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The Resurrectionist PDF, ePub eBook Dale has the miraculous ability to heal and raise the recent dead. But he's also insane. When he uses his power to brutally kill the woman next door, night after night, no one will believe her impossible story, so it's up to her to find a way to end the living nightmare.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Welcome to another edition of: good concept, poor execution. And when I say poor--I mean kill-it-with-fire-BAD. Really, The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White should be used in writing classes as a cautionary tale. Authors, beware: this is how NOT to write a book. I came to The Resurrectionist by way of its film counterpart, Come Back to Me. I’m a big horror fan and while the movie isn’t groundbreaking, it’s entertaining. The book….not so much. Bibliophile blasphemy, I know. As previously stated, The Resurrectionist boasts a fascinating concept: Dale McCarthy can bringbook….not Welcome to another edition of: good concept, poor execution. And when I say poor--I mean kill-it-with-fire-BAD. Really, The Resurrectionist by Wrath James White should be used in writing classes as a cautionary tale. Authors, beware: this is how NOT to write a book. I came to The Resurrectionist by way of its film counterpart, Come Back to Me. I’m a big horror fan and while the movie isn’t groundbreaking, it’s entertaining. The book….not so much. Bibliophile blasphemy, I know. As previously stated, The Resurrectionist boasts a fascinating concept: Dale McCarthy can bring back the dead. But this man ain’t no Clark Kent. Or as the book jacket more dramatically announces: not every miracle comes from God and not every healer is a saint. DUN. DUN. DUN. Instead of using his gift for good, Dale employs it as a surefire lady catcher. Translation: Dale rapes, murders, then RESURRECTS his latest flava. Luckily for Dale, once resurrected, his victims have no memory of their attack. Until Dale meets Sarah Lincoln. Ever since her new neighbor moved in, Sarah’s been experiencing chronic nightmares in which she’s raped, then brutally murdered. Weirdly still, she’s discovered blood stains on her mattress and bleach spots on her carpet. But how do you report a murder when the victim is still alive? My main issue with The Resurrectionist is that it reads like pure wish-fulfillment. Fanfic for the dark and creepy. I applaud women who are sexually confident. Get it gurl. But that’s not how Sarah Lincoln comes across. She’s more of a blow-up doll. That talks. “I’m sorry if I made you feel like I wasn’t satisfied. You always make me cum. I don’t need anybody else but you.” Now if this sentence were an isolated occurrence, I would shrug it off. But no. This porny declaration deftly encapsulates Sarah’s character. She’s not a woman embracing her desires. She’s sex on a stick. The literary embodiment of a (bad) porn star. Sarah’s character isn’t liberated, she’s demeaned. She’s given no real personality or identity apart from being Dale and Josh’s (husband) fantasy object. Beyond Sarah’s hollow representation, the writing is just….BAD. Fundamental writing rules are repeatedly broken. Sentence structure nonsensical. Show don’t tell slaughtered: Trying to solve this puzzle would make them both feel like they were doing something. It would make them feel less powerless, more in control of the situation like Sarah felt after they had purchased the gun. The Resurrectionist is all cheesy dialogue and exposition. Yes, I’m sure Sarah felt more confident after purchasing a weapon. How about you SHOW that, though? By spoon-feeding us information, there exists the implication that we aren’t smart enough to make these deductions ourselves. It’s condescending. Worse yet, it removes the reader from the experience. And reading is all about experience. Really, it's just disappointing that a unique hook was squandered by subpar writing and insulting characterization. If this story were the brainchild of Stephen King, great things may have happened. Alas, that was not the case. SIGH. Summary: If you come within 10 feet of this book, RUN (don't walk) in the opposite direction.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wrath

    My best novel so far!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Wrath James White starts us off into the world of The Resurrectionist by vividly exploring a scene where a young boy listens intently from outside his parents’ bedroom door as they fight. The boy continues to listen as his dad beats up his mom and he even listens as his dad kills his mom. Then he decides to call the cops. Once the cops arrive, even more chaos takes place as the boy is escorted out to a cop car and the cops go in to see what has taken place. He watches them one by one stagger ou Wrath James White starts us off into the world of The Resurrectionist by vividly exploring a scene where a young boy listens intently from outside his parents’ bedroom door as they fight. The boy continues to listen as his dad beats up his mom and he even listens as his dad kills his mom. Then he decides to call the cops. Once the cops arrive, even more chaos takes place as the boy is escorted out to a cop car and the cops go in to see what has taken place. He watches them one by one stagger out of the house getting sick and finally he runs back into the house to find his father dead, shot by the cops, and his mom skinned alive by his father's hand. He climbs over to his mom and starts giving her mouth-to-mouth. Slowly she starts to breathe again and then her skin starts to rejuvenate. The cops come back in then and can't believe their eyes. The woman sitting with him can't possibly be the woman that was just lying there skinned alive, can it? But he claims it's his mommy. What special powers is it this boy holds and what else could he possibly use those powers for in the future? The Resurrectionist delves deep into the life of one very demented and warped individual. The main character, Dale, has so many "issues" that as a reader it's hard to decide whether to sympathize with him or hate him for what he is doing to the victims in the book. I was honestly torn throughout on my opinion of him, yet leaned more to the negative side because it was just hard to fathom any person could do the things he was doing to other beings. White has written a novel so graphically depicted and so intense that you actually feel like you're "living" the nightmare that is taking place within the pages. I would recommend those with a queasy stomach to pass this book by and move on to a more "user-friendly" horror book as White does describe extremely graphic scenes of mutilation, torture, and rape, which might offend some readers. To those that can handle it, however, this is a must read! I was unable to put the book down once I opened it up and I think any lovers of extreme horror will feel the same. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Contains: Gore, Rape, Sex, Mutilation, Torture, Adult Language, Adult Situations Review also posted at MonsterLibrarian.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angel Gelique

