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Product Details

  • Series: Revivalist (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464132
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A first-class storyteller' Charlaine Harris, author of True Blood

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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Rachel Caine is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the new upcoming Revivalist series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and until very recently continued to carry on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas.

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I would highly recommend Rachel Caine fans to read this book.
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I also found that the chapters were way too long, they added to the feeling of not getting anywhere in this book.
Kale
Bryn is very witty, which makes the dialogue fun and easy to read.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J.J. Macken on August 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Working Stiff was a tough read for me. I was ecstatic to find it in my bookstore because I love Rachel Caine's work and I truly believe she is a master storyteller... I'm giving it three stars because I was interested in the story enough to finish it...

But

*** Going to contain some spoilers ***

I found it really hard to empathise with a heroine who is dead.
It just didn't work for me.
Bryn needs a daily shot of Returne to keep from decomposing alive, (a grisly process we get to witness toward the end) so I just didn't see any hope for her in this book, or, it turns out, from future books. It's just such a bleak outlook for a woman who is already dead. Though she's a fictional character you kinda feel like there's no point getting behind her because she's already a lost cause, already dead.

The bleak note continues through this book, I mean, how many horrible things have to happen to Bryn before she saws her own head off? One sister is already missing, another gets kidnapped, killed, brought back multipe times, until she is forced to beat Bryn to her second death with a frying pan...
Not only is Bryn a sort of chemical zombie living on borrowed time, she has to contend with the awful corporate psychos at Pharmadene (the company that makes Returne) who just want to use her and then tie her to a bed and record her slow, torturous decomposition.

Patrick, Bryn's love interest in this book, is a cold, aloof mystery man. Boy did I get sick of his mystery persona. And then we find out a little about him and it's this uber depressing tale of a serial killing sociopath older brother.

Come on! We need some light, some hope.

I also just didn't feel any connection between Bryn and Patrick.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My grandfather used to say "Life's tough, and then you die."

But for Bryn Davis, death is only the START of her troubles. Rachel Caine's "Working Stiff," the first book in a new series, quickly kills off the heroine and reanimates her, and launches her into a bizarre, action-packed adventure. However, this book can be downright depressing at times, and the story sometimes drags in overcomplex circles.

Ex-soldier Bryn Davis takes a job as a funeral director, but her first day is a disaster. A teen girl kills herself, Bryn is pursued by the creepy Fast Freddy, and she discovers that her boss is selling a strange drug that reanimates the dead. And then he kills her.

When she wakes up, she's still technically dead -- but she's being kept animate by an experimental drug called Returne, which the Pharmadene company has discovered. However, they will only keep her alive for as long as she's useful to them, and since their company has a leak connected to her funeral home, they want her to ferret out the supplier.

But while hired gun Joe Fideli and the icy security chief McCallister are helping her, Bryn knows that her days are literally numbered. And as she becomes tangled in elaborate webs of conspiracy and megalomania, she finds that her enemies are both inside and outside Pharmadene... and if she doesn't stop them, the entire world may be next.

It took me a long time to figure out why I simply didn't like "Working Stiff." But eventually I worked it out -- this book is possibly the darkest, bleakest story that Rachel Caine has written to date. And not in a good way, but in a "I want to suck on the business end of a Glock" way.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This was an interesting concept. It's a zombie book. It was fine for a single read; however, it was depressing and the depression only deepened by the end of the book. No room for the exhilaration arising from missions accomplished at the climax; instead, the the conclusion leaves you with an abiding sadness.

Borrow it, read it, then return it. It's not what I would call a "keeper," so I'm not going to be purchasing the second book in this series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Turner on August 7, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a hard one to review. First off, I really liked it in that it was well written, the characters were engaging and the idea was clever.

But...it was downright disturbing in several places. And the large-scale concepts of death, being conscious in a decaying body, being dependent on a daily shot of a rare, controlled drug or face slow, tortuous death was very disconcerting. Several parts truly bothered me.

Zombies are not my thing. I really don't see the appeal. (At all.) But what made this so disturbing was the *humanity* of Bryn and how she was an otherwise completely normal, feeling, scared woman. It's hard sometimes to read something where the main character is such a victim in ways she didn't ask for and can't escape. It troubles me.

And yet, it was a solid book.

So, I don't know. I'd give it 4 stars with the caveat the you need to be ok with some serious horror in a very real, very difficult to get out of your head after you put the book down sorta way.

Oh and...What happened to the dog?
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