Thin Air

Thin Air➷ [Reading] ➹ Thin Air By Richard K. Morgan ➬ – Tbjewellers.co.uk 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 workAnd now he s back, wit 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 workAnd now he s back, with his first SF novel for eight years and it promises to be a publication to rememberAn 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Thin Air
  • Richard K. Morgan
  • English
  • 16 September 2017
  • 0575075147

10 thoughts on “Thin Air

  1. says:

    Most of the people that want to kill me barely have the budget for a nice knife.Hakan Veil, ex Overrider and now muscle for hire, is running hot after coming out of his four month hibernoid sleep rotation All systems are cranked high, with emotion and aggression responses dialled right up to max, and that s before everything turns to shit Someone in the criminal underworld has aggressively disappeared a client he stepped in to protect on his last waking cycle and that s the kind of disrespect Most of the people that want to kill me barely have the budget for a nice knife.Hakan Veil, ex Overrider and now muscle for hire, is running hot after coming out of his four month hibernoid sleep rotation All systems are cranked high, with emotion and aggression responses dialled right up to max, and that s before everything turns to shit Someone in the criminal underworld has aggressively disappeared a client he stepped in to protect on his last waking cycle and that s the kind of disrespect that needs to be addressed in this town On top of that, the COLIN oversight committee has arrived from Earth, here to investigate possible corruption following yet another person gone missing, this time of a ticket home lottery winner And guess who s been assigned read given zero choice the task of protecting one of the high ups, Madison Madekwe, by Bradbury PD Yep The guy with serious impulse control issues and a very problematic attitude towards authority Drawn into her investigation and placed on somebody s hit list, he s right in the middle of the storm as all kinds of nasty secrets and underhand dealings emerge from the dark Cue what seemed like a relatively minor task morphing into the mother of all fuck ups, ably accelerated by brutal violence, deceit, and not a little death.Given the recent Netflix adaptation of Altered Carbon, the spectacular visuals, outrageous savagery, and another level tech on show here was exactly as expected Except the detail of this imagined frontier type Mars colony was beyond what I could have envisaged, utterly meticulous and all encompassing There s no other choice but to believe wholeheartedly in this world, to see every aspect of it with blinding clarity, because it s all there All of it I may be a newbie to sci fi, but it boggles the mind when authors know their creations to this extent, whatever the genre It did take me a long time to get to the end, because whatever else it is, it s also hard work The layers of assumed knowledge, technical vocab and Mars slang means that there s sometimes a stutter in the flow, with sentences overloaded and bereft of sense I had to reread often at the beginning, though maybe that s a personal failure rather than an authorial one It gets better for two reasons The first being that Morgan does explain it all, specifically or in context so that reader understanding grows exponentially The second that the staccato rapidity of Veil s language and thought processes slow to match his physical status, running less hot as time moves forwards, changing the way he is presented Everything is connected, not just the labyrinthine plot unfolded via Veil s investigation, but the way its all done The author has a knack for character and expression that never ceases to surprise and amuse I think you d cut the laugh out of a toddler s throat with a blunt scalpel if you thought you could sell it for cab fare. In fact, the commentary as a whole is deliciously dark and entertaining, but the themes and issues underlying the book have an unmistakeable contemporary relevance, a forceful questioning of the ways in which the masses are manipulated by business and government It s a book that punches you in the face and then makes you think about why it happened.As well as being ultra violent, it s also got some er in depth sex scenes Yet the presentation of women is representative of the larger picture as individuals with agency It s just another way the book surprised me Veil might be an arsehole but he s not entirely Mr Misogyny Sure, he s got the attitude that women s lives would be improved by a ride on what he s got going on, but whether they decide to do so is all up to them And he s not afraid of putting in a bit of work, their pleasure is something he thinks about, but whether they enjoy it or not is entirely relative this is not one of those books where women explode into orgasm as soon as the guy looks at them with purpose There s a great section where he s interviewing a series of women about someone they ve all chosen to have sex with and they all mention the impressive size of this guy s dick Veil getsthan a little irked by it, but is fully aware of his fragile ego, and so is the author, making the whole thing into a comedic episode that s genuinely funny So there s this effective clash between the way I expected Veil to be, how he thinks of himself, and how the women in the book respond to him All of which has clearly been considered by Morgan Women s sexual choices are theirs to make, mistakes and all, same as the rest of their lives within the confines of whatever larger problems they have going on It s well done And the depiction of various ethnicities follows the same pattern You re either being an arsehole or you re not, race and gender have nothing to do with it.Overall, this was one of those books that made choosing a rating difficult Sometimes it was a push to get through, but was fun and most importantly, memorable Other reviewers have mentioned their disappointment that Hakan Veil is too similar to what Morgan has done before, but since I haven t read anything else he s written, I could just sit back and enjoy And anyway, if that s the case, it means that I have the benefit of a whole back catalogue I know i ll appreciate too Saying that, I did picture Joel Kinnaman as Veil, but I may just see him as every male sci fi lead from now until the end of time so it might just be a coincidence Who knows While the noir style investigation Mars colony corruption story is all wrapped up here, I d be up for seeingThere s certainly scope for it In the meantime, Takeshi Kovacs bekons ARC via Netgalley