    4.5 stars rounded up... Imagine waking up from a vivid dream in which you've witnessed your spouse's throat getting slit moments before being raped and killed by your creepy neighbor. And imagine seeing the evidence of bloodshed all over your sheets. What would you think? Just a nightmare, right? After all, how can you be dead one minute and alive the next? For 4.5 stars rounded up... Imagine waking up from a vivid dream in which you've witnessed your spouse's throat getting slit moments before being raped and killed by your creepy neighbor. And imagine seeing the evidence of bloodshed all over your sheets. What would you think? Just a nightmare, right? After all, how can you be dead one minute and alive the next? For one loving couple, Sarah and Josh, the "nightmares" begin happening shortly after the arrival of their very creepy new neighbor, Dale. Sarah experiences flashbacks of being raped and mutilated and is convinced that it's somehow happening and that Dale is the culprit. She convinces her husband that something is awry and together they find a way to prove that something extremely bizarre is happening. It's hard to write much about this book without giving too much away. Suffice it to say, that as the title suggests, Dale has a unique gift which he uses in a most monstrous way. I greatly enjoyed this book. It started off intense and continued to deliver one horrific scene after the next. There was one part in particular that was extremely vile and disgusting and managed to make me wince because it was described with such amazing detail. Any fan of extreme and hardcore horror will appreciate this engrossing story. I withheld half a star because of a minor inconsistency and a couple parts of the story where the main characters' actions seem incongruous with their level of concern and rightful fears.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Rolfe

    I read this book when I was part of the Leisure Book Horror Club. It was a nail-biting, oh my God, NO! type of book. I was on the edge of my seat, talking out loud, pacing the rooms as I read it. When I finished, I tore it up and threw the book in the trash. Honest to God. I hated the ending so much that I didn't want anyone ever reading it again. It wasn't until a few years later when I was talking to someone about the book that I realized how much impact the story had on me. I got wound u I read this book when I was part of the Leisure Book Horror Club. It was a nail-biting, oh my God, NO! type of book. I was on the edge of my seat, talking out loud, pacing the rooms as I read it. When I finished, I tore it up and threw the book in the trash. Honest to God. I hated the ending so much that I didn't want anyone ever reading it again. It wasn't until a few years later when I was talking to someone about the book that I realized how much impact the story had on me. I got wound up all over again. That's the mark of something special. I eventually got to meet the author and tell him this story. He laughed, and I was happy that he did not crush me. I wish I still had my original copy, but I will definitely be picking up a new one soon. If you want a book that will get under your skin and make YOU want to crawl out, find this book and give it a read. UPDATE: I recently bought a Leisure Books copy off a friend and just finished my re-read of it. This book is now in my all-time top 10 horror books. And I'd say Dale McCarthy is easily the #1 antagonist in a book ever.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tressa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book has a cool premise, but the execution is a little wobbly. A man was born with the gift to resurrect people from the dead, but instead of doing good with the gift he is an evil, sadistic serial rapist and killer. His victims are surprised in their homes, raped and murdered, and then brought back to life after the killer cleans them and their homes up so they won't suspect anything the next day. But, come on, aside from the bad dreams the victims have who wouldn't know they ha This book has a cool premise, but the execution is a little wobbly. A man was born with the gift to resurrect people from the dead, but instead of doing good with the gift he is an evil, sadistic serial rapist and killer. His victims are surprised in their homes, raped and murdered, and then brought back to life after the killer cleans them and their homes up so they won't suspect anything the next day. But, come on, aside from the bad dreams the victims have who wouldn't know they had been violated, both men and women? Preposterous. And instead of strangling the victims so there's no blood-saturated mattresses, sheets, and carpet, this loon hammers their skulls, slits their throats, and shreds their bodies. Like the homeowners aren't going to feel the squishy bloody mattress? Notice there are different sheets on the bed? Walk on the wet, newly-cleaned carpet? Preposterous. And Sarah and Josh, a married couple who lives across the street from the killer and becomes his latest victims, are two of the dumbest people I've ever met in a story. Hello, you have him on tape doing these deeds yet you blow $2000 on the Vegas strip instead of installing a home security system? Weeks after being raped, murdered, and resurrected, you're too stupid to make sure your sliding glass door has a security bar on it? Come on! And I really didn't care for Sarah. She's so full of herself I could barely tolerate finishing the story. Not a sympathetic character at all.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tamary Anderson

