Thomas Flanagan is a slimeball senator. When a plane
crash leaves his friend Larry dead and Flanagan with the ability to
bring him back, nothing will ever be the same. Everyone wants
Flanagan, from the doctors who examined the resurrected Larry, to the
Vatican, to the most secret and ugly mechanisms of the US government.
The Resurrectionist is full of unexpected twists (except
for the painfully predictable football game) but never rises above
the conventional adventure and intrigue of an "action packed" movie.
The ending is particularly weak and unsatisfactory, resorting to an
out-of-the-blue, deus ex machina revelation
Nevertheless, The Resurrectionist is fast and tense, with
little extraneous padding. Monteleone's skill as a writer shows,
despite his flawed plot, in poetic phrases such as "she even hated
[herself] for having the hubris to have ever believed she was strong
enough to labor under the shadow of Caduceus." This is not enough to
redeem the book, but it comes close.
This review copyright 1996 by Wendy Morris