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Working Stiff: A Revivalist Novel | [Rachel Caine]

Working Stiff: A Revivalist Novel

Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical company responsible for her new condition....
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Publisher's Summary

Bryn Davis was killed on the job after discovering her bosses were selling a drug designed to resurrect the dead. Now, revived by that same drug, she becomes an undead soldier in a corporate war to take down the very pharmaceutical company responsible for her new condition....

©2011 Rachel Caine (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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    Sumati Jackson, MS, United States 10-20-11
    Sumati Jackson, MS, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2008

    Roller derby girl, IT trainer, Retro Clothing Store Owner, and lover of all things paranormal & urban fantasy!

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    "Unexpected!"

    I bought this book because I love Rachel Caine's other series. I was expecting something involving more paranormal type scenarios, and when I realized it wasn't full of vampires, ghosts, or weres, I thought I was going to be disappointed. But I was not at all! It is a good story and a good first book of the series. I will definitely check out the next in the series! :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 10-22-13
    Lisa United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Nice start to a good series'"

    *** No Spoilers ***

    This book was a good listen. It had all the components, action, humor, romance. I really liked how I never knew who was good or bad and it was not predictable. That's one thing I love in a book, when the author keeps us guessing, and she did it here with this book.
    I cannot wait to start book 2
    I would def recommend this book to anyone who likes action, suspense, humor and a bit of romance.
    Julia Whelan did an excellent job narrating this book.

    HAPPY LISTENING!

    I like to add some of my fav authors in my reviews and like feedback too on who my followers fav authors are. I'm always looking for new series so here are some of my favs:

    Jeaniene Frost - night huntress and everything else :-)
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    (I haven't started her dark hunter series because the series has so many conflicting reviews so if anyone has read it let me know what you think or if you just have any suggestions of good series I would love to hear them :-)

    Email me lisalove00 @ hotmail .com

    HAPPY LISTENING!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 07-25-12
    Iceworm72 Wasilla, AK, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2003
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    "I am Anxiously Awaiting the Next Revivalist Novel!"

    I bought this title because the premise sounded interesting and to my mind would hold a few possible twists and turns. I have never consumed any of Rachel Caine's work before so it was a bit of a risk; however, I had the credit and was between series and no real burning titles on my list at that moment, simply bought it. I am glad I did. Being a fan of Zombie books and movies, this was certainly a twist on the concept. The plot moves along nicely and I have recommended to my wife as a good story she might enjoy.

    This was my first experience with Julia Whelan and see did spectacularly in my opinion! I didn't struggle with tracking the characters as she voiced them. I will not hesitate to listen to any book when she is narrating.

    My only regret is ‘Two Weeks Notice’ isn't due out until August 7th, uggghhhh! I dearly hope that Julia is already recording the audio version of this new tale.

    I can only imagine where this next tale will lead Bryn Davis, but there are too many place this story can go just yet; given the challenges of living life as one of the Returne Addicts. Rachel you have pushed us into a whole wide world in this series starter for new genre character, Zombie Heroine, Bryn Davis!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 01-25-12
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 01-25-12 Member Since 2004

    Computer Geek

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    "Interesting Concept"

    What if dying wasn't the end? And that a corporation or government could bring you back and hold you hostage (giving new meaning to wage slave)?
    As the first novel of a new series I am very interested to see where we go from this novel, it was very open ended at the end and it will be interesting to see what happens next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren seattle, WA, United States 10-25-11
    Lauren seattle, WA, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Obnoxious Main Character"

    I was consistently annoyed at the main character throughout the book because she acts naïve, stupid and incompetent even though she is supposed to be a smart, tough ex-soldier.

    She is unable to defend herself almost every time someone tries to beat her up or kill her. She knows that she is constantly being monitored, but keeps insisting that the two male protagonists tell her their personal life stories and classified/dangerous secrets and gets mad every time they do not comply. She “can’t workout” why having her baby sister stay at her apartment while someone is trying to kill her would be a “security breach.” She does all this while wallowing in self-pity most of the book.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    The Book Nympho United States 10-18-13
    The Book Nympho United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2011

    Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy

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    "Good start to the series"

    First Thought
    Not your "classic" zombies but still an interesting concept.

    Why I Listen
    I've had Working Stiff on my TBR since it's release day and after listening to a sample of the audio, the narration sounded like one I would enjoy. And I was right. The story and narration both kept me entertain. Julia Whelan get a great job with the voices and timing of the narration. I've already purchased the next book on audio.

    The Story
    Bryn Davis has the worst first day on a job ever.... She dies and then comes back as a "zombie".

    After serving in the military and dealing with dead bodies, Bryn thought she would be a good match in the postion as the new funeral director at Fairview Mortuary. But little did she know that her sales training was not going to help her when she stumbles upon a secret side business her new boss is running from the basement of the mortuary.

    Bryn quickly finds herself wrapped up in government and corporate red tape and plans to take over the world, while still having a little time for romance.

    Issue(s) I Had
    The only real issue I had with Working Stiff is that I had a hard time believing that Bryn, who was over in Iraq for 4 years would be so "helpless" and naive at times. I'm hoping after the events toward the end of the story that we get a tougher Bryn in the next book, Two Week's Notice.


    Will I Continue the Series?
    Yes. I enjoyed the world that Caine has created and I look forward to seeing what's next for Bryn.


    Looking for Something Similar?
    White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aura Omaha, NE, United States 08-03-11
    Aura Omaha, NE, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "PERFECT!!"

    This book is GREAT, granted I am only 2hrs into it... But it usually takes a while to really get me 'hooked'. Not this time. I am SO excited for this new series. I loved the Morganville series but couldn't get into my last purchase from her "Undone". So, I am excited and felt the need to SHARE!
    Also, LOVE the narrator, she is one of my faves too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Empress Kermit, TX, United States 12-30-13
    Empress Kermit, TX, United States 12-30-13

    Late twenties, mother of 2 love paranormal fantasy and Greek mythology

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    "Different in a good way"
    If you could sum up Working Stiff in three words, what would they be?

    Unique Zombie Adventure


    Would you recommend Working Stiff to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes! It's interesting and different than anything I've read this year no vampires no magic just science fiction love it!


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The character's personalities are enhanced and better portrayed with her narration than if I'd read it myself


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Very shocked at how they just killed her like she was nothing it was kind of personally upsetting to me bc she seemed like a very good person


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-15-13
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Wow! A very nice change!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this! I listened in one sitting. The writing was original, one I hadn't heard of before. I enjoy Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires and this was a refreshing change! Truly looking forward to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie West Allis, WI, United States 10-09-13
    Marjorie West Allis, WI, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Thank God she wasn't hungry for brains!"
    What made the experience of listening to Working Stiff the most enjoyable?

    The overall concept was really interesting. Scary too. It kept me captivated.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Working Stiff?

    The big escape was awesome.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Oh Bryn of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Patrick begins to melt and become human. That worked well for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to seeing what happens next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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