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The Reviver [Kindle Edition]

Seth Patrick
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HE GIVES JUSTICE TO THE DEAD. Jonah Miller is a reviver. Part of a forensic investigative team, he is able to wake the recently dead and let them bear witness to their own demise. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation.

But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah is not so certain.

Then Daniel Harker, a journalist and revival supporter, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he's determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that, if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger . . .


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'A brilliant, original and very scary concept - which Seth Patrick carries off with chilling aplomb' Peter James 'A highly original story skilfully told, a thriller that twists and turns all the way to the end' Simon Kernick 'An excellent combination of Afterlife and CSI that'll keep you up late with the lights very definitely on ... Highly recommended' Neal Asher 'A thrilling high-concept book that crosses numerous genres. Chilling and emotional in all the right places', Mark Charan Newton 'Supernatural thrillers don't get much better than British author Patrick's assured debut, the first in a trilogy ... maintains the suspense throughout. (June)' Publishers Weekly 'Another great holiday read. I loved it' Sffworld.com 'Impressive, intelligent and well-crafted...The narrative is well thought out and structured and is almost faultless...Dark, accomplished, exceptional and rare' Milo Rambles blog

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Revivers. Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation. In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah is not so certain. Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he's determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1133 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447213394
  • Publisher: Tor; Main Market Ed. edition (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUOA6S6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author of the Reviver trilogy, the first of which was published June 2013 by Pan Macmillan in the UK and Thomas Dunne Books in the US. Movie rights have been optioned by Legendary Entertainment, producers of Dark Knight Rises and Godzilla.

Also author of the novelisation of French TV hit The Returned, published October 2014.

Lost Souls, the sequel to Reviver, will be published in August 2015.

Seth Patrick was born in Northern Ireland. An Oxford mathematics graduate, he spent thirteen years working as a games programmer on the award-winning Total War series before becoming a full-time author. He lives in England with his wife and two young children.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime thriller mixed with horror 6 May 2013
By I Readalot VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
`Reviver' is a crime thriller mixed with horror. The protagonist, Jonah Miller' is one of a select group of people who can revive the dead and speak to them. The revival only lasts for a short time but it means that grieving relatives can have the chance to say goodbye and it is also a useful addition to forensic investigations, after all what could be better than asking the victim who killed them? Jonah works for the Forensic Revival Service and he has some harrowing experiences. Revival has its opponents, not least in the guise of the `Afterlifers' but it has become generally accepted and, with a few exceptions, anyone who can afford it will make provision to be revived. Of course all is not quite what it seems and there is something out there that threatens all of humanity.

The premise of reviving the dead may not be original and I can hear many people thinking of the early episodes of `Torchwood' when something similar occurs. However according to Patrick's blog he came up with the idea back in 2004 and was inspired by 2 stories by Edgar Alan Poe, `The Facts of the Case of M Valdemar' and `The Murders in the Rue Morgue'. In any case Patrick takes this story in a completely different direction.

Overall it is a fast paced and enjoyable thriller, Patrick does not spend a lot of time with excess descriptions but he has a story to tell and he does it well and I am look forward to the 2nd novel in the series. He has a day job as a computer game developer and it is not surprising that at times the plot does remind me of some of the games my son has played over the years, but that is not intended as a criticism as modern games can have great plots. Definitely recommended for fans of Justin Cronin's novels `The Passage' and `The Twelve'. Incidentally, his blog makes for interesting and fun reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Contemporary thriller with supernatural elements.

The novel deals with a group of special people who can 'revive' the dead but only for a short period of time. A strong concept that opens up the plot to any amount of twists and turns. Imagine what you could do with that type of skill? Interview murder victims, heal bereaved families, the list is endless. Several different scenarios are explored during the novel which adds a plenty of texture and helps build the mystery. The author raises many questions about morality and death. Should we disturb the dead and bring them back to suffer, even for a few seconds, if it means we acquire the information we're after?. What would happen to the world if we could prove life after death?. (I'm not telling you - read the book!).

The Reviver's aren't psychic. There's a critical difference. A Reviver has the ability to tune into the dead but; they re-animate the physical body in order to gather information. When you consider how many ways there are for a person to die you'll not be too surprised by the visceral descriptions of reanimation. When they arrive they're dark and gory but also crucial to the plot and written with a light and clever hand. It's safe to say that gruesome is kept to a minimum in order to move the plot along.