    YES YES YES!!!!! I loved this book. After I read it, the first thing I did was google the author. I figured only an old white man could write such weird shit but I was surprised it was a tough lookin' black dude. Interesting. Dale has the ability to bring people back from the dead. And he takes advantage of this "power" by killing & resurrecting whoever he wants. Maybe I'm screwed up but I would have preferred reading about him fucking more old detectives' na YES YES YES!!!!! I loved this book. After I read it, the first thing I did was google the author. I figured only an old white man could write such weird shit but I was surprised it was a tough lookin' black dude. Interesting. Dale has the ability to bring people back from the dead. And he takes advantage of this "power" by killing & resurrecting whoever he wants. Maybe I'm screwed up but I would have preferred reading about him fucking more old detectives' nasal cavities then I would have reading about him killing a kitten and bringing her back over and over =( Anyways. This was gory as hell, which a lot of books cover, but I didn't find this book cheesy at all (unlike most extreme horror books). Very fast-paced.. a quick read. Got my heart going a couple times and sometimes made me feel like a perv for reading it. Which means 5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    Pretty messed up book. Gruesome vile and horrific. Kind of poor middle spoiled it from being a 5 star.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This must be one of the craziest books I have ever read.I can understand why some readers would hate it,would throw it in the trash,hell,even burned it.But this novel has enormous strenght and the ending will knock your socks off.The Resurrectionist has many flaws like plot structure(Dale's childhood parts would work better as flashback chapters)and Dale,the titular Resurrectionist could be a little more fleshed out.But writing is excellent.So good it reminded me of works of the great Jack Ketch This must be one of the craziest books I have ever read.I can understand why some readers would hate it,would throw it in the trash,hell,even burned it.But this novel has enormous strenght and the ending will knock your socks off.The Resurrectionist has many flaws like plot structure(Dale's childhood parts would work better as flashback chapters)and Dale,the titular Resurrectionist could be a little more fleshed out.But writing is excellent.So good it reminded me of works of the great Jack Ketchum.Those who are familiar with his opus know that there can be no greater praise.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pianoforte

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Contains spoilers. I was expecting this to be a hardcore read but was disappointed. It's fairly tame with some gore, mainly towards the end. It has a lot of gooey "i love you babe" dialogue and cuddling. The "victims" of Dale's violence for me were dislikeable and i couldn't empathise with them. The character Josh is a thug who bullies smaller people off the street in once scene for getting in his way and viciously punches 2 people in the face because they cut him up driving. The auth Contains spoilers. I was expecting this to be a hardcore read but was disappointed. It's fairly tame with some gore, mainly towards the end. It has a lot of gooey "i love you babe" dialogue and cuddling. The "victims" of Dale's violence for me were dislikeable and i couldn't empathise with them. The character Josh is a thug who bullies smaller people off the street in once scene for getting in his way and viciously punches 2 people in the face because they cut him up driving. The author can't make his mind up about this character either. At the start of the book he grabs a gun and is about to execute Dale because of his wife's dream: " I'm going to put a couple of hollow points in Dale's head" he says. She stops his impetuousness. Later the author writes "Josh wasn't the type to just shoot the guy down in cold blood and spend the rest of his life in jail". The female character Sarah is written as the authors perfect woman and totally unbelievable, a beautiful nymphomaniac into kinky sex who lives for her husband. The protagonist Josh is such a dumb idiot that he's not a particular interesting villain. We are supposed to believe he has been doing this for years and has never been caught but he can't even wear a condom when raping his victims. And he kills them in the messiest manner possible resulting in blood everywhere. In the end he is even so stupid as to take Sarah back to her house when it is swarming with cops. The premise is interesting but the author expects the reader to assume it without any explanation. We never find out why Dale is able to resurrect and why Sarah is able to recall his attacks afterwards whereas everyone else forgets. I actually quite liked the ending, though it ends hurriedly. The author has none of the insight of a Clive Barker or King, it's pretty simple writing style. I guess if you like Dean Koontz with a bit more gore you may get a kick out of this. For me it didn't deliver.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Outerspace Andrea

