By Richard K. Morgan
The long run isn’t what it was due to the fact that Richard okay. Morgan arrived at the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs–private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero–into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, city jungle of the following day in Altered Carbon, damaged Angels, and Woken Furies, successful the Philip okay. Dick Award within the procedure. In marketplace Forces, he introduced company gladiator Chris Faulkner into the courageous new company of war-for-profit. Now, in 13, Morgan appreciably reshapes and recharges technological know-how fiction all over again, with a brand new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, employed gun, and a guy with no nation . . . or a planet.
Marsalis is considered one of a brand new breed. actually. Genetically engineered by means of the U.S. executive to embrace the bare aggression and primal survival talents that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens have been meant to be the last word army combating strength. The undertaking used to be scuttled, even if, while a worried public branded the supersoldiers risky mutants, dooming the Thirteens to compelled exile on Earth’s far-off, desolate Mars colony. yet Marsalis came across the way to slip back–and right into a profitable residing as a bounty hunter and hit guy prior to a police sting landed him in prison–a destiny worse than Mars, and masses extra risky.
Luckily, his “enhanced” lifestyles additionally looks a charmed one. a brand new likelihood at freedom beckons, courtesy of the govt.. All Marsalis has to do is find his stronger talents to usher in one other fugitive. yet this one is not any universal felony. He’s one other Thirteen–one who’s already shanghaied an area go back and forth, butchered its staff, and left a path of our bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. and prefer his pursuer, he used to be bred to struggle to the demise. nonetheless, there’s no doubt Marsalis will take the task. although it is going to draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful war of words with himself, something is best than final a prisoner. the true query is: can he stay sane–and alive–long sufficient to succeed?
From the Hardcover edition.