Reviver has the best opening chapter of any book I've read recently and it drew me in with it's sinister, grisly detail and sense of threat. Extremely good.

I've given 5* purely because there's some great originality and thought gone into constructing this novel and the subject's intriguing. If I'm being totally honest I'd admit there are bumpy parts that aren't as good as the opening scenario and, at approx. 410 pages, Reviver isn't a fast read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This book had me hook line and sinker from the first chapter. You're dropped straight in at the creepy deep end with a gritty visceral revival of a murder victim. You finish the first chapter with a hair raising "We see you" from something else which is lurking in the beyond! I thought this debut had it all, I LOVE the way it manages to deftly stride several genre from thriller to crime, from Sci-Fi to horror, but never delves too deeply into any that it would put off potential readers, or alienate lovers of a specific category. The way Patrick brings a sense of everyday normality and credence for Revival to his world; I for one believed in revival, in it's acceptance as a forensic tool, as a means to say a final goodbye to those we love. I DEFINITELY want a revival clause in my insurance policy, particularly if Jonah and Never are doing the Reviving ;) I also loved that this author appeared to have spent a lot of time and research getting the science right, at least I was convinced; the forensic techniques, drugs, scans, side effects, it all had me believing, unlike some CSI type stories, which seem to lack any basis in reality. So a thriller/horror, crime/Sci-Fi which I think will appeal to a HUGE range of readers, mainly because it's clever, interesting, well written, has main characters you invest in and care about, and above all is HUGE FUN to read! This is surely going to be MASSIVE! Bring on the sequel asap!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth struggling through the slow start for... 3 July 2013
By AyJay TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Jonah Miller works as a forensic reviver when one day, without any warning, after the routine revival of a murder victim, the corpse reanimates and tells him that 'they' can see him. Who or what are 'they', where are they talking from, and what do they want? Jonah suffered a nervous breakdown two years ago, and has been overworked recently, so everyone thinks he is just tired, stressed and experiencing hallucinations as a result.

Annabel Harker is looking for her missing father, Daniel. The police think the wealthy journalist and author is being held and forced to withdraw his money a little at a time for his abductor. Is it really that simple, and is it pure coincidence that Daniel was the journalist who exposed revival to the world?

It won't be long before Jonah's and Annabel's worlds collide, in an explosive mix of betrayal, murder, and overworldly evil...

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The first part of REVIVER is spent introducing the characters and looking into the history of revival, as well as the studies of the phenomenon and the businesses that eventually sprang up around it. Admittedly I found the pace of this part of the story slow, and I was even a bit tempted to just give up, but I can now say that I'm glad I persevered with it as once I made it past those first few chapters I was hooked: I love a old-school creepy thriller, and I found the rich details of the characters emotions and thought processes they go through fascinating. But yeah, if you're looking for something faster paced, with jumps and scares on every other page I'd look elsewhere.

I wonder if REVIVER is going to become a series? The author is clearly talented and has formed a unique world to base a series in, and future books probably wouldn't suffer from the pacing issues that this book has. I think that this is someone to watch, as I'm definitely interested in his future output.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
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Published 1 month ago by Patricia Anne Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
Really good, a can't put it down book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Took me a while to get into it but then I had to finish it
Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth Dickinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Crime thriller with a supernatural twist
Jonah is a Reviver – someone who can revive the dead for a short period of time. In Jonah’s case, he works for a forensic team, so he revives in order to let the victim testify... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michelle Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Ends up as a different book to the one I thought I was getting...but...
This is an unusual book but a really good one. I really enjoyed reading it though I did start to go 'what the...?!' about two thirds of the way through. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Claire
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner
The novel is a slow burner so don't be tempted to dump it as I was. Seth Patrick has come up with a great idea and weaves his skill well. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars great idea but became too weird!
I loved this book to begin with, the whole notion of being able to talk to the dead was something I had not read before and the author described and explored the notion... Read more
Published 10 months ago by tambonanabincks
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Published 11 months ago by nadine adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Picked this up in Waverton Good Read from 13/14 and what a fantastic
Picked this up in Waverton Good Read from 13/14 and what a fantastic, original debut novel. The idea that the freshly deceased can be contacted, crimes solved was a great idea on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lisa Chester
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing first entry
Well developed story and characters, lookingforwad to the next installment. A new take on the genre, with nice cliffhanger at the end.
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