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A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life

Over half a century ago in a small New England town, 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, and 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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  • “A fresh adrenaline rush of terror from Stephen King…Maine, rock and roll, engaging characters, and a pounding build to a grisly end–this is vintage King.”

    People

  • Revival is a dark and haunting tale about old-time religion and one man’s search for a mythic ‘secret electricity.’ At the same time it’s an emotional and spectacular coming-of-age tale that spans fifty years of horrific tragedy and human redemption…Revival is often heartfelt, as characters deal with painful loss, and the author invests you wholly in the separate journeys of Jamie and Charlie as they arrive at their inevitable crossroads and a voltaic endgame.”

    USA Today

  • Revival finds King writing with the infectious glee that has always been at the heart of his popular success…Older and wiser each time he writes, Mr. King has moved on from the physical fear that haunted him after he was struck by a van while out walking to a more metaphysical, universal terror. He writes about things so inevitable that he speaks to us all.”

    New York Times

  • “Never mind that King’s prose can sometimes lapse into laughable cliché – ‘like water through a sieve’? Really? – there is absolutely no better storyteller than Stephen King, who keeps us up at night, with fear and fascination and admiration.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This spellbinding supernatural thriller from MWA Grand Master King chronicles one man’s efforts to, as narrator Jamie Morton phrases it, ‘tap into the secrets of the universe’…King is a master at invoking the supernatural through the powerful emotions of his characters, and his depiction of Jacobs as a man unhinged by grief but driven by insatiable scientific curiosity is as believable as it is frightening. The novel’s ending—one of King’s best—stuns like lightning.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “In the kind of loose, garrulous voice that has marked his last decade, King spins the yarn of Jamie Morton and Reverend Charles Jacobs, whose lives wretchedly intertwine for fifty years…The book’s engine is powered by high-octane dread, and few fuels run stronger.”

    Booklist

  • “David Morse…does his best to keep the story moving. Morse is such a good performer that the listener has no problem knowing who is speaking at any time, whether it’s a young boy, an old man, or a charlatan suffering from a minor stroke.”

    AudioFile

  • A BookPage Top Pick in Suspense for November 2014
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A Amazon Best Book of the Month for November 2014
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