Continuing Avery Cates' story from "The Shattered Gears," "The Walled City" sees the aging Gunner tangle with a psionic who has set himself up as a City Lord in the crumbling remnants of civilization. Coming to Kindle, Kobo, Google Play, and Nook June 15, 2015.
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In my review of the final Avery Cates book - The Final Evolution (Avery Cates) - I wondered whether that was the final book. Jeff Somers hadn't answered many of the questions that he had set up for himself in the wild ride of Avery Cates through the meltdown of the human race.
Well, it turns out that Avery Cates is unkillable as much as a genre figure as he is in his books and this is the second post-series story. In the first, Cates was hijacked into a forgotten, dilapidated prison run by a psychotic telekinetic. Cates obviously made his way out of that inescapable prison with extreme prejudice to anyone who opposed him.
In that case, it wasn't clear when the story was set. It seemed like a long time after the events of The Final Evolution, perhaps decades. This story is set shortly after the events of the prior story. In this story,...
Avery coming back to life and getting back to form; I enjoyed this short a lot more than Somers' last, as I feel Avery shines his best when he has people to play off of.
I also appreciated the larger snapshot of the dying world we are granted in this story - a world still beating out its final battle hymn on an ugly and aged drum, but one not quit so empty as the final pages of the series may have left us feeling.
The best thing that can be said of any story is that it left me wanting more, and this most certainly did. I hope we don't have to wait nearly so long for the next story, because I'm prepared to buy it right now.
The Avery Cates series was superb. Crisp. Exciting. Raw. It was a shame to see it end. The finale was great. But sad.
Now Avery Cates is back. Again. And this second bite-sized novelette is another mouth-watering appetizer.
Is there going to be a new series? Are there going to be more appetizers? Both will do fine. Because Avery Cates reserves more adventures!
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