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Working Stiff (Revivalist, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2011

3.7 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Revivalist Series

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'A first-class storyteller' Charlaine Harris --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Series: Revivalist (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451464132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464132
  • ASIN: 0451464133
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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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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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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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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I was really looking forward to this book. I'd read quite a few pre-release reviews that were very positive and the description is totally up my alley. On release day, I rushed out and picked up a copy. That was a mistake because I hated this book.

I try to always find something positive about a book I disliked and generally it is not that hard, but I have to say that it is a struggle for me to come up with anything positive about this book. The best I can do is say that the premise of a drug company creating a drug that resurrects people is entertaining and fairly original. But that's all I've got.

So, what didn't I like? Bryn, for starters. She was just not a likeable character. She was very rigid and uninteresting. She wasn't a particularly strong character. She seemed to be falling to pieces every few pages, and I just don't enjoy that. Along with Bryn, the supporting characters were not great. They were flat and very stereotypical.

The plot was convoluted. It's paranormal; it's corporate espionage; it's zombies; it's organized crime...it's crap is what it is. It was a hodgepodge of ridiculousness. And the ridiculous plot just drug on and on and on.

I have a general rule that I do not judge an entire series by the first book in that series. If I did that, I wouldn't be reading some of my absolute favorite series today. However, I am going to break that rule for this book. It was so bad and I see no redeeming qualities in this book that would warrant me spending my time on it.

If you feel compelled to read this book, get it from the library. I would strong advise just skipping it altogether.
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Welcome to the world of pain and rot, where one day you are working at the funeral home, and the next you are a walking, talking corpse. This would break a weaker woman, but Bryn Davis is not crumbling. Everyone has their cross-hairs on Bryn, even Pharmadene Pharmaceuticals, the makers of the reanimation drug, would like to see her rot.

There is romantic tension, crazed characters, and lots of rotting reanimated dead people. So Brynn prefers filet mignon to human brains, she still knows how to dress for success.

I thought it was a rapid ride through zombie land, and Irene Harte, the head of Pharmadene, is evil in a dress.

It is sci-fi, gore, and smart, intelligent zombies. This book is fast, furious, and not for the faint of heart.
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