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Reviver: A Novel

af Seth Patrick

Serier: Reviver (1)

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"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"--… (mere)
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A thriller in the best possible sense. Whereas most thrillers and 'page-turners' nowadays seem to have strangled themselves into mediocrity in a cowed and desperate attempt to fit the mould of what they're told an audience 'expects', Seth Patrick's The Reviver seems to be one of the rare few to have faced those anodyne market forces and retained its individuality. It's a book that ticks all the modern marketing boxes – in tone, style, characterisation, plot and, most importantly, concept (it's C.S.I. meets The Sixth Sense) – and yet possesses an air of originality. It's a genuinely entertaining read.

That 'C.S.I. meets The Sixth Sense' label is useful (and accurate) shorthand, but another revealing one is given on Seth Patrick's Acknowledgements page. Here, Patrick notes the influence of Edgar Allan Poe on his concept, and The Reviver certainly drips with a hidden malevolence in its first half. Patrick goes for a workaday thriller style rather than Poe's more literary Gothic writing style, but the effect is the same: The Reviver, particularly its first half, is extremely creepy. Patrick has the mechanics of his story down pat, and we follow Jonah, our protagonist, through a tight suspense story that unfolds its unnerving mystery at a very rewarding pace. I tend to be inured to the cynically-engineered tactics of the modern-day 'page-turner', which is not my bag, but even I have to say: I was hooked. The second half saw a bit of a disappointing drop, but I should stress this was by the high standards the first half had set. The second half, through it veers more closely to standard thriller terrain, is still a cut above your standard thriller.

The concept is king here. Patrick's plotting, characterisation and dialogue are all pretty standard, though enjoyable; it is the fascination the reader quickly develops for the 'revivals', and the mystery behind them, which makes the book a winner. The plot revelations, when they come, feel earned, and while the nature of them might be polarising for readers, to me they were rewarding. We are thrilled by – and sometimes genuinely scared by – the "plunge into the dark rot" of deepest consciousness that Jonah explores (pg. 2), and the evident empathy in this protagonist's character goes a long way towards both alleviating the brutal toll of darkness and murder in the book, and to allowing us to forgive any tiny blips in the story mixture. Fast-paced, fascinating and fantastical, The Reviver has left me asking with indignation: whatever happened to the movie option? ( )
  MikeFutcher | Feb 15, 2021 |
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 one of 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.


Debut novel nicely straddling the increasingly popular supernatural thriller sub-genre

The strength of the premise is compelling enough to power the story and the construction of the Reviver back story well done and the revivals themselves are superb.

Just a couple of little niggles ....as the story progressed I would have liked more supernatural less running round with guns; female characters that never really develop outside their body shape & hair colour. Finally...dear author, please never ever use Never as a character's name - brought me up short every time I read it.

First in a trilogy and a soon to be a film, I will be interested to see where this goes

Extra star for the cool interactive cover

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  jan.fleming | Feb 9, 2015 |
Jonah is a Reviver – someone who can revive the dead for a short period of time. In Jonah’s case, he works for a forensic team, so he revives in order to let the victim testify about the events of their death. It’s a well controlled experience, and is used as evidence in courts.

However, during one revival, Jonah experiences something which makes him question exactly what they’re doing.. another presence, which he can’t explain. He’s told it’s just an hallucination, brought about by stress, but Jonah isn’t convinced, and starts to dig deeper. He ends up involved in something much bigger than he expected.

For the majority of the book, this feels like a crime / thriller, with this very interesting twist. The whole issue of Revival is explored, including it’s uses and problems, and it’s this aspect which lifts it well above average. Some reviewers have found the book too slow, but I disagree – there’s a lot of information to give, and aspects of reviving to explore, and I enjoyed this.

Throughout there’s an uneasiness, a suggestion of a supernatural element, and towards the end this becomes more apparent, and there’s a definite switch in the book. I have to admit, this did worry me for a while, because I’ve seen similar books which started to feel.. well, silly. In my opinion though, Seth keeps a realistic tone, and it soon settles into a good ending.

Whilst it would have been possible to keep simply to the idea of forensic revival, I’m not sure how far it could have been taken in the future. I would imagine that the supernatural aspect will feature quite strongly in the next book, and I look forward to finding out where we’re taken next.
  michelle_bcf | Sep 22, 2014 |
Argh. Missed it on Edelweiss. Sadness.
  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
Pros: interesting characters, carefully realized reviver process and reactions to it

Pros/con: lots of flashbacks and info dumps

Cons: little narrative tension

Twelve years ago Daniel Harker broke the story on revivers, people who could revive the dead and let them physically speak. Now the process is considered routine for forensic work and many people have insurance offering them the chance to say a final good-bye.

Jonah Miller has been a reviver since the accident that took his Mom’s life when he was 14. With higher abilities than many of his colleagues, he works for a forensic office and is given tough cases. At the end of a routine revival, something - unexpected - happens. For a few moments the subject is possessed by a malevolent force. Told the incident was a hallucination, more and more things happen to convince Jonah that maybe overwork wasn’t the cause.

This is a slow-moving but interesting story. The author gives you a good grounding of how revival works and how the revelation that there’s something after this life affected the world, from the protesting afterlifers to insurance brokers arranging for final meetings.

I personally found the numerous info dumps and flashbacks interesting, because they offered firm grounding in the world and the protagonists. For the sake of variety, it might have been nice to learn some of this information more organically, via conversations, etc.

The characters were very interesting. Jonah’s the protagonist, whose sense of morality is strong even as his mind is taken over by remnants of his recent revivals. Then there’s Noah, a revival technician who keeps Jonah company and Annabel Harper, a journalist like her father, who’s investigating a crime and gets Jonah’s help.

Because the story is so slow moving, there’s little narrative tension. A few scenes were creepy but I never really felt Jonah was in danger of insanity, though I did fear for his life towards the end of the book, but not on a level that I’d expected to.

It’s an interesting story with good world-building, smart characters, some interesting speculative elements and a lot of mystery. ( )
  Strider66 | May 8, 2014 |
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"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"--

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