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Terminated: A Revivalist Novel by Rachel Caine
Review by Drew Bittner
Roc Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451465153
Date: 06 August 2013 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Reeling from the discoveries (and tortures) of Two Weeks' Notice, the previous novel in the series, Bryn Davis has more problems than any techno-zombie ought to have. The military has created a better version of the drug that brings people back to life--and Bryn has been injected with it. Now the drug's makers want her back, preferably dead.

And they've sent a monster to get the job done: Jane, the ex-wife of Bryn's lover Patrick. Now Bryn, Patrick, and their small circle are on the run from a rogue government faction backed by a multinational pharmaceutical corporation. Their lifespan is probably measurable in hours.

Such are the circumstances that open Terminated, the third Revivalist novel from Rachel Caine. Enhanced with the next-generation version of the nanotech that brought her back to life, Bryn is now a living weapon, as is FBI Agent Riley Block. Unfortunately, the paranoia of a key ally costs them assistance at a crucial moment, forcing the group from shelter and out on a road trip from hell.

In company with professional bodyguard Joe Fideli, Bryn, Riley, and Patrick face ingenious ambushes by Jane's subverted military group, to the point where they call on Riley's old friend Jonas "Brick" Wall, a security contractor with firepower of his own. Brick buys them an escape, but it's only temporary; they must hurry to one of their only leads, a scientist who worked on the original drug, Returne.

Just as they're making headway, though, Jane's ruthless strike fells one of the team and splits Bryn from the others. She has one lead left to play, one that will take her well off the grid. But is this another trap or her one and only chance to find a killswitch for Jane...and herself?

Caine delivers yet another blockbuster in Terminated, steadily ramping up the dangers both internal and external, as her exhausted and beaten heroes find and surpass their limitations. Bryn's upgrades make her extremely hard to kill, but that doesn't mean there are no costs to her war against the Fountain Group and its military pawns. Indeed, Bryn sheds allies with blinding speed in this book, for various reasons, until it is a small miracle that there is anyone left for her to call upon.

However, Caine has made her group extremely resourceful and determined. There is someone pulling the strings behind the scenes--someone behind Jane and her soldiers--and their path toward confrontation may not be linear but it is highly engaging.

Crammed with action, romance and camaraderie, the book absolutely sings. If there is a next novel in this series, I can't wait to read it.

Recommended.

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