  2. says:

    Wow To be fair, I have been looking forward to readingMorgan since the devouring the trilogy that started with Altered Carbon Wasn t quite sure I wanted to go the fantasy route with him, but his SF It s an automatic Hell Yes I m a big fan of Cyberpunk and Noir fiction and this has all the same great features if less technologically advanced as Altered Carbon Think Noir disgraced military turned gumshoe but put him firmly on a Mars surrounded by corruption, nasty corporate tricks, an Wow To be fair, I have been looking forward to readingMorgan since the devouring the trilogy that started with Altered Carbon Wasn t quite sure I wanted to go the fantasy route with him, but his SF It s an automatic Hell Yes I m a big fan of Cyberpunk and Noir fiction and this has all the same great features if less technologically advanced as Altered Carbon Think Noir disgraced military turned gumshoe but put him firmly on a Mars surrounded by corruption, nasty corporate tricks, and a military takeover in the wings In other words, the situation is ripe for a TON of bloodshed And fortunately, as we go through some pretty awesome plotting, mystery, reversals, I can safely say I had a TON of fun It WAS a bit cliche with the dames, but let s face it it IS Noir And they were not cardboard cutouts at all Sex sells Violence, too This book knows its market I LOVE the military upgrades Do computers normally have this much humor Cyberpunk rules Morgan is one of my favorites and I think I need to get on the rest of his catalog I m so glad I finally got to this What a treat

  3. says:

    Thin Air is in the same vein as Takeshi Kovacs but the noirish hard boiled element is muchHakan Veil is an ex black ops operative who is now dabbling in crime to keep himself alive He is a manufactured product developed by a corporation to help them solve problems usually permanently He is now unemployed but still has to pay for hibernation As character, I really liked Hakan He starts off as an amoral person but soon we get to see hidden depths in him with elements of humanity tha Thin Air is in the same vein as Takeshi Kovacs but the noirish hard boiled element is muchHakan Veil is an ex black ops operative who is now dabbling in crime to keep himself alive He is a manufactured product developed by a corporation to help them solve problems usually permanently He is now unemployed but still has to pay for hibernation As character, I really liked Hakan He starts off as an amoral person but soon we get to see hidden depths in him with elements of humanity that other normal humans do not have He has a great character arc and 10 10 for RkM for doing thisThis book is set in Mars about 100 200 years in the future And so, comparisons to Total Recall cannot be avoided It has the same feeling of paranoia as well as the gritty feel of life on Mars The scifi elements were quite decent and believable The one thing that RkM uses throught the book is the concepts of gels which seem to be tablets screens which can be used for a lot of purposes It cannot be a RkM book if the action scenes do not get your pulse pounding and they do There are numerous places where you just get sucked into the action.Overall, I loved the book I hope there will bebooks in this universe

