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One hundred years from now, and against all the odds, Earth has found a new stability; the political order has reached some sort of balance, and the new colony on Mars is growing. But the fraught years of the 21st century have left an uneasy legacy....
Genetically engineered alpha males designed to fight the century's wars have no wars to fight and are surplus to requirements. And a man bred and designed to fight is a dangerous man to have around in peacetime. Many of them have left for Mars, but now one has come back and killed everyone else on the shuttle he returned in.
Only one man, a genengineered ex-soldier himself, can hunt him down - and so begins a frenetic manhunt and a battle survival. And a search for the truth about what was really done with the world's last soldiers....
Black Man is an unstoppable SF thriller, but it is also a novel about prejudice, about the ramifications of playing with our genetic blueprint. It is about our capacity for violence - but more worrying, our capacity for deceit and corruption.
This is another landmark of modern SF from one of its most exciting and commercial authors.
Read by Simon Vance.
©2007 Richard Morgan (P)2018 Tantor Media
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1 out of 5 stars
By Pat on 03-25-18

Cheap sex interupted by a poor story

What was most disappointing about Richard Morgan’s story?

This story would be better in a print version for a teenager looking for masturbation material.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Iain on 06-24-18

interesting but uneven

interesting themes tackled in this book, however the narrative's uneven as it seems to take long asides where the author discusses themes of masculinity, femanism and human nature in general, with varying degrees of success.

one reviewer didn't like the graphic way in which sex was described in the book, but honestly, there's not that much and it's not a reason to avoid the book or mark it down.

I'd have liked the themes to have been woven more subtly onto the narrative rather than wading through what is essentially exposition for the first half of the book before the story really starts.

I've enjoyed Richard Morgan's other books more, but I'd recommend this to folk who've enjoyed his other work. just don't expect something on the level with Altered Carbon and it's sequels.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Glyn Williams on 06-19-18

Dark and prescient.

One of the most interesting inventions of this book is "Jesusland". The nickname for a country which emerges from a future United States which has divided itself. Jesusland is a theocratic state made up from the "red states", a place where the institutions are racist, and religious indoctrination is enforced.

When the book came out, some critics cited this idea as extreme and unrealistic.
But reading the book today, in the light of Trump, detention centres for children and everything that has happened, it seems all too plausible.

This book does what great science fiction should do. Uses a plausible what-if scenario as a lens to examine the world today.
It's also a pretty thrilling detective yarn.

Was not thrilled by the narration, which had the (anti) hero, Marsalis sound like a London cab driver, and some of the South Americans sound like they were auditioning for the role of Count Dracula.

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