Stephen King presents “a fresh adrenaline rush of terror” (People) in this electrifying #1 New York Times bestseller!
The new minister came to Harlow, Maine, when Jamie Morton was a boy doing battle with his toy army men on the front lawn. The young Reverend Charles Jacobs and his beautiful wife brought new life to the local church and captivated their congregation. But with Jamie, he shares a secret obsession—a draw so powerful, it would have profound consequences five decades after the shattering tragedy that turned the preacher against God, and long after his final, scathing sermon. Now Jamie, a nomadic rock guitarist hooked on heroin, meets Charles Jacobs again. And when their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, Jamie discovers that the word revival has many meanings….
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Handsome, troubled pastor Charles Jacob casts a long and dark shadow over the life of Jamie Morton, an all-American boy from a blue-collar family. Revival crackles with tension and proves yet again that King is as masterful a storyteller as he is prolific. Narrated in a friendly conversational tone, this taut novel ratchets up the thrills and horrors by fixating on razor-sharp details and familiar psychological wounds.
King's new thriller begins in Maine the summer of 1962, when its narrator, Jamie Morton, at age six, meets a charismatic young minister named Charles Jacobs, who soon becomes something of a mentor. Years later, as Jamie pursues a career as an itinerant rock musician, he crosses paths with Jacobs, who is now working his way from carnival huckster to wealthy faith healer and has developed an obsession with the curative powers of electricity. Jacobs, aged, ill, and more than a little crazed, convinces a skeptical but curious Jaime to assist him in his ultimate experiment with a "secret" form of electricity that he believes will allow him to "tap into the secrets of the universe." Screen actor Morse (The Green Mile) has a natural, down-to-earth delivery. His middle-aged Jamie narrates with a soft, knowing yet wistful voice as he recalls the happier days of smalltown life, his first paid job as a musician, his first romance. We hear his hope that Jacobs's "secret electricity" will heal his addiction to heroin, and the fear and uncertainty prompted by the experiment's nightmarish effects. Morse's Jacobs, who initially sounds bright and witty and filled with charm, becomes a man distracted and unemotional. By the novel's end, age and infirmity have slurred his speech. A Scribner hardcover.
King IS the king!
Stephen King can write like nobody's business! I was hooked on page 1. How does King do that? No one can write like him; he is truly amazing.
I miss the old Stephen King...
The one who wrote about horrors only he could conceive. The recent half dozen books or so read like a man who's aged into gentle tragedies, focused on the generic evils of man. Both King and Koontz were greats, and still are, but the magic of horror is gone from their pages.
Derivative, repetitive, boring
What happened? Dr Death was a great story...interesting, well-developed characters, great narrative, and a haunting close.
But I kept waiting for Mr King to do CPR on revive! The first 7/8 of the novel was a set up for something that Lovecraft has done better. Paid a visit to Lovecraft's place in RI as an homage after this novel.
Come back to us Mr King. I'm happy that you experienced a nostalgic visit to your youth. But you didn't take me with you. I want my money back