Woken Furies (Takeshi Kovacs #3), Richard Morgan
The third in the series brings us to what has been hinted at all along as Takeshi’s biggest issue; the loss of his true love to extremist religious actions. Some reviewers of Woken Furies suggest that the agenda overwhelms the story—the focus on Takeshi’s overwhelming, perhaps obsessive hatred of an extremist religious order due, in large part, to their treatment of women, is front and center. I would argue, though, that the criticism is the other side of the coin in which the reader gains an understanding of what it is that drives Takeshi, through hundreds of years and life after life after life, to remain focused on his cause. He is obsessed. He is irrational. He is very human, after all, and despite what he does to survive. I found no major flaws in this one, and am hoping that there will be more installments in the series. 4 Stars.