Jack Hunter is an archeologist
supervising a dig in Santorini, with little hope of finding
anything of note. However, one day his crew finds a grave
which is a mass of contradictions. The workers warn Jack that
he should leave this skeleton untouched, but Jack’s curiosity
and sense of discovery won’t let him leave well enough alone.
When strange things begin happening Jack must confront the
reality of the myth of the “vrykolakas” and the consequences
of Jack’s involvement with him.
Belas is a “vrykolakas” or revenant. In
Greece few things are feared more than a revenant, because
their whole reason for existence is revenge. Belas approaches
Jack with a deal Jack couldn’t refuse: a little blood, sweat
and semen in exchange for the archeological find of a
lifetime. The object of Belas’ revenge is not within his
reach, so he diverts himself avenging himself for lesser
wrongs, but in the meantime his relationship with Jack evolves
and becomes something neither one of them recognizes. How
will they bridge the chasm of death between them?
Revenant is a tale of
horror and suspense, which is rich in detail and intrigue.
The characters are really well drawn, the plot is well
developed and it touches on the themes of revenge, jealousy,
ambition, love and friendship. However, I found the
characters unappealing and unsympathetic. While reading the
book I at times felt that I was watching a gruesome car
accident but unable to look away. The most difficult thing
for me about reading this book was that I couldn’t see things
working out to a happy ending for Jack or Belas and I’m still
unsure how I feel about the actual ending. Revenant
is not a light or short read, and I would only encourage you
to get it if you really enjoy dark and anguished circumstances
where the characters’ endings are ambiguous.