The Electric Church

Jeff Somers


The Electric Church

The Electric Church

  • Title: The Electric Church
  • Author: Jeff Somers
  • ISBN: 9780316021722
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback



In the near future, the only thing growing faster than the criminal population is the Electric Church, a new religion founded by a mysterious man named Dennis Squalor The Church preaches that life is too brief to contemplate the mysteries of the universe eternity is required In order to achieve this, the converted become Monks cyborgs with human brains, enhanced roboIn the near future, the only thing growing faster than the criminal population is the Electric Church, a new religion founded by a mysterious man named Dennis Squalor The Church preaches that life is too brief to contemplate the mysteries of the universe eternity is required In order to achieve this, the converted become Monks cyborgs with human brains, enhanced robotic bodies, and virtually unlimited life spans Enter Avery Cates, a dangerous criminal known as the best killer for hire around The authorities have a special mission in mind for Cates assassinate Dennis Squalor But for Cates, the assignment will be the most dangerous job he s ever undertaken and it may well be his last.


Recent Comments "The Electric Church"

Not badbut a very forgettable, very “by the numbers” hardboiled cyberpunk thriller that felt like a cold, soulless version of Neuromancer. For me, one of the remarkable aspects of really good cyberpunk is its ability to tap into the zeitgeist of the current generation and provide insightful commentary on where we're going and who we are becoming as a species. This story was all surface. It had the right costumes and some interesting props, but there was nothing that gave the reader, at least [...]

I see the majority of review have rated this as a menial read. That doesn't surprise me. For the age of Cyber-punk isn't anything new. What I found I liked about the book was the comic style of flow. I found the imagery and the characters to be more from the comic style of writing than just the standard novel. It's certainly not a new concept, just one I found fun and quick. If I want to challenge myself I will read the classics. When I want to feel pulp style fictions, than I will read this boo [...]

I see this book has an average of 3 stars as I write this review. I suppose then I should justify my 5 star rating then. The reason I give this 5 stars is that I personally could not stop myself from reading this. Now sci-fi is generally not my genra of choice so I cannot qualitatively say if this is a "great" sci-fi book. But it kept me reading and interested. That is all I care. May be dark and disturbing for some people. Heck my copy of the book came with a warning about the content printed o [...]

Folks, there is nothing subtle or beautiful about this one.Unless, that is, you think perfectly described gun battles and psychotic cyborg monks are subtle and beautiful. Or maybe you are just a fan of exciting sucker-punch-to-the-stomach writing.Set in a not so distant, and rotten, dystopian future the story follows the adventures of the surprisingly sympathetic anti-hero Avery Cates. Cates is a Gunner (a hitman) scrounging to make a living among the dreary masses. He is considered an old man a [...]

Are you read for some hardcore motherfuckers kicking some serious cyberpunk ass? Cuz that's what this book is about. HARSH LANGUAGE, VIOLENCE, CYBERPUNK, FUTURETREK and SEX: That's the main parts that create this monster of sci-fi. It is definitely not for the intelligent type, it's full of vulgarism, constant action, a large amount of dick-wagging, pointless and cheesy dialogues, too HARDCORE-THAN-THOU action scenes and rather weakly explained cyber-future world.However, it was entertaining. It [...]

I've read a lot of mixed reviews of The Electric Church, which surprised me because I thought it was really good. Some of the reviewers out there really hated it, thought of it as unoriginal, thought it was stereotypical cyberpunk, were bored, thought it was predictable. I thought it was none of those things. Indeed, it was such an action packed thriller that each page seemed to have something integral to the plot and I was so intrigued, I read it in less than a day.Avery Cates is a Gunner, a ki [...]

Holy hell, I love this book. Love the idea behind it, the fight against eternity and a religion that wants to consume every part of you. Willingly or not. Avery Cates is not a sympathetic character. He's a killer for hire, the man least likely to perform heroics, a cheat and a survivor. But he's a likable character all the same. He's an honest man who's doing what he needs to survive, but there are lines he won't cross. This doesn't make him a good person by any stretch of the imagination, in fa [...]

In any other media this would be amazing but it's a little too repetitive for a fun novel.

In his debut novel, The Electric Church, Jeff Somers attempts to create a 21st century cyberpunk novel. His vision of the not-so-distant future, managed by the fascist System of Federated Nations and their powerful police, exists in economic chaos, spawning rampant poverty and a vibrant criminal element. Avery Cates, a gunner, thrives within this environment, until he accidentally kills a cop and attracts the attention of the Electric Church and its mysterious Monks, cyborgs with human brains.Cy [...]

If you can deal with the (very) obscene and (frequent) language used, this book was astonishingly good. The main character stays true to himself. He doesn't go on a whole "what-am-I-doing-here" thing and although he doubts that he'll survive (quite a bit), he doesn't face much inner criticism, besides past hit jobs. This was a SOLID character; all of them were, in face, from Ty's twitchy nose to the twins' tandem eyebrows to Canny's "feminine" hair (by FEMININE, I mean that despite going around [...]

I just received my copy of "the Electric Church" from the first reads contest. I look forward to getting sucked into Avery Cates' New York!*****I was fully prepared to give "the Electric Church" one star while I was reading it. The premise captured my imagination from the start, but the story did not. I felt too bogged down in the repetition of our hero's age, and the many many times he falls down and injures himself, not to mention looses his weapons. I'm sorry to say it, but how did this guy s [...]

So I thought this was going to be THE book for me (noir-style, theology, and cyborgs?! Yeah!), but much like Idolon it fell woefully short of expectations. It ended up being just another action-packed story that was all straight-plot and not enough thought, and beyond that, it really pushed my boundaries as far as willing suspension of disbelief. Besides that, the guy really needed a thesaurus. The repetition of words and phrases was enough to make me stop reading several times to see if I'd som [...]