    First off, I have to say the first thing that caught my interest was the highly original story premise, and the book delivered in that department. This book is genuinely creepy, and after finishing it all I could think was "wow" with a mix a shock and horror. There is imagery this book created in my head that I don't think I will ever be able to forget, and some of it I would like to, because it is that gross. Without giving any details away, the ending is absolutely frightening by its implicati First off, I have to say the first thing that caught my interest was the highly original story premise, and the book delivered in that department. This book is genuinely creepy, and after finishing it all I could think was "wow" with a mix a shock and horror. There is imagery this book created in my head that I don't think I will ever be able to forget, and some of it I would like to, because it is that gross. Without giving any details away, the ending is absolutely frightening by its implications. The storyline is also captivating and totally cringe worthy. This is seriously one the most original, demented, and haunting horror novels I have read in a very long time (and I have read 100's). Very few books impact me in such a way that I have to go talk to others about them, but this book did. Now, onto the part of why I gave it four stars- this book is brutally graphic. Rape/torture/ and murder are VERY graphically depicted- to the point that my husband read just a part of this book and was like "no thank you" because it was so repulsive to him. But if you are cool with Jack Ketchum and Richard Layton style depictions of violence (and beyond…) then I TOTALLY recommend this book! It also was a bit easy of a read; I finished this book in an evening. Nonetheless it’s a good all-around brutal horror tale of what happens when an amazing blessing/miracle is bestowed on a completely demented sociopath.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rena Mason

    I will remember and talk about this book for years to come. It is the only horror I've ever read that had me on the verge of nausea, and that's quite a feat. The storyline was great, and once I got started, it was hard to put down. Living in Las Vegas myself, I could really see and relate to many of the places, but the story was written well enough that even if you didn't live in Vegas, you felt like you did. It was a about a young couple who get a new, creepy neighbor. One of the main character I will remember and talk about this book for years to come. It is the only horror I've ever read that had me on the verge of nausea, and that's quite a feat. The storyline was great, and once I got started, it was hard to put down. Living in Las Vegas myself, I could really see and relate to many of the places, but the story was written well enough that even if you didn't live in Vegas, you felt like you did. It was a about a young couple who get a new, creepy neighbor. One of the main characters begins having nightmares about this scrawny, awkward-looking guy, only they're not nightmares, they're actual horrifying, gruesome acts of torture he's performing on them night after night. He's able to bring them back to life, "resurrect" them, when he's finished killing them. It's such a cool concept, and the author pulls it off quite nicely, although I wasn't too sure about the ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this book overall, and recommend it to all horror fans. There are only a few parts that will make you squirm, and the beginning is one. If you can make it through that scene, you're golden.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    This was one demented, gory, disgusting book. Which can be a good thing, it is in the same vein as Edward Lee's work. Rape, perversion, incredible amounts of graphic violence, that sort of thing...definitely takes a strong stomach to get through. Despite the main characters who are so ridiculous and cliche...huge neanderthal like man and his kind of annoying money hungry nympho of a wife...the book was a pretty compelling read in a way that's a horrible car crash can be compelling. Killer ending This was one demented, gory, disgusting book. Which can be a good thing, it is in the same vein as Edward Lee's work. Rape, perversion, incredible amounts of graphic violence, that sort of thing...definitely takes a strong stomach to get through. Despite the main characters who are so ridiculous and cliche...huge neanderthal like man and his kind of annoying money hungry nympho of a wife...the book was a pretty compelling read in a way that's a horrible car crash can be compelling. Killer ending, quite literraly. So fun might not be the right way to describe this book, but it was entertaining it its way and a quick read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lostaccount

    If I could give this a zero rating I would. The premise sounded interesting, which is why I picked it up, but I don't want to read about a woman being stabbed whilst being raped (graphically) on and on in the first chapter, let alone in later chapters. Besides, the writing is complete rubbish. Somebody give this guy a Thesaurus and a Dictionary. No, better yet, somebody give this guy a job doing something else because he sure as hell ain't a writer.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Interesting premise - a young married woman wakes from dreams that she's been sexually assaulted and killed by her neighbor - time after time. Is it real? A nightmare? Can she convince her husband - the police - herself? Great idea that may have dragged a little too long. Saw some scenes that I hadn't found in other books, including the ending.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Metagion

    This book is merciless: it takes you in sick, twisted ways you'd never thought you'd read. While Stephen King goes for the psychological aspects of a story, Wrath James White goes for the visceral, and makes you horrified, disgusted, scared and angry, just as the characters are. An AMAZING read that is TRULY out of the box, but be warned: it is VERY graphic!

  17. 5 out of 5

    William M.

