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The Jekyll Revelation

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,598 ratings  ·  404 reviews
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 a ...more
Kindle Edition, 493 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by 47North (first published November 1st 2016)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”My desk, however, I knew in every particular, and in a matter of seconds I had found a matchstick and lit the oil lamp by which I worked at night. It flared a pale green before turning to white, but, in the sickly burst of light, I saw myself--or what should have been myself--in the mirror above the desk. In horror, I leapt back, away from the gnarled, grimacing face that glimmered in the glass. The black hair was mine, the hollow cheeks, the drooping moustache--but the mad gleam in the bulging ...more
Sean Gibson
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer the first: I won a free copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but that has not influenced my review in any way.

Disclaimer the second: if you wrote the word “Victorian” on the side of a pile of horse feces, I would probably read it, especially if there were elements of the fantastical or supernatural involved (though I shudder at least a little at the thought of supernatural feces…okay, maybe I shudder a lot). So, that predisposition may make me inclined to view this story more fa
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The tantalizing cover and the intriguing blurb made me interested in the book. The identity of Jack the Ripper is a subject I find fascinating and I was curious how Robert Louis Stevenson would fit into this story. This book has two storylines and in the present storyline are we introduced to Rafael Salazar who is an environmental scientist. He discovers in an old truck a journal that turns out to be written by no other than Robert Louis Stevenson and the present storylines alternate with the jo ...more
Bonnie Shores
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I wish this story were true...


I absolutely LOVE when fact and fiction meet, become one and--from their union--an amazing story is born. The Jekyll Revelation is yet another love child birthed by Robert Masello. His vivid imagination takes a few historical facts and weaves them expertly into a story that lures you in and causes you to forget that you are reading fiction.

The portrayal of Robert Louis Stevenson (in the 1800s) was charming, in spite of the source of his inspiration for The Strange C
Working in Topanga Canyon in California, Environmental Scientist Rafael Salazar spies an antique steamer trunk. It's definitely out of place, revealed only because of the bad drought conditions in the canyon. Little does he realize the items inside the trunk will not only reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper but also bring to light circumstances that changed the life of the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson. As he reads a journal written by Stevenson, the whole story unfolds. A flask contai ...more
Bill Lynas
Jan 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Here is a story I was really looking forward to, which makes my disappointment even greater. Instead of reading the novel I thought I would enjoy this unabridged audio version, which has an epic running time in excess of thriteen hours. After listening to more than six hours of the story over the last few days I finally gave up. My first problem was the narrator, Christopher Lane. Yes, he can read quite well but he is completely unable to do any convincing accents. The sleeve states the story is ...more
Just as good the second time around.
The only thing I liked about this book... was that it was an audio and I could do other things while listening to it. THE ONLY THING. Oh, and the ending.

The Jekyll Revelation was not my cup of tea. No, it was really boring. Like... I actually wanted to do my work and go to meetings INSTEAD of listening to a book for fun. I really wanted to enjoy it .. but yeah I didn't.

Okay, so it's told in the past and present - which usually I like.. but yeah, not with this book for some odd reason. It could b
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
I have looked forward to reading this book for ages but never made time for it. So when one of my best blogging buddies suggested we read it together to feature on our "Two Bloggers One Book" I was thrilled. However, while it saddens me to admit it, "The Jekyll Revelation" is not the book for everyone. It is very slow in places and I think my love for Jack the Ripper and anything Gothic and Victorian in nature is what helped me through. Also, I would love to give the book 3.5/5 but since Goodrea ...more
Mike Dominic
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I got my copy from Netgalley, I honestly wasn't expecting much, having never heard of the author.
Having finished this book, I have to ask, "Why have I never heard of this author?!" I consider myself fairly well read, and have a preference for that area of fiction where horror and history cross over. Even more so when it's crossed with science or science fiction, and more so yet again when the author is able to pull off that intersection without creating infodumps or losing the main thrust o
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
the format this novel was written in made it difficult for me to get into the narrative. I would have rated this a 1 star however the very last chapters were good. What surprised me most was the way the historical chapters failed to hold my attention, while the modern day aspects interested me more.
I loved how this book jumped back an forth into the past, it was done beautifully without giving me whiplash. It was for me a bit like Joe Pickett(game warden) meets Jack the Ripper. The reference to Jekyll and Hyde was made much more believable by the realistic approach.
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
*4.5 Stars

The Jekyll Revelation is a two for one story. First off, you get a great story about Rafael Salazar, an environmental scientist working in rural southern California. Then, you also get a fictionalized journal of Robert Louis Stevenson. And from me you’re going to get a two for one book review.

Once I saw The Jekyll Revelation, I thought that I should read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I know it sounds terrible, but I had never read this classic before; sure, I’ve seen the
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
Received this copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book takes place in a small desert town following Rafe just after he gets a new shadow at work. They find a mysterious briefcase out in a snake riddled pond. Odd characters showing up in town and people acting a lot differently, almost as if they changed.

There were parts that seemed overly wordy and just a bit to sluggish in drawing out the plot.

This is a unique story concept and something that seems to be very advan
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via in exchange for honest review.

