Black Man (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 1 Nov 2007
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A sensational new thriller from the international bestselling and multi-award winning star of SF combines a savage man-hunt with speculation on the dangers of genetic engineering.
"This is writing with the brakes off and the adrenaline pumped to high." (Liz Holliday SCI-FI NOW)See all Product Description
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The world of Black Man is another brilliantly constructed, plausible near future. It's scarily close to ours, so many of the superstates are recognisable evolutions of the current political structure. America has fractured into a bible-belt 'JesusLand' and the Union. The major global superpower is the Rim (the Pacific Rim). The technology is based on extrapolations of what we have now -- evercrete replaces concrete, and coffee comes in instant-heat containers -- but the majority of the players are still humans. Just.
There's a colony growing on Mars, corporate influence corrupting the push into space, space-elevators lifting raw materials to and from the surface of earth into low orbit, and shuttle running on the long, long journey to and from Mars.
Into this situation come a set of believable characters; the augmented, hyped-up 'good' guy; the demobbed uber-soldier spawned by genetic experiment who shouldn't be on earth but is; the weary, chemical-assisted police woman. Their paths knit together as the plot progresses -- and Morgan nevers shies away from hot-blooded action and eye-raising plot twists. The only downside is the sheer volume of new stuff which is slung at the reader in the first couple of chapters; you have to get up to speed with a whole new universe pretty quickly.Read more ›
I'm very pleased to have been wrong.
Sure it starts out like just another Blade Runner, with slightly too much `techy' language thrown in to remind us that it's set some hundred years in the future. (Although it does certainly work well on that level. Main protagonist Marsalis can't stay out of trouble for more than half a chapter.)
As the book progresses though, its grip tightens until you can't bear to do anything else but read what happens next.
I see from some of the other reviews that not everyone liked the `twist' about two-thirds of the way through the book where Morgan, in one of the book's few talky chapters, rotates the entire plot through 180 degrees and the whole thing clicks together like a Rubik Cube. I loved it.
It reminded me of a similar pivotal scene in The Maltese Falcon, justifying the `noir' as well as the `tech' in my headline.
This book is solid entertainment, and if it really isn't Morgan's best then I'm even more glad that I've just loaded my iPad Kindle app with his entire back catalogue.
And a great ending. Not 100% original, but absolutely right.
Morgan's writing style and his fine eye for details make the narrative leap off the pages. The author truly knows how to make the story come alive, and I found the imagery quite compelling.
The worldbuilding is interesting, though Morgan doesn't delve too much on how it all came to pass. The USA have imploded and the country has split into three separate States: the Pacific Rim, the North Atlantic Union, and the Republic, also known as Jesusland. China is now a superpower and the rest of the world appears hard-pressed to keep up with them. It is a fascinating backdrop, to be sure, and it's too bad Richard Morgan didn't spend a bit more time explaining how it all unfolded.
The characterizations are well-done, the dialogues gritty. The author knows how to keep the readers interested by allowing us to learn more about the characters by increments.Read more ›
Why? Let me count the ways. The writing is terrific - sharp, intelligent, a pleasure in itself, and that is by no means usual in this genre. It engages directly with a number of political issues that are pressing today, including race (and its intellectual substrate, genetics), gender, globalisation and multinationals, weaving them together. The conclusion does what Morgan does best, reflects the themes that permeate the entire piece, so that there is a satisfying circularity and right-ness at the finish ('We're the real humans' - you'll understand when you get there). Yes, it does work as a hard-boiled thriller, but that is an asset, driving the story through, adding an extra layer of pleasure. And yes, it is kind of cyberpunk - but it's sharper, more engaged, better written than any cyberpunk I have ever read, including He Who Must Not Be Named. And - let's say it again - it is satisfyingly intelligent. This is an overtly political novel that nevertheless refuses to be preachy, for it doesn't tell you about its politics so much as embed them in its invented world and its action. Buy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book seemed to take elements of Altered Carbon novels but was more detailed in filling in some of the back history of the characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Thomas
Terrific. great communication, as described. Thanks and highly recommended!Published 4 months ago by Jay T
I have read this a few times over the years and still find it exciting and thrilling. A great read.Published 10 months ago by cfab
Generally enjoy Morgan but not this one. It reads as if he is writing beyond his research/understanding of the subject matter - the narrative reads like an explanation Morgan is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by OnTipToes
I am really really annoyed. I bought this because I thought it was a sequel/prequel to "thirteen". But it is the same thing. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by Rohit (NZ)
This book was a diaappointment after his novel AlteredCarbon which I rated as highly intelligent and innovative SF. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by John Baxter
Great book. Fast shipping and a joy to read. I recommend it highly and hope you enjoy reading it as much as mePublished on 27 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I read Richard Morgans first book altered carbon and loved it enough to accidentally buy 2 copies of his next book, which i still haven't ready :P Having read most of classics over... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by R. Desai