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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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
I like history and how it can woven into the present day. That was OK but it had a pathetic main character who was irrational and only thought about himself. The author also failed to finish the plot lines. It left you hanging on at least three threads of thought. I think you have an obligation to bring closure to a story and not let so many things hanging in the wind.
History was pretty good. How ever plot lines were left hanging.
Probably the London meeting.
Nope. I think he screwed the pouch. The main character has too many flaws to fix.
When you read or listen to a story and expect closure you should get it. Letting you in the wind to your own assumptions is called a day dream not a completed storyline.
Great blend of history and excellent story telling!!
ability to deftly switch among a varied catalog of accents.
The chick with the money.
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