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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 soc ...more
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Published March 21st 2017 by Driven Press
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Rabid Reader
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book would make a great movie. It has action, suspense, an unlikely hero, a cause worth fighting for and an unusual take on zombies. Set in an economically dissolving USA, greed, the thirst for power and mismanagement have brought the county to its knees. The national debt, unemployment and poverty is sky-high, and with the help of nanobot technology, the reanimated dead (Revivants) have replaced human workers, providing a no-questions-asked, controllable workforce. Homeland Security Agents ...more
Koeur
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher: Red Adept

Publishing Date: December 2017

ISBN:9781948051026

Genre: Scifi

Rating: 4.4/5

Publishers Description: Joe Warren, an unemployed electrical engineer, has a terminally ill girlfriend and a bank account bumping rock bottom. Jobs are scarce in 2050, since nanotechnology has created the ability to animate the recently deceased, who are put to work performing menial labor at low wages. These Revivants have glutted the job market, leaving their liv
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Neil
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This just did not do it for me.
The main character was hard to like and I was bored within two chapters.
I struggled on but it was not worth it my opinion.
Jessica Bronder
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 robbe
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Boundless Book Reviews
Working Stiffs was well written and very imaginative. The premise of this story is one of a kind. Joe is a bit of an asshole in the beginning, but after a few chapters, I grew to love all the characters and how quickly I could relate to them. This story starts with a sarcastic, crude and, at times, vulgar man, doing nothing but whining and complaining, but I quickly began to feel for Joe and his girlfriend. Once I gained a better understanding of the world they live in, the story increased speed ...more
Liz
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this in a first reads giveaway. I liked the book...if you like cyber punk I would definitely recommend reading it. It is an interesting twist on the zombie genre and the dystopian aspect hits a little to close to home given the way the world seems to be going. Good solid sci-fi.
James Shrimpton
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I expected. Picked it up for 99p via BookBub. It was a good read, with a more realistic dystopia than the usual mega-corp, and good characters. Worth a read.
Pete
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
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Bonnie Keck
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways-won
Not Kindle Unlimited, got it through LibraryThing one of those we send you a copy free but would be nice if you got around to reviewing it, and usual spiel supposed to write about free will etcetera, as if all my opinions aren't totally mine which anyone that knows me or knows of me would back that up.

Had this originally at 4 stars, went back and reread it {rarely do that, no time nor inclination most times} but maybe understood more or still found it funny/relevant, whatever}, was interesting
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Wolfe Butler
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Synopsis

Scott Bell’s Working Stiffs is a new twist on the dystopian zombie genre. Rather than being created from the bite of another zombie, these zombies, called Revivants, are created by injected nanobots as a scientific solution to cheap and endless labor. Bodies of the recently deceased are reanimated to serve an abundance of manual labor tasks. The year 2051 is dark and gritty and not one you will want to live in but will enjoy visiting.

The book revolves around two characters, everyday man
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Joe Warren dropped out of college and he’s unemployed. He’s intelligent, but he’s self-centered. He doesn’t want to get involved and he’s perfectly happy to just drift through life, a loser. The government is very Big Brother and now the technology has advanced to a level of creating Revivants. Basically, they’re zombies. Great for cheap labor, but not much else. Joe, doesn’t care about any of it. Until the day his whole
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Terence Thirteen
A brilliantly written dystopian thriller, set in a future that, except for the presence of neo-zombie Revivants, bears a disturbing resemblance to America, today. (Then again, many people do wonder through the workweek and their workplaces, as if in a zombie-like state...)

The author definitely has "a way with words" and successfully weaves dry wit, sarcasm, black comedy and a never-ending stream of snide comments and wisecracks, into an immensely entertaining and engaging story.

J. Scott Bennett
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Leslie Fisher
I thought this was a solid sci-fi book, and it had kind of an interesting take/twist on zombies. The book held my attention the whole way through. I've enjoyed other books by Scott Bell, and I think this one may be one of my favorites by him. I listened to the narration by J. Scott Bennett, and enjoyed his narration immensely. He always brings a lot to the story and enables me to picture the story perfectly.
Monalisa Foster
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly fun read.
Scott
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Working Stiffs” is a story that takes the zombie genre in a very different direction than I have previously read. Imagine a world where those who are dying of some long-term illness or have recently died can be reanimated through a process where these “stiffs” can be put to use in society rather then become a financial burden on their families or the next generation. This is where the book gets its title, “Working Stiffs”. Why not utilize these “deadish people” to do menial jobs freeing up the ...more
Rainer Bantau
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welcome to the U.S. of A circa 2050, a disheveled land where nanotechnology has given new meaning to living forever and decades of self-serving greed and stupidity have brought a once great nation to its knees.

Enter Joe Warren, a sardonic super anti-hero equipped with an acerbic wit. Joe is not winning at life. But then neither is anyone else, except a handful of maniacal gluttonous madmen with an overzealous appetite for power.

It is hard to imagine anyone’s life sucking more than Joe Warren’s
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Pete
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book. This is not really a zombie story although at times they referred to them as such. I feel the title and description led me a little astray. The “Working Stiffs” really didn’t have a big appearance during the story. Sure, there were some “Revivants” here and there but it really wasn’t about them like you might be led to believe. It was about a smart aleck that always had something stupid to say no matter how serious the situation who was being thr ...more
Stephanie Villegas
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from the always entertaining, Scott Bell. This took me longer than it should have because I've been super busy lately, but I finally made the time to sit and finish it. Best choice I've made in a good long while. Great book. Highly recommend.
Indie Editor Nancy
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
This was a terrific book, with great suspense and characters you couldn't help but cheer for. Everything seemed against our hero Joe and his terminally ill common law Chelle. The book starts in the middle of an action scene and then the author takes the reader back in time to understand where the characters have been and why they are in the dire straits they find themselves in.
"I teetered as cautiously as an old man without his walker, feeling like any sudden motion would break the thin glass s
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Ben
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Steve
Apr 13, 2017 marked it as gave-up-on-it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I'm afraid this one just didn't do it for me. Gave up about half way through. I liked some of the language/turns of phrase, but the plotting didn't grab me. Because I didn't finish it, I'm not rating it. Maybe I'll come back to it another time, but probably not.
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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 wi
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