Working Stiff (Revivalist Series #1)

Working Stiff (Revivalist Series #1)

by Rachel Caine
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Working Stiff (Revivalist Series #1) by Rachel Caine

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101517581
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Revivalist Novel , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 59,735
File size: 474 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the author of more than twenty novels, including the "Weather Warden" series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and still carries on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas with their iguanas, Popeye and Darwin; a mali uromastyx named (appropriately) O’Malley; and a leopard tortoise named Shelley (for the poet, of course).

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Working Stiff 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Windling More than 1 year ago
Trying to branch out onto other things is always easier when there is sample, which there is for this...27 pages, which is a nice sample to determine if this book might be an option for purchase, except 24 of those pages are reviews, acknowledgements, or simply don't exist....THREE pages (!) out of 27 that doesn't even scratch the surface of the opening scene. What kind of sample is THAT?!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Bryn Davis learned two things about being in the army in Iraq for four years; first the military was not a career for her and second she handled corpses without her stomach betraying her. After leaving the service, she became a Funeral Director at the Fairview Mortuary. Her new "commander" Lincoln Fairview IV is a bit creepy but embalming a cadaver is imprinted in his DNA. When she finds the corpse of a woman whose late father was the client, Bryn feels a bit unnerved. However, it is when she finds her boss and his prime henchman Freddy selling a unique pharmaceutical, she becomes more than unnerved; Freddy kills her. Investigator Patrick McCallister revives her with a special top secret drug. He hopes Bryn has insight into the source of the leak of the drug that keeps the dead alive for twenty-four hours at a time. To obtain future doses of Returné; Bryn acquiesces to work for McCallister. The opening of Rachel Caine's newest urban fantasy series is a terrific chemical Zombie thriller as the heroine learns what it means to truly be a Working Stiff with ultimate undying loyalty to one's firm. Establishing rather quickly the realm of the Revivalist, fans will relish Bryn's adventures in death and life as she and McCallister investigate the selling and misuse of a pirated drug returns the dead benefactor into a slave zombie. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 9 months ago
What an interesting story. I enjoyed it
jlm548 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the series. It provides a great twist to the 'zombie' concept. More importantly, I could relate to Bryns struggle to cope what has happened to her. Loved the blooming relationship between Bryn and Pat (even if its borderline necrophelia). Also provided plenty of mystery and action sequences. Overall, a well rounded written book that has a little bit of everything for several genre of readers
jacuspator More than 1 year ago
I received an uncorrected proof for this book at one of the author's promotional signings. I love it! It's a really good book and I have no idea where it's going which I really like... It'll definately keep you guessing and is on par with Morganville! Bryn is exarmy so you know she's already pretty tough... I thought that's a neat twist to her. Read it, it's fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whols series and enjoyed it very much.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
MY INITIAL THOUGHTS Approaching this book I'd say I had fairly high expectations, as it is written by Rachel Caine, and having read a lot of the Morganville Vampire books and really loved them. Though I think The Revivalist Series is more adult aimed. MY REVIEW I exchanged a book I had read on the Goodreads UK Swap Group for this book. this book does have a few different covers but for the purpose of this review I will talk about the one I have pictured above. I think the female on the cover looks strong and perhaps edging toward being called a kick butt female character, so upon reading the book I think its safe to say that that is Bryn Davis. The candles in the background give the cover a haunting look. I think the title,author name and series name fonts fit the funereal feel of the cover and the book. Again my pet hate is the quote from another author. Even though I love Charlaine Harris I'd prefer her quote to be on the back cover or the inside of the book somewhere. There's no byline, which I think does add to the appeal of a book. So would the cover alone make me pick this book up from a book store shelf? Yes I think it would, though I wouldn't be grabbing this one first, I would notice it and pick it up to learn more. So I like the totally different plot of this book. Bryn