    I've been reading Wrath James White for years, from his collaborations with Monica O'Rourke and J.F. Gonzalez to his latest team-up with Maurice Broaddus on Orgy Of Souls. My favorite book, so far, has been Teratologist, written with gore king Edward Lee. I was delighted to see that White's short story collection, The Book Of A Thousand Sins, is just as strong as his long form writing. And while I wasn't a huge fan of his last novel, Succulent Prey, it was an enjoyable read but was hard to conne I've been reading Wrath James White for years, from his collaborations with Monica O'Rourke and J.F. Gonzalez to his latest team-up with Maurice Broaddus on Orgy Of Souls. My favorite book, so far, has been Teratologist, written with gore king Edward Lee. I was delighted to see that White's short story collection, The Book Of A Thousand Sins, is just as strong as his long form writing. And while I wasn't a huge fan of his last novel, Succulent Prey, it was an enjoyable read but was hard to connect with such a vile and unlikable main character. However, with The Resurrectionist, Mr. White has managed to top them all. The Resurrectionist has the most engaging, though still flawed, characters and easily the coolest premise yet. This is a must read for the concept alone. The technical writing is solid, but it's the story that really sucks you in and was one of the fastest reads I can remember. I did find it strange that Edward Lee's new book, The Black Train, had to be edited for extreme gore and sex, yet with The Resurrectionist and White's Succulent Prey, it was about as graphic as you can get and equals or surpasses anything Edward Lee has in mass market print. The first chapter alone will have you an instant addict and have you flipping pages as fast as you can turn them. I did, however, find a few scene transitions to be a little awkward at times, and I could have done without the potshots at religion and the "evil" GOP party. The biggest problem I had was the fact that Dale continued his obsession with the same victims even though the police were onto him. He should have waited until things cooled down a little. Still, this is the best book Wrath James White has written and shows his maturity in inventing and implementing thought-provoking horror. Laced with a touch of social commentary and packed with disturbing and graphic violence, this not only a must read for genre fans, but one of the better horror titles of the year.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lincoln

    This is Wrath’s long-awaited sophomore Leisure novel, following 2008’s Succulent Prey. As in his first novel, Wrath takes on a challenging and innovative concept: Dale McCarthy, a killer with the ability to resurrect his victims over and over again, moves into a new neighborhood and shortly thereafter one particular neighbor couple, Sarah and Josh Lincoln, is plagued with memories of being killed, an unexplicably bloody mattress, and the like. The Resurrectionist isn’t the merciless, This is Wrath’s long-awaited sophomore Leisure novel, following 2008’s Succulent Prey. As in his first novel, Wrath takes on a challenging and innovative concept: Dale McCarthy, a killer with the ability to resurrect his victims over and over again, moves into a new neighborhood and shortly thereafter one particular neighbor couple, Sarah and Josh Lincoln, is plagued with memories of being killed, an unexplicably bloody mattress, and the like. The Resurrectionist isn’t the merciless, nonstop barrage of uncomfortably brutal violence that Prey was; Wrath still brings his ’siction’ A-game, but every so often there’s a pause in the gory festivities, a poignant, non-violent scene that makes the inevitable return to butchery even worse in contrast. His writing has definitely improved, as well; I remember a rather jarring perspective shift or two while reading Prey, and noticed nothing of the sort in The Resurrectionist. Of particular note is the excellent twist ending, part of which I saw coming roughly two-thirds of the way into the book. I’m pretty sure Wrath did that on purpose, though, and the rest of the twist (the final flick of the wrist, perhaps) doesn’t come until the very last page. I have to say I didn’t see it coming, and it’s a sad, though realistic and satisfying, ending. The only thing I didn’t like is Wrath’s lack of explanation for Sarah’s memories of being murdered; Dale’s victims are usually resurrected with no memory of what happened. I don’t see her memories as being unrealistic or outside the realm of possibility, though, and it does nothing to take way from the story. All in all, Wrath promised me a good book that was different from Prey but still enjoyable, and I have to say he delivered. 9.5/10; if you love no-holds barred horror and aren’t afraid to cringe a little, this is the book for you.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    It is my opinion that what makes Wrath James White's The Resurrectionist so good, as with all great books, are the characters. Josh and Sarah are like real people, and I cared about them and didn't want to witness the terrible things that happen to them after Dale, a serial killer with a unique gift to resurrect the dead, moves in across the street. Dale, who uses his power to fulfill his darkest desires, thinks that Sarah is perhaps one of the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, so he seeks It is my opinion that what makes Wrath James White's The Resurrectionist so good, as with all great books, are the characters. Josh and Sarah are like real people, and I cared about them and didn't want to witness the terrible things that happen to them after Dale, a serial killer with a unique gift to resurrect the dead, moves in across the street. Dale, who uses his power to fulfill his darkest desires, thinks that Sarah is perhaps one of the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, so he seeks to sneak into her house late at night to continuously rape, kill, and then resurrect her--not always in that order. Sarah shouldn't be able to remember what he's doing to her, and she doesn't, not completely, but there is a faint memory of Dale executing his sick passion onto her. Now, she has to convince Josh, her husband, that something is terribly wrong with their new neighbour. The Resurrectionist is of the sickest, most twisted books I've ever read. Not for the weak of stomach or faint of heart. Dale is one of the sickest Character's I ever had the pleasure to read about, and he was fun to follow for that reason alone. I would recommend The Resurrectionist to any fan of extreme horror. And if you also like your characters to breathe off the page, you will not be disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Hayes

