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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Somers Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Avery Cates Series Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781400186747
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Time is your curse—lack of time. Everything requires time, and you have so little. This leads me to the fundamental question the Electric Church poses: How can you be saved when you have no time?

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones

  • “Somers packs his techno-thriller debut with enough gunplay and explosions to satisfy a Hollywood producer…But the characters are the real prize in this entertaining near-future noir.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A gritty, original blend of street-smart action and fanciful religious speculation, Somers’ stunning debut introduces one of the genre’s most promising newcomers.”

    Booklist

  • “An action-filled noir thriller reminiscent of Blade Runner.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ed | 2/17/2014

    " This book would have been much better is the author repeat a lot of the background every chapter. It felt like a serial book where each chapter was separately written and later combined into a book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 2/1/2014

    " This was pretty good, but relied too heavily on foul language to carry the dialog. Otherwise, this was pretty good. A bit silly in spots, but a nice, fast read. A bit too much action to be considered Noir, this was more or less straight up SF shoot-em-up, making up for its lack of depth with lots of shooting and chases. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/30/2014

    " Reminiscent of the Petrovitch novels, though not as good. There's a problem with the premise that was never addressed. Still, it was a fun, if violent, dystopian sci-fi thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monk | 1/24/2014

    " Loved the originality of this book. The whole concept of the Electric Church populated by cyborg Monks with human minds trapped inside was creepy as heck. Two problems with the book. The first is that the writing can be repetitive, describing the same people or groups the same way, again and again. That created some fight-through for me, but I was glad I stuck with it. Second problem is the ubiquitous presence of f- bombs. If you removed the mother of all swear words, all you would have left are the front and back covers. Just got tiresome. Quickly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abbey | 1/19/2014

    " Read about 20 pages: trite vocabulary, Sam Spade in a future dystopia, very crude language (usually that doesn't matter, but this was ridiculous), and it was shaping up to be a boring read. Life's too short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scout | 1/9/2014

    " great book. fun adventure, set in the future, part Blade Runner, part Escape From New York. set up for interesting sequels, which are apparently already in the works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Horsman | 1/5/2014

    " Pulpy and brutish and nasty and awesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 12/31/2013

    " A view of the technological singularity as a period of upheaval. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelynn | 12/26/2013

    " I loved this book and will be reading the whole series as fast as I can! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 12/25/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 12/9/2013

    " This is a fun fast read. I made the mistake of reading the second (the digital...) first but it actually didn't mess this one up. Fast-paced, shoot-em-up, dyspeptic, enjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 9/24/2013

    " I didn't finish this one. The language used is very scifi and the story was repetitive and seemingly pointless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne Boyarsky | 11/25/2012

    " I picked up this book because I thought someone recommended it. They were clearly recommending something else. I skimmed a bit and read pieces. I never got to the part that was mentioned though. Ironically book #2 looks more interesting so I'll give it a try. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Killmer | 8/22/2012

    " The book was a standard "dystopian" view of the post singularity world. The Plot was OK, but the narrative was really well done. Interesting characters were developed, and clearly the first in a series. Good holiday reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 7/17/2012

    " Fun sci-fi action story. Think Blade Runner meets John Woo with a techno-punk quality about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ Fisher | 7/10/2012

    " my friend lent this to me saying it was a fun action sci fi book and thats pretty much what it was. nothing too great but will keep you reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bennie Minor | 5/10/2012

    " Not a bad opening to the series. This book almost had too much action for my taste. I could see this book being made into a movie one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Verdi | 11/15/2011

    " If Invasion of the Body Snatchers + Blade Runner = awesome in your mind, read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lavinia | 5/3/2011

    " Avatar monks? oh yes. Kick arse cop killer Avery Cates with a secret heart of gold is legendery in this super adrenaline filled action blockbuster of a book. love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 2/12/2011

    " my friend lent this to me saying it was a fun action sci fi book and thats pretty much what it was. nothing too great but will keep you reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasula | 12/24/2010

    " very exciting story of a really weird religion, action packed, great characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 11/6/2010

    " Lots of fun. Foul mouthed, yes, and so gross and gritty too, but the world of this book is really interesting and... fun! Atleast fun to read about. I enjoyed it, but i'd have to be careful before I recommended it to anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 10/5/2010

    " I didn't finish this one. The language used is very scifi and the story was repetitive and seemingly pointless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 9/10/2010

    " I always appreciate science fiction books that aren't part of a fantasy-type series, but this one was a little dark. It was like reading a smart action movie. I gave it four stars instead of five, because of the dark aspect and some violent parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay | 8/30/2010

    " The beginning of the book confuses me as I have almost no idea what his current situation is and where he is going. Even though it is confusing, it is action packed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/17/2010

    " One of the many freebie books that I got at Comic Con this year. The cover made me actually pick it up and give it a chance. Turned out to be a pretty interesting read. I cannot wait to read the next book and find out what becomes of Avery. "

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About the Author
Author Jeff Somers

Jeff Somers began publishing his own magazine, the Inner Swine, in 1995. He has published dozens of short stories, including “Ringing the Changes,” which was selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2006. He is also the author of the novel Lifers.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?