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Publisher's Summary

What do you buy and sell when the global markets reach saturation point? The markets themselves. Thirty years from now the big players in global capitalism have moved on from commodities. The big money is in conflict investment. The corporations keep a careful watch on the wars of liberation and revolution that burn constantly around the world. They guage who the winners will be and sell them arms, intelligence, and power. In return for a slice of the action when the war is won. The reward? A stake in the new nation. It's cynical, brutal, and it has nothing to do with democracy and the rule of law. So what else is new? The executives in this lethal game bid for contracts, fight for promotion, secure their lives on the roads. Fighting lethal duels in souped up, heavily armoured cars on the empty motorways of the future. Chris Faulkener has a lethal reputation and a new job at Shorn Associates. Has he got what it takes to make a real killing?
©2005 Richard K. Morgan (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
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2005 Audie Award Winner, Science-Fiction
"Convincing and compelling." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary Godman on 06-07-05

Good easy listen

This book was quite entertaining and well thought out. It has unexpected turnings and a rich character development. It's an easy listen, well read, with great voices. I wish Morgan had more out. Having said this it was not as good as Altered Carbon but it was excellent.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kirk Hansen on 11-18-08

Disappointing

I am a fan of Morgan's writing. I enjoyed the Kovac's series a great deal and I liked Thirteen almost as well. However, I have to say that this title let me down.

The book is well written and the characters were well developed. My problem was that I just never made that personal connection with ANY of the characters. Even at three quarters of the way through, I didn't really care if any of the characters lived or died. I kept waiting for some kind of redemption all the way to the end and it never came. I think this would have made a great novella. If I had only spent two or three hours listening to it, I would have been more generous with the rating.

There is strong language, sex and violence as in most/all of Morgan's books. But it fits the characters and backdrop of the story. I can live with that and it doesn't bother me. What I can't live with is a story that just doesn't hold my attention or allow me to develop an emotional connection to any of the characters. I will continue to listen to Morgan's books as they are published but I won't revisit this title nor can I recommend it to others. I do recommend his other titles however.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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