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Working Stiffs by [Bell, Scott]
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Length: 281 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1296 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Driven Press (21 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #698,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Braaaains! 22 March 2017
By T. Thomas - Published on
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Welcome to Chicago around year 2050, in a dystopian USA with electric cars, crumbling healthcare and a disarmed population. The majority of citizens are wallowing in poverty while private corporations get richer, including a sinister nano-bot technology that reanimates the dead into a lumbering, brainless workforce putting countless living Americans out of work. But, it’s not all bad. The US adopted the metric system like the rest of the world. Also, despite the apparent dissolution of independent thought, good people remain. People willing to risk life, limb and being turned into a zombie to fight for freedom.

Joe Warren is not one of these people. As a selfish, unemployed street rat with no money and a non-functioning social filter, he doesn’t initially bring to mind the image of a hero. After Joe tries his hand at armed robbery, he runs right into the web of Special Agent Ramirez, a manipulative, overbearing federal agent with terrifying judicial power. Ramirez forces Joe to become a mole in The Children of Liberty, a radical political organization with dirt on the government.

Joe infiltrates The Children of Liberty—led by a tiny, feisty pixie woman—and realizes the ‘political whackos’ are a well-organized network of civilians and soldiers with leaders, schools and thriving infrastructure. Even more alarming for Joe, the CoL accept him as one of their own, and he struggles with betraying his new ‘family’ to the soulless Federal Agent.

I really loved this book. And while satire usually is, at it’s core, political, this book doesn’t beat you over the head with it. Mr. Bell is an action and humor crafting pro, and his skill shines throughout this twisted tale of walking dead guys, gun fights, fist fights and Joe’s entertaining language. The pace had me turning the pages well past bedtime, the dialogue’s razor sharp and the world-building made me feel right at home in the decaying city streets of Chicago. Add in a healthy serving of zingers and a vibrant cast of character and you can’t go wrong.

Do yourself a favor, grab a copy of this little gem, kick back and enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars “I snagged Jamil by his fancy dress jacket--the material caressed my fingers like it wanted to blow me 23 April 2017
By Pete Barber (Author) - Published on
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This is a story of two distinct parts. It opens as a cyberpunk-styled romp through a future world where human society is being disrupted not by robots, but by Revivants (nanotech driven zombies). Told in first person by Joe Warren, who is possibly the most smart-mouthed and sarcastic character I’ve ever come across, I found myself flipping through pages of fresh writing and laughing at Joe’s wisecracks. Try these: “I snagged Jamil by his fancy dress jacket--the material caressed my fingers like it wanted to blow me.” or, in reference to his ill treatment during interrogation by the cops, “they beat you like cake batter,” and, “Ramirez studied me the way a surgeon examines colon polyps.” One more: “‘Ah!’ Rogair made a noise like he’d discovered masturbation.”

There were a bunch more, but hopefully you get the idea. Every page is littered with grin-worthy smug irreverence.

The dystopian world is fairly stereotypical (big business and government=bad, poor working stiffs=good), but it was revealed nicely through the action with only a smattering of dogma or political pretentiousness from the author. The last quarter of the story focused on the final conflict between the bad guys and the Resistance. Here, the writing morphed into action/adventure with little or no reference to future-tech. This did make the novel a little schizophrenic for this reader. I preferred the cyber-punk stage, and the change of focus late in the story did shoehorn in a number of new characters which diluted the tension somewhat.

But overall, this was a terrific read, unusual, tongue-in-cheek funny and hyper-paced. If you enjoy characters like Joe Warren and/or action sequences teeming with bullets, I think you’ll have a lot of fun spending a few hours in Scott Bell’s dystopia.

This review was originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning—are Revivants in your future? 23 April 2017
By whoapat - Published on
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Scott Bell has done it again. His dry humor sets the stage for this series of problems for his main character, Joe Warren. Set in the future, those who no longer seems useful to the "government" are changed into Revivants, another term for zombie, but they can be controlled and serve as disposable enforcers. Warren and his freedom fighters follow a well-developed plot with plenty of interesting characters, but not so many the reader can't keep them separated.
4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies-Truth-Justice-American Way 15 May 2017
By W2 - Published on
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A fast paced epic adventure and battle, pitting rebels against government controlled zombies on the streets of America.

Author Scott Bell takes the reader on rollercoaster ride into the future, with a nod to the present, never forgetting the past in the fight keep government misdeeds and zombies from running our way of life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet of Scott Bells books. 15 June 2017
By Rizzo Boone - Published on
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Having read all of his currently published books I liked this one the best. Quirky fast paced and sarcastic with a great story. Working stiffs is very different from his Yeager and Aprils Fool books but Just as entertaining if not more. If you wants fast read that will keep you engrossed and lots of action. This is the zombie futuristic book for you.

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