Review: The Electric Church

The Electric Church by Jeff Somers

Publisher: Orbit


Source: Author

From the cover:

Avery Cates is a low-life contract killer, prepared to slit anyone’s throat for a few measly Yen. But even he gets the heebie-jeebies from the plasticised, eternally-serene stare of the Monks. He’ll have to come face to face with them soon enough though, because Cates is on the run from the System Cops and can only redeem himself by taking out the head of the Electric Church. That’s if the gun-toting, super-augmented cybernetic Monks don’t get to his own head first …

The Electric Church is a sci-fi meets thriller book that is action packed and will keep you up into the wee hours of the night.

This was another book with an outstanding cast of characters and great character development. Cates is far from the endearing and charming character that you normally associate with the hero/main character, but he’s also tough to hate. Even though he’s a contract killer, he’s portrayed in such a way that you can tell he has a set of code as well as morals and honor.  Cates also recruits a few other characters to join him in taking down the Electric Church and each character brought their own special charm to the reading experience.

Most sci-fi books usually get bogged down by too many details to allow the readers to fully experience and understand the new world created by the author. The Electric Church, however, strike the perfect balance between having enough details to understand the apocalyptic world and being a fast pace thriller. The story was packed with action and moved along quite quickly. The story had me hooked with the first page and didn’t let go until I closed the cover.

If you’re looking for a good sci-fi thriller, The Electric Church is one that you shouldn’t miss. I’m looking forward to continuing the series and seeing what other troubles and adventures Cates will get into.

Series order:

  1. The Electric Church
  2. The Digital Plague
  3. The Eternal Prison
  4. The Terminal State (August 2010)

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Posted on August 12, 2010, in 4 stars, book reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Nice review, DW! Thanks for sharing…..

  2. I’m going to recommend this one to my son and husband – it sounds right up their alley!

  3. Hi there! I really enjoyed your review. It’s great to read other people’s opinion on it. I picked this up earlier this year from the library, but unfortunately felt differently about it. It seems that people have a mixed reaction to Somers’ work. The reviews on Goodreads also showed this.

    If you’re interested my thoughts on the book can be found here:

    (Sorry about the long link, couldn’t find the short one!)

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