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The Resurrectionist | [Jack O'Connell]

The Resurrectionist

Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.
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Publisher's Summary

Gritty noir fiction, mind-bending fantasy, and medical thriller combine in a new novel by an author dubbed the "cyberpunk Dashiell Hammett".

Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

Gradually, Sweeney realizes that the cure for his son's condition may lie in "Limbo", a fantasy comic-book world into which Danny had been drawn at the time of his accident. Plunged into the intrigue that surrounds the clinic, Sweeney searches for answers and instead finds sinister back alleys, brutal dead ends, and terrifying rabbit holes of mystery.

Full of puzzles and surprises, Resurrectionist is a surreal, gothic meditation on identity, the nature of consciousness, the power of stories, love, mad scientists, circus freaks, and ultimately forgiveness - both giving and receiving.

©2008 Jack O'Connell; (P)2008 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"The Resurrectionist - a brilliantly tuned, mesmerizing labyrinth of a quasi-real world as only a master artist could draw it - will jazz you, floor you, grab you and shake you and leave you hung out to dry in that world. A brilliant break-through novel." (James Ellroy)

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    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 07-31-08
    Andrew mORRINSVILLENew Zealand 07-31-08
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    "Perfect in every way."

    This audio book is like nothing I have yet experienced and I do not know where to begin to describe it. From the first paragraph I was completely drawn into the wonderfully realized world this excellent author has crafted. The closest comparison I can make is perhaps Peter Straub at his best. If you are a fan of Michael Chabons THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY and Tom DeHavens ITs SUPERMAN you will more than likely love this story. The joy of listening is deeply accentuated by the outstanding narrator who has crafted a superb experience. Definitely one of my best ever listens, entertaining and thoughtfull literature.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 02-08-09
    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 02-08-09
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    "absolutely different"

    As a lover of "imaginative" fiction, which includes horror, sci fi, fantasy for the last 40 plus years, I found this book to be completely different than anything I've read.
    It has a wonderful Gothic constant feeling, but not taking place in any universe that that feeling would or should occur.
    I was up all night listening to it. There is not one single turn or curve or event that you can predict what is going to happen.
    The author was perfect in his rendition of his ideas and the Reader excellently chosen.
    The author is a deep, clear thinker, and his "theories" that makes up the foundation of this story are well thought out and delivered.
    I have a small list of authors whose works I will buy immediately without review, and this author is one.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Annapolis, MD, United States 07-24-09
    Rob Annapolis, MD, United States 07-24-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Irresistably engrossing"

    Night after night after my commute home, this novel had me sitting in my driveway not wanting to stop listening.

    Holter Graham deserves top credit for bringing the characters to life, but it is Jack O'Connell's fervid imagination and descriptive wizardry that makes this fiction darkly cinematic and intensely personal. Like the main character, I felt like I had been dropped into a labyrithine universe and left to find my own way out ... and I'm not totally sure I did. Every turn revealed new surprises and engrossing puzzles.

    Audible needs to ask Holter Graham to record the rest of Jack O'Connell's novels right away.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bill austin, TX, United States 04-06-10
    Bill austin, TX, United States 04-06-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Simply irresistible"

    Wow! That's the first thing that pops to mind. After reading the synopsis for this story, I was inexplicably drawn to it, but I saw enough questionable reviews that I hesitated for quite a while and sated myself on more Dresden Files and repeat performances of American Gods and The Memory of Running.

    Then I looked at The Resurrectionist again. The comparisons to Kafka still made me cringe, but I listened to the sample again, and decided to risk it...and boy am I glad that I did. I don't really see where the allusions to Kafka come from.

    One reviewer compared this story to The Talisman by King and Straub, and I find that a much better analog. This isn't a bizaare sequence of surrealistic tableaux, but two parallel story lines. A man hoping to revive his comatose child, and a comic book that has thoroughly infiltrated American culture. The "real life" story tends to parallel the "fictitious" comic story line, and gives a hint of The Watchmen because of this.

    The story is gripping, and the characters are well developed and affable. Well, I guess they aren't ALL affable, but they are interesting. But story line is only half of the story for an audiobook.

    A narrator can make a lackluster story better, or a good story unbearable. A good narrator familiarizes himself with the story and gives everything the proper emphasis and tone. Sometimes in a way that you would not yourself pick up on the first read of a story.

    Holter Graham comes through for you. He breathes life into all of the characters, through his performance, and gives the story more depth than it would normally have.

    If you liked The Talisman, Black House, or The Watchmen, you will undoubtedly like this book. I don't know why people seem so confused by it. There are two story lines, but it is very clear which characters belong to which story.

    Pick this up - you won't be able to put it down!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-08-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA 07-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Sorry, Jack, Not Your Best Work..."

    Do not waste your time on this audiobook. There are SOOOO many more worthy listens here at audible.

    A rambling mishmash of a plot combined with shallow characters and a utter dependence on the backdrop as a character, this is a waste of your Audible credits. Again, use them on a better choice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12
    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Unique read"

    A very unique book, a great read, I've read nothing like this before or since. Recommend!

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    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 06-07-12
    Barbara Berndorf, Austria 06-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "neither fish nor fowl"

    I could not make either head or tail of that story. the premisses did sound very interesting, a bit noir, a bit fantasy, like, for example, christopher priests "the prestige", but the story did not really blend the different parts together. very many loose ends and a very unsatisfactory ending. the narrator is good, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maxpower San Diego, CA United States 04-29-11
    maxpower San Diego, CA United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2003
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    "The Abomination"

    One extra star to this book for being creative, but that's about all I can say for it. The plot is nonsensical, the characters react in completely unrealistic ways, and the book employs that irritating plot device wherein the protagonist is really dimwitted, making it easy to spell everything out for the reader. Fantasy is ok; people reacting in a totally unrealistic manner is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LarryP. Chapel Hill, NC United States 10-15-10
    LarryP. Chapel Hill, NC United States 10-15-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Skip It!"

    Without a doubt, one of the worst books I have ever read. Don't waste your time or money....period!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 10-27-09
    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 10-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "What the heck was that?"

    It's really a shame that such an obviously talented writer -- the book uses absolutely beautiful language -- decided to write such a train wreck of a book. Jumping between a dismal, chaotic, and rather annoying reality, to a mildly engrossing, yet ultimately pointless fantasy world, The Ressurectionist, is a total mess. I really wish I could have gotten those hours back that I spent listening to it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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