Published by Scribner on November 11 2014
Genres: fantasy, horror
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I was not a King reader until recently. I think all of the stories of people having to stash their books in the freezer scared me off.
That, and sometimes I am a chicken-shit.
I think what I was most surprised when I did start reading King’s books is about is how nuanced the stories are. The characters, for the most part, have depth and there is much more going on in the story than the supernatural element that the stories centers around.
Revival, may be King at his most nuanced (and finest).
This is a coming of age/man-dealing-with-his-demons story that just so happens to have a crazy ex-preacher who ‘heals’ people with electrical impulses to the brain.
Throw into the mix the underlying creepiness that King is known for and the fear that we all have of death and what comes after and you really have something.
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.