The Electric Church (Avery Cates Series #1)

The Electric Church (Avery Cates Series #1)

by Jeff Somers
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The Electric Church (Avery Cates Series #1) by Jeff Somers

Avery Cates is a very bad man. Some might call him a criminal. He might even be a killer - for the Right Price. But right now, Avery Cates is scared. He's up against the Monks: cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and a small arsenal of advanced weaponry. Their mission is to convert anyone and everyone to the Electric Church. But there is just one snag. Conversion means death.

"Some debuts simply set new bars in a genre. Jeff Somers' THE ELECTRIC CHURCH is one such book, a gritty noir story that challenges and surprises with every page. A novel that is equal parts Raymond Chandler and William Gibson. A major new talent has arrived -- and it's about time!"
-- James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of MAP OF BONES and BLACK ORDER

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316019385
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Series: Avery Cates Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 302,234
File size: 817 KB

About the Author

Jeff Somers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. After graduating college he wandered aimlessly for a while, but the peculiar siren call of New Jersey brought him back to his homeland. In 1995 Jeff began publishing his own magazine, The Inner Swine ( Find out more about the author at

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Electric Church (Avery Cates Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Avery Cates is a professional hit man, but his latest kill in old Harlem angers him as his client¿s agent failed to provide key needed information. First the victim was probably a Systems Security Force (SSF) cop second there was a child in the apartment. Avery knows the SSF elite Stormers and throwaway Crushers hunt for him for what he assumes is killing one of them, undercover Colonel Janet Hense. He also knows if they catch him the Stormers will set it up so that they can legally kill him in one of the illegal Old Manhattan dives or on the street fleeing. Instead, the authorities want Avery to kill Dennis Squalor, the founder of the fastest growing religion the Electric Church. The government leaders know Squalor is a threat to their primogenitary power. He espouses the belief that an individual¿s life is too short to understand the universe as it takes eternity to do so. The faithful convert to invincible cyborgs with their brain inside these Monks kill objectors. To get to Squalor he must get past protected by concentric circles of Monks, Avery needs a miracle hell whatever he does he needs a miracle because he is caught between the Stormers and Crushers on one side, and the Monks on the other. --- THE ELECTRIC CHURCH is an invigorating futuristic urban noir science fiction that grips the audience from the first fight in the East Side dive and never slows down as the antihero with ethics runs a gauntlet with the stake being his life. If he fails the authorities, they will kill him if he goes after Squalor, they will convert him, which means they will kill him if by some miracle he succeeds and kills Squalor, the authorities will kill him. Any way he sees it he sees his imminent death. Fans will want to walk on the wild side of Old New York as tour guide Jeff Somers provides a powerful thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He saved my life in VietNam!!! ... King Rhino
Christopher_F More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read, it was a reccomendation from a friend. I feel the plot never had the real bang I expected.
Blix_Oona More than 1 year ago
Cybernetics, digitized minds, and the social consequences of such technologies are explored in an action-packed and dystopic near future. Fun to read. The ne'er-do-well anti-heroes are refreshingly irreverent, even though some are NOT nice people. Some editing problems near the end forced me to re-read a couple of paragraphs, but otherwise a satisfying and exciting novel. A good read for futurists, transhumanists, and social darwinists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good book that clips along at a pretty fast pace. Cates never gets a chance to rest from cover to cover. The environments are harsh and brutal the viewpoint is from the recieving end of 'police/SSF brutality' (to the tenth power) the characters all have flavor. Give the author credit for not going into extensive detail on every aspect of the story, instead opting to condense his story to ONE book. He did a good job. It was fun to read, has an interesting and unique plot, and was easily finished in less than 12 hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The baby grifin peaked out of the nursery to see the real world. Being cooped up in there was too much for her. Ruffling her black feathers, she stepped out. "Star! You're not supposed to be out here yet!" My mother pushed me back into the nursery. "But mommy!" I whined, and sat on the pile of leaves. "Little one, he outside world is very dangerous." Naomi said. "Yes, it is, and we don't want our only pup getting lost already, isn't that right sweetie?" My father nuzzled Naomi. I grunted and murmured, "No fair." "What was that?" My dad asked. I started to get really mad and frustrated. "I said, NO FAIR!" I then bolted out of the camp, spreading my puny wings. I flew away from the camp tears streaming down my face. After a while of flying, I saw a new camp. It was filled with different kind of animals. "What's that?" I stared down at the camp and sudenly a huge blow hit e in the head. "Oww.." I moaned, feeling my head. I looked up and saw that I had hit a tree and landed in the camp. <p> Ok I hope you liked that. It was my story of how I got here! Also, am I allowed to have powers? ~Star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thy bounce in. "We want to be warriors!" Moonkit squeaked. Rainkit nodded his head in agreement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He walks in. "Hi"
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The fierce dog pads in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Welcome kittens, cats, wolves, and other animals too." He rumbled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me a huge fan of the Sci-Fi genre. It feels like Somers is out for Cates, making him go against all odds but always coming out on top, just barely though. Cates' view and everyone elses reaction to him and the world just adds to the tone of the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these Avery Cates books! I have never been so attached to a character! There is something so appealing about a self depreciating anti hero that knows exactly where he stands in the world (at the bottom of the barrel). Jeff's futuristic dystopic world is really intriguing and I've never read fight scenes like his. Not to mention, Jeff knows when to stop writing the Avery Cates novels and ends on a note that is ironic and hilariously pathetic (appropriate for the character).I can't wait until his next series comes out!
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John Walker More than 1 year ago
It was an entertaining read, nothing thought provoking or groundbreaking. A nice take on future-noir detective stories.
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Fulkrum78 More than 1 year ago
A nifty futuristic Noire type novel The main character is lovable in his ability to take punishment throughout and keep on ticking. Worth the read for anyone into sci-fi gunplay. First in a series and all are on a par. Not the brainiest novels by far, but an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Jeff Somers paints and dark but very realistic dystopian future, where the wealthy live in cities and the less privileged inhabit ruins, where rich eat at restaurants and poor add vitamin-enhanced charity to whatever they can scrounge, and where even the cops are split into affluent (well-equipped) and deprived (in need of bribes). In this unified world there are protections for churches and freedom of religious belief. And the Electric Church with its Robot Monks is doing very nicely, thank you. In fact, the Electric Church is doing more than nicely, with new members taking the place of old friends, and an oddly disconcerting line in conversion conversation-"Just let me tell you." The fact that its members are cyborgs is a definite disadvantage; just how do you "convert"? Avery Cates is not a robot monk and doesn't want to be. He wants to be left alone, and earns his living making other people get left alone, permanently. But now the cops are after him and the Church seems to be after his best friend. The Electric Church is a dark tale of bullets, black comedy, futuristic technology, politics and religion. The story spans the worlds of rich and poor, religious and otherwise, and spans the physical world too as Avery seeks the source of all his problems. It's a novel full of twists and shadows and mystery, and it entertains the reader right to the end and beyond. Yes, there's a sequel. Yes, I want to read it.
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PainFrame More than 1 year ago
A hard-boiled noir-style detective story, with lots of action and innovative ideas. Loved it. Next up: The Digital Plague!
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