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The Eternal Prison (Avery Cates, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2010
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In 1995 Jeff began publishing his own magazine, The Inner Swine (www.innerswine.com). His published novels include the Avery Cates series, "We Are not Good People", "Chum", and "The Ruiner."
He's also had stories published in many magazines, most of which regret the connection. His story "Ringing the Changes" was chosen for "Best American Mystery Stories 2006" and his story "sift, almost invisible, through" appeared in "Crimes by Moonlight" edited by Charlaine Harris in 2010.
He currently lives in Hoboken, NJ, with his lovely wife Danette and their plump, imperious cats. In-between all this and writing too, Jeff plays chess and staves off despair with cocktails.
Top Customer Reviews
Avery Cates is back in The Eternal Prison, which takes place soon after end of the digital plague from the second book. The cops and the army are fighting it out for control of society. Cates, the anti-hero hitman, gets pinched by the cops and thrown into Chengara, a prison specially developed for "people of interest" like himself. Cates has to use all of his wits to stay alive, and staying alive means breaking out.
The action moves along briskly in The Eternal Prison and avoids most of the exposition that slowed down The Digital Plague. Cates always has a new set of associates, since being a Cates associate tends to dramatically reduce life expectancy, but some old familiar faces also are in the mix. The new characters are woven into the story well and are, for the most part, more interesting than most of the new faces from The Digital Plague.
Probably the best thing about this entry in the series, apart from Somers' pacing, are the changes in Avery Cates. He's famous, he's tough, but as things continue to slide downhill, Cates begins to wonder if fighting is even worth the bother, especially if things look like they'll turn out the same way in the end. Or, if he goes on, for what purpose? Cates works through the questions in Cates fashion, simply but directly, without Somers turning him into some fountain of metaphysical mess.
It's a great installment, a return to the tight pacing of The Electric Church, and the central character is revitalized as something more than a stereotype. The Eternal Prison is definitely worth your time and money.
The Eternal Prison picks up where The Digital Plague left off, as we once again follow Avery in his exploits as one of the systems most feared and well known gunners. As this story picks up we find Avery struggeling to carry on in a life where he has lost nearly everything he held dear, and nothing seems to be going the way he planned it. In all honesty the only thing he seems to have going for him this time around is a large amount of yen, though it takes a mountain of it to buy anything with all the termoil. It's funny because he's not so much afraid of getting killed as he is of having an unsatisfactory death after all he's been through.
In the end the Eternal Prison is a fast-paced story that creates a perfect mix of action and even a few unexpected plot twists, though looking back there were plenty of hints. It can be a bit confusing as you first start, but just give it time and have faith in Somers writing skills. By the end of the novel all will be made clear and it's definitely a ride worth taking!
Jeff Somers creates a future world where humans are still corrupt and violent and fighting for power, and technology has advanced with scary realism. Where people get their brains digitized and uploaded into avatars and humans get augments to became part machine.
Avery Cates is a gunner (gun for hire), he's great character that you can't help but like and pull for, he's a survivor. In a fight you would want him on your side (and he is usually in a fight).
Jeff Somers is an intelligent and entertaining writer that will keep you flipping pages. I will be reading the rest of the Cates series and I recommend that you do too.
The only note of caution would be language, there is a lot of foul language but the characters would be less real without it.
In all, I'm going to have to give this book a thoroughly less-than okay read. The things about the first novel, EC, that I liked so well were its originality, pace, and frankly, book-cover. This novel, unlike the second, displayed Somers' creativity again, with quirky characters, not gigantic originals, but interesting none-the-less. For example (*spoilers*): the Ruberto & Marin dynamic, the tin-can Cates, tattooed love-interest whom I think is Avery's first, and the Russian Techie (as opposed to the softer needle-nosed Americana style). These were intriguing characters, not necessarily developed, by interesting.
What this installment lacks compared to the first is pace and coherence. The novel drags at many points and where Somers excels in terse dialog, he's much less skilled with scene descriptions which he used alot both here and in digital plague. He also seems to have almost no geekish interest in the machinery, i.e. hovers etc, that he writes about, giving a lack of tech-speak to the novel's feel; a draw-back for a cyber-punk. The first half of the book is also split between "time-lines" *wink* which makes it difficult to follow, and having read the first two books quite some time before this one, I was lost on the whole SSF mythos- to be honest I'm still unclear on what the System is or the Civilian Army.
So, the novel addded some new creativity to the mix and moved the Cates-universe along.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. Somers really nails cyberpunk. The whole series is amazing, this is the one that got me into the series.Published 2 months ago by Evan
The middle of the Avery Cates quintet continues the tale of Avery's descent. This book seems to be a tale of our favorite murderer rising, but it really begins the slope down to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bryan Creel
Cates keeps getting more real, the other characters are better filled in, the plot less wandering than the DP. Glad I came back.Published 23 months ago by Barrelman
Another excellent entry in The Avery Cates series. This one is a lot more in-depth, building on Avery's character from prior novels. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Ashley D
First one was really, really good. This one developed into a path towards the end of the series. Kinda muddled in the middle but it definitely hints at what might be to come.Published on October 30, 2013 by William Clemo
Once again Jeff Somers pits Avery Cates against the most impossible enemy and situation. True to form, Avery somehow survives and comes out ... Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by koko puffs
My brother purchased the Electric Church when Borders was closing down here in Indianapolis and he read it and then went out and purchased the other books from Amazon. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by J. E. Flint
Book 3 of the Avery Cates Series. This one threw me for a loop as the structure is much different than the first two books. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Jamil Bhatti
Last year I read a great book called The Digital Plague and this is a follow up to that great novel. It starts up shortly after the last book, and picks up the action right away. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Nishi