Altered Carbon certainly starts off with a bang.
The sci-fi premise of downloadable personalities was great and Morgan held my attention in this future noir story with a cinematic descriptive style and vengeful murderous rampages.
At first I found the protagonist an odd choice for a detective, and the mystery was a bit convoluted. I disliked that certain characters and plotlines semed to come out of nowhere - there were several times I had to flip back to see if a particular character had been introduced previously, but things are brought together by the end and make more sense.
Overall, though, I enjoyed Altered Carbon and will read the next in the series, Broken Angels.