The Electric Church: 06/07/10
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 Somers by reading the second.
At age 27, Avery Cates is an old man. He makes his living as a high paid assassin. He's about to go head to head with organized religion. The Monks of the Electric Church scare the bejeebers out of him. If they can scare a cold hearted hired killer, they must be bad.
With The Digital Plague, the focus is on action over world building. The Electric Church is just the opposite. It takes a little longer to get going. Normally I like to learn thing or two about the world in which characters live especially in a dystopian future. Having come to the start of the series after its madcap sequel, I find myself missing the non-stop chase through scenes, each one more violent and surreal than the last.