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Thirty years later, our super-soldier hero Takeshi Kovacs is wearing yet another body (swapping is easy in this future), already wounded in a messy war against revolutionary forces on the planet Sanction IV. Very soon he's lured from his duties into a hunt for a fantastic treasure discovered by archaeologists and carefully hushed up. The long-vanished Martians who once colonised the galaxy have left a buried hyperspace gateway leading to a working starship in distant orbit.
Kovacs uses frightening violence to get the attention of corporate sponsors even more ruthless than himself. His hastily assembled exploration team must work in a lethal fallout zone, racing to open the gate before they're stopped by radiation sickness, treacherous sabotage, or the threat of fast-evolving nanoweaponry. And there are repeated hints that if they ever make it through that gateway, worse things are waiting on the far side...
It's all desperately tense and crafted with appalling inventiveness. Life is cheap and death is no release, because the "cortical stack" implanted in everyone's spine constantly records the total personality, ready for "re-sleeving" in a new clone body or storage in virtual reality. So Kovacs goes recruiting at the macabre Soul Market, where thanks to the war there are literal skiploads of hacked-out sections of human spine containing stacks--for sale by the kilogram.
Other ingredients include sex, voodoo, torture, multiple betrayal, cool military technology, incomprehensible alien constructions, age-old cycles of catastrophe, and--above all--extreme violence. The screw is turned further and further, beyond what seems possible. Readers may find themselves forgetting to breathe. This is a rattling good yarn, for the strong of stomach. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really enjoyed this series. This was probably the weakest of the books for me but I still enjoyed it. I love the character and the world/worlds it in habits.Published 14 days ago by Jones
I was drawn into this more than the first one. The flow is faster,more intense and it can be a bit gorey in places but the plot is good. Looking forward to the next one.Published 1 month ago by Malcolm H. Smith
Wonderful adventure and progression of his writing style - already looking forward to downloading the next one! where do I sign up to be an Envoy? :)Published 4 months ago by k a abid
I think any author would have a tough time following up an acclaimed title such as Altered Carbon with a second instalment. So many things could have gone wrong. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
So good I had to read it twice. These Altered Carbon books are the most exciting and interesting SF on the planet, along with the Banks Culture series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great fun read. Hard core, cyber punk, military, space opera, mash up! The characters are well thought out and the world building is very thorough. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ordered a duplicate by mistake but good enough that I'm enjoying a reread.Published 10 months ago by steve broomfield
If you liked his first book in the series "Altered Carbon" with its' easy violence, Japlish culture, strange travel and immortality systems and even stranger aliens, you'll... Read morePublished 10 months ago by I. Baxter
The second part of the Takeshi Kovacs adventures which digs deeper into the universe of a schizophrenic 25th Century,where advanced AI's constructs,Digitized Humans... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer