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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reprint edition (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316053945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316053945
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Another great work by Somers Nov. 27 2012
By JEFlint - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Random book that I'm glad i came across Jan. 17 2012
By Nishi - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I originally got this book as one of those "Buy 5 books for .99 cents" deals when I chose the books I did want to get; I was left with one book left to get. I chose this book because it seemed interesting, but I expected it to be bad. I was wrong. The book takes place in a unified world under one government that came to power many decades before the book. Even though this book takes place in the near future, the world hasn't changed for the better.

Many cities have become black ash ridden, with pitch black goo running in place instead of river water. New York is one of the last cities that are in semi "normal" shape with the rich population in the north, and the poorer people living below the rich area.

New York is where the story starts out with the protagonist Avery Cate's, a crime legend where he lives, with over 30 cops being killed by him, along with many other crime members. His luck takes a turn for the worse and he is captured by people in masks with their voices suppressed by mechanical devices and they have captured him for a reason, which is explained later in the story.

This book has a ton of violence, cussing, and detailed gory scenes. It's a great book for dystopian lovers and it has many great twists. It has a good amount of pages, and it kept me wanting to read more after the book ended. The story has many diverse, interesting characters that you can tell change through-out the story.

Overall, it's a must buy if you like dystopia's, violence, and great story telling. It does remind me of the book The Plague, but it's different enough to keep you interested if you have already read that book. It is worth every penny.

~ Written: 2009

* Great story
* Lots of violence
* Many twists
* A page turner
* A slow start at first, but picks up
Hard on the Brain, but with Rewards March 7 2009
By Tez Miller - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
Good, But Not as Good as The Electric Church Sept. 28 2009
By The Czar of Arkansas - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
Hurrah! Avery Lives (for a while at least) Dec 7 2008
By Jonathan Gawne - Published on
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?