Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Review: Working Stiff by Rachel Caine

Working Stiff is the first book in the new Revivalist series by Rachel Caine and a ROC Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment - until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele...as part of an extortionist racket.  Now Bryn faces being terminated (literally) with extreme prejudice.

With the assistance of corporate double agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem - pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program.  She’d better do it fast before she becomes a zombie slave - a real working stiff.

She’d be better off dead...

My thoughts:

Bryn Davis has returned to the States after serving the military in Iraq.  Now she is looking to settle into a career that will be stable, and though the mortuary business seems an unlikely choice, Bryn feels confident that she can excel in this field.

Her first day on the job turns out to be her last day.

The Fairview Mortuary is doing illegal business after hours - and a new product developed by the pharmaceutical company Pharmadene is at the heart of that business.

Now Bryn has to help find out who is selling Pharmadene secrets and stop them - before her time runs out.

I am sad to say that Working Stiff did not blow me away.  

I am glad that as a veteran, Bryn did not become hardened and jaded by the things she saw or did during wartime - but I expected her to be smarter.  It just seems to me that a trained soldier would not have allowed herself to be in the position Bryn found herself.

I give Working Stiff 3 out of 5 stars.

 Product Details

    Paperback: 320 pages
    Publisher: Roc (August 2, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0451464133
    ISBN-13: 978-0451464132


Blodeuedd said...

I did not realize it was a new series. I should pay more attention. But..hm, I want to try those weather books first.

anachronist said...

A nice premise but I don't know... if it didn't blow you away...