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The Digital Plague by Jeff Somers
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The Digital Plague cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Digital Plague: 01/24/10

One of the difficulties with checking out books from the library is following series. Either they don't have all of them or the old ones and the new ones are shelved in different places. Take for instance, The Digital Plague by Jeff Somers. It's the second book of a four part (as of 2009 / 2010) series featuring Avery Cates. My library happens to have books one, The Electric Church and two, The Digital Plague. Unfortunately they are shelved halfway across the library from each other as one is in the "new acquisitions" and the other is shelved with the older books.

Although The Digital Plague is a fast paced dystopian romp through a futuristic New York City, it manages to stand well enough on its own. There are points of reference to The Electric Church to clue the clueless so that one can follow along as Avery runs, jumps and shoots his way through the book.

The Digital Plague reminds me most of the opening chapters to The Stainless Rat Gets Drafted. Like The Digital Plague I began the Stainless Steel Rat series out of order, although chronologically it comes before the earlier books. I remember being immediately swept into the action and that's what happened here too. I didn't care that I wasn't entire sure what was going on or who all the characters were because I was racing alongside Avery.

The basic plot is that a plague of nanobots has been let loose in New York. Everyone exposed dies within a fixed timeline. Avery is patient zero except he's not dying. He's now being chased down to contain the disease but he doesn't know who he can trust and who he can't. He's not even sure he wants to trust those who can help.

Nanobots aren't anything new but Avery's New York is enough wrapping to make this version of the story worth the read. I've now checked out the first book in the series, The Electric Church and I will post a review when I'm finished. Then I'll decide if I want to read books three and four.

Avery Cates series: (Click on a title to read reviews).

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Comment #1: Sunday, January, 24, 2010 at 06:01:23

Louise

This sounds like a book I would like to read. I like books set in a dystopian world. Regarding libraries, I know what you mean, but here in Denmark only huge libraries carry a few English books, so when I want to read something which has not (yet) been translated, I usually purchase the book :-)



Comment #2: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 11:01:06

Pussreboots

If you can, start with The Electric Church as it sets up events in The Digital Plague.