Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles

Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles

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by Merrie Destefano
     
 

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“A haunting story that seamlessly blends the hard-boiled twists of cyberpunk with the noir flavor of a Southern Gothic thriller. Gritty and compelling….Truly high octane stuff.”
—Marc Giller, author of Hammerjack

Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in Afterlife, a thrilling urban fantasy noir adventure set in an alternate

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“A haunting story that seamlessly blends the hard-boiled twists of cyberpunk with the noir flavor of a Southern Gothic thriller. Gritty and compelling….Truly high octane stuff.”
—Marc Giller, author of Hammerjack

Bladerunner meets Jim Butcher in Afterlife, a thrilling urban fantasy noir adventure set in an alternate world where everyone gets nine lives. In the vein of J. D. Robb’s bestselling ‘In Death’ series, author Merrie Destefano blends a futuristic concept with gritty noir mystery for a riveting story of murder, conspiracy, and multiple-resurrections that will appeal equally to fantasy, science fiction, and mystery fans. Even paranormal romance lovers will find something to love in Destefano’s extraordinary Afterlife.

Editorial Reviews

Chaz Dominque is not your average babysitter. His Fresh Start charges aren't cute toddlers; they're recently resurrected men and women who are learning to adjust to their new and improved existences. Unfortunately, his usually mundane job has put him in the crosshairs of desperate Nine-Timers who want to scratch their way to immortality. An urban fantasy with teeth; a mass-market paperback original.

James Gunn
“AFTERLIFE is a seamless combination of hard-boiled mystery, science-fiction exploration of a future based on cloned existence after death, and a fantasy struggle for the survival of good in an evil world. Merrie Destefano has made a fine start on a promising career.”
Tracey O'Hara
“AFTERLIFE is like smoke in the darkness – intriguing and illusive. Merrie Destefano led me on a gritty page-turning journey of life, death and resurrection. I was riveted from the first page to the last and personally can’t wait for her next one.”
Tosca Lee
“Merrie Destefano storms the world of urban fantasy with AFTERLIFE, breathing new life into the vast genre of the undead. Gritty, poignant, in the tradition of Bladerunner with the nostalgia of New Orleans.”
Locus
“The fast pacing and skillfully eked out clues keep things moving, for a good read - and a strong first novel.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061990816
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
805,830
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.92(d)

What People are saying about this

Tracey O'Hara
“AFTERLIFE is like smoke in the darknessintriguing and illusive. Merrie Destefano led me on a gritty page-turning journey of life, death and resurrection. I was riveted from the first page to the last and personally can’t wait for her next one.”
James Gunn
“AFTERLIFE is a seamless combination of hard-boiled mystery, science-fiction exploration of a future based on cloned existence after death, and a fantasy struggle for the survival of good in an evil world. Merrie Destefano has made a fine start on a promising career.”
Tosca Lee
“Merrie Destefano storms the world of urban fantasy with AFTERLIFE, breathing new life into the vast genre of the undead. Gritty, poignant, in the tradition of Bladerunner with the nostalgia of New Orleans.”

Meet the Author

Merrie Destefano left a 9-to-5 desk job as a magazine editor to become a full-time novelist and freelance editor. With twenty years' experience in publishing, her background includes editor of Victorian Homes magazine and founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their two German shepherds, and a Siamese cat.

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Afterlife: The Resurrection Chronicles 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting plot line about immortality and the attempt to have it. While I did find it intense, the way many spoke took away from the book imo. There was a lot of yous and gots. Hence the 3 stars. The plot was a 4 star. It is a good read and one people should take a chance on.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Afterlife Merrie Destefano Eos, Sep 28 2010, $7.99 ISBN: 9780061990816 In New Orleans, Chaz Domingue earns a living at Fresh Start counseling and protecting new clones while the resurrected deceased struggles to regain their equilibrium. His current "babysitting" newbie is Angelique. However, what should have been a simple job guiding Angelique turns nasty when he must keep the woman safe from an unknown adversary who wants her dead. Chaz assumes that the culprits fear Angelique knows something from a prior life that they do not want revealed. Questioning Angelique divulges nothing; so Chaz is left on the defensive insuring the woman and consequently his own family are not harmed. However, he remains ignorant to the fact that a powerful cadre of Nine-Timers wants the Fresh Start secrets as the ninth bat at life is the acceptable normal last swing; this group plans to live forever at any cost to others. The first Resurrection Chronicles is a terrific New Orleans science fiction thriller that rotates first person viewpoints with the prime star being Chaz, who fumbles, stumbles, and grumbles with keeping the newbie safe from those who want her dead. Fast-paced, readers will relish this dark New Orleans drama as the hero has no idea what he has stepped into by doing his job except he knows that Angelique is the cause that threatens him and his family. Harriet Klausner
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For me this book falls under the category of what could have been. This is an interesting premise but its a little bit to "artsy" for me. Its like one of those paintings where you know what all the little bits are but they look just a little odd and they don't quite fit together properly. Lots of people are into that kind of thing so if you are this is a good book for you. If you are looking just to be entertained then I would look for something else.
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DuncanWatson More than 1 year ago
The world story was too poorly reasoned. I still don't understand the reason for all the destruction. That plus the odd Christian bias really put me off. Near the end I was forcing myself to read, so I stoped with only a chapter or two remaining.
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steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
~4.5 stars~ I'll be the first to admit when I read the back cover copy for this book I wasn't sure if I would like this book. Don't get me wrong I read a ton of paranormal fiction but it's mostly full of teen angst and romance (yeah I read YA fiction). However when I learned that this book featured a dog as one of the main characters I thought, "Cool, a furry creature who isn't a werewolf!" I jumped at the chance to review this book and I was not disappointed in the least. This book has an awesome dark, gothic setting (New Orleans) and characters so creepy it made my skin crawl. Now I've read my fair share of horror stories and have seen enough scary movies that I'm not creeped out by much but let me tell you the "bad guy" is one weird, messed up villain! He just jumps off of the page at you. This entire story is like that however, the scenery and the whole apocalyptic world seem so realistic...I guess that's another reason why I find it so frightening. My favorite not-so-creepy character is Omega, the German Shepard. He kicks butt. All I have to say is Rin Tin Tin and Lassie had better watch their backs, there's a new canine in town and he's pretty fierce! It's very interesting to read books that are thought provoking and entertaining and ask the what if question. What if we could chose to live another life? Would you take the chance if it was available to you or would you be a One-Timer? Afterlife is just an all around great story. I was a little confused about how all the cloning and jumping stuff worked at first but as I read it became more clear to me. If I read a book with a very teeny tiny romantic angle and I still love it enough to put on my keeper shelf it must be good! If you give this book a try I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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terilhack More than 1 year ago
I received and ARC of this book and it was amazing! In the first few chapters, that hanging chapters based in separate character's POV was a bit disorientating for me in the beginning. As the story developed it engulfed me into this work of a future time where people can "jump" their consciousness to a new body up to 9 times. In a car wreak and you have the expensive chip.... swoosh =new body. It is a really interesting concept and it made an amazing story. Once you get used to the different characters having their own point of view in separate chapters that all cohesively tie into each other you are swept away into the futurist world where even the ones you love get bored and leave you for a new life, new memories, and a new body. I read and ARC, it was amazing, and I totally recommend this book to you all Once you pass the first 30 pages, you are hooked.