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The Lazarus Men

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Early on I almost quit reading The Lazarus Men. I didn't really connect with the main character, puzzled by his reactions to the things happening around him. In a way it reminded me of a horror movie where you find yourself asking yourself 'what the heck is she thinking?" as the heroine goes off alone in the dark basement of the murder house. I mean no one would really do that, right? Anyway, I pushed forward and I have to say I ended up enjoying the book. Despite never really connecting with the 'hero' It has a fairly interesting story and some decent action.

I'd like to thank NetGalley and Warfighter Books for the chance to read and review an eARC of The Lazarus Men.

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I really enjoy Ryan Rynold's films like Free Guy, normal person caught up in unbelieveable events so The Lazarus Men is a fun evening read. More fun evening reading if you're in the mood for something light-hearted. Only note was pacing speed was a little uneven which seems to be the author's style. Be aware that it's not just go-go-go. Seems geared more towards older readers.
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Christian Warren Freed https://christianwfreed.com has authored more than 25 fantasy and science fiction novels. His novel The Lazarus Men was just released in January. This is the first book of his The Lazarus Men Agenda series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R' because of scenes of violence. The primary character is middle-aged Gerald LaPlant.

The novel is set far in the future, in the 23rd century. LaPlant is a low-level worker in the powerful McMasters business empire. He is thrust into a conspiracy when he accidentally witnesses a murder. That is compounded when he finds an alien artifact in his pocket. His only explanation for its origin is the man he saw murdered.

After surviving an attack by the murderers, he sees no course but to flee Earth and hide. He arranges a visit with an old friend on Mars. On the flight to Mars, he meets archeologist Charlotte Bailey. He is a bit attracted to the lovely Ms. Bailey. Before long, he has told her his story. After seeing the artifact, she concludes that it has something to do with the mythical treasure of Karakzaheim. Once they have arrived on Mars, they meet with Creeps, a childhood friend of LaPlant.

The Earth Alliance rules Earth, but they are weak. The Lazarus Men are a ruthless, secret organization controlled by Mr. Shine. He has developed an interest in LaPlant and the artifact. Likewise, Rolan McMasters wants to add the Karakzaheim treasure to his fortune. AsLaPlant, Bailey, and Creeps begin their search for the treasure they are pursued by a mixture of agents. The Earth Alliance, the Lazarus Men, and McMasters all have agents in play. They repeatedly find themselves in one dire situation after another. LaPlant can trust no-one.

I enjoyed the 6.5+ hours I spent reading this 276-page science fiction novel. I enjoyed the story, but the plot seemed a little rough around the edges. There seemed to be little in the way of relationships between the characters. I like the cover art used. I give this novel a rating of 3.7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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The Lazarus Men by Christian Warren Freed, I struggled to get into this book, coming back to it multiple times, Sadly just not the book for me. Though I do think others will enjoy it. Thank you for giving me a chance with this book.
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An interesting science fiction read. The plot and the characters are well developed and the action was suspenseful. This is the first book in the series and I am interested in seeing where the author goes with the next book. 

Thank you to #NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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This is a solid space opera with fun characters and an engaging plot. I think this one will sell well since it has a number of qualities that will satisfy readers.

Thanks very much for the free ARC for review!!
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I am very appreciative to the author Christian Warren Freed for graciously providing an electronic review copy of "The Lazarus Men" on NetGalley.

This book was full of nonstop interplanetary action and danger involving spies, archaeologists, assassins, mercenaries, aliens, a lawman, criminals, megalomaniacs and their henchmen and henchwoman. In many good ways it reminded me of the early works of authors such as Heinline, Clark, and Bova.

I would give this book 4 stars for the easily consumable entertainment value. However, my final rating is 3 stars due to lack of sufficient editing. I hope that the final published version is error free, but the review copy I received must have been a very early draft as it contained numerous typos and the occasional awkward or inconsistent phrasing or word choice. I understand that the books we review here on NetGalley are often in fact drafts and that we are to assume that the final published version will be fully corrected, so I will not mention this anywhere other than this review here on NetGalley. Amusingly, as I continued reading this book, I ended up playing a kind of "Where's Waldo?" game as I started keeping an eye open for new typos.

(Now I feel pressure to make sure I'm not making English mistakes in this review!)
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Gerald bumps into a man on his way home from work.  Then he witnesses the same man's murder.  He discovers the murdered man took his wallet and left a strange rock in his pocket.  Then the world turns upside down.  The book travels to several planets and has several major evil characters.  Freed has written an interesting novel.
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