Remember the TV series called St. Elsewhere? It was a weekly drama in the 80s surrounding the exploits of several medical personnel at a Boston hospital. One of the stars was David Morse, who played a doctor. Never understood why that series went kaput, it was one of the better ones on TV at the time. At any rate, Morse is the narrator for Revival, and he does a good job. Just the right tone for this novel, a hide-behind-the-couch thriller by Stephen King.

Typical of King, Revival is long winded, wordy. The center of the book could be pared down by a few hundred pages. Also typical of King, the writing, turns of phrase, etc., are creative and superb.

What happens after death is a question asked by mankind since the advent of time itself. Nobody knows, that is unless you have been there and come back, or have religious beliefs to convey certainty. Speculation abounds. King appears to question his own convictions through his character, some interesting perspective and reading. He does take a dark and ominous view in Revival, which one can expect. Far from uplifting, Revival chronicles a small town pastor’s loss of faith, his obsession to answer the mysterious question: what happens?. Pastor Jacobs loses his wife and young son to a tragic highway accident and spends the remainder of his life in a quest to understand. Tagging along through the pages is Jamie, through who’s point of view we learn. No spoiler. If you enjoy Stephen King, you’ll find this story is back to the basics, I think, ergo you’ll be entertained.

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