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Reviver (Reviver Trilogy #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  524 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Revivers. Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation. In the United States, that responsibility falls to the F...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2012)
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Jack Wells
Oh temptress, you minx, you tease. From the moment I saw you I knew I had to know all there was about you. And right from the beginning you grabbed me and pulled me in. The first day was spent in your constant company, and we stayed up together until the early hours of the following morning, and I found that I did not tire of you. But...something happened that second day. The things you showed me up front weren't really you, and I found that we didn't get along as well as I thought...more
Paul Nelson
Reviver is the debut novel and the start of a new trilogy by Seth Patrick, first off the cover is electrifying but what impressed me was when the guy in the book shop opened an app on his phone called blippar and we looked at the book cover through his phone, suddenly the cover came alive and I was suitably stunned as the book took on the appearance of the trailer to a horror movie. A simple video, but small things amuse small minds and I was sold, hopefully the book would be as impressive as th...more
I did not finish this book--I made it about halfway in, and set it aside with a sigh. My three reasons for doing so are as follows:

1) This is so very much a first novel. There's a ton of exposition, a lot of telling instead of showing, several instances of "As you know, Bob..." fact-dumping, and the characters are, with the exception of the protagonist, one-dimensional. You know who's good and who's bad. There are also multiple instances of heavy-handed foreshadowing that are meant to ramp up su...more
Jul 20, 2013 Gail rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: kindle
For a debut novel this is incredible. It starts off so utterly different from anything I have ever read but then it slightly fails a little and didn't keep my attention as much as the first half, for reasons I cannot explain.

Jonah Miller is a brilliant and very complex hero but Never Geary really captured my heart. I just loved this character. The plot is absolutely brilliant, as has been covered by other reviewers, but I felt it became a little hard going and deviated from the revivals too much...more
Jonah is a reviver. He has the ability to touch a person who is dead and communicate with them. Due to his talent he is a great asset to the police department. He has helped solved many murder cases.

After his latest case Jonah wonders if he is not going crazy. After he has finished talking with the dead, the victim looks right at Jonah and says” We see you”. Jonah tells his boss but his boss just brushes it off as if Jonah has been working too hard and needs a break. Whatever the “we” are, they...more
Bring me back,
from death's decay.
There are some things
I need to say.
Don't let my death,
be your downfall.
Don't cry for me.
No tears at all.
Celebrate my life.
The good, the strive.
In my heart did you dwell.
Goodbye to you.
My sweet,

by Nikki

This is one of those reads where you wish another author would have written it, put their brand on it. The concept of human beings who can revive the dead (Revivers) to say their goodbyes, tell how they were killed, or who murdered them is great.

It takes a...more

With an original concept and a fast-paced, exciting and most importantly spine-tingling story, Seth Patrick’s The Reviver is a strong horror début that kept me devouring every last word until the final page.

Jonah Miller is a Reviver, working for the FRS (Forensic Revival Service) as a forensic reviver. Revival is a means of restoring the consciousness of the recently deceased for a brief time in order to firstly, give closure to the grieving families in th...more
Maya Panika
It's a book of two halves. The early chapters are so long winded, setting scenes and delving inside heads for page after page after page. It seemed to take forever to get going, taking so very long to get to any point at all, I was screaming inside, skipping over paragraphs like a skimmed stone, desperate for it to get to the bloody point. I very nearly gave it up.
About a quarter of the way in, it finds its feet and the story emerges and from then on in, it got very much better. The story is goo...more
Reviver is Seth Patrick’s debut novel and the first in a planned trilogy. He is an Oxford mathematics graduate and Seth Partrick works in the video game industry as a programmer for a.o. the award winning Total War series. Movie rights have already been optioned by Legendary Entertainment, the producers behind The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel.

When I first read about the book Reviver, it showed a great new concept in the genres of horror and thriller. With a name like Reviver one might thin...more
Sep 25, 2013 Luke rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like urban fantasy,
Recommended to Luke by: Kirsty
A really cool concept, but I just couldn't get invested in the characters.

'Reviver' is a book that was all about the concept for me, I'd read somewhat similar things featured in side-plots of other novels (mainly in the urban fantasy genre) and was interested to see the concept become the main focus of a novel. The concept being that there are people in the world, who are capable of 'reviving' people who have been murdered, so they can tell the police what has happened and who killed them.

***Won in a Goodreads Giveaway***

Part ghost story, part murder mystery, part saving the world. A really great read, with very well written characters to go with the unusual premise.

I'd recommend this one.
Amy Bunn
Sometime in the near future, a select portion of the population discovers in themselves the ability to revive the recently deceased for a short period of time. Initially used as a way to allow the decedent and their loved ones to make their final goodbyes, the phenomenon is eventually subjected to scientific study, and then adapted for use during criminal investigations. Reaching the dead is a spotty business, often made more difficult by the condition of the body, time constraints, and the skil...more
Jessica Strider
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 h...more
This was a brilliant book loved the story a different approach to the forensic type story. I can't write much as I really don't want to spoil it for potential readers. At times it had my skin crawling because it actually seemed feasible to talk to the not long dead in this manner. The ending was neat and tidy I wasn't left with any questions although there may be the potential for a follow on. I do hope Seth Patrick writes more along these lines as I am now a fan.
Jay Pollard
This book is absolutely awesome, the best book I've ever read, can't wait for the next one! Can't recommend this book enough, this is a MUST read.
Brian Anderson
Loved the premise for this story, which was why I started reading. People known as "Revivers" are able to bring back the dead--temporarily at least--to offer loved ones the chance to say goodbye or to give homicide detectives crucial first-hand testimony. I was expecting much more from this book than a cookie cutter thriller and unfortunately, that's what this is. Sure, there was the other-worldly paranormal stuff thrown in as well, but for me there was nothing new or exciting here. The characte...more
Arti Honrao
The story-line is interesting and is very well-written. The protagonist Jonah who is a reviver (the one who wakes the dead) is perfectly sketched and so are the other characters. The story flow is too good, does not drag at any point and succeeds in keeping the reader interested. A couple of scenes described in the book did make me look around myself in the middle of the night and finally close the book and sleep and then I had dreams of the reviver. It is a kind of book that stays with you, you...more
Janette Fleming
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 superio
I actually quite enjoyed this book, it was unique and different and was a cross between a crime / conspiracy novel with an unnerving supernatural vein running through it. However, even though I did like it, there were a few bumps in the road and you could tell it was a debut novel.

