The Resurrectionists by Michael Patrick Hicks

The Resurrectionists (The Salem Hawley Series, Book 1)
Salem Hawley
Michael Patrick Hicks
High Fever
June 4th 2019

Having won his emancipation after fighting on the side of the colonies during the American Revolution, Salem Hawley is a free man. Only a handful of years after the end of British rule, Hawley finds himself drawn into a new war unlike anything he has ever seen. New York City is on the cusp of a new revolution as the science of medicine advances, but procuring bodies for study is still illegal. Bands of resurrectionists are stealing corpses from New York cemeteries, and women of the night are disappearing from the streets, only to meet grisly ends elsewhere. After a friend’s family is robbed from their graves, Hawley is compelled to fight back against the wave of exhumations plaguing the Black cemetery. Little does he know, the theft of bodies is key to far darker arts being performed by the resurrectionists. If successful, the work of these occultists could spell the end of the fledgling American Experiment… and the world itself. The Resurrectionists, the first book in the Salem Hawley series, is a novella of historical cosmic horror from the author of Broken Shells and Mass Hysteria.

Salem Hawley is a free man who fought on the side of the colonies in the American Revolution. There’a new science coming to the forefront in medicine which is leading to some nefarious activities in the streets of New York.

Body snatchers raid cemeteries for specimens for medical experiments. Salem Hawley is determined to defend the potter’s field where many African Americans of the time are buried. In his efforts to protect the graves Salem gets wrapped up in a much more sinister plot.

The Resurrectionists

I’m a big fan of Lovecraftian/Cosmic Horror so when I saw this book it went right on my wish list. Fans of the sub genre should find this book right up their alley, very true to Cosmic Horror.

Michael Patrick Hicks captures the sense of helplessness, dread, and the smallness of Man in the universe very well. The detail provided about the setting was exceptional. I”m and armature history buff so whenever a book set in a historical era comes up in my queue I tend to get annoyed a time or two. No so with this book. Not only did the setting make sense for the time frame but the medical experiments as well. It’s pretty well known that some pretty horrible experiments were being done during this time period.

The pacing was very good as well. I’m a reader that requires good pacing our I quickly become bored with a book. That doesn’t mean I need there to be over action , just compelling events in the story at reasonable intervals.

Overall, a great read. One of the best Lovecraftian books I’ve read in quite some time. The book reads fast but is rich in a post revolutionary setting. I have no doubt I will have a physical copy of this book on my shelf along side the rest of my Lovecraftian collection.

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