimed Altered Carbon. This time Kovacs is in the middle of things on a planet at war with itself. After meeting Jan Schneider at a hospital telling him of an impossibility: a gateway on the planet leading to a lost alien spaceship Kovacs is convinced to join in the effort to retrieve the spaceship. Schneider and Kovacs find a archaeologue, Tanya Wardani, who has the information they need to open the gate and explore the Martian technology further – but also has severe mental trauma that Kovacs must first deal with. They also create a team of re-sleeved army commandos (all previously killed in action) to make their attempt. Things are complicated by the fact that a nuclear explosion has made the whole area radioactive and someone has sent the most efficient killing construct ever created after them. Coupled with all the wanton murder and mayhem associated with Kovacs, the novel continues on a brutal (literally) pace. I found the ending particularly unsettling and a bit more thoughtful than the rest of the novel. Another fast paced thriller that will be sure to entrall fans.

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Review Date: 2005-02-21


Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Gollancz

Publication Date: 2003


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