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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,839 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard K. Morgan Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back—and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison—a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous. 

Luckily, his “enhanced” life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He’s another Thirteen—one who’s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there’s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane—and alive—long enough to succeed?

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  • “Stellar…Morgan goes beyond the SF cliché of the genetically enhanced superman to examine how personality is shaped by nature and experience…Without slowing down the headlong rush of the action, the complex, looping plot suggests that all people may be less—or more—than they seem.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Another spectacular blending of noir and SF from the author of the Takeshi Kovacs series…The prose, as always, is hard-edged and often violently graphic, and the dialogue punchy and realistic…Similarities in tone and substance to the genre-bending works of Philip K. Dick and (to a lesser extent) William Gibson are surely not accidental, although Morgan is no imitator. He’s too good for that.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Thirteen is a solid effort for Morgan’s devotees, as well as a good read for fans of military sci-fi with a twist.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Greg | 2/16/2014

    " Maybe more like 3.5 if you subtract the macho bs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan | 2/16/2014

    " Genetically-enhanced bounty-hunter is tasked with tracking and eliminating another like him, but there is more going on in the background. Morgan again takes no prisoners in his writing, and nobody really comes across as terribly likeable. But the setting is believable and he action and plot quite thrilling. Fairly hot sex scene too. Rated R18 for frequent strong violnce, language, sex scenes and adult concepts. 4/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rob | 2/15/2014

    " Best Morgan book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by melvinhiddenelder | 1/23/2014

    " This is an author you should be reading. This is one hell of a book. "

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About the Author
Author Richard K. Morgan

Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of Market Forces, Broken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that also won the Philip K. Dick Award. He lives in Scotland.