Revival

Revival

by Stephen King

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Overview

Revival by Stephen King

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.

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 Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476770406
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 8,913
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. 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.

Hometown:

Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine

Education:

B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Revival 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 252 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King has been my favorite author for over 2 decades. I've read just about everything he's published, some novels multiple times. I've been wanting to read 'Revival' since I read a summary of it last spring. I purchased this the day it was published and before long I was totally engrossed in its story. The book starts by making the reader care about the characters and creates a need to know where their stories will lead. Unfortunately, the last few chapters become tedious and the ending feels thrown together. Almost like SK had something different in mind, but changed his mind at the last minute and just came up with this instead. I gave this novel 3 stars because (1) it's Stephen King and I'd read his grocery list if he published it and (2) the begining and middle of this story was just so well done. Bottom line: if you're an avid SK fan, give it a try just to say you did. Otherwise, skip this one.
JULIANN1 More than 1 year ago
This one was troubling, though perhaps not in the way King intended. As with so many others, I have been a fan forever, since 1981 and The Stand. While I think King's books are uneven, they are always a class act, and I would follow him anywhere. I was sure the reviews that gave the ending of Revival such a hard time were wrong this time, but having finished the book last night, I have to concur. Until the denouement, I loved the book and it's careful pacing. The great reveal at the end, however, was just sub-par. Not frightening, not fleshed out, not interesting, and certainly not convincing. I was hoping for something more Hieronymus Bosch—detailed and varied—instead of a sketch of a line of dead people not even brought into focus. I hate writing this. 98% of it was so good with great potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every single word SK has written. This is the first time that I wanted to scream after finishing the book. The book starts with a promising and believable premise. I liked the characters and thought they were well developed. The story is interesting and compelling. But the ending was atrocious. It read like something my eleven year old might come up with. Completely ridculous and just awful. Can't really elaborate without revealing spoilers. It was like SK got stuck at the end and threw in some absurd idea from a bad dream. Very disappointing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one wild ride! In the 60's I attended many tent revivals. Many times I've seen faith healing and was always surprised at the out come. I was a young child and was forced to attend. While reading this book I was once again a confused child praying that the devil didn't get me. Stephen King is the best and you're going to love this book!
hattyPG More than 1 year ago
I have read every book written by Stephen King and this is the first book that I can honestly say was disappointing. A terrible ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WTF2-great characters, great plot until it falls apart ....disappointing 
Turtlewoman1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and it flowed along nicely until the last couple chapters. The character development and dark humor are typical of King's writing style. I felt like I could really identify with the main character, Jamie. The Goodreads description states, "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 Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe." While I agree that Stephen King is a great American writer and should be considered as important and influential, if not more so in some cases, as many of the great classic writers in the English lit canon, but I hesitate to agree with the second half of the first sentence, namely that it contains the "most terrifying conclusion King has ever written". Yes, it was dark, and it was definitely creepy, but I felt that while I enjoyed it immensely, the ending didn't quite measure up to the terrifying conclusions of many of his previous works. As a huge King fan, I feel almost guilty saying this: It was creepy, but I kept waiting to be truly terrified and it didn't happen. Maybe I've just watched too many episodes of The Walking Dead so I'm not as easily terrified as I once was? I'm not sure... Don't get me wrong, it was a good book, especially if you're a King fan, but personally, I felt somewhat let down at the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It started great, the middle was engrossing. We are all along for the ride to find what Jacobs has been seeking for 50+ years, with Jamie as our eyes. Then we get to the big reveal and it seems King gave in to his inner 13 year old.
chezwickNH More than 1 year ago
I didn't care for this book as much as I like Stephen King.
Triumvirate More than 1 year ago
