Stephen KIng's science is wonky but he uses electricity as a kind of magic. The themes in Revival are familiar. Once again King explores what it means to lose loved ones /and how that loss can drive a person to dangerous extremes. The person in this case is the Reverend Charles Jacob who comes to seven-year -old Jamie Morton's little Maine town as the new minister of the local church. He loses his wife and young son in a tragic road accident. His faith is not enough to sustain him and after the terrible sermon where he denounces a deity that could be so random and uncaring, he is fired. Jamie Morton is fated to cross paths with Reverend Jacobs again. He has become a competent but not great rhythm guitarist and has fallen victim to the lifestyle. His current band has left him because of his addiction to heroin. Charles Jacobs cures his craving for heroin but the cure comes with a dreadful price.
As always, King's characters are spot-on. If you like a little horror, wonder about the after-life, have had your faith tested, you'll like Revival. It's a page-turner and good fun to boot.
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