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Resurrection, Inc. [Kindle Edition]

Kevin J. Anderson
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Book Description

In the future, the dead walk the streets—Resurrection, Inc. found a profitable way to do it. A microprocessor brain, synthetic heart, artificial blood, and a fresh corpse can return as a Servant for anyone with the price. Trained to obey any command, Servants have no minds of their own, no memories of their past lives.

Supposedly.

Then came Danal. He was murdered, a sacrifice from the ever-growing cult of neo-Satanists who sought heaven in the depths of hell. But as a Servant, Danal began to remember. He learned who had killed him, who he was, and what Resurrection, Inc. had in mind for the human race.

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"This book was written 25 years ago and the story still holds up very well . . . In fifty years this book will still be a good read. It has all the mechanisms of classic literary work." — GeekyLibrary<

"As with all of his work, these books showcase Anderson's knack for crisp prose, magnetic plots, and balancing intimate characterization with galaxy-size ideas." — 5230: The Denver Magazine

“Not since Fritz Leiber has a writer so skillfully married science fiction to horror and made them both stronger for it. Resurrection, Inc. is as scary as it is thought-provoking—buy it and read it.” —The Horror Show

“Anderson has done an admirable job of working out the changes in society . . . told with a straightforward style that belies the book’s convoluted plot and sub-plots.” —Weird Tales

“Cleverly twisting two different extrapolations (one in bioengineering, the other in sociology) into a solid science-fictional whole . . . Anderson has done a very credible job of playing all the consequences of his speculations against each other and of giving a fair hearing to all sides of the issues he raises.” —Dragon Magazine

“This first effort is well plotted and lively in the telling, with an empathy for those lives at the bottom rungs of society.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Whoa! What a great novel! I enjoyed this one immensely.”—The Overlook Connection

“Fine descriptive narration . . . not only adds a dimension to the quality of Resurrection, Inc. but makes one await Kevin Anderson’s next work with great interest. —Fantasy Commentator

“Kevin Anderson’s first novel is reminiscent of the type of story that thrived in SF twenty years ago, but which has largely been ignored recently. Hopefully this fine first effort will refocus attention on a very productive vein.”
—Science Fiction Chronicle

“Anderson sends out the various subplots to the four winds, but keeps control of them and brings them back together for the climax quite nicely. He’s got a strong sense of dialog and character, and makes the world he’s writing about come to life and mean something to you.” —Other Realms

“In every field of endeavor, good craftsmanship is to be recognized, appreciated, and held out as the standard for others in the field. Kevin J Anderson’s Resurrection, Inc. is just such an accomplishment and merits our enthusiastic and wholehearted recommendation!” —Midwest Book Review

“Anderson has created a chillingly effective portrayal of a world turned cruel and unfeeling.... It is a devastating mixture of gothic horror and science fiction, unlike anything you have read before.” —Small Press Writers and Artists Organization Newsletter

“Resurrection, Inc. is the best science fiction novel I’ve read since Greg Bear’s Blood Music.” —2 A.M. Magazine

From the Publisher

Kevin Anderson's first novel Resurrection Inc. was released in paperback only and in a short print run ten years ago. It has not been available again until now. Brought to you with special introductions by guest authors David B. Silva, Bentley Little, and Janet Berliner. Also original cover art by World Fantasy Award Winning artist Bob Eggleton. This is also the novels first appearance in hardcover. · Nominated for Best Novel by the Horror Writer's Association. First Hardcover Edition!!

Product Details

  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1614750394
  • Publisher: WordFire Inc. (July 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WQBIAU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent premise with imperfect execution April 22, 2006
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Resurrection Inc. is a disturbingly different kind of novel than most are used to. This could have been a painfully bad read, if the idea for the story had been put into the hands of a less qualified author. Kevin Anderson has done a suprisingly good job of taking a very "out there" premise and crafting it into a compelling novel that is hard to put down once it's started. There's a few problems with the story that occur here and there, but they are offset to the point that one could almost ignore them completely by the dead-on stinging social commentary and overal excellent story crafting present.

The story behind the novel is that sometime in the future the medical process for reanimating an otherwise inanimate corpse has been discovered and put to a very profitable use. Why pay a worker every two weeks for the rest of his natural life - complete with benefits and medical insurance, when for the price of just one normal worker's yearly salary you could have a unquestioning servant to do any simple or physical work, no matter how distatestful or strenous, and never pay another penny. While this sounds great to all the employers out there, this of course causes a huge problem for all the blue collar workers who have no higher education or technical skills to set them apart from the undead servants.