I have read everything Mr. King has written and most but not all of his books are the best! I was really disappointed at the end of "Revival". He did such a good job developing the characters and the story. I was ready for an interesting and poignant ending to the story. Oh! The ending was so bad! It broke my heart to read the terrible hurried and pointless ending of the book! Stephen, why did you rush through the last few chapters and disappoint your loyal readers! Shame on you for ruining a very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite Stephen King novel. It took forever to get to the real point of the story and the ending was ridiculous. Do not bother. I love Stephen King novels and have been reading them since he first came out. Don't read this one. Go back and re-read "The Stand".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out interestingly and goes downhill quickly. If you insist on reading this, get it from the library. Disappointing plot, terrible, pointless ending. I've been a SK fan since I was 13, but his last few books have felt empty.
EdCas More than 1 year ago
I have read everything King has written this is OK at best. The protagonist was interesting but the antagonist was bland. To state it has the most terrifying ending is untrue. It was an H.P.Lovecraft story but in its defense easier to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in true Stephen King fashion, this is creeping horror. It starts a little slowly and kind of increases in intensity throughout till you get to the last few chapters where it is on the edge of your seat, nail biting horror where you just hope everyone gets out alive. While I will admit it was not a favorite, it was still very good. I have always enjoyed Mr. King's books. I love the way his words flow on a page. I love the way he weaves his story lines. I love the way he foreshadows events to come early on and continues to build the terror with little clues throughout. This particular story is about a god-fearing man who looses all that is of meaning to him, and how it twists hm. It is a look at how much knowledge is too much knowledge, and how maybe there are things we just were not meant to know. If you are a true Stephen fan, I think you will enjoy this read. If you have become bored with him, this is true Stephen King writing, and maybe not for you. I found it thought-provoking and a suspenseful terror ride that Mr. King is always so good at providing. Thanx Mr. King for another great read! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us next! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts out well, then goes to total crap. Worst ever from SK. Struggled just to finish it, and only did because of the $ I spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was good until the ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Builds up to a disappointing ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry I purchased. Worst Steohen King book that I have read.
Susie_Kline More than 1 year ago
Huh, I don’t really know what to say about this book. I know I was excited about it. After reading Mr. Mercedes earlier this year, I was pumped up for more Stephen King. I read a review that said this was really scary. I kept waiting for the scary part. Waiting and waiting. I had a few pages left and I knew it wasn’t coming. I was disappointed. Revival is a decent story. Jamie is a likable character. Flawed, just like I like them. I enjoyed his life story. After all, Stephen King tells a tale better than anyone else. But this just lacked zip. I didn’t get the frisson of fear when I shut the book at night. I wasn’t afraid to turn out the lights. I didn’t look into the shadows wondering what was lurking. This isn’t the worst book or the best book. It wouldn’t be a total waste of your time to read it. Just don’t plan on being scared. Because this isn’t It caliber material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No way near his best but still a king fan. loved the review where they said they read his grocery list if he published it. I feel the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved 11-22-63 and still think about it. But but this book doesn't even seem to be written by the same author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What happened to the genius who wrote "The Stand"? I paid $11.99 too much for this book. Come on Mr. King......put effort into your writing or retire and let King fans spend their money on something worthwhile!!!
Lea_Kelly More than 1 year ago
There was a lot of potential here but no follow through. Sorry Stephen...I've always been a fan of your books, but this one falls short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like most readers, King has become an icon with horror. I read this particular book not with my best expectations that King usually gives me. Started out fine, but lingered on the fact the character developed a drug problem. Miracle cures would be fantastic for many who have been caught in that situation. Hence, an answer for a quick recovery for the character that was to be our main character. Alas, the story was way drawn out and slow in making the final point. I myself have read Lovecraft and when that was brought up I thought "A-hh, maybe it might be worth the finish!" Again I was mistaken. Loved "Dr. Sleep", but this one was not worth the money I spent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book. The book was well written, but quite boring. The story line itself was intriguing but lacked any sort of thrill, suspense or real darkness. Perhaps if you're religious or have some sort of fascination/fear of the afterlife this might be very interesting. If you're looking for suspense, mystery, thriller, this is not it.