has just come out of the military, and applied for a job at the Fairview Funeral Home. Bryn quickly learns that there is something not quite right going on at the funeral home and upon working late finds herself bizarrely caught up in the middle of everything with two men named Joe Fideli and Patrick McCallister who are some type of whistleblower/assassin type people who are trying to find out who is supplying the "drugs" to Fairview. The "Drug" in question is very special, as it  brings you back from the dead. As McCallister and Fideli are creeping about, Fast Freddy and Mr Fairview kill Bryn as she has witnessed an altercation between them and a client who is trying to obtain more of the drug. So Bryn is dead, then she is in turn given the drug which is aptly called Returné. Which all sounds great until you realise to stay "undead and prevent decomposing" a shot of Returné has to be given daily. The company that makes Returné is called Pharmadene Pharmaceuticals and the cold hearted woman at the top of the company is ironically called Ms Harte, only she has no "heart" at all. Ms Harte is a cold calculated hard nosed business woman. She controls the supply of Returné she can literally cut off Bryn's lifeline. There's lots of industrial espionage, under cover operations, drama, danger, black market drug deals and death in this action packed book. There's crazy scientist Manny who seems to want to help, or does he? The plot at times seems quite complicated, but everything does fall into place as you are reading the book. I don't wish to giveaway any more than absolutely necessary. We also go through a range of emotions with Bryn as she has to come to terms with being a Returné user/one of the walking dead. she will never have a family of her own, who would want to even marry her? I mean how could she explain the daily shots of Returné to start with? At times Bryn is naturally depressed, I mean normally death is the end of all your problems not just the very beginning of them. I enjoyed the medium to fast pace of the book, there's always something happening and plenty of uncertainty, and opportunity to muse as to how work out.   I found the characters of Joe, Patrick and of course Bryn likeable. You really empathise with Bryn and the predicament she finds herself in. At one point in the book you wonder if Bryn is going to fall for Joe Fideli but Joe is happily married with children so the love interest ends up being Patrick. Patrick however tries to remain emotionally detached from Bryn, but can he keep that up, how would he feel if her supply of Returné was cut off? Could he live with himself if Bryn had to be left to decompose? The book ends in such a way that it sets this scene for a potentially impressive series. So did I enjoy the book? Yes, it was a refreshing variation on my usual type of read. Would I recommend the book?  Yes but I'd say it is more aimed at older teen/adults. Would I read a BK#2? Yes I think BK#2 will be going on my wishlist to read. Would I read other books by Rachel Caine? I have read the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine so I guess the answer is yes.
chbrown21 More than 1 year ago
Unique plot. Quick read and a sequel to boot!
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I wasn't sure about this book at first, but found I was having a hard time putting it down. This book kept my attention. Can't wait o start the next book!
lindagshaffer More than 1 year ago
It's not bad. I've read all the Morganville books and quite frankly I wondered if Ms. Caine could do anything without "cute" speak. She does, and pretty well, too. It's ok, it's readable, but it's not great.
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hganadil More than 1 year ago
I have really high hopes for this series. The first book was good, but it took a little longer to gain the necessary momentum than previous first books by Rachel Caine. Overall it was good at introducing all the characters and high arcing storyline. It was good at provoking emotions either good or bad about the heroes, heroines and villains. The end of the first book definitely propelled me to read the second which I plan to start today, but I took a star off simply because of the time it took to latch on to the story, characters and want to keep reading.
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Love it but where is book #2??? I would love to keep reading them!! Keep them coming haha (:
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I've read everything by Rachel Caine and enjoyed them thoroughly until I got to this book. I was promptly turned off in the first chapter with the funeral home business. I thought, maybe it will get better! But I set it aside after the 2nd Chapter a mere 50 pages into the book to read something else and found after finishing what I set it aside to read, that I had no desire to return to it. It is a rare occurrence for me to not finish a book and this was one of those times. If you enjoy dark, macabre stories of the walking dead, you may enjoy this book. But for me, not so much.
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