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Woken Furies (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Morgan
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Woken Furies is Richard Morgan's third noir SF adventure starring combat veteran Takeshi Kovacs, who debuted in Altered Carbon (2002; winner of the Philip K. Dick Award). Kovacs operates in an interstellar future of extreme violence and exotic weaponry, where swapping bodies is as easy as trading in an old car.

The setting is Harlan's World, 95% ocean, where ancient alien orbital systems still vaporize anything that flies too high. Kovacs, older and madder, is running a private vendetta against Taliban-like fundamentalists whose principles--in a world where death is reversible--forced an old girl-friend and her child to die permanently. Wounded and on the run as usual, he escapes by joining a "deCom" squad hunting down human-built weapons systems that don't want to be decommissioned. Soon he's entangled with a woman who (some of the time) seems to be a reincarnation of long-dead revolutionary leader Quellcrist Falconer…

Meanwhile, the dictatorial ruling family of Harlan's World has set the deadliest possible assassin on Kovacs' trail--an illegal copy of his younger self, in a brand-new body.

High-energy complications follow. There's unexpected violence in a virtual-reality monastery. Kovacs and "Quellist" sympathizers plan a crazy James Bond assault on an impregnable island fortress, an attack that ends in a surprise twist. The idealistic Quellcrist (if that's who she is) has the key to a genetic time-bomb never before used: "A whole new form of death." Even those implacable orbital weapons that smite high-fliers with "angelfire" have secrets of their own.

Morgan's knack for grisly set-pieces and heart-stopping violence makes for compulsive reading--emphatically not for the squeamish. Against all odds, his fast-moving choreography of pursuits, escapes, shoot-outs, reversals and betrayals finally ends in a satisfying touch of compassion, a trace of hope. A superior SF thriller. --David Langford

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Woken Furies is Richard Morgan's third noir SF adventure starring combat veteran Takeshi Kovacs, who debuted in Altered Carbon (2002; winner of the Philip K. Dick Award). Kovacs operates in an interstellar future of extreme violence and exotic weaponry, where swapping bodies is as easy as trading in an old car.

The setting is Harlan's World, 95% ocean, where ancient alien orbital systems still vaporize anything that flies too high. Kovacs, older and madder, is running a private vendetta against Taliban-like fundamentalists whose principles--in a world where death is reversible--forced an old girl-friend and her child to die permanently. Wounded and on the run as usual, he escapes by joining a "deCom" squad hunting down human-built weapons systems that don't want to be decommissioned. Soon he's entangled with a woman who (some of the time) seems to be a reincarnation of long-dead revolutionary leader Quellcrist Falconer…

Meanwhile, the dictatorial ruling family of Harlan's World has set the deadliest possible assassin on Kovacs' trail--an illegal copy of his younger self, in a brand-new body.

High-energy complications follow. There's unexpected violence in a virtual-reality monastery. Kovacs and "Quellist" sympathizers plan a crazy James Bond assault on an impregnable island fortress, an attack that ends in a surprise twist. The idealistic Quellcrist (if that's who she is) has the key to a genetic time-bomb never before used: "A whole new form of death." Even those implacable orbital weapons that smite high-fliers with "angelfire" have secrets of their own.

Morgan's knack for grisly set-pieces and heart-stopping violence makes for compulsive reading--emphatically not for the squeamish. Against all odds, his fast-moving choreography of pursuits, escapes, shoot-outs, reversals and betrayals finally ends in a satisfying touch of compassion, a trace of hope. A superior SF thriller. --David Langford


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 897 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (18 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VHI8PE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Richard Morgan is 39 and was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper and deeper into Takeshi's World(s) 25 July 2005
Format:Hardcover
Yes, the best Richard Morgan yet.
Yes, a tale that helps us understand Kovacs' behaviour in this and previous novels, without you necessarily agreeing with many of his actions. This is despite his own (and Morgan's ??) attempts to justify them.
Yes, a book that seriously rewards re-reads, as I for one tore through it first time and missed some key content. Morgan's prose really claws you along.
What really opens the character is his interaction with past friends, as in previous books despite some "romance" he has been the violent loner par excellence. Here, Takeshi explores old (and some new) relationships with more humanity and credibility, not least with his younger self !
Because of the above, and the fundamentally more complex and fulfilling plot, I would recommend reading Altered Carbon and Broken Angels first.
My only reservations are that it is fairly simple to spot the numerous plot/sci-fi influences, but hey, they are so well woven-in that you just don't care.
Personally, if this is Takeshi's send-off, it's a great one. There are no doubt more places he can go, and more beings/objects he can obliterate, but I hope Richard Morgan doesn't do a "Culture" with this series and begin to retread ideas....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kovacs Returns 5 May 2005
Format:Hardcover
After thoroughly enjoying the first 2 "Cortical Stack universe" books I was thrilled to find a third in the pipeline.

While Woken Furies seemed, to me at least, a little slower and more ponderous than the first two it was still highly entertaining.