    This is a really graphic book. No, really. This would be an X rating for violence and disgusting sex. Give author Wrath James White credit, that's what he's going for. If you can get through the first chapter, you can make it through the book. The premise is simple: a young man with no morals realizes that he has the power to bring the dead back to life. The problem? He enjoys killing things, beginning as a young child, and then bringing them back to life. The novel focuses on a couple he moves This is a really graphic book. No, really. This would be an X rating for violence and disgusting sex. Give author Wrath James White credit, that's what he's going for. If you can get through the first chapter, you can make it through the book. The premise is simple: a young man with no morals realizes that he has the power to bring the dead back to life. The problem? He enjoys killing things, beginning as a young child, and then bringing them back to life. The novel focuses on a couple he moves next to and he goes repeatedly into their house where he rapes the couple, kills them, and then brings them back to life so he can do the same the next night. Whatever you can imagine, you haven't gotten graphic enough. No, really. This wasn't a horror novel, it was a snuff book. I skimmed the book after getting half way just to end the experience. It took only an hour to get half way, so skimming the book didn't really impede my reading of it. The ultimate ending of the novel was silly, in an EC Comics way, so you can either be surprised or bored because you wasted time for that type of ending. With books like this I can understand why Dorchester Publishing ran out of money to print "hard" copies of their books and now slowly relies on ebooks. A sad, sad waste of trees and time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maicie

    Yikes. This is more horrifying than horror...at least for this reader. The gore was over the top and gratuitous. I think that may have been the author's intent. If so, good job. The ending was a nice surprise. And, geez, the author is one good-looking fella. (The older I get the more shallow I get. One of the perks of aging, I guess.) The book has an interesting plot. Dale, a wimpy puff of a man, has the ability to bring people back from the dead. This allows him to rape, t Yikes. This is more horrifying than horror...at least for this reader. The gore was over the top and gratuitous. I think that may have been the author's intent. If so, good job. The ending was a nice surprise. And, geez, the author is one good-looking fella. (The older I get the more shallow I get. One of the perks of aging, I guess.) The book has an interesting plot. Dale, a wimpy puff of a man, has the ability to bring people back from the dead. This allows him to rape, torture, and murder at will. Most of his victims never know what occurred. However, a few have suspicions. Sarah, one of the skankiest, classless gals I’ve ever run across, is one of those few. Along with her husband (Mr. No Neck, No Brain), and a couple of detectives try to snare Dale in the act. I can only recommend the book if you promise to read it with your tongue in cheek. That way you will keep your airway clear so you don't choke on your own bile.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thaydra

    I did not like this book. I hated all of the characters, they were not well developed, and while I am a fan of explicit brutality, the amount of time spent on the sexual brutality in this book was excessive even for me. Had the rest of the story had as much time spent on it, it could have been a solid book. It had a great concept. The characters were all superficial, so much so that it made me wonder how much of it might be the author's own shallowness showing through, or if it was just really I did not like this book. I hated all of the characters, they were not well developed, and while I am a fan of explicit brutality, the amount of time spent on the sexual brutality in this book was excessive even for me. Had the rest of the story had as much time spent on it, it could have been a solid book. It had a great concept. The characters were all superficial, so much so that it made me wonder how much of it might be the author's own shallowness showing through, or if it was just really poor characterization. Dialog was dismal in many areas. Sometimes the story would pick up and I would have hope, but it fell very short of the finish line for me. The best part was the ending, but even that while he had the basic idea of what it was going to be, not much thought was put into it. Overall , very unimpressed with this book. Not sure I'll ever pick up any of his other works. Not recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Eric Guignard

    REVIEWED: The Resurrectionist WRITTEN BY: Wrath James White PUBLISHED: December, 2009 Wild, original idea that is not for the feint of heart - violent with descriptive scenes of torture and sex. However, if you don't mind these things, the book is great! It took me a bit to really get into the plot - I kept "guessing" what was going to occur and expecting mediocrity. However, the author caught me every time with twists in the plot and really blew me away by the ending. Defin REVIEWED: The Resurrectionist WRITTEN BY: Wrath James White PUBLISHED: December, 2009 Wild, original idea that is not for the feint of heart - violent with descriptive scenes of torture and sex. However, if you don't mind these things, the book is great! It took me a bit to really get into the plot - I kept "guessing" what was going to occur and expecting mediocrity. However, the author caught me every time with twists in the plot and really blew me away by the ending. Definitely recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I was totally blown away with how good this story was.... amazing concept/idea and fantastic characters. gripped from the first page and riveted to my seat until I finished... could not put this down. Monsters? made, born, nurtured, this gives all dimensions... The descriptions of horror is amazing, so brutal yet said in such a matter of fact way you often read twice to make sure you got it! Wrath has a style of writing that just flows over you, shivers up the spine and then I was totally blown away with how good this story was.... amazing concept/idea and fantastic characters. gripped from the first page and riveted to my seat until I finished... could not put this down. Monsters? made, born, nurtured, this gives all dimensions... The descriptions of horror is amazing, so brutal yet said in such a matter of fact way you often read twice to make sure you got it! Wrath has a style of writing that just flows over you, shivers up the spine and then slaps you on the head. AMAZING ending!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    The Grim Reader

