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Publisher's Summary

Richard Morgan has always been one of our most successful SF authors, with his fast-moving and brutal storylines, blistering plots and a powerful social conscience behind his work.

And now he's back, with his first SF novel for eight years...and it promises to be a publication to remember.

An ex-corporate enforcer, Hakan Veil, is forced to bodyguard Madison Madekwe, part of a colonial audit team investigating a disappeared lottery winner on Mars. But when Madekwe is abducted and Hakan nearly killed, the investigation takes him farther and deeper than he had ever expected. And soon Hakan discovers the heavy price he may have to pay to learn the truth.

©2018 Richard Morgan (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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Excellent millieu. Gritty characters.

Love the medical and weapons tech. The violence is fun... die or recover completely! The sex is graphic and the characters work little to get it (like 80s adolescents). There are friends and some character development. The politics is believable and reminiscent of current US and Australian leadership psychopathology. I look forward to more . Like his characters Richard Morgan goes from strength to strength.

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Raw and brilliant

If you enjoyed altered carbon you will love Thin Air. Morgan is back at his gritty best with a new dystopian anti hero in an action packed storyline embracing an almost living, seething violence and delivered with a visceral eloquence that has made him my favourite sci.fi writer of the present day.

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Wonderful. Sex. Violence. Love and betrayal

So good to read a great story with all that stuff. Morgan does it so very well.

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Let’s Go Back to the Future

An enjoyable journey through a corrupt minefield of double and triple crosses. Give this one a go. It’s worth the sex scenes for the climax.

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Self Indulgent Crap

This is a far cry from Altered Carbon.

In this book Richard Morgan has stopped trying to tell a story and has opted for an overly flowery writting style wherein the language used actually obscures the meaning. Its like William Gibson at his worst.

This book is more an attempt at 'Art' than it is a science fiction novel. it might be your kind of story, but it really isnt mine.

its an easy exchange. shame.... The style of Altered Carbon was what I was hoping for not this drivel.

Congrats on using a thesaurus Mr Morgan, shame about the resulting prose.

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Raymond Chandler on Mars!!

As soon as you start listening, it's like "The Big Easy" all over again, except it's the future, it 's Mars, and it's bio-tech. Loved it, gritty, nasty, and great to listen to. Twists & turns everywhere!

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  • Peter
  • 25-03-2021

Great story, let down a little by the reader

The only downside to this book was the person reading it used quite a large range of volume, making it impossible to hear all of the story without deafening myself on the loud parts.

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  • 05-12-2018

It's Richard Morgan, but not at his best.

OK, longstanding Morgan fan here but not bowled over by this one. Were my expectations too high? Maybe. This book is set in the same universe as the earlier Black Man (Th1rteen in the US) and it delivers a lot of the same bitter, pulpy cynicism but without the depth of that book. It's... I dunno. It feels unfair to say it, but "placeholder Morgan"? If you like Morgan's style there's a lot to love, but it feels kind of superficial compared to Black Man and Altered Carbon. I also found the sex kind of gratuitous. If you're a teenager that might be a selling point not an irritant of course. Overall, I enjoyed it but I'm not sure if I'll read it again (I read Black Man, oh, at least 4 times, and will again. That's a 5-star book).

Audiobook-wise, reader Colin Mace is... well. He has a laconic, p*ssed-off, bored tone that fits the character but (and it's not the first book I've listened to that he's read, and it seems to be a Thing) he doesn't seem to track the sense of what he's saying a lot of the time. He puts. Pauses. Where they don't. Add anything. Sometimes he'll start reading a sentence, but when you think he's stopped, then you'll find it's not the end. Of the sentence. Sometimes this really gets in the way of understanding.

Overall... Damn, I love Morgan's work, I've been LONGING for this, but somehow it's pretty meh. Sorry, Richard.

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  • Ben Jones
  • 05-11-2018

Excellent, the best so far

Beyond the sexy noir there is a convincing political context that gives this P.I. story some lasting weight. Really enjoyed this one.

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  • Zee-Captain
  • 06-12-2020

its a really well rounded book

the story is solid with a good mix of action, suspence, detective theams. good character and world building too. the Colin mace's preformace was excellent too.

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  • hfffoman
  • 24-10-2020

His best so far

I have listened to the Kovacs trilogy and read one and a half books of the Land fit for Heroes trilogy. My verdict: this is the best, beating the best of the Kovacs trilogy (which has good and bad parts), Intelligent, thought provoking, exciting exotic and great fun. One of very few in my 250 audible library that I give a 5-5-5 rating.

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  • Ryan
  • 14-05-2020

wrong voice for the book.

I listened to the 13 book before this and the aurator for the book was fantastic. this aurator doesn't work for this book in my opinion. Secondly the book follows the same format as gen 13 book. feels tired.

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  • 01-04-2020

Richards on form...

A beautifully performed hard boiled stew of Hammet and Alastair Reynolds. What can you do?

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  • Craig Brown
  • 16-09-2019

Don't wake the overrider

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what more do you need? well delivered by Colin Mace. a good cyberpunk thriller

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  • M. Garner
  • 01-08-2019

Pretty good

I enjoyed the story, nicely intricate with some signature ultra violence from the author. Generally liked the narration too, although the pronunciation of some of the specific Martian terminology struck me as a little odd.

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  • Mr. W. Inskip
  • 17-07-2019

Good but not great

I enjoyed the overarching story here but struggled a bit remembering who all the different characters where.

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  • S. D. Howarth
  • 24-04-2019

Stonking

Excellent book, stonking performance. Some very accomplished characters and damn impressive how dumb luck and betrayal upon betrayal stack up.

Far more interesting and readable than Iain M. Banks.

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