The Resurrectionist Hardcover – Dec 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
The approaching millennium looms large in Monteleone's latest, which reprises the theme of ordinary people endowed with miraculous powers that hallmarked his Bram Stoker Award-winning novel, Blood of the Lamb (1992). After surviving a plane crash in the Florida Everglades, Maryland senator and Republican presidential hopeful Thomas Flanagan finds himself able to raise the newly dead by a laying-on of hands. Under the care of nurturing physician Estela Barrero, the corrupt Flanagan undergoes a spiritual transformation, inspiring him to save a cancer victim and to publicly resurrect his son after a fatal football injury. Before he can turn his powers to greater good, however, he is exploited by power brokers in Washington and investigated by the Vatican Secret Service, whose Special Commission on Miracles is wary of false prophets eager to capitalize on millennial fever. All the while, Flanagan is plagued by visions of a burning man who foretells his destiny but frightens him with the suspicion that he is going insane. Monteleone raises interesting questions regarding personal redemption and the power of faith but reduces them to fancy ornaments hanging on a brisk and often predictable thriller that culminates in Flanagan and Barrero's cross-country flight from political enemies. Although the corrupt American political system he depicts is straight out of a Frank Capra movie, it provides the perfect godless counterpart to a national spiritual awakening that builds throughout the tale. Slick and calculated, this novel pushes all the right emotional buttons and whets the appetite for the sequel set up by its inconclusive ending.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
At first I thought this was going to be a book that dealt with satanic characters (which I'm not into) but the ending is really surprising..
A Good Read...
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But Monteleone's text doesn't stand up to this gripping image. The plot is unique and interesting, but Monteleone doesn't really grapple with the issues he raises. The title character is a US Senator who discovers he has the power to raise the dead--at least temporarily. Naturally everyone wants a piece of his gift, including the US government, who seek to keep it to themselves. Rather than exploring the nature of his character's singular abilities, or their origin, Monteleone gives us just another shady government conspiracy novel, albeit complicated by a mysterious presence that ultimately turns out to be discouragingly mortal. But the nature of death, or the afterlife, are hardly dealt with--one resurrected character describes hovering over his own body, but that's about all. More time is spent on the effect of the Senator's powers on his campaign for president, and whether they should be concealed or revealed.
There are some good moments in the book, particularly in Monteleone's characterizations. Suddenly discovering that he has the ability to raise the dead puts a tremendous strain on the Senator, and Monteleone portrays this well. But readers hoping for a supernatural thriller (whether of the Christian persuasion or not) are sure to be disappointed. In that regard, The Resurectionist's powers are treated as nothing more unusual than a scientist with a secret nuclear formula.
Monteleone has repeatedly gone to the well of Christian-related supernatural fiction with The Blood of the Lamb : A Novel of the Second Coming and The Reckoning. This time he comes up dry.
I was disappointed as the book cover quotes that the author has written nineteen "acclaimed" novels. I expected more than what I received in reading this book.
Most disappointing is that the reader never receives an answer to the main question - how did this happen and what does it mean? It almost seemed like the author tired of the story and just closed shop after 300 pages with a pasted together conclusion. A good potential story ended in unachieved dramatic results. Not the good read this reader expected.
This is a terribly written novel with clumsy characterizations. Author Thomas F. Monteleone comes off like a crazy militant libertarian at times. His depiction of the government is filled with unabashedly sinister and self-serving caricatures that all but rub their hands together with glee and cackle over their evil plans. The whole millennial fever aspect of the story seems silly in retrospect (and seemed silly to some of us even at the time). The pointless subplot involving Flanagan's visions of a burning man foreshadow something that is completely unconnected to the main story. Perhaps it was meant to be developed in a sequel. Was such a sequel ever written? I couldn't care less.