  4. says:

    Like his 2002 hit Altered Carbon , this one is a great blend of detective noir and cyberpunk in a dystopian world Instead of shipping a detective self to far planets by sleeving a digital personality into a receiving body, the future tech staged here on a colonial, terraformed Mars is in the realm of bioengineering, artificial intelligence implants, and nanotechnology Instead of Tak in the earlier series, our similar hero here is Hak, short for Hakan Veil, and he is a weapon incarnate Veil h Like his 2002 hit Altered Carbon , this one is a great blend of detective noir and cyberpunk in a dystopian world Instead of shipping a detective self to far planets by sleeving a digital personality into a receiving body, the future tech staged here on a colonial, terraformed Mars is in the realm of bioengineering, artificial intelligence implants, and nanotechnology Instead of Tak in the earlier series, our similar hero here is Hak, short for Hakan Veil, and he is a weapon incarnate Veil has been genetically modified for heightened physical capabilities like night vision and high octane combat modes and implanted from infancy with an onboard military grade AI he can dialog with internally and interact with through analytic displays projected onto his retina This investment was made by a mega corporation, Blond Vaisutis, specializing in corporate security, sort of a Haliburton of the future For twenty years Veil worked for them as an overrider , an all around agent for spying, covert operations, and violent countermeasures to any threat to profitable business from pirates, insurrections, or uppity local governments But he made a costly mistake that incurred deaths and exposed the company to adverse political expose, for which he was fired and exiled to Mars There he struggles against poverty to use his talents in private contracting.His cybernetic make up requires Veil to undergo hibernation for four months out of a year He has been able to buy a former spaceship escape pod with hibernation unit set up in a living block of living pods for the poor in the metropolis Bradley sort of like Bruce Willis pad in the movie The Fifth Element When he is revived, he runs hot , or on a hair trigger, for violent solutions, which is part of his programming for decisive action like when a company ship is under attack Thus, we get a little bit of a cartoonish Hulk aspect to our fallen superhero His onboard AI, Ris, tries to shape him towardstrategic and safe behavior with sarcastic goading and ironic nagging, but her military design makes whatever the current mission or contract top priority She s a Blond Vasuitis crisis management system you can t really blame her OSIRIS Onboard Situational Insight and Resource Interface Support It s her whole desoigned purpose to plan and oversee critical conflict situations, and with that comes a tacit enthusiasm for the fight Where possible, an Osiris will prefer to avoid damage to high value personal they are company assets after all and sometimes even to human beings in general, because it understands that large numbers of casualties can be a public relations nightmare Come the crunch, Osiris will always prefer murder and mayhem to failure.I d like to think I m made a little differently, but deep down I suspect it isn t true.Our first experience with Veil upon waking up from hibernation is a bold murder of an organized crime figure who killed a woman he had saved from being collateral damage in the last job he did Soon thereafter he unwinds with hot sex with a female neighbor in his Pod Park Heaven abode Crude revenge violence and wallowing in crude sex sets us on a squirmy path to what The next phase quickly had me pushing down the ucks and the icks and blasting off to a wow ride Like with James Ellroy s post war Los Angeles noir detective tales, I felt like taking a shower by the end of the run, but nonetheless I had to race through the pages Veil s new case starts with a metro police Lieutenant, Nikki Chakana, using leverage of his arrest for the murder to get him to serve as contracted security for a key female auditor sent from Earth to investigate corruption in the colonial government She serves the Governor Mulholland, whose interest in maintaining his beautiful and profitable wickedness calls for doing anything to keep Mars out from under the military boots of EarthShe d be scurrying around like a ferrite bug in a mountain of rust Plugging leaks, disappearing inconvenient evidence and witnesses, getting stories straight Terraforming local conditions, in other words, into some shiny simulacrum of what the good people back on Earth apparently expected things to be like out here.Good luck with that, Lieutenant.The particular auditor in his charge, Madison Madekwe, aims to look into corruption in the state run lottery system in therural provinces where the last winner has disappeared and presumed killed But these provincial regions of the Uplands are like the Wild West with respect to central government controlled, and besides the usual conflict and collaborations among factions like organized crime, local police and governments, and the corporations, there is a huge underclass of people with many aligned toward the revolutionary Mars First movement At the same time that Veil slips home to gather some weapons, the auditor is kidnapped with expert slaughter of security forces and Veil s home defense tech identifies a coming assault from two commandoes with a ship killer missile and another with a a big caliber automatic assault weapon Our hero survives with the wonderful application of his special skills, but all he gets is grief from Lt Chakana You think you could have left something for forensics They re having a hard time finding six organic molecules still stuck together down there.She doesn t quite see the connection between the two events or recognize that both reflect military capabilities beyond any of his many known enemies or Mars First guerilla factions I love the hyperbolic, Chandleresque speech Morgan creates for Veil Look, you don t send a crack audit team across 200 million kilometers of interplanetary space because you think someone needs a few close tips on colonial management This was a major crackdown in the making, and the knowledge was all over Mulholland s face He looked like a man being forced to choke down spoiled oysters in zero G.The satisfying Gibsonian cyberpunk element of the tale comes from the coolness of our hero in the face of all the corrupt factions he has to deal with and the replication of his predecessor s Sprawl , the richly detailed and multicultural urban underbelly of a dog eat dog world in a high tech future A pleasurable return to the human jungle captured so well the Blade Runner film take of P.K Dick s Do androids Dream of Electric Sheep I passed on successor books by Morgan after Altered Carbon as I didn t want a lesser repeat After highly enjoying the recent Netflix production of the book, it was perfect timing to catch up with him in this thrilling new work This book was provided for review by the publisher through the Netgalley program

