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Working Stiffs

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Working Stiffs by Scott Bell

At a time when civil liberties have been eroded and unemployment has exceeded Great Depression levels, nanotechnology provides the ability to reanimate the recently dead. Far from zombies, but nothing like their former selves, “Revivants” are a ready source of cheap labor able to perform simple, routine tasks. Great news for some sectors, but for many, the economic and social impact is devastating.

Enter Joe Warren—an unemployed college dropout, who is self-absorbed and disinterested in the world’s problems. All Joe wants is a job, food on his table, and a cure for his girlfriend’s lingering illness. What Joe gets is a stint in jail with a bunch of self-proclaimed freedom fighters, and coerced to become an informant by federal government agents.

Joe is forced to examine his me-first attitude, and in the process learns that some things just might be worth fighting—or dying—for.

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Author’s Bio

Scott Bell has over 25 years of experience protecting the assets of retail companies. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice from North Texas State University.

With the kids grown and time on his hands, Scott turned back to his first love—writing. His short stories have been published in The Western Online, Cast of Wonders, and in the anthology, Desolation and Person Suit. He has three new novels with three different publishers scheduled for release in 2016.

When he’s not writing, Scott is on the eternal quest to answer the question: What would John Wayne do?

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My Review

5 Stars

The year is 2050 and the country has gone to hell. People are stuck in poverty, healthcare is failing badly, and a new company has created Revivants. Nanotechnology is created that will revive the dead to work as cheap labor further crumbling everything. Of course you have those that are filling to fight the government and run the risk of being turned into zombies. But this story is not about them.

Joe Warren is an unemployed, selfish jerk that only cares about himself. He tries his hand at robbery and finds himself wrapped up with Special Agent Ramirez that forces Joe to infiltrate The Children of Liberty and help bring them down. But when he gets into The Children of Liberty he is surprised by how everything is working. Now he has to decide if he is going to help them rebel or if he is going to help Ramirez take them down.

This book feels rough and is a bit all over the place. You have a dystopian story that is a little slow to draw you in. Or at least it was for me and I think that is because Joe just irritated the heck out of me. Worthless, lazy, self-centered, argh!!! Then we go off as the fighting starts and Joes has to figure out which side he wants to be on.

Overall I really enjoyed this story. I liked the combining of genera’s and the use of zombies. I did like seeing Joe extract his head from his butt and start looking for more than just himself. This is a wonderful story and one that I would recommend checking out.

I received Working Stiffs from Red Adept Publishing for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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