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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
John Abernathy is still coming to terms with the revelation that he’s part alien, descended from a Sagittarian woman who traveled to Earth with an advance group of colonists. He’s also still struggling to understand his newfound Sagittarian abilities, which include shape shifting and fast healing, when his friend, Sheriff Masters, requests his help on a baffling case. The pair soon discovers that the culprit is a monstrous, deformed rabbit wearing military dog tags. The rabbit’s true identity leads John to Colonel Hollister, and the revelation that the Colonel is now conducting monstrous experiments, most likely in the same facility where Hollister is keeping John’s father imprisoned. Tired of waiting for Louisa, leader of the Sagittarians, to provide the aid she promised, John sets off for the government facility to free his father and hopefully find a cure for genetic experiments gone wrong.
The Resurrectionist is a whirlwind blend of exciting quest and unpredictable humor. Ben Adams folds obvious comedy into this novel and yet manages to transform Winnebagos converted into spaceships, a colony of Elvis impersonators, and a monster rabbit into earnest, even logical story elements. This makes the anecdotal humor of accidental rips in the multiverse and drug hangovers that much more satisfying. The rabbit, nicknamed Dave, has a sense of Frankenstein’s monster about him with Hollister as the obsessive doctor, introducing a surprising note of empathy into The Resurrectionist. A bounty of humor, a fast-paced story with unpredictable twists, and the precision with which Ben Adams lays bare human nature come together to create a story that’s satisfyingly complex while also ridiculously entertaining.