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The Final Evolution (Avery Cates) by Jeff Somers
Review by Benjamin Wald
Orbit Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316069847
Date: 01 July 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Ever since he first appeared in The Electric Church, Avery Cates has been one of the most fascinating and unusual characters in modern SF. Now, in The Final Evolution, his adventures finally come to a close with the mix of violence, black comedy, and bleakness that has become his trademark. This novel sticks fairly closely to the formula of the previous four Avery Cates novels, and doesn't really push the boundaries all that much, but it does preserve the strengths of the previous novels and provides one of the most gripping reads I have had in a long time. This is a fitting end to a highly entertaining series.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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.

(Source: Orbit)

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