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REVIVAL by Stephen King


A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.

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 thirteen, 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-thirties — 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.

RevivalRevival by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a lifelong fan of Stephen King I should be used to the author following a certain trend. Revival is another good story with a slightly disappointing [to me] ending. It follows the life of Jamie Morton, and his connection to Reverend Charles Jacobs, over a period of about fifty years. We’re back in Harlow again, too – that makes me happy!!
Reverend Jacobs has been performing miracles. But, as Jamie learns, these miracles don’t come without a price.

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One reply on “REVIVAL by Stephen King”

I was a little let down by the end of both Duma Key and Under the Dome. I’ve missed the last few, but I will be checking out Revival soon. A couple of people I trust have given it a strong recommendation. Thanks for the review!


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