From the award-winning author of Altered Carbon and Broken Angels-a turbocharged new thriller set in a world where killers are stars, media is mass entertainment, and freedom is a dangerous proposition . . .A coup in Cambodia. Guns to Guatemala. For the men and women of Shorn Associates, opportunity is calling. In the superheated global village of the near future, big money is made by finding the right little war and supporting one side against the other-in exchange for a share of the spoils. To succeed, Shorn uses a new kind of corporate gladiator: sharp-suited, hard-driving gunslingers who operate armored vehicles and follow a Samurai code. And Chris Faulkner is just the man for the job.
Morgan's brutal, provocative third novel (after Altered Carbon and Broken Angels) charts the moral re-education of executive Chris Faulkner, who joins notoriously successful Shorn Associates, which specializes in "conflict investment"-financing totalitarian regimes, as well as guerrilla movements, in developing countries that are never allowed to develop. Taking his theme from such well-known critics of Western capitalism as Noam Chomsky, Susan George and Michael Moore (all listed as sources), the author presents a bleak near-future that includes continuing job loss through NAFTA, the undermining of national economies like that of China and the creation of a permanent underclass. Faulkner and other company hotshots compete in highly dangerous, often fatal car races, which reflect the ruthlessness of their corporate careers. Faulkner's auto-mechanic wife, Carla, strives to humanize him, but he will have to kill a lot of people with his car, guns and, in the penultimate bloodbath, a baseball bat before seeing the error of his ways. While some may be put off by the graphic violence and the heavy-handed polemics, most readers will find Morgan's economic extrapolation convincing and compelling. Agent, Susan Howe. (Mar. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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Posted May 26, 2010 by Jeff Portner , Elkins Park, PAAuthor Richard K. Morgan scores big with this exciting, tightly-plotted thriller where communting to work takes on a whole new meaning for ambitious employees of an uber- corporation in the not- too- distant future. Filled with memorable car chase scenes and slippery characters, this novel puts its foot to the accelerator and never lets up until the breathtaking ending. A sure fire crackling read..
February 28, 2005
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Excerpt from Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan
Jackknifed there in sweat.
Fragments of the dream still pinning his breath in his throat and his face into the pillow, mind reeling in the darkened room . . .
Reality settled over him like a fresh sheet. He was home.
He heaved a shuddering sigh and groped for the glass of water beside the bed. In the dream he'd been falling to and then through the tiles of the supermarket floor.
On the other side of the bed Carla stirred and laid a hand on him.
" 'S okay. Dream." He gulped from the glass. "Bad dream, 's all."
He paused, peculiarly unwilling to correct her assumption. He didn't dream about Murcheson's screaming death much anymore. He shivered a little. Carla sighed and pulled herself closer to him. She took his hand and pressed it onto one full breast.