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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orbit (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497044
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,265,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. As a child he imagined he would be a brain surgeon, until a spirit-crushing experience convinced him that in order to be a brain surgeon he would have to actually attend school, work hard, and master basic mathematics. After a severe head trauma, he chose instead to write stories and learn the high art of cocktail mixing, and spent the next twenty years in a pleasant haze of fiction and booze.

After graduating college, Jeff drove cross-country and wandered aimlessly for a while, but the peculiar siren call of New Jersey (a delicious mixture of chromium, cut grass, and indolence) brought him back to his homeland, where he got a job as an Editorial Assistant at a medical/science publisher in New York City. Most experts agree that this is likely where the young man went insane.

In 1995 Jeff began publishing his own magazine, The Inner Swine (www.innerswine.com). His first novel "Lifers" was published in 2001, the Avery Cates series, beginning with The Electric Church, was published by Orbit Books from 2007-2011, and in 2013 published Trickster from Pocket Books with a sequel to follow. 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 Pierre, Oliver, Spartacus, Otto, and Coco. Jeff insists the cats would be delicious.

In-between all this and writing too, Jeff plays chess and staves off despair with cocktails.

Customer Reviews

I had planned to read a chapter or two before bedtime to let the book last.
Jonathan Gawne
The story has many diverse, interesting characters that you can tell change through-out the story.
Nishi
Still, I highly recommend it and am looking forward to the third book in the series.
Freethinker

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JEFlint on November 27, 2012
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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. I picked up this book and was hooked on Avery Cates.

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 an old friend's return. 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.

I recommend this series and book to anyone who likes Shadow run, Cyberpunk or Escape from New York style stories.
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Science and technology combine for another intriguing cyber-noir read from Jeff Somers.

On his knees with a gun to his head, Avery Cates thought this would be his execution. Instead, he is injected with nanotech, which is infecting everyone who crosses his path - unless they stay within a certain distance.

Who did it, why, and how to stop the deaths are far from easy to answer - and it's even more difficult to cope when the dead don't stay dead. From New Jersey to Paris to New York, one thing's for certain: the Electric Monks are sticking close. Avery's battle with them is far from over. And, hopefully, so is this series.

It took me a while to realise that this is set more than five years (estimate) since THE ELECTRIC CHURCH ended, and it may mean something that the appendix was easier to follow than the actual story. Still, at least the author has interesting concepts and characters that I haven't really come across before. Reading the first two books in this series on the trot, it's kind of annoying that I now have to wait for THE ETERNAL PRISON's circa-July 2009 release. The good news is there's a teaser of it at the back of THE DIGITAL PLAGUE, and it sounds a treat.

This series may be hard on the brain, but if you pay attention and keep focused, it has its rewards.
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The plot to The Digital Plague has been recounted in several other reviews, so I won't recap it in this one.

While I thought that The Digital Plague was a decent read, it wasn't as good as The Electric Church. I thought that The Electric Church was a great read, so feeling that The Digital Plague was a bit of a letdown may not be entirely fair to it. Nevertheless, I felt that some of the newer characters didn't mesh as well as those from The Electric Church, and that the exposition in this book was longer and handled a bit less artfully.

It's a good book that has the misfortune of carrying on a story from a great book. The Digital Plague is still definitely worth it, but comparisons with the first installment are inevitable.

There is good news, however: I'm coming back around to write this reivew after reading and reviewing the third book in this series, The Eternal Prison. The pacing and characters pick up considerably in the next book, bringing the story back to form.
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Format: Paperback
OK look. I LIKE this guy Somers even though he is a tool of the political-industrial complex preparing us for life in the new world order.

I have to admit being a tad upset about this book though. I had planned to read a chapter or two before bedtime to let the book last. So I started off fine. And kept reading. And kept reading "one more chapter..." and then I got about halfway through and decided I had to get some sleep. I turned off the light and found myself unable to sleep until I finished the darn thing. Now I am very tired. Curse you Somers!

Anyway, this guy Jeff has created some interesting characters and an interesting world. It reads very well, and most important of all is it is fun!

Now, where's the next one? Hmmmmm?
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I had a bad cold while reading this second Avery Cates novel. Every time that my chest got itchy and I'd start coughing, hacking and heaving... miserable with tears and worse streaming down my face. At least I wasn't in Cates shoes. This blazingly fast paced kicker of a novel will make your greatest worries and trials (and colds) seem like a bowl of cherries in comparison. Kind of like putting Dan Simmons' Joe Kurtz, Phillip Dick's Deckard (Bladerunner) and Richard Morgan's Kovac into a really efficient meat grinder. Fast and Fatal, you won't have time to even think about regretting buying this book.
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Things start to slide in a downward direction for Cates in the 2nd of the quintet. Somers provides us another roller coaster of an action story starring our favorite alpha male anti-hero. What will be persistent themes in the Cates saga are reinforced in this tale as he hosts a nanotech plague that kills anyone near him.
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By Tanner D Williams on June 13, 2014
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Didn't quite live up to the electric church, but a fun read nonetheless. Make sure to follow up with the eternal prison.
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By Peter on April 22, 2014
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Great easy read and a fun continuation of the series. It puts you right back into the world with good detail.
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