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Thirteen - Richard K. Morgan
Thirteen
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The future isn’t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs–private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero–into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the... show more
The future isn’t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs–private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero–into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K. Dick Award in the process. In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war-for-profit. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country . . . or a planet. Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back–and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison–a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous. Luckily, his “enhanced” life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He’s another Thirteen–one who’s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there’s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane–and alive–long enough to succeed?From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345480897 (0345480899)
ASIN: 345480899
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
1.0 Black Man by: Richard K. Morgan
bookshelves: sci-fi, one-penny-wonder, tbr-busting-2014, hardback, summer-2014, published-2007, washyourmouthout-language, fraudio, paper-read, testost-tosh, abandoned Read from March 07, 2009 to July 31, 2014 Home read. Hard Cover 546 pages AND the audio file.Description: Marsalis is one of a n...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
Carl Marsalis seems like a lucky man. Thirty-odd years ago the US and UK created genetically modified soldiers, called "Thirteens", but when public horror shut the project down, the Thirteens were put into camps or shipped off to Mars. Carl is one of the few permitted to roam free--on the condition ...
jaddington
jaddington rated it
5.0 Thirteen
So its been a long time since something of this genre took my attention. Ok something recently published.It was overall a great story. Loved the characters, even the "bad" guys. It turned out to be a great novel on politics (not in your face), sci-fi (love genetically modified things), there was eve...
so many books, so little time
so many books, so little time rated it
4.0 Thirteen (Th1rte3n)
Very solid sci-fi thriller. Lots of ideas and strong characters to equal the action-packed plot.
"Check Six"
"Check Six" rated it
2.0
2 stars for me, despite what I admit is some good writing in places. The premise of this book is that we have killed off all the disruptive, aggressive “hunters” in society since we invented agriculture and became civilized. The “thirteens” are the results of the effort to reinvigorate our gene pool...
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