Please see my full review at

Make sure to get yourself a copy on it's release, you won't be disappointed!
Ms. Nikki
Jan 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Not For Me.
Carolyn Injoy
The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello is a paranormal horror story that carries a curse from 1880's London to present-day California. It kept me reading "just one more chapter" into the wee hours of the morning. I gave it five stars.
It alternates chapters between Robert Louis Stephenson's life and a tale in Topanga, California. It is a compelling story.
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from 47North and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
When I first grabbed this last year to review I thought it sounded like it was going to be a really cool read, but for some reason, I put it off. Now that I finally got a chance to read it I am really disappointed.

It’s got two stories going on with the past being told through the journal of Robert Louis Stevenson and present day in California, where Rafe an environmentalist finds a truck that contains the journal and some old clothing and a bit of potion.

It took me forever to read this and when
Lady Delacour
Stumbled upon a mystery that was
fun, interesting entertainment.
Could have done without
the jolting, crude language.
Christopher Lane's narration was ok.
As a fan, he is why I chose this audiobook.
Jason Parent
Well written and well researched, but not all that exciting
Eva Therese
I mostly enjoyed the book, but after getting to the end of it it strikes me that the entire present day narrative could have been completely removed and the book would not have suffered. In fact, it might have been a better story. The two parts, the past and present, were barely connected at all. It felt like present day was just filler between the bits of the real story, and I kept waiting for the connection to happen. It didn't.

The present day was a cute little disjointed story with character
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book I have read in a long, long time. I did not want it to end. Written both from the perspective of the 1880's with Robert Louis Stevenson as narrator (this is a work of fiction, but I kept forgetting that!) and present day, with the present day narrator being a young Land Management environmental specialist, the story is based from both perspectives, with the focus being on Stevenson's famous tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Oh. My. Gosh. This is fascinating. In present day, ...more
This was a tough one to get through. If it hadn't been for a few buddies reading it and telling me the ending was good, I might have DNF'd it.

There are two POV's in the book. The first is a series of journal entries from Robert Louis Stevenson detailing his struggle with TB and the strange medicine that he ends up taking to end his affliction, his writing of several stories including A Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and his proximity to the murders by Jack the Ripper. All this should b
Acanthea Grimscythe | The Ghastly Grimoire
When I first laid eyes upon Robert Masello’s The Jekyll Revelation, I felt excitement. What could be better than combining Jekyll and Hyde with Jack the Ripper? In theory, nothing. Unless it’s this book. With an agonizingly slow advancement of plot and painfully dull characters, The Jekyll Revelation felt like a waste of my time. Thank god there was an audiobook accompaniment, or I wouldn’t have finished it.

The Jekyll Revelation goes back and forth in time, alternating between present day Califo
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
That this book comfortably sits on six separate shelves is one of the reasons it is 4 stars and not 5. What the book contains are two entirely separate stories which are held together by the thinnest thread of coincidence.

One 1/2 is the story of an Environmental Scientist in Topanga Canyon, CA. Rafe Salazar is studying Coyotes and tracking their habitats, living in a rental trailer behind a new age gift shop, crushing on the owner, worrying about his disabled sister, concerned about the drought,
Angel Hench
This was a daily deal on Audible, so I picked it up. An interesting and strange mix. Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack the Ripper, sort-of-werewolves, California, meth heads, motorcycle gangs, tropical islands, medical experiments - all are part of this story. I think I need to try another of Masello's books, and then I'll know how I feel about this book. Huh.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello has left me torn. The story is told in two parts, one in the past and one in the present and unfortunately, they are worlds apart in scope and storytelling. Had one part been told this book would have been a masterpiece of historical horror and fiction. If the other tale was told on its own it would have been instantly forgettable. A book that would have been started, put aside and forgotten. But by combining them we have instead, a drowning man whose savi ...more
Angie Pfeiffer-Senft
I was chosen by Netgalley to receive an advanced reader copy of “The Jekyll Revelation” by Robert Masello. Given that fact, it has not altered my opinion on the book at all. “The Jekyll Revelation” has a scheduled release date of November 8th 2016.

Who doesn’t love a good Jekyll and Hyde story? Being a 90’s kid, immediately I was reminiscent of the Pagemaster in all it’s cartoon glory. I was not expecting this book to be cartoony in the least, but between the title, and my love for a good retelli
Sep 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: November 2016

ISBN: 9781503951198

Genre: Fantasy

Rating 1.0/5 DNF

Publishers Description: 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
Karen Kay
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC from in exchange for a review.

This story surrounds Rafe, a current day environmentalist, Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack the Ripper in Victorian London. Odd combination, but it works. The chapters alternate between Rafe and RLS. I read a handful of chapters before I fell into the rhythm of the book, but once it started to flow I couldn't put down the book.

Good read. 4 stars out of 5
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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books. His most recent thriller, entitled THE EINSTEIN PROPHECY (47 North), hit the # 1 spot in the Amazon Kindle store. Previous books include BLOOD AND ICE, THE MEDUSA AMULET, and THE ROMANOV CROSS, all published by Bantam/Random House.
He is also the author of two popular studies

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