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
riveting, edge of your seat storytelling. can't wait for another book from this author or the sequel.
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If you like the traditional brains eating decomposing zombie story this is not for you. No one eats brains and decomposing is nothing permanent. This is more of a tech story with nanos making the zombies.
Bryn is not my kick ass heroin but she does have a bleeding heart. Her military experience should be nonexistence for all the good it gives her. In her first "gun" battle, she forgot to raise her gun. Because she is slightly wimpy, I did not give the overall a high rating. The uniqueness of the story is why I gave it a 4 and it is why I am down loading the book now.
So Bryn just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Her first day on the job is the last day of her human existence. Because she dies from the over sight of the "good" guys she becomes one of the living dead. She then becomes the pawn of a pharmaceutical company. In an effort to cure cancer the company creates a weapon of ... zombie proportions.
In efforts to find who stole the formula, she becomes the bait. In the 12 hrs and 7 min. story there were three incidents she was able to get off good shorts. Considering how she insisted on having a gun, I expected more of her. When she is really faced with a crisis it is her experience as a funeral director not her military experience that is used.
There were a few surprises, which is expected in company espionage. There is the formula love interest in the back ground of the story. Fortunately, that is not hot and heavy in this installment. Since one of the three kisses occurs at the end I expect it will get more touchy feelly in the next one. I shutter when I think of a zombie and non zombie being touchy feelly.
In the Diana Rowland novels, I can take a little zombie loving because the heroin's lover is a zombie too. Oh if you have not read a kick ass female brain eating zombie novel try that one.
She is turned zombie. Depended on a drug, which she needs daily to live. The pharmaceutical company wants to find and stop the black market use of the drug. Of course Bryn existence is constantly in jeopardy. She cannot manufacture the drug and that is the carrot which the pharmaceutical hangs over her. Here is where the decomposing occurs. Without the daily injections her body begins to decompose. The icky part the person remains cognitive while the flesh is falling off their bones.
That is as much as I will give away. This is not a stellar literary novel, but as far as a contemporary fansty goes it has a unique story.
Late twenties, mother of 2 love paranormal fantasy and Greek mythology
Unique Zombie Adventure
Yes! It's interesting and different than anything I've read this year no vampires no magic just science fiction love it!
The character's personalities are enhanced and better portrayed with her narration than if I'd read it myself
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
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Read from July 01 to 03, 2013
Read/Listened for Fun (Audible/Kindle/Paper Copy)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 3.75
First Thought when Finished: Wicked, Dark, and just a bit funny! I really enjoyed Working Stiff!
Story Thoughts: I am a fan of zombies in all shapes and forms: Scary, Mindless, Thinking, Snarky, Scary, and Functioning. If the story frames the "zombie" lore well, I can totally buy it. Working Stiff manages to make me believe that we can revive the dead and they can survive on something other brains. The strongest part of this story though was the mystery. I was really caught up in the tracking, planning, and taking down of the baddie.
Character Thoughts: I LOVED Bryn! She was a great combo of snark, realism, and flippant enough to roll with the punches. The fact that she had an armed forces background helped sell the other parts of her character that made her kick-ass. The boys were great too! While I not quite on board with the romance (which to me was very secondary in Working Stiff-as it should have been), I see myself jumping on that train in book 2! All around great character development and introductions.
Narrated By Julia Whelan / Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Overall I think Julia did a wonderful job with the narration. It took about 3 hours for me to really click the characters with her "sound" but after that it was totally enjoyable. I expect that my audio rating will be higher for book 2.
Final Thoughts: I found a new to me series that I will totally enjoy, I think!
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