I'm not normally a big reader of sci-fi books. This one, however, was a fantastic read. I can't really put my finger on what it was about this book that I found so appealing, but it is one of the best books that I've read in the past year. Set in the infamous not-so-distant future featuring a rag-tag group of assassins for hire (who are actually the good guys in the dark future created by the author) who must battle an ever-growing army of militant Monks, this novel is all action from the openin [...]

This really suited my current mood - there was something cathartic about how often Avery said "fuck." Kind of dark and gritty, but still fun. Also, the reader sounded like Guy Noir a bit, so that added another element for me - I don't think I would have read it like that in my head.

I really wanted to love this book. The premise and cover caught my attention, so it had the advantage. But the writing was so corny and shallow. I'm tapping out.

Just reading the blurb and the title for this book was enough to grab my attention. And that very creepy cover sure deepened my interest. When I started to read this book, I found myself a little lost in the narrator's set up of this world because there was so much going on, and so much to be explained. However, as the story moved into the second chapter and I settled into Avery's tale, I understood exactly why it was vital to drop all of that info on the reader at the very start. Getting the wh [...]

First of all this is gritty. Not pretty. Not highbrow. Not going to end up on your lit professor's bookshelf. And the main reason I like this series is just because I do not have any fear of walking into a pretentious coffee shop and seeing some erudite snob leafing through it.It is a commentary on current society, if one comes down out of the clouds long enough to look around. Religious prats are running the political scene. Corporations really own our asses. The rich guys who own the corporati [...]

I haven't read much dystopian fiction, the daily newspaper suffices as an antidote to cheer. I certainly intend to read Margaret Atwood's latest couple of books and read 1984 (talk about dated!) and Brave New World (although some might argue it's more Utopian.) It's also possible to read this book as a nice action yarn in addition to political commentary. Or vice-versa.Basically, if you are rich, you're OK -- at least until the next riot, and the "electric" church guarantees eternal life but at [...]

Avery Cates, at twenty-seven, is an old man in his industry, that industry being contract killer in a futuristic New York. The society has evolved into a liberals nightmare picture Reagan’s “trickle-down economy” and the 1% all wrapped up in one, and very Cates is not a one percenter.I loved this novel. It was less science fiction and more a detective noir novel set in the future. I kept visualizing “Bladerunner” (The movie, I have not read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? yet.)Mr. [...]

Really fun concepts in this one. I loved the Monks and the church. I would've liked a lot more existentialism out of the characters though.There was some really clunky exposition, and one-dimensional characters, etc. Basically, the book had the potential to be so much more than it was, but didn't try for it unfortunately.Still a really fun read. I may check out the other in the series to see if the concepts that I enjoyed are further explored.

I tried this one, but the way it was written I just kept getting lost in the wording. It seemed like the author kept complaining about the police and there were weird levels and different names confusing me.

I really enjoy a good noir SF. I don't read a lot of the genre but I thoroughly enjoyed Neuromancer, Altered Carbon, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Noir in general is just fun and when paired with SF's commentary on the world as it could be you get this appealing mix of brutal and introspective. Or at least, you're supposed to if things are done right.Unfortunately, things are done TERRIBLY in "The Electric Church" which takes the lazy man's way out of all the scene setting and world b [...]

I am so often reading series out of order. It's not that I do it on purpose but sometimes things get in way. I might not have access to the whole series at the same time, the newest books might catch my eye first or the books themselves might not be labeled well enough to make the proper order obvious to someone unfamiliar to the series. For the Avery Cates series, the library had The Digital Plague on display up front and I only learned about the first in the series, The Electric Church by Jeff [...]

Set in the future, this is the story of Avery Cates who is not exactly a model citizen. In fact, if he had things his way, he would see the entirety of "society" and corrupt world government toppled. However, when he is approached by a man who wishes to hire him to assassinate the head of the Electric Church, he is going to need a helping hand from both government agents and the seedy underworld as well.A post-cyberpunk book with heavy dystopian leanings. While I couldn't give it five stars, I d [...]

I enjoyed reading this book due to the fact that it had action but it also had some science fiction to it. I think this book was a very good book to read due to the fact that the story from the beginning pulls you in and it leaves off on a large cliff. The parts that i liked about this book was that it was a story set in the future but it doesn't have a specific date. this book kept me interested even when parts started to plateau. some of the books strengths are that it can keep a reader intere [...]

This was an awesome and entertaining adventure. It was my first cyber punk romp and I enjoyed it. I'm typically a high fantasy to paranormal romance gal but I loved this.Warning: No romance Lots of cursing and violence (but that's the fun stuff)I'll definetly be reading the next book!

This book had an interesting premise. Definitely not all that original with it's doomsday, futuristic world run by cyborgs, but I think I will always enjoy reading novels about how the future is really gonna suck it. It was a fairly fun ride albeit a little pedantic and obviously written in the hopes that it will one day be made into a movie. Which always bugs me to no end.

A fascinating, dirty, bloody world where you should be looking over your shoulder at all times. The protagonist, Avery Cates, is not a nice man, but he's delivered in such a way as to be utterly sympathetic and, in some odd way, charming.The great reveal was, I found, a bit of a let down. The journey along the way was not.

Avery Cates is an asshole killer with principles. But I kind of like him. He reminds me a little of Harry Dresden, except he's not a wizard and kills people for money. I enjoyed this book. It's really fast paced, well structured and nicely written. Also, language is rather foul sometimes. Overall, 4 stars. I enjoyed it, read it all, and probably will read the remainder of the series.

Not bad. I like cyber punk books. The only thing that I might say I did not like is the end, it was a bit confusing, on what exactly what each character had to do except for Avery Cates, of course. I all, it was a pleasant read.


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