Audie Award Winner, Paranormal, 2014
Jonah Miller is a Reviver, able to temporarily revive the dead so they can say goodbye to their loved ones - or tell the police who killed them. Jonah works in a department of forensics created specifically for Revivers, and he’s the best in the business. For every high-profile corpse pushing daisies, it’s Jonah’s job to find justice for them. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is on the other side watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it's only in his mind, a product of stress.
Jonah isn't so certain. Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered. Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a sinister force that threatens us all. Putting the paranormal in the police department, first-time author Seth Patrick blends genre lines with this edgy crime thriller. The first novel in the Reviver trilogy, Reviver is sure to appeal to fans of Dean Koontz and Justin Cronin.
©2013 Seth Patrick (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
The subject matter was very intriguing - reaching out to those beyond the grave and actually making contact.
This was a very original approach to a story that concerns itself with communicating with the dead and solving mysteries. There are to some extent stories within stories.
I liked the main character, Jonah. He was the main reviver in the novel. Revivers, of course, temporarily revive the dead to either give family members a chance to say good-bye or for police to learn who killed them.
I want to query Jonah. What does it feel like to be a reviver? Can you teach me to do it? ETC. . .
I enjoyed the book, but I think I would have liked it more if they had kept more to the theme of crime solving and families. The whole storyline of torturing the dead went a bit far afield for me. That should have been book number 2 and more developed. Otherwise, I liked it and would read more on this theme.
I enjoyed this story. An original idea. Very interesting. I will certainly be on the lookout for the other books in the series.
The narration was generally good and the characters well read. But, the appalling, terrible attempt at a Northern Irish accent just kept pulling me out. What was that? More like Scottish, West Country, with a bit of god know what else thrown in. If narrators can't do accents properly, then don't narrate a story! Get someone else to do it. Given that the character Never played an important part in the book, this was a constant distraction. I nearly gave up because of this.
However, I'm glad I didn't after all, because the ending certainly leaves you wanting more.
I can't figure out how this title won an Audie award. The premise is a great one, being able to temporarily revive the dead for purposes of final goodbyes or solving murders. The plot, however, was tedious and predictable. The reader was ok, the only character he breathed any life into was Never, and that was because he had a distinctive accent. Very little in the way of character development. What a waste of a good premise.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.
It was nearly impossible to differentiate characters. Annabelle's accent came and went and she was a flat character.
Annabelle. A predictable love interest who was completely unlikeable.
I am really confused how this book won an Audie. There are far better paranormal thrillers out there. Don't waste your credit.
Wow, What a ride... So worth the listen! It has suspense, intrigue and the paranormal, Right up my alley and happy I gave this little known author a chance!
Once in a while this wandered a tad but as much as I enjoyed the book (spooky), hat's off to the narrator. It was a fun, creepy, piece of art. This is one of those books you take a chance on since few of your favorites are available. Good choice for me and if you're up for something out of left field, I say give it a try.
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Really liked this book. I was doubting that before I listened to it but I'm glade I did very interesting. Love the way things came together. Very much so looking forward to the next installment.
My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.
Lately, I've been on a horror kick and so far I've listened to pretty jacked up stories that have given me goose bumps. I really had high expectations on the first book by Seth Patrick, but "Reviver" didn't really suit my needs. As the first book in a trilogy, it lacked information on the reviver process. There was too much dialogue between the characters that gave no depth into the paranormal world.
I am a visual person and like to see scenes develop in my mind as I follow along, but maybe explaining the paranormal is better on screen than on print? The cover was more scarier than what was inside of the book. Very disappointed.
The story would been better on film because the book should had been a mockumentary instead of characters just talking and acting on the "Reviver."
Ghostbuster is one of my favorite movies of all time, but it would had been a terrible read because its hard to capture the visual into words. Seth Patrick's pages weren't vivid.
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