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There is a saying that lightning never strikes twice, but in reality certain people are struck multiple times, just as Stephen King is able to write numerous top notch novels, like the powerful Revival.
Sai King’s newest work calls upon the electricity of life.
Life can be bright and blinding and dark and scorched, and the protagonist Jamie Morton learns this painfully.
Jamie pieces together a story spanning across his life: as a young boy enamored when he first met the Reverend Charles Jacobs as he leaned over a dirt hill with a large shadow that descended upon a battle of plastic army men. Jamie remembers his first meeting vividly and this effect, the imprint, lasted, despite his not seeing Jacobs until two decades later when Jamie’s life as a successful rhythm guitarist was about to be erased by heroin.
The obsessive nature of the junkie pales in comparison to the Reverend Jacobs’s mind rattling addiction to learning more and more from “the hidden electricity” of the universe.
The writing is concise, sharp, and poignant.
King is truly at his best in terms of prose, where the effect of each paragraph carries with it a weight and a beautiful take on language.
The characters in the book are very different from King’s past works, and they are every bit as deep, interesting, and enticing as some of his most realistic individuals.
All religion aside, there is a soul to each of Revival’s people.
The reader learns to fear for a spectral event of incredible magnitude that happened in Jamie’s life, and the suspense and curiosity that accompanies this leads to an eye-opening ending that does not disappoint.
The fifth business that juggernauts Jamie’s life time and again is fascinated and consumed by the forces of electricity and his knowledge, miraculous tent revival healings, and experiments grow in a multitude of ways that leaves the reader stricken.
This R.J. Huneke article was originally published on Examiner.com.