Written by: Vitina Molgaard
But I do nothing upon myself, and yet I am my own executioner. – John Donne
Twisted days lay ahead for our main protagonist, Jamie Morton, whom we follow through some five decades in Revival. It’s a long journey, but I promise you will not be bored.
Jamie first meets the charismatic Reverend Charles Jacobs in his youth, what the good Reverend brings to his life is more than anyone could imagine. Young Jamie is quite taken by the Reverend and a bond develops between them that will stay with them throughout the course of 50 some odd years.
Tragedy hits the Jacob’s family and the Reverend steps down and disavows God. In his innocence Jamie does not understand the behavior of this man who has become a mentor to him. But that will not matter much as neither time nor comprehension are going to alter the fact of their lives’ deeper connection. Nor will it change the fact that Mr. Jacobs has begun to live a bizarre life of experimentation with unknown forces of scientific things that are somehow connected to a demonic force.
During the decades we get to know a Jamie who plays in various bands and lives with a nasty heroin habit. No matter what or where he is in his life he continues to find that Jacobs is there, and neither one of them is doing all that great.
Revival is definitely classic Stephen King. I found myself staying up late to read it, completely hooked. The story is definitely horrific, but that horror is more common to mankind in nature than a lot of King’s outrageous ideas and fantastical narratives. While the conclusion of the book has been panned by some critics, it worked for me in all the right ways, as I found it to be just beyond disturbing, at the very least.
If you’re a dedicated fan of King’s work, Revival will leave you plenty satisfied. There’s a classic essence to the novel that calls back memories of some of King’s lower key hits, like The Body or Different Seasons. Revival earns big recommendation from me. I loved this story!