  5. says:

    This is a standalone novel set in the same universe as Thirteen but as the action is pretty much all Mars with some flashbacks from Hakan Veil s past as overrider see below and discussing a few important geopolitical events in the rest of the Solar System that impact the storyline one doesn t need to read the other book I read it a while ago on publication and didn t like it that much the only thing I remember is that the usual RK Morgan twist, namely the main villain is the main hero s This is a standalone novel set in the same universe as Thirteen but as the action is pretty much all Mars with some flashbacks from Hakan Veil s past as overrider see below and discussing a few important geopolitical events in the rest of the Solar System that impact the storyline one doesn t need to read the other book I read it a while ago on publication and didn t like it that much the only thing I remember is that the usual RK Morgan twist, namely the main villain is the main hero s friend associate employer was present there too thankfully that twist was not really present in Thin Air as I thought it would have been again too much repetition within the author s sf oeuvre also it is self contained in the sense that there is a clear storyline, a clear ending and while the author can writebooks in this universe which could definitely be interesting with the right characters and plot Thin Air is done as is, no sequel needed, no real loose ends remainingAfter a slow beggining, maybe some 80 pages in, Thin Air starts getting really interesting with action, lots of promises for stuff to come and with the quips and verbal duels of the narrator becoming the usual dark, cynical but funny RK Morgan entertainment the narrator being Hakan Veil, former overrider contracted to a major Earth corporation before birth so raised in the relative luxury of high skill corporate indenture, with the advantages and drawbacks of being groomed as an overrider from the womb requiring 4 months of hibernation per year in cryo, but when awoken being in the hot phase where he is almost superhuman in thinking, reflexes and fighting abilities as his job of overrider meant precisely this, being in cryo on the corporation spaceships plying Solar System trade until unless there was major trouble and then he was woken up to solve it and save the ship and its cargo passengers at any cost, but now marooned on Mars for some 7 local, 14 Earth years due to messing up a mission, being fired and not being able to get his overrider license job back as the corporation still owns all the hardware inside his body.But now Earth is ready to clean the corruption on Mars again as Veil points out to one of the leaders of the Earth audit, while the last try some years back led to a few of his friends turned whistleblowers, buried alive in regolith when the audit was aborted and the vengeful Mars governor and his cronies were cleared and Hak gets an offer he cannot refuse from the investigators, while being at the mercy of the local Bradbury homicide PD chief who is, of course, hand in hand with the governor, so opposite the Earth team for the small matter of the unsolved for now but with Veil as prime suspect murder of a bar owner who crossed Veil before his hibernation time and who made the major mistake of having his enforcers beat Hak badly as he was quite sluggish at the time, but then let him go Lots of cool stuff technology, atmosphere, naming Adam Smith counties, Rand junction, Gingrich corporation etc keeping with the Mars as the new wild west libertarian paradise image that is sold to the masses, while of course, all is corporate corruption this being an RK Morgan novel after all , lots of action and intrigue as noted and again being a RK Morgan book, mayhem, dark cynical humor and unvarnished language are what s ultimately powering Thin AirGreat and complete ending and an excellent novel which shows a lot of evolution in the author s oeuvre being less simplistic, withinteresting twists and superb world building and characters beyond the narrator A few choice quotes below Well, it s the thought that counts Fact remains launch determines orbit, and Torres got a launch in life that put him low and in