By Richard K. Morgan
The long run isn’t what it was on the grounds 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 next day to come in Altered Carbon, damaged Angels, and Woken Furies, successful the Philip ok. Dick Award within the approach. In marketplace Forces, he introduced company gladiator Chris Faulkner into the courageous new company of war-for-profit. Now, in 13, Morgan greatly reshapes and recharges technological know-how fiction over again, with a brand new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, employed gun, and a guy with out a kingdom . . . or a planet.
Marsalis is considered one of a brand new breed. actually. Genetically engineered via the U.S. govt 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 venture used to be scuttled, even though, whilst a apprehensive public branded the supersoldiers harmful mutants, dooming the Thirteens to compelled exile on Earth’s far-off, desolate Mars colony. yet Marsalis chanced on 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 locate his more advantageous talents to herald 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 was once bred to struggle to the demise. nonetheless, there’s absolute confidence Marsalis will take the task. notwithstanding it's going to draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful disagreement with himself, something is healthier than final a prisoner. the true query is: can he stay sane–and alive–long adequate to succeed?
From the Hardcover edition.