Broken Angels

The Second Takeshi Kovacs Novel

Broken Angels UK PaperbackFifty years after the events of Altered Carbon, Takeshi Kovacs is serving as a mercenary in the Protectorate-sponsored war to put down Joshuah Kemp’s revolution on the planet Sanction IV. He is offered the chance to join a covert team chasing a prize whose value is limitless – and whose dangers are endless.

A breakneck-paced crime thriller, Altered Carbon took its readers deep into the universe Morgan had so compellingly realised without ever letting them escape the onward rush of the plot. Broken Angels melds SF, the war novel and the spy thriller to take the reader below the surface of this future and lay bare the treacheries, betrayals and follies that leave man so ill-prepared for the legacy he has been given: the stars.

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More Takeshi Kovacs Novels

1. Altered Carbon (2002)
3. Woken Furies (2005)

Stand-Alone Novels

1. Market Forces (2004)
2. Black Man / Thirteen (2007)

Books in the A Land Fit For Heroes Series:

1. The Steel Remains (2008)
2. The Cold Commands (2011)
3. The Dark Defiles (2014)

Omnibus Editions:

O. The Complete SF Collection (2013)

Book Details:

UK / ANZ Print Edition
Publisher: Gollancz / Hachette Australia
Date: Jan 2003 (Current Edtn Sep 2008)
ISBN: 9780575081253
Format: Paperback
R.R.P.: £8.99 / $AUS19.99

North American Print Edition
Publisher: Del Rey
Date: March 2004
ISBN: 9780345457714
Format: Paperback
R.R.P.: US$16.00 / CAN$14.99

Publisher: Gollancz (UK) / Del Rey (US)
Date: Dec 2008 / Mar 2004
ISBN: 9780575085749 / 9780345457738

Publisher: Gollancz (UK) / Tantor Media (US)
Date: Nov 2014 / Apr 2005
ISBN: 9781409158783 / ??

German Edition
Publisher: Heyne Verlag (Gefallene Engel)

French Edition
Publisher: Bragelonne (Anges Déchus)

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Reviews and Plaudits:

Broken Angels, the second Kovacs adventure, is quite as cinematic as the first, with hard-bitten space marines and rogue nanotech booby-traps that morph to protect themselves against whatever is thrown at them.”
– Colin Greeland, for The Guardian

“Morgan’s SF–hardboiled hybrid, the sequel to the well-received Altered Carbon, bursts with energy and intelligence … a superior, satisfying cyberpunk noir adventure.”
Publishers Weekly

“if you’re looking for gripping, violent, action-packed space opera for the 21st century, Morgan is looking more and more like SF’s go-to guy with each book.”
– Thomas M. Wagner,

“If Richard Morgan’s first book, Altered Carbon, grabbed your attention by the scruff of its neck then Broken Angels will lock it into a sustained Half Nelson.”
– Stuart Carter, Infinity Plus

Broken Angels is an excellent sophomore effort … a ripping good read. There’s plenty of nifty high-tech props, creative combat sequences, and futuristic jargon to keep any fan of military SF happy.”
– John C. Snider, SciFiDimensions

Broken Angels (****½) is a fine SF novel, with a sophisticated and well-developed storyline featuring flawed and in some cases broken protagonists who are all too human.”
– Adam Whitehead, The Wertzone

“A mixture of plotting, hyper-violence, politics, philosophy and psychology, Broken Angels is a well paced action science fiction novel which is well worth a look.”
– Paul Silver, SF Bookshelf

“Morgan does great character work here of a very different type than what we saw in Altered Carbon. He preserves the same ultra-tough voice, but this time he’s talking war and aliens. His insights into war are brutal, powerful and timeless. He’s capable of the kind of dialogue and writing that you’ll actually stop and re-read.”
– Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

“This is a novel that can be easily underestimated precisely because it is such a great work of genre; its world view goes much beyond just telling a rousing good tale. Though Kovacs might only smile at the suggestion, there’s something much more profound here to think about, including the idea that sometimes the only justification for war can be to just save your own ass.”
– David Soyka, for TheSFSite

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One response to “Broken Angels”

  1. steve stoic

    The dedication : afileres camas sacapuntas, what is the translation? I can’t seem to find out. Sort of Spanish, but that’s it.