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The Digital Plague [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeff Somers
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Dec 1 2009 Avery Cates
Avery Cates is a very rich man. He's probably the richest criminal in New York City. But right now, Avery Cates is pissed. Because everyone around him has just started to die - in a particularly gruesome way. With every moment bringing the human race closer to extinction, Cates finds himself in the role of both executioner and savior of the entire world.

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This intense sequel to 2007's The Electric Church is a strong techno-thriller, but it doesn't quite match its predecessor in originality. Avery Cates is a killer-for-hire who sold his services to the shadowy System of Federated Nations and destroyed the Electric Church's plans to turn people into cyborg Monks. Now mysterious assailants have infected Cates with a plague of nanobots that kills anyone he encounters and then reanimates the corpses. His condition draws the attention of the System authorities, who wonder why Cates himself has not fallen victim to the disease; they keep him alive in an effort to identify a cure. Amid sometimes flat scenes of gunfighting, betrayal and nanotech zombie uprisings, Cates's noirish narrative voice stands out as the book's real strength. Somers's compelling writing separates this from similar works and offers hope that future volumes will come closer to the quality of the original. (May)
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"A strong techno-thriller.... Somers's compelling writing separates this from similar works." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts out pretty good... March 2 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I like sci-fi alright, though I mainly read mystery and fiction, and the first half of the book got me pretty excited about the author. The beginning is exciting and interesting, kind of Blade Runner in terms of future-tech, but then it (Spoiler alert) turns into a zombie novel. I hadn't read any of his work before. I was thinking of recommending the book to a friend who's really into Neal Stephenson's work. But then... zombies? Really? That was a disappointment.

Beyond that (hey, if you're into zombies, you'd be cool with this), I did like the writing alright - it was a little repetitive and predictable (if I hadn't read a hundred times about Glee's "flat eyes" I might have been surprised to see her return zombie-style), but definitely readable. It is a second novel of a series (I think), so I did feel a little like I jumped into the middle of something, where other authors may have given a little more background. I did like all the action in the book, which reminded me a little (a very little) of Lee Child's Reacher series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great work by Somers Nov. 27 2012
By JEFlint - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars More excellent action June 27 2014
By Bryan Creel - Published on
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3/5 stars June 13 2014
By Tanner D Williams - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars read away April 22 2014
By Peter - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars great second book to the series Jan. 18 2014
By Seth Druck - Published on
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great second book to the series. Twist, unexpected developments, and character connection that keeps you wanting more. Highly recommend this series to avid readers
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