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It is the 23rd century. Humankind has reached the stars, building a tentative empire across a score of worlds. Earth's central government rules weakly as several worlds continue their efforts toward independence. Shadow organizations hide in the midst of the political infighting. Their manifestations of power and influence are beholden only to the highest bidder. The most It is the 23rd century. Humankind has reached the stars, building a tentative empire across a score of worlds. Earth's central government rules weakly as several worlds continue their efforts toward independence. Shadow organizations hide in the midst of the political infighting. Their manifestations of power and influence are beholden only to the highest bidder. The most powerful/insidious/secret of these, The Lazarus Men, has existed for decades, always working outside of morality's constraints. Led by the enigmatic Mr. Shine, their agents are hand selected from the worst humanity has to offer and available for the right price. Gerald LaPlant lives an ordinary life on Old Earth. That life is thrown into turmoil on the night he stumbles upon the murder of what appears to be a street thief. Fleeing into the night, Gerald finds himself caught in a war between the Lazarus Men and Roland McMasters, an extremely powerful man dissatisfied with the current regime and with designs on ruling his own empire.


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It is the 23rd century. Humankind has reached the stars, building a tentative empire across a score of worlds. Earth's central government rules weakly as several worlds continue their efforts toward independence. Shadow organizations hide in the midst of the political infighting. Their manifestations of power and influence are beholden only to the highest bidder. The most It is the 23rd century. Humankind has reached the stars, building a tentative empire across a score of worlds. Earth's central government rules weakly as several worlds continue their efforts toward independence. Shadow organizations hide in the midst of the political infighting. Their manifestations of power and influence are beholden only to the highest bidder. The most powerful/insidious/secret of these, The Lazarus Men, has existed for decades, always working outside of morality's constraints. Led by the enigmatic Mr. Shine, their agents are hand selected from the worst humanity has to offer and available for the right price. Gerald LaPlant lives an ordinary life on Old Earth. That life is thrown into turmoil on the night he stumbles upon the murder of what appears to be a street thief. Fleeing into the night, Gerald finds himself caught in a war between the Lazarus Men and Roland McMasters, an extremely powerful man dissatisfied with the current regime and with designs on ruling his own empire.

31 review for The Lazarus Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stjepan Cobets

    My rating 3.6 Book The Lazarus Men by Christian Warren Freed is a solid sci-fi novel set in the future where Humankind has reached the stars. In the book, the author draws us into a world full of conspiracy in which those who have everything they want even more because human greed for power is sometimes too great. In this whirlwind of events, accidentally finds Gerald LaPlante ordinary man who is a worker at the landing station on Earth. He is witness to the murder that has happened and after tha My rating 3.6 Book The Lazarus Men by Christian Warren Freed is a solid sci-fi novel set in the future where Humankind has reached the stars. In the book, the author draws us into a world full of conspiracy in which those who have everything they want even more because human greed for power is sometimes too great. In this whirlwind of events, accidentally finds Gerald LaPlante ordinary man who is a worker at the landing station on Earth. He is witness to the murder that has happened and after that, he has to save his life. As he will later learn about these events, many secret organizations are involved and they all want him dead because he has something they are looking for. The story varies from excellent to good, and sometimes stories, where should expand, is too little developed, but all in all a good story. I am convinced that all fans of sci-fi will be satisfied.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Spotson

    There's a gem of a good story in there somewhere, marred by too much telling and slow pacing. As well, recruiting an innocent bystander "everyday man" into a web of espionage and fistfights is an old reliable technique, but it does stretch incredulity at times when he's able to outwit or outfight the universe's best trained agents, or be spared simply because the assassins like him too much (more like because he's not expendable as the main character and as mostly the narrator). It's also quite There's a gem of a good story in there somewhere, marred by too much telling and slow pacing. As well, recruiting an innocent bystander "everyday man" into a web of espionage and fistfights is an old reliable technique, but it does stretch incredulity at times when he's able to outwit or outfight the universe's best trained agents, or be spared simply because the assassins like him too much (more like because he's not expendable as the main character and as mostly the narrator). It's also quite inconceivable that he could break into or approach highly volatile or highly secure guarded zones with the ease he's had in this story. The title of the story is "The Lazarus Men" but there's precious little about them. Most of the plot revolves around the machinations of the dastardly villain, Roland McMasters. Still, the jungle and treasure part was by far my favourite part of the book. The escapades leading up to the final scene were serviceable, but not overly thrilling to me despite the numerous dodges and battles. This book has more of the feel of a thriller set on Earth in today's time rather than a science-fiction feel. The alien race, the Naem, was pretty cool though, although we don't really get to know them, or see what they really look like. Unlike other authors, I don't mind shifting points of view when I read another's work. However, there is quite a lot of padding and observation, which I guess is what critics call "telling" and that could be trimmed back.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This my first foray back into the sci fi genre in mega years(sadly having been less than impressed then) and I'm so glad this was the book I chose to read for a new adventure. Its full of action from the beginning and it doesn't end until the end. The plot and the characters are well defined and the unlikely hero easy to root for as well . I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel . This my first foray back into the sci fi genre in mega years(sadly having been less than impressed then) and I'm so glad this was the book I chose to read for a new adventure. Its full of action from the beginning and it doesn't end until the end. The plot and the characters are well defined and the unlikely hero easy to root for as well . I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel .

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott McCloskey

    Well, I can say that I'm always a fan of world-building, but the kind of building presented in a story like The Lazarus Men can be an even bigger challenge than that of, say, a fantasy novel where the entire planet is fictional and can be molded to whatever desire the author pleases. Where stories set only a few centuries in "our" future are concerned, one has to be more careful with their nods to the real world, and connecting everything together from what we know, to what we're about to experi Well, I can say that I'm always a fan of world-building, but the kind of building presented in a story like The Lazarus Men can be an even bigger challenge than that of, say, a fantasy novel where the entire planet is fictional and can be molded to whatever desire the author pleases. Where stories set only a few centuries in "our" future are concerned, one has to be more careful with their nods to the real world, and connecting everything together from what we know, to what we're about to experience, cleanly. I think Mr. Freed has done a good job of that, and for it I applaud him. We have plausible advances in technology, secret organizations, and even at least one non-human race - a proper nod to the idea that by the 23rd century, we might just encounter a few. I'm a bit undecided on how I feel about the pacing of this story. At some points I felt myself being sufficiently drawn in to the action, and at other points, I found things to be a bit plodding, with perhaps a bit too much in the way of explanation. There's a fine line between making sure you paint a good scene for your readers and 'telling', as the 'show vs. tell' debate goes. Sometimes the battle was won here, and...sometimes not so much. I believe this has been said in other reviews so I apologize for reiterating, but I admit that I'm also not a huge fan of the idea of an 'everyman' being roped into a world of intrigue, who seems to be able to keep up a little too easily. But then, I like underdog characters who have things stacked against them. I just feel that the aforementioned setup makes for a great opportunity to frustrate our protagonist, by forcing him to learn as he goes. Further, it helps to make a character relatable (and a fantastic plot device) when they don't have a proverbial clue anymore than we do. Gerald doesn't have all the answers, sure...but he sure has a lot for the kinda guy he is. I know there are some folks out there who twitch a bit over the concept of changing perspectives within the same chapter or the same story at all, but I for one find very little wrong with doing this - indeed, it's rather commonplace in many literary classics, and helps to get inside the head of multiple characters from a third person perspective. It definitely happens here, and though it's possible for it to be done in a jarring way, I felt the instances of this were acceptably small. Just be advised that it does happen, if that sort of thing causes you ulcers. Despite my concerns, I'm happy to have read this, and I would consider pointing others towards it. I think there's enough going on here to attract an interested sci-fi reader to the story, and perhaps even hope for more at some point. A good read for goodreads.

  5. 4 out of 5

    C.A. Pack

    “The Lazarus Men” by Christian Warren Freed is a futuristic thriller in which a man—in the wrong place at the wrong time—sees something he shouldn’t and ends up running for his life. It’s an interesting plot that improves as the book moves along with a likeable, if ordinary, protagonist who somehow manages to defy many odds, even when he travels to planets he's never been to before. It's a sometimes violent, yet often entertaining, off-world adventure. “The Lazarus Men” by Christian Warren Freed is a futuristic thriller in which a man—in the wrong place at the wrong time—sees something he shouldn’t and ends up running for his life. It’s an interesting plot that improves as the book moves along with a likeable, if ordinary, protagonist who somehow manages to defy many odds, even when he travels to planets he's never been to before. It's a sometimes violent, yet often entertaining, off-world adventure.

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    Calen

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  11. 5 out of 5

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