decay from the start You just give it time and watch the sky I lifted an index finger and drew a slanting trajectory across the air between us I made a noise like oil in a pan Bye bye, Torres Even with a lottery win under his belt That s just fuel for the vector Good luck won t save these guys any better than bad Bad s the air they breathe If good comes along, it just with the mix Get some big payoff or other, they ll most likely go out ODed or smashed up in some high spec crawler they blew all the money on I thought about it Or they maybe just swagger in the wrong direction, off the wrong OC , end up buried in the regolith You think that s what happened I spread my hands Hey I m not a detective You do the investigating, I ll just stand around and make sure no one tries to stop you She flushed Is that how you see us Not really about you, it s about local conditions You talk up a storm in your retreats and your universities, but go outside and you don t have the critical density This valley is filled with people who don t give a about your theories of history and economics, and the people they listen to have already sold them a shinier dream Which is what Lifetime membership in Humanity s Rugged High Frontier Elite, with a side order of aspirational consumer tech product for the masses Exceptionalism, a sense of belonging, and shiny toys to play with along the way What have you got that s going to compete with that It can t last, she snapped It s a bubble, a fantasy When it all falls apart Yeah if and when that happens, sister, you d better pray you re not standing anywhere close to ground zero Some jagged shard of old anger spiking in my voice now I ve seen what happens to humans when it all falls apart Believe me, it isn t pretty

  6. says:

    This is only my second Richard K Morgan book after Altered Carbon, so I m not sure whether all his science fiction books are updated detective noir, or that Thin Air is just a cleverly timed tie in for people who loved the recent Altered Carbon Netflix series Either way, this is very much updated detective noir with intricate world building and a believable future, albeit a darkly cynical one.Hakan Veil is an ex overrider, a genetically engineered and cybernetically enhanced human essentially This is only my second Richard K Morgan book after Altered Carbon, so I m not sure whether all his science fiction books are updated detective noir, or that Thin Air is just a cleverly timed tie in for people who loved the recent Altered Carbon Netflix series Either way, this is very much updated detective noir with intricate world building and a believable future, albeit a darkly cynical one.Hakan Veil is an ex overrider, a genetically engineered and cybernetically enhanced human essentially designed as a electronic warfare platform first responderto acts of sabotage or piracy in interplanetary space Veil is grounded on Mars where he has a reputation as a hard man with experience with both security police and organized crime After getting into trouble almost immediately after waking from his latest stint in hibernation, local law enforcement taps him as a bodyguard local guide for a visiting dignitary from Earth Oversight while she investigates the disappearance of a local lottery winner Things fairly quickly go off track, and Veil has to use all his skills and allies to survive and uncover everything that s going on.Noir fiction is not kind to its characters, and has a reputation for being misogynist Morgan has updated that for 21st century writing, and now it feels primarily misanthropist, although its roots show, with lots of female prostitutes, but no male ones, and the classic femme fatale making a non standard appearance But other classic noir archetypes get to switch genders, like the nearly honest cop with an antagonistic but respectful relationship with our main character, and the corrupt politician who s tangentially involved in the plot.Veil makes for a complex and interesting character with an equally interesting network of allies and enemies, and the world he inhabits represents a fascinatingly decaying future where people struggle for a future no one believes in, but is still surprisingly hopeful Recommended

