By Richard K. Morgan
The longer term isn’t what it was once considering 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 next day in Altered Carbon, damaged Angels, and Woken Furies, successful the Philip ok. Dick Award within the technique. In marketplace Forces, he introduced company gladiator Chris Faulkner into the courageous new enterprise of war-for-profit. Now, in 13, Morgan substantially reshapes and recharges technology fiction over again, with a brand new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, employed gun, and a guy and not using a nation . . . or a planet.
Marsalis is one in every of a brand new breed. actually. Genetically engineered via the U.S. govt to include the bare aggression and primal survival abilities that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens have been meant to be the final word army battling strength. The undertaking was once scuttled, even if, whilst a frightened public branded the supersoldiers risky mutants, dooming the Thirteens to compelled exile on Earth’s far away, desolate Mars colony. yet Marsalis chanced on how to slip back–and right into a profitable residing as a bounty hunter and hit guy ahead of a police sting landed him in prison–a destiny worse than Mars, and lots more and plenty extra risky.
Luckily, his “enhanced” existence additionally looks a charmed one. a brand new probability at freedom beckons, courtesy of the govt. All Marsalis has to do is locate his greater abilities to herald one other fugitive. yet this one isn't any universal felony. He’s one other Thirteen–one who’s already shanghaied an area go back and forth, butchered its group, 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 dying. 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 healthier than ultimate a prisoner. the true query is: can he stay sane–and alive–long sufficient to succeed?
From the Hardcover edition.