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The Terminal State (Avery Cates 4)

The Terminal State (Avery Cates 4) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Somers
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Avery Cates is in better shape than ever with the top-class augments the army’s fitted him with. Pity he’s no more than a puppet then, because they’ve also got a remote that can fry his brain at any second. And now a corrupt colonel is selling his controls to the highest bidder. Avery has visions of escape and bloody revenge - until he realises just who’s bought him. Because the highest bidder is Canny Orel himself, Avery's oldest enemy. And as the System slides into chaos, Canny wants Cates to do one last job. Avery just needs one chance to get back at the old gunner - but this time, it’s Canny who’s holding all the cards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GGUGI0
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #355,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic, militaristic mind-bending romp 16 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First off; don't start here. You might be able to keep up with the plot twists and characters, but you'll enjoy Terminal State much more if you've read the previous three books in the series, and in the right order. So go start with The Electric Church which is the first Avery Cates adventure.

Cates is a magnificent anti-hero. He's a gunner of the future; a hard-ass assassin who used to be a high-up hitman for hire when the world made sense. But since the start of this series the world has come apart at the seams, and Cates is always somewhere near the centre of the action. The world doesn't revolve around him but he is always in the wrong place at the wrong time, and usually comes out of it with battered faculties and fewer working limbs than he started with. Oh, and a couple of ghosts in his head...

In this earth of the future, a united society has ripped itself apart into civil war. The System Police and govt militia are struggling for the upper hand, helped and hindered by corporate interests, the psi guys, and old-school crims like Cates looking to make margin where ever they can.
I enjoyed Terminal State every bit as much as the earlier novels, although it is rather more running-and-fighting than high-concept sci-fi. As society disintegrates, so does Cates -- although he gets a pick-me-up at the start of the book with military grade augmentation. He's up against his oldest enemies however, plus android police, augmented soldiers and seriously powerful psi guys. So inevitably Cates takes a right kicking -- and comes up with a snappy one-liner for almost every occasion.

Much like the Sven series (
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1.0 out of 5 stars The formatting is terrible!! 10 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first Kindle title I've read and I'm really disappointed in how it's been formatted. There are double spaces between lines of dialogue and each paragraph and that's very disruptive to the flow of reading.

So my 1 star is for the formatting...great book otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always ready for some more Avery Cates. 10 Aug 2010
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Avery Cates can't seem to get a break. He's somewhat like Indiana Jones in the sense that he is the reluctant hero and things keep adding up and working against him... just Avery seems to come out worse for wear at the end of every adventure. The Terminal State is the fourth book in the Avery Cates series which is authored by Jeff Somers.

The book is an excellent fast paced read into a Noir/ Cyber Punk/ Sci-Fi world that is great fun to read about but we really don't want it to ever happen to us. Society has collapsed and the SSF (police) who are basically machine avatars are on one side of the fight while the army fighting them is on the other side. Humans and Avery Cates in particular are caught in the middle. Once again Avery is forced back on the rail and things are set in motion that are out of his hands but the ride is worth every penny of the price of admission.

Avery gets pressed and forced into the army. While he is given all sorts of nifty augments life just doesn't get better for our hero... if you can call him that. You see, Avery Cates isn't a good man. He's rather selfish and in it for himself. He says freely what others only think and does what ever he wants. He does live by a code that may be twisted but it is also one of the reasons Avery Cates is a hero.

The writing is witty and clever and Jeff Somers has Avery saying some of the best lines I've read in any book. The futility of the situation leads to lines that will just crack you up and make your day brighter. Just for an example of style, think of Jeff Somers as the love child of William Gibson and Douglas Adams. Now that is not bad company to be in at all.

You should definitely read this series if you like Noir/ Cyberpunk/ Sci-Fi and when you do start with the first book or you may get lost. One of the great things that Jeff Somers does not do is use three or four pages to remind readers of what happened in the last book. Sometimes it is a couple of sentences and nothing deeply descriptive which in my opinion is a good thing. I know authors do it so books can be read out of order but it just annoys me. If you are reading the series you should start at number one and keep going.

The three previous books were also 5 out 5 Stars so pick them up and check them out. I've put them in order below:

1) The Electric Church

2) The Digital Plague

3) The Eternal Prison

4) The Terminal State

I will now be anxiously awaiting the 5th book due in 2011: The Final Evolution
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Up with the Rest 18 Sep 2010
By VoxLegio - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of the Avery Cates series. They are fun, energetic, and filled with a cinematic quality that really drives the cyberpunk dystopia.
Avery usually slogs along on missions, largely against his will, and defeats his enemies by being skilled, smart, but mostly superhumanly tough. He routinely gets beaten up and then, summoning his last ounce of strength, manages to defeat his opponent. He is clever, likeable, and fun to read.

This particular novel, however, was quite disappointing. It still delivers the setting and Avery's character, the usual fights and chases, but this time Avery doesn't even care about his mission. Avery doesn't care about the other two characters he interacts with for most of the novel. Avery is just kind of stumbing along getting beaten up and dodging bullets.

As for the plot, nothing much really happens in The Terminal State except getting everything ready for another book. In fact, I think the next book should start, "I told you that story so I can tell you this one..."
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read 17 Jun 2014
By Peter - Published on
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Great mix of action and dark humor. I couldn't put the book down and lost many hours of sleep. I love the world that you get put in and where you get taken.
3.0 out of 5 stars as expected 17 Jan 2014
By Jason Work - Published on
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Turns out paperback and mass market paperback are the same thing. This is fine, but a little less ambiguity would be nice.
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