One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone—999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life.

Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death, and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge what they see as a wrong.

It’s a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it’s too late…before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

This was a very cool novella about in alternates future where all of a sudden anyone who is murdered miraculously ends up in their home usually in bed alive naked but alive. The story is told from the point of view of a dispatcher name Tony Valdez.

Dispatchers are a new profession of someone who basically murders another person when it seems to be life-threatening situations such as a field heart surgery in order for them to reappear alive. The job is strange and is basically paying people to seemingly murder others but in the name of actally prolonging their lives.

The science and logic behind dispatchers and the miracle that they perform every day is very interesting. It’s a given that at some point something changed 10 years ago that cause this to happen whether that’s God evolution or little green aliens no one knows and no one seems to care why as long as it continues to happen.

I really enjoyed listening to the story and how everything connected to each other and how slowly we learn more and more about what exactly happens with this miracle.

The story itself is well written the characters are well formed and seem pretty three-dimensional. There was a good build climax and then descent into the end of the book. I do wish that the book was a little bit longer or that it continued on in some ways to get a bit more background about the characters themselves, their lives, and more about this strange phenomena that takes place in this future time.

Overall a great little novella and I am very much intrigued and interested in reading more from this author .

John Scalzi writes books, which, considering where you’re reading this, makes perfect sense. He’s best known for writing science fiction, including the New York Times bestseller “Redshirts,” which won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal finance to astronomy to film, was the Creative Consultant for the Stargate: Universe television series. He enjoys pie, as should all right thinking people. You can get to his blog by typing the word “Whatever” into Google. No, seriously, try it.

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