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Market Forces - Richard K. Morgan, Simon Vance, Todd McLaren
Market Forces
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With his third novel Market Forces, Richard Morgan moves from the far-future SF violence of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels to almost equally extreme corporate violence in the mid-21st century. The hero, or antihero, Chris Faulkner is a rising executive in a Britain where the gap between suits... show more
With his third novel Market Forces, Richard Morgan moves from the far-future SF violence of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels to almost equally extreme corporate violence in the mid-21st century. The hero, or antihero, Chris Faulkner is a rising executive in a Britain where the gap between suits and the underclass is huger than ever. Both promotion and competitive tendering in the cut-throat world of Conflict Investment (arms dealing) are settled by duels to the death: "Road-raging is here to stay." The action happens in the nearly derelict arena of our motorway system--an executive playground--since the lower orders can no longer afford petrol. Individual drivers or teams manoeuvre to run the opposition permanently off the road in a Mad Max frenzy, no mercy asked or given. At first, Faulkner has a black mark for taking a defeated opponent to hospital instead of finishing the kill. He won't make that mistake again. After all, the latest management status symbol is the exclusive Nemesis-10 handgun. International business decisions are tough ("Regime change is our worst-case scenario"), and there's no longer any safe distance between boardroom decisions and blood on the streets. As a big deal with revolutionary South American factions goes badly wrong, both careers and lives are on the line. This deadly game still has some rules of conduct, but getting to the top means pushing the envelope. Faulkner pushes hard enough to make you wince. With terminal stress on his marriage, his battered conscience, and his few friendships, our man seems doomed to become either a monster or a mutilated corpse. Company backstabbing intensifies; the stakes are higher with each new challenge. One chancy way out of the rat race is offered, but maybe it's possible to get addicted to living on the edge? An ultra-black, ultra-violent and intensely depressing vision of 2049's amoral Masters of the World. Compulsive reading for the un-squeamish; you can almost hear Michael Moore saying "I told you so". --David Langford
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9781400151394 (1400151392)
Publisher: Tantor Media
Edition language: English
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Mike Finn - Audio Book Junkie
Mike Finn - Audio Book Junkie rated it
4.0 "Market Forces" by Richard K Morgan - near-future Britain with corporate warriors
In "Market Forces", Richard Morgan imagines a near-future Britain future in which large consultancies make money by sponsoring small wars and then selling arms and services and splitting the spoils. Work is put out to tender via Requests for Proposals but the competing teams literally fight to the d...
ashurtech
ashurtech rated it
5.0 Market Forces
Utterly bleak, but quite compelling. Highly recommended.
Brainycat's Occaisonal Reviews
Brainycat's Occaisonal Reviews rated it
5.0 Market Forces
Gritty and noirish, a cyberpunk novel that focuses on what happens in the gleaming towers of post-national corporations and leaves Gibson's "street" to a vague, dirty "other place". Richard's command of his craft is clearly evident, making what would otherwise be another noir negative character arc ...
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher
Bücher, Bücher, 100000 Bücher rated it
1.0
So horrible!
SF Fan Man
SF Fan Man rated it
like reading brin's "kiln people" only with less connection with reality. despite the fact that the whole premise of the book is untenable, i found myself finishing the book. this is a different morgan, less profane, less angry, ultimately more charming.
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