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American Book Fest 2017 Science Fiction Finalist

Joe Warren, an unemployed electrical engineer, has a terminally ill girlfriend and a bank account bumping rock bottom. Jobs are scarce in 2050, since nanotechnology has created the ability to animate the recently deceased, who are put to work performing menial labor at low wages. These Revivants have glutted the job market, leaving their living counterparts out in the cold.

Joe goes looking for a helping hand and mistakenly gets arrested with a group of freedom fighters. The only cause Joe wants to fight for is Joe, but federal agents coerce him into spying on the Children of Liberty.

When Joe reluctantly infiltrates the protest group, he finds something he never expected or wanted. Friends. And he discovers that maybe there are things in life worth fighting - and dying - for.

©2017 Scott Bell (P)2018 Scott Bell

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This book would make a great movie.

This book would make a great movie. It has action, suspense, an unlikely hero, a cause worth fighting for and an unusual take on zombies. Set in an economically dissolving USA, greed, the thirst for power and mismanagement have brought the county to its knees. The national debt, unemployment and poverty is sky-high, and with the help of nanobot technology, the reanimated dead (Revivants) have replaced human workers, providing a no-questions-asked, controllable workforce. Homeland Security Agents are the sole law, having replaced the military, police and FBI, and they are willing to go to any lengths to maintain the facade of a healthy government. Joe is somewhat of an antihero; he is selfish, sarcastic, lazy and somewhat of a jerk, but you can not help but become attached to him, as he is beaten, manipulated and coerced. Often in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is drawn into the battle between the Homeland Agents, who are trying to hide their plans and the truth from the general populace, and the Children of Liberty who want to reveal the deception. This book has some great characters with lots of different accents and the narrator of the audiobook, J Scott Bennett, did them all expertly. He really brought the characters to life and did a great job of showing the humour and sarcasm in the story too. This is a well written and narrated book that flows well and keeps you entertained to the end. I really hope that the author plans on a sequel, as I would love to listen to more.

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Cyberzombies! They don't bite, just take your job

Working stiffs is a dystopian cyberpunk action story, or at least it has those elements, because it is also alightly political in its undertones, and makes commentary of certain current events. This doesn't detract or distract, it just adds some depth to what could have been a simple sci-fi tale of nanozombies taking away jobs, and the resistance that builds up from the populace due to the strains it produces.

Bell has a great story here, and really rings some bells, but I think his forte is the written word, and not economics. Some of his conjectures in that regard did not jibe with me, but hey, we have to suspend some disbelief; and who am I to say I understand how finances work in an alternate futruristic reality?

Bennett is a blast as always, and he makes Joe's one liners and wisecracks POP with humor. He is fun to listen to, and the time I spent listening to him just flew by. I will admit, I have heard in him other books and I am a fan of his work. Coming clean, I did receive a promo code to review this book, but that fact has in no way influenced my review. I'd say if there were flaws, one I did point out already,but was extremely happy with this book and the narration Bennett provided.

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Excellent Story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. I absolutely loved this well written and fabulously narrated story.