Tor UK is thrilled to announce that Reviver, the first novel in a three books series by debut author Seth Patrick, has had the option pre-empted by Legendary Pictures, the company behind such blockbusters as Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Watchmen. You can read what Variety had to say about the deal here.


Reviver, which we're publishing June 2013, focusses on a small group of people who have the talent of pulling the recently deceased back into their bodies for a short space of time. The lead character, Jonah Millar, works for the Forensic Revival Service, using his gift to bring back victims to implicate their killers. It's a terrifically fast-paced supernatural thriller. We've attached the cover copy here to tempt you further...


Revivers.  Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise.  Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public.  The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world.  Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation. 


In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service.  Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence.  Something is watching.  Waiting.  His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress.  Jonah is not so certain. 


Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and  Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers.  Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice.  Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger . . .


Seth Patrick was born in Northern Ireland. An Oxford mathematics graduate, he works as a programmer in an award-winning games company. He lives in England with his wife and two young children. Reviver is his first novel. The press release from Pan Macmillan can be found here.