From the multitalented author of the Weather Warden and Morganville Vampire series comes a new twist on zombie lore. This trilogy launch puts a technological and evil corporate spin on the “walking dead” phenomenon. Caine’s gift for creating engaging characters faced with monumental challenges always ensures an engrossing read.
Bryn Davis starts her job at the Fairview Mortuary only to stumble across an intruder and discover that her boss has a side business selling a unique drug. Bryn is murdered that night by her boss’s henchmen, but revived by an anti-corporate espionage team sent to find the source of the leak of their top-secret drug. This drug contains nanotechnology that keeps the dead alive, but only for 24 hours, at which time another dose must be administered. To get her required doses, Bryn must agree to work for Patrick McCallister as he pursues both the leak and pharmaceutical firm Pharmadene, who have their own twisted plan for this resurrection drug. (ROC, Aug., 320 pp., $7.99)