While Altered Carbon and Broken Angels were mostly standalone I would recommend having read at least one of the other books to establish some of the technology, terminology and characters before approaching Woken Furies, there is a fairly steep learning curve otherwise.
I felt the violence had been toned down somewhat, it can be difficult to tell if its the text or just me getting used to people being splattered over walls, the whole mood of this book is Political, while there is a thread of Politics in each AC-Universe novel (Quellism, Family bloodlines etc) this one is motivated by shifting powerbases and fighting for control.
It is also a new chapter in Takeshi Kovacs' personality, we see him meeting up with friends only hinted at previously and his overall mood seems to be broody and tense, a reflection of the author or possibly (hopefully) a deliberate portrayal of how Kovacs time apart from the Envoys and 'normal' life has changed him. Questions regarding his reasons for leaving the Corp. and his purpose in life make this less of a gun-fest and more philosophical (with guns of course)
If you have not read any of these books I recommend you get them all, if you enjoy Sci-Fi and futuristic weaponry with layers of politics, betrayal, bio-tech, near-immortality and fluid, visceral prose then you can't say no to Takeshi Kovacs.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep-You-Awake Fury 8 Mar 2005
By NW
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Morgan does it again. Another tautly written, tense thriller set in the world of Takeshi Kovacs, body sleeves and virtual death. As usual, there are plenty of high tech toys and the usual helpings of sex and violence to keep the cyberpunks happy. But Morgan's strength is his use of language to develop a powerful atmosphere and to create a believable world populated by real characters, married with a well-crafted story-line. The intensity of the story keeps you gripped from the first few pages, and the twists and turns of the plot will keep you guessing.
Welcome to Harlan's World. Welcome to deCom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid addition to Tak's crazy life. 18 Mar 2005
By GLloyd
Format:Hardcover
I wasn't sure if Richard Morgan could continue the precedent he set in Altered Carbon and continued in Broken Angels. What me worry? He has made me proud. An awesome book, that kept me gripped from beginning to end with so many twists, I could hardly keep up. Amazing detail, well written and nice to found out more about Takeshi and his home world. I will be re-reading it, as I am sure I've missed out on a lot. Highly recommended. If you haven't read the first two, I'd suggest you do. You won't regret it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Hard and very Heavy 24 Mar 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is the third outing for Morgan's anti-hero Takeshi Kovacs and here he certainly hits his stride.
This time we get to learn the protagonist's origins, we see him in his home territory and find out just how he became the man he is.
You can only be new once, so this is not as startling as Morgan's debut.
It is better.
If you've read Richard Morgan before you can guess that this is a tensely plotted, extremely violent science fiction thriller.
You may also expect an intricate and clever plot.
He delivers in spades, giving startling, plausible twists and shock revelations.
What you may not expect is that it has a philosophy, a political philosophy, no less. And that gives it the kind of heart and depth hinted at in Morgan's previous Kovacs novels Altered Carbon and Broken Angels. Anyone who dismissed these books as lightweight will be pleasantly surprised at just how serious, relevant and resonant to the times that Woken Furies is.
If Altered Carbon was a toy for the boys, the Woken Furies is something grown ups of varieties can appreciate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where do we go from here 20 Mar 2005
Format:Hardcover
Another brilliant book from Mr Morgan. As an avid fan of his work he can do no wrong!!! If you haven't read the previous two books, Altered Carbon and Broken Angels it is still a good read, in fact get all three.
Only concern where do we go from here, hopefully there will be a few more books which involve Mr Kovacs and the Martians.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as the first time I read it
Part political treatise, part crazy ass sci fi. His stuff is all good. Except market forces. Don't bother with that
Published 14 hours ago by Mr. Richard A. Saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series best taken in small doses.
A keeper, but only just.
This series is full of good ideas, including the basic one of swappable "sleeves" ( bodies) that together with the availability of built-in... Read more
Published 2 days ago by I. Baxter
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
A great premise but not executed as well as Id hoped. A decent read but not as good as the other Kovacs books
Published 3 months ago by Matt Seex
4.0 out of 5 stars great voice & internal logic
Richard Morgan "just makes stuff up" as he says in his acknowledgements at the end of this. The universe created is 80% negatively portrayed with the odd drop of humanity... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aiden W
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his others
I am sure it is intentional but the story moves around too much. Also the use of Japanese manga/yakusa jargon is very wearing.
Published 7 months ago by Mr Martin Kilkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Swimming with masters of contemporary SF
Readers of contemporary masters of Science Fiction literature such as Ian Banks, Peter F. Hamilton, Neal Asher and
Alastair Reynolds can undoubtedly now add Richard Morgan to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Katmandu
5.0 out of 5 stars so good
wonderful book of a wonderful trilogy one of the top 5 authors writing at the moment and this was his best work to date
Published 10 months ago by Jme
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this series
Really enjoyed the Takeshi Kovacs series, just a bit sad the author said he's not doing any more in this universe
Published 12 months ago by Michael Durnin
4.0 out of 5 stars SciFi all in
So it continuous. Again Richard Morgan delivers top SciFI for us starving greyhaired males longing for intelligent action in remarkable surroundings. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Whiskeyjack
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the first two
The third book centred around the Kovachs main character, and still no closer to running out of ideas, or strength in writing. Read more
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