With this backstory it would appear that the author is trying to create a dystopia, and while there are elements here that could create dystopia (such as all the out of work, lower caste individuals playing the part of the "proles" from the novel 1984, or the futuristic technology gone horribly wrong ala Brave New World), it never fully manifests, which unfortunately lessens the impact of the book slightly.
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The master of storytelling at his best, no less, did it to me again, unable to set the book down until I had read it through in a single session, leaving me bleary eyed the next day, while pondering and wondering at where such creativity came from.

He pushes many a button indeed, interweaving classic spirituality concepts and twisting our imagination into taking a new and refreshing perspective on centuries old concepts and beliefs. As plausible and reassuring as they are, one needs but the angle of anticipation to set everything straight, reminding us that we are merely dealing with beliefs.

As much as I disliked the satanic incursions for their intrusion into my previously pristine sci-fi environment they nonetheless contributed to enriching the whole. I didn't merely like it, I liked it a lot, enough to put the book on my shelf of "to be read a second time" series, right next to "Assemblers of Infinity" or "The Saga of Seven Suns" even though the latter does get an extra star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a page turner for futurists. April 19, 2014
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Amazing read for sci-fy fans, truly interesting premise and character development, Amazed of how each character was presented with just enough details to keep you interested and picturing the action as it develops. Plot deals about what past human persona would be in a future where medical tech is so advanced that even corpses could be resurrected and void of morals this tech could be used to re purpose such bodies into household commodities where intelligence is not required. Recommended for futurists fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Slight letdown at the end. September 4, 2013
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Like a lot of authors, Anderson has a fantastic buildup but ends up with a less satisfying denouement than he could have written. The story implies a lot of interesting thoughts without actually resolving them; in a way, that's enjoyable, and in other ways, I was left wishing he'd offered a worldview that encompassed the story.

Much of the story was very amusing. Good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Humor May 29, 2014
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This book has an interesting premise – the dead have no rights, and therefore their bodies are reanimated and used for free slave labor. I also love the dark humor of the men who create the Neo-Satanist religion, figuring that anyone stupid enough to fall for it deserves what they get. However, it is easy to tell this is a first novel. It isn’t a smooth read and lacks polish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grace Under Pressure... September 4, 2012
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A great novel inspired by the classic Rush album Grace Under Pressure! Yes if you are a Rush fan you'll notice the references. This was the first novel by best selling author and a great read while waiting for the new release "Clockwork Angels the novel" by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart.

This book is a very creative Sci-Fi exploring some interesting questions concerning the human mind and how we use,abuse one another, and life after death.
Private corporations reanimates corpses fabricate phony religions and manipulate society...
Great read I will be reading this over again and again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for a great day. May 5, 2012
Format:Hardcover
First I must state, I am an avid fan of Kevin J Anderson's writings. I have tried to read any of his works that I can find, especially the Dune and Seven Suns novel series. This novel, Resurrection Inc. had just the right combination of characters, plots, and scenes to make for a wild and fun ride. The only reason I couldn't give it a full five stars is that I didn't want it to end, I wanted to know what happened next. I can only hope the muse strikes Anderson to write a companion novel to this story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and thought provoking
I can't recall where I heard about this book; maybe another review or on a list of books coming out, but I was not disappointed with this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this writer!!!
Anderson is so creative! His writing is easy to follow. I want to read his books over and over for the fantasy life he creates.
Published on February 26, 2013 by J. talge-mccormack
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This is a thought provoking book beyond just the sci-fi aspects. A lot of the philosophical discussion in the middle of the book was along the lines of "religion is an opiate for... Read more
Published on February 17, 2013 by Buzzy Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tale of Natural law, karma, and hubris!
Outstanding read! Best Sci-fi book I've read in a long time....Great themes of natural law, karma, and justice. Did not want it to end... Read more
Published on November 24, 2012 by michael d brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of Keith Laumer
This book reminded me of some of Keith Laumer's stories, with their urban proletariat ground into despair and ruthless capitalism run wild settings. Read more
Published on November 18, 2012 by Peter S. Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read That Keeps on Giving
4 Stars - It was too short.

Fantastic pacing with such a fun story. Read this.
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Kevin J. Anderson has written more than 125 books, including 52 national or international bestsellers. He has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, Shamus Award, and Silver Falchion Award, and has won the SFX Readers' Choice Award, Golden Duck Award, Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at wordfire.com.

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