* Mp3 CD Format *. Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more . . . trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire, and helping a far-flung planets government put down a bloody revolution.
Broken Angels is a novel of pain and guilt. Despite the neural enhancements that make him faster, smarter and stronger than his adversaries, Kovacs suffers from what might be called recurrent conscience syndrome. As a professional soldier working for one dubious cause after another, he insists that his only commitment is to his immediate comrades in arms, his only credo a determination to avoid what he calls ''abstract hate.'' Yet for all his hard-earned cynicism, he remains a seeker of sorts, willing and even eager to engage in moral debates with friends and foes alike. Occasionally, he lets slip a clue to the underlying conviction that both tortures and sustains him: ''You find innocence in the strangest places.'' Gerald Jonas