A spellbinding thriller from the bestselling author of The Einstein Prophecy.
A chilling curse is transported from 1880s London to present-day California, awakening a long-dormant fiend.
While on routine patrol in the tinder-dry Topanga Canyon, environmental scientist Rafael Salazar expects to find animal poachers, not a dilapidated antique steamer trunk. Inside the peculiar case, he discovers a journal, written by the renowned Robert Louis Stevenson, which divulges ominous particulars about his creation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It also promises to reveal a terrible secret - the identity of Jack the Ripper.
Unfortunately, the journal - whose macabre tale unfolds in an alternating narrative with Rafe's - isn't the only relic in the trunk, and Rafe isn't the only one to purloin a souvenir. A mysterious flask containing the last drops of the grisly potion that inspired Jekyll and Hyde and spawned London's most infamous killer has gone missing. And it has definitely fallen into the wrong hands.
©2016 Robert Masello. (P)2016 Brilliance Publishing, all rights reserved.
a dedicated dilettante
The Jekyll Revelation is historical fiction that takes as its main protagonist Robert Louis Stevenson and immerses him in the mystery of Jekyll and Hyde peppered with Jack the Ripper. Robert Masello’s ability to immerse us into disperse storylines is enhanced by his turn of phrase and detailed research/knowledge of Stevenson’s life and times. Primarily, it’s a brilliant premise fleshed out into a clever story arc. Despite a few reservations, outlined below, it’s a good read.
When you begin the book, jumping between storylines can be fairly jarring which builds interest in seeing how they would come together. Both Robert Stevenson and Rafe Salazar are fairly empathetic characters whose connection is initially non-existent. Mr. Masello does a brilliant job melding historical events and characters into the story. His writing is accessible yet provides me with frequent vocabulary additions; for what it’s worth, it is relatively rare that contemporary authors provide significant fodder for my lexical treasury and rarer still to do so in a natural manner without feeling forced. While it's initial pacing is slow, the journey is intriguing and the pace picks up towards the end.
[NOTE: I received an advance review copy of the book from Netgalley for an honest review.]
While I read most of the book on my Kindle, I did listen to a sizeable part on Audible. Christopher Lane’s narration was apt, well-paced and especially brought Stevenson to life with a passable (yet fully understandable) Scottish burr. Mr. Lane’s performance adds to the story.
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Intermittently reading from my Kindle device, and listening to the synced Audible recording, I quickly became useless in real life - immersed as I was in this story. Crediting both author and performer with my lapse from activity, I'm envious of both. One for concocting the believable and engaging tale and the other for delivering it with such amazing talent as to rival the renown of the story's most celebrated thespian. I will be pursuing both for future, and no doubt, similar and surprisingly entertaining breaks from reality.
I agree with other reviewers - Mr. Lane typically does an awesome job, and he does again in this case with the present day portion of the story. Which is enjoyable. But the historical portion is completely brought down by not only the terrible Scottish accent but the jumping between accents to represent different characters and sometimes the general navigation - it's as though he couldn't keep them straight. I eventually gave up and skipped all the historical chapters and just listened to the present day one. Tribute to the author that it was still good despite missing most of the back story. Yikes.
I am always concerned that sale items from audible will be a waste of time and money. Not so with this book. I loved it. Good writing, interesting story and perfect narration by Christopher Lane.
I will be listening to more of this author for sure.
I usually love this author and I still do. This story wasn't my favorite. The characters were well developed, but the story line dragged. Masello has given me enough hours of good reading to try him again though. The reader was great with a Scots accent.
Two stories with related subject. Both stories go back and forth, develop side by side. As the stories unfold, a common thread dwells i
n both tales.
I picked up this book and could hardly put it down. The author does a fantastic job switching between mid 1800's language and modern American English. The intertwined stories and developing mystery make for an exciting, fast-paced read. I couldn't recommend this book enough for people who enjoy mystery, historical fiction, and fantasy.
If you're the kind of person, like me, who's very attuned to spoken language, you may find the narration a bit irksome. Mr. Lane tries to read all of Stevenson's words in a Scottish accent. Unfortunately, he misses the mark many times, making the renowned author sound like he's originally from India instead of Scotland. Lane does an excellent job of narration otherwise. So, this may be a minor point for most audible readers.
I'm very much looking forward to reading more books by Robert Masello. I hope you enjoy this story as much as have.
An unusual story combining bot the past and the future; each story line tied to one another.
I had a difficult time putting the book down
Great blend of history and excellent story telling!!
ability to deftly switch among a varied catalog of accents.
The chick with the money.
"brilliantly done, I couldn't stop listening"
the story was cleverly written, gripping and compelling. the performance really brought it to life. a great listen
"Couldn't finish it....."
The slowest book ever.....and once it got going (part 2) I'd lost interest....
I liked the Canadian hero, but the Scottish accent for Stevenson was a bit strange.
Annoyance, I started to fast forward....
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