I loved the idea of certain people being able to raise the dead but in a more unconventional way that we would expect. Revivers do not bring back shambling rotting zombies, for a short period of time they are able to p...more
When I read a book I find especially exciting or interesting, I tend to skim the paragraphs or flick my eyes over to the next page to see what's going to happen. I can't help it, I'm too invested in the characters or plot and the anticipation of reading all the action gets too much.

Of course, then I have to go back to the previous page where I left off and start reading properly to reach the apex of the excitement in a linear fashion. Two steps forward and one step back, but that's how I roll.

Pauline Ross
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Such a tricky one to categorise: a real genre-bender. There are shades of sci-fi, but it’s a flimsy connection - no squids in space and it’s (more or less) present day. It might be called fantasy, but there are no truly fantastical elements like magic or dragons or demons. It’s sorta, kinda paranormal - yes, let’s go with that. A paranormal police procedural action thriller...

This is a fascinating premise: certain people have the ability to revive the recently dead and talk t...more
Spoilers ahead...

The subject of reviving was very interesting to me. The ability to revive a person for a few minutes after death to close a murder case or to help find the perpetrator intrigued me. But that subject wasn't enough to save this book. I liked Jonah Miller and I liked Never. They were great characters and you could tell that they cared about each other. Jonah is a nice, caring person whom works as a reviver to bring closure to families wanting to say goodbye. Never is a technician w...more
the golden witch.
This one’s kind of hard to parse out, guys – mostly because while really well-written, each half of the book felt like it was almost written by another author. I don’t think I’ve seen such a big disconnect in a novel in a long time that’s only been written by one person. Nevertheless, this is one very interesting story – really original, full of thrills, chills, and spills of the CSI meets zombie kind. If you’re looking for something more original in the zombie genre, I suggest you check out “Re...more
Reviver is a police procedural novel with an urban noir vibe. It’s also one of the best debuts I’ve read this year.

Jonah Miller is a Reviver: one of a few hundred globally who, by human touch, can communicate with the recently dead. When such evidence becomes admissible in court, Jonah’s talents become highly sort after.

As part of the US Forensic Revival Service, Jonah’s work is stressful and difficult. Burn-out rates amongst revivers are common. When Jonah revives the victim of a murder and is...more
Toto bude mať raz pokračovanie, však? Musí... Ten koniec... Jednoducho potrebujem ďalšiu knihu, takže rýchlo sem s ňou.

Objektívne - slušný, veľmi slušný priemer, ale ja som to tak zožrala, že odpúšťam všetko čo sa dá, len mi preboha dajte pokračovanie!!!

*po pár minútach zdeseného hľadania na nete* Ono to je trilógia! TRILÓGIA! (T-R-I-L-Ó-G-I-A!!!)
Loved the concept, but some some of the characters were a little 'meh' for me; I just couldn't get a good mental picture of them at all. And the end got so slow I just ground to a halt and gave up, a shame because initially really hooked me in.
Ashley Brown
The psychics and ghost genre has covered a lot of mileage, and while I still do enjoy these types of stories I find myself really having to stand up and give my full attention to a book like 'The Reviver', one which adds an original spin to this type of tale.

It's set in a world where a select few people can temporarily bring the dead back to life (which is a highly gruesome process) - normally just long enough for them to answer a few questions, usually these are police related queries after a m...more
Violet Nightfall
Jonah Miller ha un dono, come molti altri in giro per il mondo... lui è in grado di rintracciare l'anima dei defunti e riportarli a nuova vita per qualche istante. Lavora in ambito forense e aiuta nelle indagini di omicidio o in casi di morte sospetta. Ma c'è qualcosa che turba la sua quotidiana routine: durante un risveglio, quello di Alice Decker, qualcuno lo contatta, un'entità malvagia e antica.
Poche e semplici parole "Noi ti vediamo".
Questo cambierà per sempre la vita di Jonah e la percezio...more
Nicholas Lefevre
After slogging through Meacham's "American Lion" biography of Andrew Jackson, I need a "trash break." I settled on "Reviver." My e-library had several copies (indicating anticipated popularity) and it had been optioned to the producers of "The Dark Knight." I had it for 21 days and returned it (finished) in 3.

Had this book been about seances and ghosts, I would not have touched it. In essence, it is, but that doesn't matter.

In the near future we discover that certain people, on touching the rece...more
In a world where the dead can come back for a short time, with help from a reviver, Jonah Miller finds himself confronted with mysteries others write off as overwork during several revivals.
The way this world reacted on revival is really well written in this book. With people against, people pro and people just totally intrigued. Extremes come up against each other and make a story that is interesting enough to read.
The characters could have been better tough. Jonah's back story is interesting...more
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