The Digital Plague Paperback – 15 May 2008
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Somers has a terrifically lively style and a good grasp on plotting , and he creates intriguing concepts and brilliant characters...A brash, brutal, brilliant novel, gleefully packed with violence (SFX)
An action movie in print (The Daily Telegraph)
Avery Cates is the star turn in this action-packed slice of near-future noir.See all Product Description
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Following the first novel, "The Electric Church", Gunner Avery Cates has spearheaded an anti-establishment campaign that has grown from strength to strength during the intervening years between books. "The Digital Plague" brings us swiftly up to date even as the story leaps straight in, with Cates on his knees with a gun to his head. A daring escape - or incomprehensible release - allows Cates to return to his base of operations, where he soon discovers the first victims of a terrible technological plague. This propels him on a journey to track down the source of the deadly sickness - an old friend - and put an end to it if he can. Cates brings himself as close to death as a man can be, following the trail of his own personal involvement.
The writing is as smooth as ever, bringing the first-person narrative more alive than most other fiction out there, especially sci-fi. The hard-boiled approach serves Somers well, and he's certainly got it down pat, and he thankfully doesn't overdo it by making all of his characters Hollywood-style immortal, something that conversely made the first book so enjoyable. The characters undergo sophisticated transitions and the book is no overly long - although it is accompanied by more unnecessary appendices, but of course nobody's obliged to read those; they don't add much.
There are plenty of totally transparent seeds planted for the third instalment, which has been announced as "The Eternal Prison" - you'll see the pointers miles before the end, but although they're inexpertly delivered they don't get in the way much. "The Digital Plague" has a finely crafted story with some great characters that drive the plot along with force and style.
Well worth reading, especially if you liked the first one - I'd recommend reading them in order, though.
7.5 / 10
Jeff Somers' sequel to THE ELECTRIC CHURCH is another fast-paced SF action thriller. This time Avery takes the role of Typhoid Mary, with the story following his efforts to find out who set him up and why. Although Avery has a strong voice, I'm still not convinced that he's the flawed hero Somers seems to want him to be mainly because he has so little emotional impact to what he's been forced to do. Somers introduces the character of Glee (a teenage girl who Avery's formed a paternal relationship with) to give the tragedy a human impact for him, but because Glee has not been seen before it's difficult to understand the connection beyond her youth. Saying that Avery does go on a character arc, with the character at the end of the book very different to that at the beginning, which was interesting.
I still like the dystopian future that Somers has created and I particularly enjoyed the way that he sets about making it even worse in this book. There are some nice look backs to THE ELECTRIC CHURCH (which you do need to read to get the most out of this) and while some of the twists and turns were a little predictable, Somers keeps them coming at a fast pace.Read more ›
Avery has been injected with a nano virus that kills every one that comes in contact with him (unless they stay very close indeed in which case he may well kill them anyway)
The story is basically a road movie to try and find out who and why this has been done
Monks make a gruesome return and the body count is massive ! But is spite of that its a well told story. I think the world weariness attitude is overdone a little bit but if you enjoyed Electric Church you'll enjoy this
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it was very quick dispatching and great quality and everything it said it would be, nothing wrong with the descriptionPublished on 8 April 2013 by Tania Marie Pickersgill
This is the second time out for Avery Cates, and like the Electric church this is also an action packed and exstreamly readable book. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2010 by Haydies