Revival, by Stephen King

I enjoy Stephen King, have loved many of his books, but this one isn’t high up on my list.

Premise:  Jamie Morton recalls his run-ins with Charles Jacobs, originally a minister is his small town.  Charles has a profound affect on Jamie at that first meeting, but as he runs into Charles again and again at various times later in life, he discovers his life changed in many ways, not necessarily good.  The minister’s fascination with electricity brings the supernatural aspect of this novel into play, with an electrifying end.

Genre: Horror
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: 2015
Rating:  3 stars three stars
Reviewer:  Joshua Palmatier

As I said, I love Stephen King, but I found I couldn’t get into this one as much as some of his others.  The main characters–both Jamie and Charles–just didn’t grab me and pull me along as King’s characters usually do.  And the supernatural aspects with the lightning and electricity didn’t feel as developed as they could have been, even though I ended up reading almost exclusively for those aspects as the book progressed.  The best parts of the book are those that deal with Jamie and his girlfriend.

So while I enjoyed this overall, it doesn’t rate high on my list of Stephen King books.

Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate

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