  7. says:

    Hakan Veil is a gene enhanced gun for hire on Mars, strong armed by the local police into playing bodyguard for Madison Madekwe, an auditor looking into corruption in the state run lottery When Madekwe disappears on his watch, Veil finds himself in a morass of corrupt officials and police, organized crime, corporations with conflicting interests and a revolutionary movement.Thin Air spins off from Morgan s 2007 novel Thirteen known as Black Man in the UK , another noir ish action novel about a Hakan Veil is a gene enhanced gun for hire on Mars, strong armed by the local police into playing bodyguard for Madison Madekwe, an auditor looking into corruption in the state run lottery When Madekwe disappears on his watch, Veil finds himself in a morass of corrupt officials and police, organized crime, corporations with conflicting interests and a revolutionary movement.Thin Air spins off from Morgan s 2007 novel Thirteen known as Black Man in the UK , another noir ish action novel about a gene enhanced soldier caught in a whirlwind of corruption While the action in that novel mostly took place on Earth, in Thin Air we get a first hand look at COLIN Colonial Initiative run Mars, and what life is like for an exiled overrider there.Morgan s knack for electrifying, hard boiled prose and a dark, fatalistic worldview has long been his strongest asset as a writer, and he delivers the goods in Thin Air He also has a good eye for detail and lived in futuristic settings and kinetic action But so much of the novel feels like old hat the same bitter, violence prone hero and cynical outlook, the over the top, bone crushing action grind The novel is fairly long and tries for an epic sweep, but often it isbloated than sprawling.Many thanks to Netgally and Del Rey for the opportunity to read this ARC

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    A while back my fianc e and I tried watching Altered Carbon on Netflix We made it through one episode with no interest to continue That should have been a good indication that Morgan s stories may not be for me, but then again Netflix has long traded quality for quantity and Morgan s new book showed up on Netgalley and it s been a while since I read some scifi and it was set on Mars, so I took a chance A decision I ve come to regret over and over during the countless, ok, not really, it was t A while back my fianc e and I tried watching Altered Carbon on Netflix We made it through one episode with no interest to continue That should have been a good indication that Morgan s stories may not be for me, but then again Netflix has long traded quality for quantity and Morgan s new book showed up on Netgalley and it s been a while since I read some scifi and it was set on Mars, so I took a chance A decision I ve come to regret over and over during the countless, ok, not really, it was technically one morning and one day, but still entirely too long of a time it took to get through And here s the thing it may not be Morgan at all, he seems to be wildly acclaimed award winning author, it might have just been the non existent author reader chemistry, but boy, did I loathe this book Kinda knew I wasn t gonna like it from the first pages, but no, my OCD drives me to finish every book I start and since it s such an odd uncharacteristic display of drive for an otherwise drivefree person, it gets tolerated So I waded through this entire book, 400 pages that definitely seemed longer and the denseness of the text not only prohibited speedreading skimming, but did indeed justify using wading as an adequate descriptor The thing is when you stuck reading a short book you don t care for it creates a dislike at most, when the book is this long it s hate Like a tedious family function, it just seemingly wouldn t end Slowly, sluggishly, the plot convoluted around some tiresome Martian politics, while Veil the macho protagonist that reminded me of the main guy on Altered Carbon, is that all Morgan writes glowered, plowed, fought, killed and screwed his way through his impromptu investigation At no juncture did I care about the protagonist, the plot or any of the characters, which is pretty depressing of a status for such a long book with so many players Just wanted it to be over Morgan seems to write using pure testosterone for ink, it s all clipped, tough machismo with some occasional very graphic sex scenes It s also very heavy on tech and light on world building, the exact opposite of how I like my science fiction It s like all the wrong aspects are detailed and all the fascinating things are skipped over And then there was a shoot em up finale and it was finally over Whew If it seems like I just gave up on the book early on and then merely went through motions, it isn t so, I really did try to get into it, but it just wasn t meant to be Even Mars wasn t enough Turned out to a tragically tedious trip to such a spectacular literary destination What a waste of time, though Not fun, not even entertaining, learned nothing, gained nothing but yet another reminder to beselective, at least before committing to large books I bet there are readers out there who ll love this, but for me, Morgan, either cinematically or literary, is a no no Thanks Netgalley

