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The Eternal Prison (Avery Cates, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2010
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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!
I enjoyed this series enough to purchase it on my Kindle on my way to New York so I could read something on a business trip.
The worlds of Avery Cate are a desolate distopia future where the system has been over run with corrupt cops and a new mysterious church. Avery is just a working stiff of a criminal. And it shows through all these series that Avery is very much a normal Joe. The amount of damage Avery takes in each book is both humorous and refreshing after seeing so many heroes go through unscathed.
The pacing of this book is a little off setting compared to the others but it's all clear once you get halfway through the book. Though to be honest I would have liked if the new character who was introduced had continued on in the series.
I recommend this series and book to anyone who likes Shadowrun, Cyberpunk or Escape from New York style stories.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book!! I didn't read the first 2 not realizing it was a series until I bought it. I read it anyway and oh what a ride. Must read.Published 2 months ago by Sarah Miller
Excellent read. Somers really nails cyberpunk. The whole series is amazing, this is the one that got me into the series.Published 5 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 22 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 on March 9, 2014 by Barrelman
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
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
It was a decent book. The plot was not very special, though it did randomly reference things from the first book in ways I had not even considered might be how it happened. Read morePublished on March 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer