Publisher: Hachette Books Group/Imprint: Orbit
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
From Goodreads: The world is dying. With avatars replacing humans and the birth rate non-existent, the human race is almost extinct. In the end, it comes down to Canny Orel; Avery’s long sought after nemesis — transformed now into something other than human.
Orel might hold the secret to humanity’s salvation, if he can be convinced — or forced — to relinquish it. And when Cates chances on a way to trick his old master, he suddenly has a choice to make: get his long-delayed revenge, or save the world.
Brett’s Review: That’s right – I have a guest blogger today – my Husband, Brett! I knew he had really enjoyed the published Avery Cates novels so when I saw the final book in the series on NetGalley, I knew he would agree to be a guest reviewer. I have been trying to get him to guest post for pretty much every book he reads but he kept shooting me down. He took me up on this one though! :)
Here is Brett’s review: I found the Avery Cates series one day in one of the strangest places, I was looking for screen savers for my Nook and came across the artwork for the first book in the series. I was intrigued by the title and quickly looked it up to see what the book was about. The series starts in the United States, well what was the US, as the entire world had come under control of a single government and everything quickly went down the tubes. In the post apocalyptic tale Avery Cates is a Gunner, which is a hired assassin, and is never really taken seriously for his talents and is always being used and cast aside. In the final book, The Final Evolution, we find Avery Cates back to settle his scores and seeking revenge on those who sold him out.
Jeff Somers did a wonderful job on the whole series and I really enjoyed them all. The final book does a great job of filling in you in on just how unification occurred and tying up all the story lines. Now I’m not giving anything away, but the ending fits the series as well as the main characters personality to a tee. It’s the kind of ending that crawls into your head and leaves you questioning what just happened, like did you miss something, when you know full and well you didn’t. I love stories that don’t have that happy story ending, but instead stay true to the tale and the characters. If you love post apocalyptic tales with a sort of western gunslinger feel, this series is definitely worth the read. I have to say thank you to my wife for hooking me up with this ARC.