  9. says:

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This book is a whole lot of fun It is, essentially, a hard boiled noir detective story set on the Red Planet Think of Mike Hammer on Mars Although set in the same universe as Thirteen, it is a stand alone novel and completely separate from its predecessor Meaning, if you haven t read Thirteen, no worries, you will have no problem with starting here In many ways, I think Thin Air is superior in style and overall fun It is a great combination of old fashioned detective n HIGHLY RECOMMENDED This book is a whole lot of fun It is, essentially, a hard boiled noir detective story set on the Red Planet Think of Mike Hammer on Mars Although set in the same universe as Thirteen, it is a stand alone novel and completely separate from its predecessor Meaning, if you haven t read Thirteen, no worries, you will have no problem with starting here In many ways, I think Thin Air is superior in style and overall fun It is a great combination of old fashioned detective noir and science fiction view spoiler On Mars, corporations clash with independence movements fighting against interests on Earth trying to extract as much profit from the planet as it can In the midst of this is Hakan Veil, a cybernetically enhanced ex super soldier who just wants to return home to Earth There s a catch he has to work as a bodyguard for an investigator from an organization called Earth Oversight The investigator, Madison Madekwe, is on the trail of a missing lottery winner, and the two find themselves introuble than they bargained hide spoiler Did you ever have a book that was so good that you didn t want it to end, so you stopped reading it so that you could let the story live a little longer before you finished it That was me with this book As I neared the end, I procrastinated so that I could live a little bit longer in the world of the story It is that good My only real complaint, and it is a very minor one, is that I am not really in love with the final bookcover design, it seems a little CreateSpace to me The earlier proposed bookcover seen here also seemed a bit generic Surely they could have come up with somethinginteresting Finally received my ARC from Goodreads and am really enjoying it

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    Thin Air is a grim swaggering tour de force of hardscrabble cyberpunk thrills Take a gene enhanced cyborg trained killer exiled by the corporate overlords to spend the rest of his waking hours on the frontier of Mars where the cities are filled with beating nightclubs, egotripping stars, lightshows, strippers, and corruption by the armful Surround that city with the frontier valley, filled with prospectors hoping to find fabled El Dorado, tight knit, loyal, distrustful of outsiders Cyborg V Thin Air is a grim swaggering tour de force of hardscrabble cyberpunk thrills Take a gene enhanced cyborg trained killer exiled by the corporate overlords to spend the rest of his waking hours on the frontier of Mars where the cities are filled with beating nightclubs, egotripping stars, lightshows, strippers, and corruption by the armful Surround that city with the frontier valley, filled with prospectors hoping to find fabled El Dorado, tight knit, loyal, distrustful of outsiders Cyborg Veil, the narrator, is a whirlwind of action, emotion, mission, all of which he and his external lenses are going to need to keep out of jail and fulfill his parole conditions Once the reader gets into the rhythm of this novel, it s hard to put down It may sometimes be necessary to keep a scorecard of all the players and the story has quite a few twists and turns But, what sets it apart is the swagger, the grimness, the hardboiled attitude, the corruption, the backstabbers, the dances of mistrust, and the sudden explosions of sex and violence that turns this science fiction thriller into a hardboiled monster

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