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The Resurrection Chronicles, Book 1

Chaz Domingue is a professional Babysitter in New Orleans. That is he watches newly resurrected people for the first week of their new lives. He helps them with the transition and keeps them safe. Anyone who signs up with his family’s business can have up to nine lives. After that their DNA starts to fall apart making it impossible to make a viable clone. He’s been doing this a while and never really had a problem. Angelique is his newbie and there seems to be something different with her.

Angelique is having a few problems processing her past memories into this life. For some reason, she doesn’t like Chaz’s brother, Russ. Flashes of stuff that must be important keep coming to her as well as wonderful memories. Some how she knows that a dog is important as well as a City of the Dead. Can she get it straightened out in her mind before something bad happens?

Chaz may not have much time to help Angelique figure out what she needs to know to stay alive. Someone is after her and they’re willing to kill to get her. It appears that the government is involved and someone from inside the Domingue’s family business. If they don’t figure out what to do fast, life as everyone knows it will change forever.

Set in the future, things aren’t as rosy as everyone would wish. While death is an option, at least for 9 lives, not everyone chooses to resurrect. This can pull families apart and it gives bad guys an instant out. With so many people resurrecting, family planning is mandatory. Everyone is made temporarily sterile when they hit puberty and you can only have a child if you have a death certificate of a family member. Children, therefore, are rare but if they die, replaceable.

This story is given in several characters points of view. Each section is headed by who’s point of view will be given: Chaz, Angelique, Russ, Neville, or Omega. Though it sounds like it can be confusing, it quickly flows together making the story more multi-faceted than if it had been given in one point of view or in the third person.

The characters are well done. Each has a history and a present. They all have goals and feelings. You may not always like them, but you do understand them. Angelique probably has more past than one other character as you get a glimpse into her past three lives as well as her current one. Chaz and Russ share some memories as they are brothers. Regardless of what is going on, you get more than one view.

I found this story to be highly unique. I don’t think I’ve read anything quite like it before. It has an edgy feel to it that is definitely going to appeal to those that like Mad Max. It has adventure, violence, betrayal and loyalties. Things aren’t always what they appear. I couldn’t imagine the ending yet it’s excellent. I’m not sure where this author will be going next but I’m sure where ever it is, it will be fantastic.

Book Blurb for Afterlife

Chaz Domingue works as a professional Babysitter in New Orleans. His job is to integrate and protect the recently deceased into their new and improved lives—a position he reluctantly accepted after his father was murdered. Though Fresh Start has always been the only game in town, resurrection isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Nine lives are all a person can get—and a powerful group of desperate, high-level Nine-Timers will stop at nothing to possess the keys to true immortality. Unfortunately, this places Chaz at the lethal center of a maelstrom.
Now the only hope for Chaz and his family—and the ultimate fate of the human race—is secretly locked away in the mind of Angelique, the beautiful, mysterious Newbie who’s been entrusted to Chaz’s care…

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.75