The Electric Church

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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.”


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

Library Journal

Author Biography

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.

Reader Biography

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?

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