    Wrath delivers the goods buckets of blood. Horrific murders, and the creepiest character ever. If you like horror, you will love Wrath James White. Top, Top shelf. Enjoy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hodder

    Score 1 star because the characters do really dumb things; score 1 star because the middle section slumps badly; score 1 star because there are a few instances of failed editing, but score 4 stars because I enjoyed this immensely. It's sick and visceral, and there's a place in horror for that. I like it when boundaries get pushed. I like it when a novel has me raising an eyebrow and--about the author-- thinking, "Dude, get therapy." I like it when horror is properly horrifying. This is. It's gra Score 1 star because the characters do really dumb things; score 1 star because the middle section slumps badly; score 1 star because there are a few instances of failed editing, but score 4 stars because I enjoyed this immensely. It's sick and visceral, and there's a place in horror for that. I like it when boundaries get pushed. I like it when a novel has me raising an eyebrow and--about the author-- thinking, "Dude, get therapy." I like it when horror is properly horrifying. This is. It's graphic, occasionally pornographic, and really, really nasty. Thumbs up from me!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Unaris

    In order to represent this book accurately, I would like to share with you a few paragraphs from the novel that I feel represent the entirety of this book perfectly. **** Blood poured from Harry's face in a steady down-pour. The ragged hole where Harry's nose had been was now a bleeding crater in the center of the detective's face. "You ready to talk now, Detective Harry? Or do I have to pull out my c**k and f**k that hole in your face? With all that blood and mucus, I bet In order to represent this book accurately, I would like to share with you a few paragraphs from the novel that I feel represent the entirety of this book perfectly. **** Blood poured from Harry's face in a steady down-pour. The ragged hole where Harry's nose had been was now a bleeding crater in the center of the detective's face. "You ready to talk now, Detective Harry? Or do I have to pull out my c**k and f**k that hole in your face? With all that blood and mucus, I bet it feels just like pu**y. Come on, Detective. Don't make me keep hurting you. Just tell me what I want to know. Tell me where Sarah is." The detective shook his head. Dale began to unzip his pants and unbuckle his belt. "I guess you're going to get skull-f**ked then. Please, don't think I'm enjoying this. Well, actually, I'm loving every f**king minute of it." The detective began thrashing his head back and forth and trying to break free from his bonds. The chair rocked forward and backward and then fell over. Dale straddled the chair and looked down at Harry. The detective was still shaking his head back and forth. Dale knelt on the detective's chest with his stubby, stiffening c**k above the old cop's face. "Don't worry. I cum quick." Dale grabbed Harry's face in both hands and held it still. The old detective's screams vibrated up through his nostrils sending tremors up through Dale's organ. True to his word, Dale ejaculated after a few quick strokes. The detective vegan gagging and choking as Dale's seed obstructed his breathing. With the tape still covering his mouth the detective could not spit out Dale's semen, neither could he breathe through his mouth. First he tried to sneeze out but without nostrils he only succeeded in making cum bubbles. - Wrath James White **** Cum bubbles. Excuse my while I go roll around on the floor and laugh my a** off. You can't really spoil much about this book. Everything follows a set path and you can see the plot "twists" coming from a mile away. Essentially, the story is about a man named Dale who kills people, rapes their corpses and then brings them back to life again (them having no memory of what happened) only for Dale to kill and rape them again. The book is never-ending violence without reason and features some of the most one-dimensional characters that I have ever seen. Nothing that happens in the book is explained or makes any sense, and the decisions of the character's are baffling at best. Why Dale acts like a monster is never explained to my satisfaction. He was apparently born a serial killer. I'm sorry, but I do not think Dale's "transformation" into a killer is realistic at all. One does not become a brutal murderer and torturer by simply seeing your Mother raped and killed. He dismisses what he does because he can bring them back, so its not murder after all. See the logic? He brings them back apparently because "murder is a sin." So brutally torturing and raping people isn't? I have to warn you now. This book is very violent and graphic. I've seen the worst horror has to offer, so I'm virtually numb to gore. However, don't expect the gore to be light. Dale falls in love with Sarah, our main heroine. Our two main characters are Sarah and her husband Josh. Everyone in this book literally imitates every high school cliche ever. Sarah is a mix between the annoying Tomboy and Cheerleader/Diva characters, which has become ever-increasing in popularity in cinema today. Josh is the dumb Jock, who's only saving grace is the love he has for Sarah. Dale is like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory if Sheldon was batsh*t insane. All of the detectives that appear in various instances in the book don't have a personality at all, except for one - a black woman (who's name I don't even remember but it might be Tria or something) who is essentially the Mammy black stereotype. In combination with the horrible nonsensical ending, this book makes for a fairly un-inspiring read. The ending which happens in only the last two pages I didn't see coming at all, at least. However, the ending nor the book make any sense. Nothing the characters do make any sense at all, and EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER is so comically stupid and dumb that it's hilarious. Everyone is making the worst decisions possible and there is little to no character development. One blaring example is Sarah and Josh's failure to completely fail to tell the detective staying with them that Dale is hiding in their house somewhere, which obviously leads to disaster. Dale has to be dumbest out of the bunch, if not Josh. Sarah at least has her moments of intelligence, though that still doesn't make me have sympathy for her. Why am I giving this two stars then? Because the book is well-written. The writing itself doesn't come off Juvenile at all, even if plot and the characters are. I can tell that Wrath James White put effort in writing this book and obviously cared about it. The writing itself was good enough for me to finish the entire book. I don't hate the book. This book was actually a fun read, even though I had to shut my brain off in order to enjoy it. The folks who read this, at least get the respect of not being taken for granted. However, this book doesn't deserve more then two stars in my opinion. There are a lot better horror stories then this. Only read it if you're bored and don't have anything else on your plate at the moment.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mommacat

