Dying for a Living

Dying for a Living

by Kory M. Shrum

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Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum

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And you thought dying once would be hard... 

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for agent Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. Because of a neurological disorder, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve as a death surrogate, dying so others don't have to. 

Although each death replacement is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory. But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself--or die trying. 

Dying for a Living is the first book in Kory M. Shrum's gripping fantasy series. If you like page-turning action, tough as nails heroines, and perfectly-paced suspense, then you'll love this "hilarious" and "supernaturally fantastic" ride. 

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940046141573
Publisher: Kory M. Shrum
Publication date: 09/03/2014
Series: Dying for a Living , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 21,195
File size: 449 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kory M. Shrum is an award-winning and USA TODAY bestselling author of fantasy and thrillers--and something else that's a bit of each. She's an active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Horror Writers of America, and the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, where she's known as Conquest. When not reading, writing, or battling her pug for the covers, she's planning her next adventure. She lives in Michigan with her equally bookish wife, Kim, and their rescue pug, Charley.

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Dying for a Living 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Hobbit42 More than 1 year ago
Unique subject and good writhing make this book worth the time and money. Before I was done with it, I looked for, and bought the next one. Though the word zombie is used in the book and in some of the reviews, I wouldn't call it a zombie story. Maybe Zombie-ish would fit better. But, if you are only looking to read zombie fiction, give this one a chance anyway. It won't disappoint.
chbrown21 More than 1 year ago
A unique paranormal twist that you will enjoy and there is a sequel that is just as good. Treat yourself to a weekend of reading indulgence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt want this one to end. New and very imaginative plot. Love the authors writing style--fun to read. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. I started it yesterday afternoon and stayed up all night to finish it. Thankfully book two is ready and waiting for me when I get home tonight! Read this one--you wont be disappointed.
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
So what do you do when you actually know when your number is going to be punched? You call in a Death Replacement Agent of course! Well, first you must have $50,000 just lying around, but hey, if that’s nothing but pocket change to you then you too can cheat death! But whatever you do, don’t call Jesse Sullivan a zombie! Kudos to Ms. Shrum for such an original piece of work! The story is complicated, yet easy to dissect. The Necronites (a rare 2% of the population that has the ability to reanimate after death) use their abilities to help people who want to cheat death. Well, maybe they don’t really want to, such is Jesse’s case (there’s a history there), but it’s a job and it just requires them to shadow someone for 24 hours on the day it’s been foretold they will die and then will their spirit (or aura… whatever it is) to not spin into the vortex that death opens within their soul… instead they allow their own spirit or aura to be sucked down into the vortex; saving the client, dying in their place. Wait a couple of hours (you know, 2 or 3 or 16) and you reanimate. Take a few days to heal up, collect your pay and get ready to do it all over again. Jesse is an awesome character. She’s sarcastic and cynical, but neither aspect is overdone. She’s complex, yet loveable. She’s no-nonsense and really doesn’t care if people like her or not. All of the characters are multi-dimensional; not a single one falls flat. I love Ms. Shrum’s writing style. There isn’t a lot of empty dialogue… words that are just there to take up space on a page. Everything that is said… well, is said for a reason. All the interaction between characters is for a specific purpose. There’s always a fine line that an author has to walk between providing too much information or not providing enough. If an author takes too long to “tell” the reader about a situation, the reader loses interest; but if an author can effectively “show” the reader exactly what they need to know, the story continues on at a fast enough pace to keep the reader interested. Ms. Shrum walks that line with amazing accuracy! This is an excellent start to a series that promises to be something great!
ABrantley More than 1 year ago
