Sunday, July 29, 2007

Black Man - Richard Morgan

Soldiers really do need aggro.

The background is that the USA was losing wars by becoming too girly. This in fact causes a secession in the country, with the fundamentalist friendly states splitting from the Rim States to form different countries, eventually. So, they came up with the thirteen genetic variation to make a warrior breed that had the aggro back, with the ability to boost reflexes, and be more resistant, as well as be more charismatic. It also happens to make them paranoid loners.

Mutants like this scare everyone, so were heavily regulated. The protagonist of the piece is getting sick of his existence, and after getting into trouble gets hired to track a rogue thirteen, who has done a spot of killing and eating.

Said guy manages to make a friend, and find out a few secrets, while utilising his special talents.

If you liked Altered Carbon, not too much doubt you will like this book, too.

4.5 out of 5

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