    You're either going to love it or you're going to hate it . There is no inbetween. I'm one of those people that can read about perversions done to adults and never bat an eye. But harm an animal? No, thanks. And especially kill the same animal over and over again. Nope. No thanks. Not even. Waste of my time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    RabbitReads

    I could not finish this book. I tried over and over again but then realized that life itself was just too short. The progression of the story was very bad. It felt like I was reading bullet points. Maybe the story picked up but I had no more patience to give. I did like the female character's skepticism when it came to religion but it quickly became a regurgitation of all the atheist talking points. There is nothing in the world worse than a preachy atheist and this is coming from someone who de I could not finish this book. I tried over and over again but then realized that life itself was just too short. The progression of the story was very bad. It felt like I was reading bullet points. Maybe the story picked up but I had no more patience to give. I did like the female character's skepticism when it came to religion but it quickly became a regurgitation of all the atheist talking points. There is nothing in the world worse than a preachy atheist and this is coming from someone who despises all religions. I will try another one of his books though.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kit★

    This was a dollar store find last year, finally decided to tackle it and get it off the TBR. Ugh, I absolutely loathed Dale practically right away. Ok, at first, when the stuff and the things are happening with his mom and dad, ok I was sad, sorry for him. However, he quickly went from a kid who I felt bad for to a horrible, horrible person. At so young an age, he went from a sad little boy to a freakin' evil kid who got his jollies from torturing animals and people. Right then and there, t This was a dollar store find last year, finally decided to tackle it and get it off the TBR. Ugh, I absolutely loathed Dale practically right away. Ok, at first, when the stuff and the things are happening with his mom and dad, ok I was sad, sorry for him. However, he quickly went from a kid who I felt bad for to a horrible, horrible person. At so young an age, he went from a sad little boy to a freakin' evil kid who got his jollies from torturing animals and people. Right then and there, the scene with the kitten, I wanted to jump into the book and pick that little snotfaced f-er up and squeeze his f-ing neck until his eyes bugged out of his head. Hey, he did it to the cat, so it was only fair, right? I wanted to kill him through the whole story, every damn single time he appeared on page. I hated his stinking guts! With a passion! Ugh! I mean, maybe it's a point in the author's favor that he made me feel so strongly. However, the other main characters, Josh and Sarah, I couldn't feel as strongly about. Sarah was ok, I suppose, though I didn't really like her. She reminded me of people I've seen in movies and TV, shallow and bossy, a sort of pseudo-feisty preppy tough girl. I didn't hate her, though, and I could understand her a little, but at times I really wanted to shake her. Josh was probably the one I felt the most for. I liked him for the most part, sometimes he reminded me of people I've met before, and not necessarily in a bad way. The gore... oh man. I'm not really averse to gore. Honest. I really liked Hostel when it came out, and other movies of that ilk, and it never really bothered me. I can't recall ever being bothered by it in a book. However, this book... I was like whoa. Whoa. A couple of the scenes were sick! Twisted. The one that most sticks in my mind is what the sicko did to the old detective guy. That is one place to put one of those things that I can honestly say I have not read about before. Whoa with a capital W. I was reading that with this look on my face... just like... yea. No words. No words at all. The book was oddly and compulsively readable though. I flew through it pretty quick indeed. It was a strange, disgusting wreck that I couldn't look away from. Yea, the villain wasn't very bright, at all, in any way, nor were the good guys, but I had to see how it ended. That was the part that made me want to throw the book though. That ending. Seriously. It was a twist, and not one I liked either. I was like... after all that... everything that happened, everything everyone did, everyone suffered so horrendously for, to have it end like that... ARG!! Double ARG! Why!? And no!!!!!! (view spoiler)[ And if all his victims fell apart in the ways he killed them when he was resurrected, then that means there was a bunch of people just falling apart, etc. Dorothy Madigan in the psych hospital, and who freakin' knows how many others! (hide spoiler)] Sigh. Not sure if I will try this author again. Maybe, but I'm leaning toward a probably not, at least with my feelings at this moment. I'm not entirely ruling it out though, I suppose.

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