What a fun read. I loved the whole idea of this story and it was well-executed. So many times, a storyline might sound amazing, but fall flat. Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum delivers a highly entertaining read. If you love urban fantasy, you're going to love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this on a whim and glad I did. An interesting concept that is well written. Character development shows promise. This new author has potential. Definitely worth checking out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise drew me in, but the snark kept me reading. Funny, tragic, and frightening by turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most amazing books iv read in a long time. Deffinetly my new favorate book. The twists an turns of this book make me laugh an cry and dieing to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shrum's characters are wonderfully witty and snarky, and you get sucked into their world within a matter of pages. I love that she adds a new spin on an oldly but goody plot. However, reading this one leads to reading book 2 which isn't as easy and quick as this one is. So, get invested at your own risk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the different take on "zombies," and the mystery was well thought-out and the action well paced. Good first book in the series. Will definitely be reading the others. :)
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Dying for a Living (Jesse Sullivan #1) by Kory M. Shrum is urban fantasy at its best, it’s zombie fiction with a new and fresh twist, it’s entertaining, it’s fun….Until I listened to Shurm’s book I thought that fiction about the ‘living’ dead had had its day and believed that the trend should be swept under the carpet or be flushed…either option seemed viable so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Shrum’s new and creative way of representing the living dead doesn’t involve any shuffling, snarling, apocalypse causing, virus spewing corpses. In fact, Jesse, the main protagonist, has spunk and a good sense of humour (albeit mostly sarcastic) and even though she insists on wearing nonmatching shoes her dress sense is still an enormous improvement on the mangy rags of her fictional contemporaries. The term zombie is also derogatory so, even though at one stage she does threaten to eat someone’s brain and turn their skull into a cereal bowl, can everyone please use the more politically correct term Necronite, thank you very much. Necronites, or people that test NRD positive, not only don’t stay dead but if recruited to be death replacement agents can, for a fee, take the place of someone about to become a ‘ghost on toast’. Biologically and logistically Kory’s fictional world is believable and well developed and so are her characters. Like all good fantasy Dying for a Living manages to explore and reinforce many pertinent issues of our age, it is a veritable smorgasbord of 21st century ideology and explores freedom of sexual orientation, rights of the minorities, religion and even tackles the sensitive issue of abuse. Jesse, the marginalised other, subverts the stereotypical ‘mindless-people-munching’ zombie and Hollie Jackson’s excellent narrating skills literally give life to her voice and character. Hollie’s perfect voice intonations and her natural narrating style enhances the narrative and the listener can almost forget that the book is being read to them but instead they are submerged into the narrative, swept away with Jesse on her journey as a death replacement agent and her fight to solve the mystery of her ‘attempted’ murder. Hollie Jackson and Shrum’s Jesse are a perfect match so if you enjoy audiobooks, are a fan of Urban Fantasy and are looking for something original and fun, then Dying for a living by Kory M. Shrum will live up to your highest expectations. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
Anonymous 6 months ago
It's a great book. The characters are real and lots of fun stuff happens. Read it and enjoy!!
Valerian70 11 months ago
This is my second read of this book (I purchased some further books in the series and thought it made sense to start at the beginning again). I didn't enjoy it quite as much the second time around but I was surprised how much of the storyline I had forgotten - the major plot points were still there but a lot of the nuance had been lost. The plot is a good, and rather unique one, Jesse is a Death Replacement Agent - going to die by accident then an AMP will confirm a 24 hour window of it happening and you book your Death Replacement Agent (they die so you don't have to). The problem is someone is out to kill the agents and Jesse seems to be next in line. Who is responsible for the attacks - the FBDR? The Church? or is it something or someone even darker? This creates a good plot that is part thriller and part supernatural and it does do a good job of straddling both genres. The characterisation is reasonable but you do find yourself struggling to get to grips with anyone other than Jesse - even she is a bit of a mystery. In some instances, Brinkley, this is because even Jesse doesn't really know what is real and what is front so we suffer from her skewed perspective. However, Ally and Lane are a problem as Jesse knows both intimately but I didn't get any real sense of them as people off the page. The set up to the big set piece at the end of the book is well handled with the tension palpably building with the fallout seguing neatly in to book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters and great plot. It kept me guessing and surprised to the end. Will be buying the series and suggesting to friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique story line and a cast of likable characters. I loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times and will continue to read several more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book to read.
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Loved the book but some of the profanity was too much. But a good book any ways
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Probably one of the weirdest books I've ever read, but I DID read it all the way to the end. Really good character development with a plot that goes every which way to Wednesday. Will probably get the rest of the books in the series... weird or not!