The Jekyll Revelation

  • by Robert Masello
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A spellbinding thriller from the bestselling author of The Einstein Prophecy.
A chilling curse is transported from 1880s London to present-day California, awakening a long-dormant fiend.
While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret - the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Unfortunately, the journal - whose macabre tale unfolds in an alternating narrative with Rafe's - isn't the only relic in the trunk, and Rafe isn't the only one to purloin a souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and spawned London's most infamous killer has gone missing. And it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands.

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Robert Masello's Clever Jekyll Revelation

The Jekyll Revelation is historical fiction that takes as its main protagonist Robert Louis Stevenson and immerses him in the mystery of Jekyll and Hyde peppered with Jack the Ripper. Robert Masello’s ability to immerse us into disperse storylines is enhanced by his turn of phrase and detailed research/knowledge of Stevenson’s life and times. Primarily, it’s a brilliant premise fleshed out into a clever story arc. Despite a few reservations, outlined below, it’s a good read.

When you begin the book, jumping between storylines can be fairly jarring which builds interest in seeing how they would come together. Both Robert Stevenson and Rafe Salazar are fairly empathetic characters whose connection is initially non-existent. Mr. Masello does a brilliant job melding historical events and characters into the story. His writing is accessible yet provides me with frequent vocabulary additions; for what it’s worth, it is relatively rare that contemporary authors provide significant fodder for my lexical treasury and rarer still to do so in a natural manner without feeling forced. While it's initial pacing is slow, the journey is intriguing and the pace picks up towards the end.
[NOTE: I received an advance review copy of the book from Netgalley for an honest review.]

While I read most of the book on my Kindle, I did listen to a sizeable part on Audible. Christopher Lane’s narration was apt, well-paced and especially brought Stevenson to life with a passable (yet fully understandable) Scottish burr. Mr. Lane’s performance adds to the story.

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- JTF "a dedicated dilettante"

Tale of two stories

I agree with other reviewers - Mr. Lane typically does an awesome job, and he does again in this case with the present day portion of the story. Which is enjoyable. But the historical portion is completely brought down by not only the terrible Scottish accent but the jumping between accents to represent different characters and sometimes the general navigation - it's as though he couldn't keep them straight. I eventually gave up and skipped all the historical chapters and just listened to the present day one. Tribute to the author that it was still good despite missing most of the back story. Yikes.
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- Michael C. Petersen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio