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Revelation
     

Revelation

4.7 3
by Carter Wilson
 

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When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single, typed sentence.

Tell me a story.

He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal

Overview

When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single, typed sentence.

Tell me a story.

He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal roommate whose lust for power and reverence has recently revealed him for the true sociopath he is. Now, as the founder of a new religion with disturbing roots—Revelation—Coyote’s most evil side has emerged. From the moment Harden sees that stack of paper, he knows his one chance of escape is through his own words, and only his ability to successfully recount the dark story of what happened over the past year at Wyland University will determine whether he lives to see the woman he loves once again—or is silenced forever.

This will be the most difficult story Harden has ever written, and each word must be chosen with the utmost care. Because Coyote will be reading each and every one of them.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/03/2016
Harden Campbell, the hero of Wilson’s enthralling thriller, awakens in pitch darkness lying on a dirt floor, unaware of how he got there. Feeling his way around, he bumps into a dead body. Then a light suddenly goes on, and he sees that he’s in a locked room with the body of Derek, a friend with whom he recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Derek’s throat is cut. Harden also sees a table with a typewriter; on top of a stack of paper is a sheet with the message: “Tell me a story.” Harden suspects that his psychopathic college roommate, Wiley “Coyote” Martin, is responsible for his captivity, angry that Harden was cooperating with the FBI to obtain information for the agency on Coyote’s shady activities. Harden types out a mesmerizing tale describing how Coyote took inspiration from a short story that Harden wrote for a class to create and build an extremist religion, which Coyote uses for nefarious purposes, including ruining the lives of innocent people. Wilson (The Comfort of Black) infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible. Agent: Pam Ahearn, Ahearn Agency. (Dec.)
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“Harden Campbell, the hero of Wilson’s enthralling thriller, awakens in pitch darkness lying on a dirt floor, unaware of how he got there. Feeling his way around, he bumps into a dead body. Then a light suddenly goes on, and he sees that he’s in a locked room with the body of Derek, a friend with whom he recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Derek’s throat is cut. Harden also sees a table with a typewriter; on top of a stack of paper is a sheet with the message: “Tell me a story.” Harden suspects that his psychopathic college roommate, Wiley “Coyote” Martin, is responsible for his captivity, angry that Harden was cooperating with the FBI to obtain information for the agency on Coyote’s shady activities. Harden types out a mesmerizing tale describing how Coyote took inspiration from a short story that Harden wrote for a class to create and build an extremist religion, which Coyote uses for nefarious purposes, including ruining the lives of innocent people. Wilson (The Comfort of Black) infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“This is a sledgehammer of a novel, slamming away at the foundations of modern cult religions until nothing is left but rubble to be carted away. “There’s no revelation,” says one of the evil people. “It’s all power of suggestion.” A group of friends at a tony eastern university is centered around a charismatic youth named Wiley, nicknamed Coyote after the animal in the Road Runner cartoons. His story is told by a writer wannabe named Harden, whose loyalty is rewarded by being tossed into a dank cell and commanded to write a worshipful account of Coyote’s ascendancy. His narrative is the bulk of the novel, intercut with chapters detailing Harden’s attempts to flee the hellhole. It’s a powerful story, perhaps too much so, with page after page of unrelieved grimness. Suspense is here, and live-wire action, just as one expects from a thriller, but readers might find the torture scenes too sadistic, and the overall mood too glum, to live in for nearly 400 pages. An intense experience for those who can take it.”
— Booklist

"Revelation will test your talent at turning pages quickly. As you go, you will be reading a story about a story that holds the key to one man's salvation and accounts for another man's warped and violent attempts to establish new truths based on the power of storytelling. Revelation is a cautionary tale about the intensity and demands of religion, except 'cautionary' and 'tale' both sound much too tame. Follow Harden Campbell on this harrowing journey and watch your knuckles whiten as you try and hold on."
—Mark Stevens, author of The Allison Coil Mystery Series

REVELATION isn’t a book you should begin at night if you plan on sleeping.”
The Big Thrill

“Suspenseful words will keep the reader turning page after page, long after the light by his/her bed should have been extinguished. Carter Wilson's third novel, The Comfort of Black, won four literary awards.”
BookLoons

" Revelation is one book that will have your pulse racing.”
Suspense Magazine

Review Text

“Harden Campbell, the hero of Wilson’s enthralling thriller, awakens in pitch darkness lying on a dirt floor, unaware of how he got there. Feeling his way around, he bumps into a dead body. Then a light suddenly goes on, and he sees that he’s in a locked room with the body of Derek, a friend with whom he recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Derek’s throat is cut. Harden also sees a table with a typewriter; on top of a stack of paper is a sheet with the message: “Tell me a story.” Harden suspects that his psychopathic college roommate, Wiley “Coyote” Martin, is responsible for his captivity, angry that Harden was cooperating with the FBI to obtain information for the agency on Coyote’s shady activities. Harden types out a mesmerizing tale describing how Coyote took inspiration from a short story that Harden wrote for a class to create and build an extremist religion, which Coyote uses for nefarious purposes, including ruining the lives of innocent people. Wilson (The Comfort of Black) infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Revelation will test your talent at turning pages quickly. As you go, you will be reading a story about a story that holds the key to one man's salvation and accounts for another man's warped and violent attempts to establish new truths based on the power of storytelling. Revelation is a cautionary tale about the intensity and demands of religion, except 'cautionary' and 'tale' both sound much too tame. Follow Harden Campbell on this harrowing journey and watch your knuckles whiten as you try and hold on."
—Mark Stevens, author of The Allison Coil Mystery Series including Lake of Fire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608092185
Publisher:
Oceanview Publishing
Publication date:
12/13/2016
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
570,147
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Carter Wilson was born in New Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles before attending Cornell University. As a consultant and frequent lecturer, has journeyed the globe both for work and pleasure, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Revelation is Wilson's fourth novel. He lives in Colorado with his two children.

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Revelation: A Letter for the Last Generation: Finding the Heart of God in the Midst of Judgement 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Absolutely could not put this book down! My favorite books are books you cannot get enough of, stay up until wee hours of the night and and can't wait to sneek a few more chapters in even if busy. This book checks all of those. I can visualize this book being made into a movie, though all of his books are that way. I really love this writer and hope there can be a sequel to this book!!! Full of suspense! Great read!
lovelygen13 More than 1 year ago
I finished Revelation in a matter of TWO HOURS! It is that addicting. I couldn't put it down. I was supposed to watch a movie with my family and had to say no because I really got pulled in. Revelation is a somewhat dark story but has so much humor and fun-filled banter that you can't help but laugh or smile a lot throughout the story.  Revelation tells the story of Eve, in her point of view. She grew up thinking she was a normal teenage girl, until she stumbles upon the St. Michael family—Keegan, Asher and Callan—who are supernatural beings and are assigned to protect Eve, especially Asher, Eve's personal protector. But from what does she need protecting? What powers does she possess that makes Heaven want her for the protection of the world and Hell want her to destroy the only thing that could destroy evil? Eve has a sarcastic humor and tries to take things lightly, which got me laughing a lot. Callan...I don't know where to start with this guy. He is the most childish of the characters and the funniest of all. You can't help but love him and love his funny attitude. Asher is so swoon worthy. He is the perfect Adonis. He gives off this vibe of mysteriousness but is a great guy. It sucks that Asher can't love Eve, since it is against the rules for him protecting her; had me frustrated but there are scenes that helped me. There isn't much action happening in this book. It is more filled with information that it is needed so the reader can grasp the concept of it all. The history is very intriguing and captivating. I am positive that Restraint will be more intense and action packed. Revelation is an outstanding story, for both Young Adult and Adult readers. Everybody will be able to enjoy this journey and will be happy to dive in head first. It is a story that will not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. From the characters, to the world building it just took me to an amazing place. I couldn't put it down. Take a chance, you won't regret it.