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5.0 out of 5 stars A brutal but excellent read, 17 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Altered Carbon (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
Every now and then you get 'one of those' characters come on the scene that just is as close to perfection as you could want, Takeshi Kovacs is that, and then some!

Former Envoy (An Uber soldier that makes our current special forces look like a fluffy kitten producing quilt club) Takeshi Kovacs is dug out of jail and offered a job that is the utter definition of 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' which is so far, so formulaic I here you think.

However, once you get within a few pages, pick your jaw up out of your lap, double check you just read what you did, and carry on you'll find yourself in quite possibly one of the freshest, genre defining books of the last decade, this book is astonishing in its unrelenting pace, brilliantly handled writing / plotting and moments of eye watering violence none of which feel contrived or forced in any way shape or form.

I can understand that some readers might be put off by the bouts of incredible violence, but don't apologise for it, they are entirely justified in the context of the character and his background

This and the other two of the trilogy never let up, never compromise, never stop you wanting more and never disappoint which is down to the sheer bleeding genius of the writing, if I could give this book 6 stars I definitely would.

In a previous review I gave Thirteen a bit of a shoeing, maybe it's because this book is just.. more!?! Better, faster, cleaner, more clinical in style and the stylised carnage unleashed by Kovacs that anything else is just lessened. Possibly these books are Richard Morgans absolute peak, I really really hope not though!
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