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The Reviver (Reviver Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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. This is the first novel in a trilogy and geared towards setting the scene for the sequel. There's a lot of background information and character development. Seth Patrick has a long way to go with this trilogy and he's in no rush to get there.
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