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Revival [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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. Soon they forge a deep bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity.

Decades later, Jamie is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Now an addict, 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.

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.

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Simply superb . . . classic King: intimate, readable and convincing . . . tastier than most bestsellers out there (Independent)

Classic King territory...satisfyingly disturbing... it's a sharp and detailed character study of two very different men; King's books have always been as much about character as they are about making the hairs stand up on the back of the neck (Express)

King at his regal best, fully in command of a terrifying story, a great cast and page after page after page of top-notch writing . . . the darkness of genuine horror. Absolutely superb (Daily Mail)

King has done it again: captured the reader with his excellent writing and forced her to read herself into a gibbering wreck. Not for nothing do they call him the master of horror (The Times)

There are few writers able so effortlessly, so naturally and so intimately to lay out the details of a life (Guardian)

Vintage King (Sunday Mirror)

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The No. 1 hardback bestseller, King's spectacularly dark and electrifying novel about music, the powerful bond between two people, addiction, religion and what might exist on the other side of life, is now available in mass market paperback.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1154 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIVAL WILL ROCK YOU TO YOUR BONES! 7 Nov. 2014
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Stephen King's Revival will rock you to your bones! Yes, you heard me right. This period piece set in the mid-20th century about faith and addiction is so petrifying that author Stephen King was quoted as saying, "It's too scary. I don't even want to think about that book anymore. It's a nasty, dark piece of work. That's all I can tell you." For fans who have missed his trademark spine-chilling harrowing tales with the sedate Mr. Mercedes: A Novel which was more in the mold of a thriller than a horror novel, Revival marks a triumphant return to a genre which is almost synonymous with his name.

Revival by Stephen King is the story of Jamie Morton and Reverend Charles Jacobs, whose lives disturbingly interlock, with serious consequences, for fifty long years. Jamie was only six years old when the Reverend Charles Jacobs with his beautiful wife Patsy and infant baby first set foot in the sleepy hamlet. Like most people in the small Methodist congregation, Jamie quickly bonds with the Minister and his family. Jamie and Jacobs share a lot of things in common, but electronics was their abiding passion. Things seem to be going great for everyone.

Though the Reverend Jacobs is an affable man: well-loved and adored, everything he stands for crumbles under the weight of grief and fury, transforming even his very own life. A gruesome car accident claimed the lives of his wife Patsy and their child, leaving Jacobs devastated. The horror of the accident left an indelible mark on Jacobs. He begins to question his faith and the very purpose of his existence, and buries himself in the pursuit of his hobby - electrical experimentation to tap into the secrets of the universe which is "one of God's doorways to the infinite.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lukewarm, but won't put me off 4 Feb. 2015
Mr King is one of my favourite authors. I discovered him in my early teens and have been one of his Constant Readers ever since. My lukewarm reaction to this book won't change that.

The writing is up to his usual high standard, but sometimes a story simply doesn't resonate and this was one of those times.

In particular, too much of the tale took place with the antagonist - a far more interesting character to me than the protagonist - out of sight. When we do catch up with him years later, I felt the change in him, and the way the protagonist reacts to him, was unrealistic. The ending felt a little rushed and not anywhere near as scary as I'd expected.

This hasn't put me off the author. Neither did Gerald's Game or the seventh book of the Dark Tower series, and I disliked them a lot more than this one.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's in the journey. 24 Feb. 2015
A divisive book.

Stephen King is like the old scout master, telling a long tale around the campfire with his face carved out by the upturned flashlight. The kids listen intently, feeling every gust of wind, hearing every rustle of the trees behind them. And they listen not because they know the ending will pay off. If that were the case, they would tune out and ignore the snap of twigs and the call of animals in the night.

No. They listen because the story itself is so gripping and told in such a masterful way, that they feel transformed into the characters themselves. The hook-handed killer is in the bushes, watching on.

In the novel, we follow the life of Jamie Morton. We follow him through childhood, through adolescence, filled with mistakes. We see him lost, we see him old and regretful. This novel is simply a tale of fate. A longitudinal story of the way in which two characters intertwine through the decades. We know from the start that Charles Jacobs is the nemesis. We know from page one, when he is introduced in what might be the greatest character introduction Stephen King has ever created. The tale is gripping, and the ultimate question of the finale is one that drives our hands across the pages as though possessed by some King-esque demon.

The largest complaint seems to be the ending. With all that hype, could it ever really pay off? Maybe... But does its failure to do so necessarily undermine the experience of reading the novel? Certainly and indisputably not. The journey is worth it. It is a dive into another world and another life. It is a page-gripper - page-turner, and some of King's finest writing to date. The ending may not chill everyone the way it appeared to have chilled King in the run up to its release, but it is a worthwhile experience, and one that I shall certainly revisit in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 22 Nov. 2014
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I suspect that like many people I pick up a Stephen King book with some trepidation, because he has written so many novels it is inevitable that similarities and the same themes start to pop up. Indeed I have for years only even looked at those books of his that may interest me. Reading the book spiel I was hoping that this would be an okay story, but it was better than I was expecting. Of course you always have to bear in mind that Mr King isn't known for great endings, they do sort of fizzle out, and the same is quite obvious in this story.

As Jamie Morton sits back to write his memoir a couple of years in the future this is the tale that he tells us. Stephen King does write exceedingly well about life in small town America and once again he shows us his skills as he writes about Jamie's early years in the Sixties in a small town in Maine. As this opens we are transported back to 1962 and a six year old Jamie, when he first meets Charles Jacobs, the new minister for the local church. Jacobs, with his beautiful wife, and a little boy seem to fit right into the area, and the church is soon doing better than for quite a while. Of course Charles preaches the Lord's message, but he also has an interest in electricity. But after a tragedy hits the Jacobs, Charles is sacked due to his sermonizing in the falsity of religion. Just a moment in Jamie's life you may think as he grows up but Charles is to be remembered because he helped Jamie's brother, Conrad, regain his voice.

And so we read of Jamie growing up, becoming a rhythm guitarist, but never to reach the top, and his addiction to heroin. Once again he comes across Charles, now working as a carnie, doing a magic type show. As we progress we see how these two people's lives are inevitably entwined.
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