Revival by Stephen King


By Stephen King

  • Publication Date: 2014-11-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 1,128 Ratings)

Book Overview

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.

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Recent Reviews

  • Wth?

    By Alexfb2010
    Where's the spanish versión?🤦🏻‍♂️
  • Not his best work.

    By Mandydirtythirty
    Just ok.

    By kimkardashianwest
    I loved this book!!!!!!!!! It's so good I don't even know where to start. Just trust me ignore all these bad comments. I'm a college student and avid Stephen king reader I love him so much. This is the first book I've read front to back in one week since hunger games.
  • Dark

    By Unresolved tension
    This is perhaps the darkest of Stephen King's works so far. Unlike many of his works this one ends on a note of fatalistic resignation. Not knowing what religious beliefs he holds - if any - I find myself wondering whether this is a reflection of his own hopelessness. King's writing almost always has a point to it; I'm not sure I know or am comfortable with his point here, or if there is one; hopefully time and reflection will reveal that to me, but this book leaves me with a sadness I have not felt with other works of his that I have read, perhaps because there's no real resolution. For anyone who is a Stephen King fan (and I am), this book will not disappoint. But it raises more questions than it answers, and maybe that *is* the point.
  • One of my Favorite Stephen King books

    By ElliotJerge
    Next to the Stand my favorite Stephen King book
  • Boring

    By Hedieh
    May have worked as a short story. Long and boring.
  • Revival

    By Say-Say Jane
    He's not the writer he once was, and I sometimes think it is a rote act, but I still enjoy him. I'd love to have the guy back who wrote the early novels. What he still does well is present people who seem real, and not cardboard cutouts.
  • Awesome! By 👑👸🏻♿️

    By CAQueen
    The basic ingredient is 1/2 Frankenstein & 1/2 Lovecraft. Laced with a glaze of religion & science 2 taste. Cooked on high, then simmered 4 a bit, & served with a heaping helping of gratitude. & now I must find the recipe 4 immortality! I can c y some reviewers thought this was depressing. I loved it though & am even more greatful 4 every day of my life. The memory of this story will haunt me 4 a long time, even after I die I think.
  • And the hits just keep on coming

    By Schlong9999
    As an avid Stephen King fan, and owner of all of his books in hardback, I am very pleased with this latest masterpiece. I am disappointed that it took me far too long to finally finish reading, but it had very little to do with the contents and far too much to do with real life interruptions. I will forever regret that I didn't have the guts to walk through those spider decorated gates in Bangor back in the early 80's to get my copy of The Stand autographed. But after all it was Halloween and I was more than just a little freaked out. Mr King will always be my favorite author and in many ways that "pusher man" who always provides just the right drug. "Goddamn the Pusher Man..."
  • Revival

    By Bigsteve42
    I have been a Stephen King fan since he wrote his first novels. I feel his latest works are nowhere near the quality of his earlier works. Revival is a compelling story, but has a clear anti Christian bias from page one until the end. The book has a theme of nihilism and utter hopelessness. The horrible bleak ending is quite possibly the most disturbing climax King has ever written. Rather than being entertained, the reader feel sorry for king and wonder if he is this barren and hopeless in his real life.