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In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of 13, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-30s - addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate - Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.
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By Janie O'brien on 06-21-15
One of his best.....
What did you love best about Revival?
for all those critics who did not enjoy this book, and would have preferred a penny dreadful horror story, then the mature Stephen King is not for you, he is for people who enjoy the layering of stories and themes and good writing and character creation. He is one of the best story tellers ever, weaving a tale you would be happy for to go on forever.Being of a similar age to King, I thoroughly enjoyed the authenticity of the eras written about in the book.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The writing and the storytelling itself kept me 'turning pages' well into the early hours of the morning. What sheer enjoyment this book provided me.
What does David Morse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
David Morse was great; an excellent story-teller - nothing over the top here - just perfect for this book. He has an everyday voice, but with a tone and inflection that captured every nuance in the story beautifully.
If you could rename Revival, what would you call it?
Any additional comments?
If your a mature follower of King and enjoy his storytelling more than the plot itself, then this book is definitely for you.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By David Shear on 11-12-14
Sinister and Classic King
I really enjoyed this book, but I had to alter my expectations away from "horror." I was bracing for a scary story based on the description and some of the early reviews. I was picturing IT, The Shining, etc. It's classic Stephen King, but it's more in the line of the Green Mile, or 11.22.63 style.
The story is great. I became interested and totally invested almost right away. King is a master story teller which is why I can enjoy his books no matter which way they go. The character development of the main character Jamie was deep, extensive, and very interesting. I liked him and even more, liked his relationships and interactions with all the other characters. That's what drives this story is the people. I was interested in what happened to them without wavering, and was interested right up until the end.
Pastor Jacobs is a great antagonist. He is a great vehicle for the creepiness. He has the hubris, and the lack of humanity that kept me on the edge of my seat. He remained unpredictable which helped create a great pace to the story and kept me guessing.
Why only 4 stars? I love the book, but it could have had more. It could have been creepier, Jacobs could have been a little more evil, or there could have been a side-kick to Jacobs that could have been really evil that would have created a little more action.
The ending was good. It was worthy of the rest of the story and worthy of the characters. I enjoyed the ending.
I loved Morse as the narrator. I've already looked at other books he narrates for, I like him enough to seek him out. While I was listening, I took note that Morse's voice for Jacobs was perfect. He made him sound overly patient, a little patronizing, and a little edgy, he really brought Jacobs to life for me.
I would recommend this book.
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