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The Resurrectionist | [Matthew Guinn]

The Resurrectionist

"Dog days and the fresh bodies are arriving once again." So begins the fall term at South Carolina Medical College, where Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career - working public relations for the dean - takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves, over a century old, are unearthed on the campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.
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"Dog days and the fresh bodies are arriving once again." So begins the fall term at South Carolina Medical College, where Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career - working public relations for the dean - takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves, over a century old, are unearthed on the campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Dr. Frederick Augustus Johnston, one of the school’s founders, had purchased a slave for his unusual knife skills. This slave, Nemo ("no man"), would become an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day - and by night, a "resurrectionist," responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, and seen by some as almost supernatural, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no listener can anticipate.

With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge, a riveting and satisfying moral parable of the South.

©2013 Matthew Guinn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Martie YPSILANTI, MI, United States 05-07-15
    Martie YPSILANTI, MI, United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2013

    If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!

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    "On sale book ended up being great!!!"

    What a great find! Murder mystery and mayhem with a touch of Deep South politics! What could be better!! Great!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter and Katherine 05-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Adventure and suspense please!

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    I kept waiting to find out where this story was going - why I was supposed to want to keep listening. That never really happened. It was underwhelming to say the most. It was also really gruesome without purpose. The narration was mostly good but voices were inconsistent. I would never suggest someone listen to or read this book. What a waste.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    debi 06-02-15
    debi 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up The Resurrectionist in three words, what would they be?

    interesting until the ending


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    I love historical mysteries - this was middle of the line and interesting UNTIL the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn San Francisco, CA, United States 05-28-15
    Autumn San Francisco, CA, United States 05-28-15

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    "A light touch for a heavy subject"

    Interesting subject, didn't glorify or ignore the human cruelty and ignorance that is part of our country's history.

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    Jolene 05-27-15
    Jolene 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    With a handful of days stretching out before me until my next credit, I purchased this book on sale. Hoping for something at least moderately interesting and well enough written that I wouldn't turn it off in frustration, I pressed play. I'm so glad that I did. What a terrific listen. Although there were a few noticeable bumps, overall this book just sang with beautiful writing. I'm off to see what else Mr. Guinn has written, my mind still mulling over much of this intriguing story.

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    Michele 05-23-15
    Michele 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "will purchase from this author again"

    Loved the story. Narration was very good, it didn't interfere with the story. I am saving 5's for books I consider an example of the way I wish I could write. Otherwise this is a 5.

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    S. Blakely Oakland, CA 05-22-15
    S. Blakely Oakland, CA 05-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Good enough for washing the dishes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend if he/she was looking for something diverting and not taxing to the mind of the imagination. This book will get you through washing the dishes and pulling some weeds in the yard. But don't think too much about the story because it's kind of a mess of half-baked cliche's and under-developed themes. It swims in the shallow end of the pool, if you know what I mean. But if you're sick of "great literature" and just want to coast down an easy slope intellectually, you could do worse than this book.


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    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 05-02-15
    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2011

    Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.

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    "Phenomenal writing and narration"

    So glad to have come across this book;!ill definitely be seeking out more books by Matthew Guinness. And the narration was excellent. A

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    Deedra United States 06-25-15
    Deedra United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2014

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    I LOVED this book!It was one of those stories that flip from past to present and it was done SO well,I didn't want to put it down!The past :A slave named Cujo is purchased by a doctor.He gets a new name and a new situation aiding the teaching school in procuring cadavers.The present:A young doctor is newly working at the school when a discovery of bones is found.How the stories mesh is for you to find out!
    The narrator,Jeremy Arthur,did a wonderful job.His voices were perfect!
    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com."

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    Scott 06-21-15
    Scott 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Resurrect your faith in humanity."

    The past is what it is. Skeletons can be hidden or embraced as a platform for truth and reconciliation.

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