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Publisher's Summary

A spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about addiction, religion, music, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town, in the early '60s, 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 - including Jamie's mother and beloved sister - feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.
Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-30s, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again - a showman on stage, creating dazzling 'portraits in lightning' - and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price....
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 Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.
©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature." (Mark Lawson, Guardian)
"America's greatest living novelist." (Lee Child)
"King's gift of storytelling is unrivalled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited." (George Pelecanos)
"King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly . . . Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader." ( Observer)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Josie on 11-30-14

Not one of his best!

This is not one of SKs best at all. I am not sure why, but since his accident he has written some odd ones, and this is one of them. It starts off very slowly, in fact it was quite boring for the first 4 hours, but I thought "it will get better", but all it got was odder and odder. Still I listened right up to the end, and all I can say is, I should not have bothered.
I cannot say the narrator was the trouble, he did what he could with the story he was given, but the story WAS the trouble I think, was it horror, I guess so, I know I will probably lose sleep over it, and I sure will try staying alive, FOREVER.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Reader Girl on 11-24-14

WOW! Just WOW

It's been a while since Stephen King wrote a book that really grabbed me but this blew me away! A tight, well crafted story that feels almost like a a true bow of respect to the greats who came before: Lovecraft, Matheson, & even Burroughs.

Both entertaining, endearing, and existential, Revival touched on the big questions that plague us all regarding religion, life, and what it is that makes a person who they are and who they become. I could talk all day about what it is that made this book so enjoyable and worthy but it's impossible to do so without spoilers and this is one of those books you need to come at with a clean slate.

Awesome read, well worth the credit and the time.

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2 out of 5 stars
By KE on 03-11-16

Could have been so much better

This novel had huge potential but did not deliver. Too long, needed editing but as usual famous writers seem to be free from this. Lazy writing, just seemed to have slipped out in a stream of consciousness way. Failed to explore death. Pity could have been so good but I guess if you earn so much just to publish something that is guaranteed to sell you get sloppy and lose the will to deliver.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 07-17-15

Kept me hooked

Well recommended, perhaps not the usual horror we are used to but it's an undertone, I couldn't stop listening. Would recommend to all Stephen king fans and everyone else too!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 01-01-15

Fantastic

Stephen King is an exceptional storyteller and this one doesn't disappoint. The narrator made this book come to life.

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4 out of 5 stars
By David on 12-10-17

a bit out there

interestng concept. the ending was a bit odd but still good for a weekly commute on the Hume. also a little disturbing g.

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