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Publisher Comments:

From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels — a turbocharged new thriller set in a world where killers are stars, media is mass entertainment, and freedom is a dangerous proposition...

A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other — in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp-suited, hard-driving gunslingers who operate armored vehicles and follow a Samurai code. And Chris Faulkner is just the man for the job.

He fought his way out of London's zone of destitution. And his kills are making him famous. But unlike his best friend and competitor at Shorn, Faulkner has a side that outsiders cannot see: the side his wife is trying to salvage, that another woman — a porn star turned TV news reporter — is trying to exploit. Steeped in blood, eyed by common criminals looking for a shot at fame, Faulkner is living on borrowed time. Until he's given one last shot at getting out alive...

Review:

"Morgan's brutal, provocative third novel (after Altered Carbon and Broken Angels) charts the moral re-education of executive Chris Faulkner, who joins notoriously successful Shorn Associates, which specializes in 'conflict investment' — financing totalitarian regimes, as well as guerrilla movements, in developing countries that are never allowed to develop. Taking his theme from such well-known critics of Western capitalism as Noam Chomsky, Susan George and Michael Moore (all listed as sources), the author presents a bleak near-future that includes continuing job loss through NAFTA, the undermining of national economies like that of China and the creation of a permanent underclass. Faulkner and other company hotshots compete in highly dangerous, often fatal car races, which reflect the ruthlessness of their corporate careers. Faulkner's auto-mechanic wife, Carla, strives to humanize him, but he will have to kill a lot of people with his car, guns and, in the penultimate bloodbath, a baseball bat before seeing the error of his ways. While some may be put off by the graphic violence and the heavy-handed polemics, most readers will find Morgan's economic extrapolation convincing and compelling. Agent, Susan Howe. (Mar. 1)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The novel might have been unremittingly bleak if it weren't for the moral center provided by Faulkner, who is a genuinely likable guy. Fans of Morgan's gritty, noirish brand of sf will flock to this one." Booklist

Review:

"[O]ne of science fiction's bright young lights....The deeper one gets into the plot, the less outrageous the details become. Market Forces might be Robert Stone's...A Flag for Sunrise...with fewer nuns, less Gnosticism and a lot more car crashes." Andrew Leonard, The New York Times

Review:

"Like the hyped-up, heavily armored car his hero drives, Richard Morgan's third novel blows away all competition....Thoughtful yet fast-paced, it's another sure winner from a writer who gets better with each book." Seattle Times

Review:

"[A] hyperviolent, near-future thriller that offers a stinging indictment of predatory corporate practices. An angrier, more ambitious book than its predecessors, Morgan's latest is the work of a man whose formidable talents are not yet fully under control." The Washington Post

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels comes a stand-alone thriller set in a near-future world, where the classes are in direct conflict, media sets the rules, and war is just another commodity to be traded.

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels-a turbocharged new thriller set in a world where killers are stars, media is mass entertainment,

and freedom is a dangerous proposition . . .

A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other-in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp-suited, hard-driving gunslingers who operate armored vehicles and follow a Samurai code. And Chris Faulkner is just the man for the job.

He fought his way out of Londons zone of destitution. And his kills are making him famous. But unlike his best friend and competitor at Shorn, Faulkner has a side that outsiders cannot see: the side his wife is trying to salvage, that another woman-a porn star turned TV news reporter-is trying to exploit. Steeped in blood, eyed by common criminals looking for a shot at fame, Faulkner is living on borrowed time. Until hes given one last shot at getting out alive. . . .

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345457745
Author:
Morgan, Richard K.
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Success in business
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Big business
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Businessmen
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-High Tech
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
March 1, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.11 x 6.17 x 1.04 in 1 lb

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Product details 464 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345457745 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Morgan's brutal, provocative third novel (after Altered Carbon and Broken Angels) charts the moral re-education of executive Chris Faulkner, who joins notoriously successful Shorn Associates, which specializes in 'conflict investment' — financing totalitarian regimes, as well as guerrilla movements, in developing countries that are never allowed to develop. Taking his theme from such well-known critics of Western capitalism as Noam Chomsky, Susan George and Michael Moore (all listed as sources), the author presents a bleak near-future that includes continuing job loss through NAFTA, the undermining of national economies like that of China and the creation of a permanent underclass. Faulkner and other company hotshots compete in highly dangerous, often fatal car races, which reflect the ruthlessness of their corporate careers. Faulkner's auto-mechanic wife, Carla, strives to humanize him, but he will have to kill a lot of people with his car, guns and, in the penultimate bloodbath, a baseball bat before seeing the error of his ways. While some may be put off by the graphic violence and the heavy-handed polemics, most readers will find Morgan's economic extrapolation convincing and compelling. Agent, Susan Howe. (Mar. 1)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The novel might have been unremittingly bleak if it weren't for the moral center provided by Faulkner, who is a genuinely likable guy. Fans of Morgan's gritty, noirish brand of sf will flock to this one."
"Review" by , "[O]ne of science fiction's bright young lights....The deeper one gets into the plot, the less outrageous the details become. Market Forces might be Robert Stone's...A Flag for Sunrise...with fewer nuns, less Gnosticism and a lot more car crashes."
"Review" by , "Like the hyped-up, heavily armored car his hero drives, Richard Morgan's third novel blows away all competition....Thoughtful yet fast-paced, it's another sure winner from a writer who gets better with each book."
"Review" by , "[A] hyperviolent, near-future thriller that offers a stinging indictment of predatory corporate practices. An angrier, more ambitious book than its predecessors, Morgan's latest is the work of a man whose formidable talents are not yet fully under control."
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels comes a stand-alone thriller set in a near-future world, where the classes are in direct conflict, media sets the rules, and war is just another commodity to be traded.
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels-a turbocharged new thriller set in a world where killers are stars, media is mass entertainment,

and freedom is a dangerous proposition . . .

A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other-in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp-suited, hard-driving gunslingers who operate armored vehicles and follow a Samurai code. And Chris Faulkner is just the man for the job.

He fought his way out of Londons zone of destitution. And his kills are making him famous. But unlike his best friend and competitor at Shorn, Faulkner has a side that outsiders cannot see: the side his wife is trying to salvage, that another woman-a porn star turned TV news reporter-is trying to exploit. Steeped in blood, eyed by common criminals looking for a shot at fame, Faulkner is living on borrowed time. Until hes given one last shot at getting out alive. . . .

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