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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451668643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451668643
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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High praise for the intense vision of STEPHEN ROMANO and RESURRECTION EXPRESS:

"The pace never slackens in Romano's superior debut thriller....[A] complex, multilayered storyline. Few will anticipate the plot twists or the extremely satisfying resolution." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Cinematic, hyperkinetic, action-packed!" —Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Minute

Compelling, devastating, and brutal, with battle-hardened prose and relentless energy, Stephen Romano has crafted one hell of a first novel. A juiced-up, whacked-out, back-to-the-wall book that reads like a ride through the Knife and Gun Club on the night of a full moon, riding the Resurrection Express will leave you dizzy from betrayal, speechless from reversals, and quite possibly battered and broken by its revelations.” —Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author of Alpha and creator of the Eisner Award–winning Queen & Country series

“Stephen Romano’s taut prose is as unrelentingly violent and brutal as the story he tells. Resurrection Express is a killer debut that demands attention. A scorching read.” —Brian Azzarello, New York Times bestselling author of Joker and creator of the Eisner Award–winning 100 Bullets series

“Stephen Romano’s imagination is so scary-brilliant, you should be required to obtain a controlled dangerous substance license before opening Resurrection Express.”—Duane Swierczynski, author of the Anthony, Barry, Macavity, and Shamus Award–nominated Charlie Hardie series

Resurrection Express whipsaws along at 100 mph, with so much momentum that the reader feels like if he hits one bump, he’ll go straight through the windshield.”—Tom Piccirilli, author of the International Thriller Writers’ Award–winning novel The Cold Spot

“A high-voltage blast! Stephen Romano’s action scenes are light-years ahead of the pack, fueled by muscular prose, terrifying villains, and Elroy Coffin—a protagonist for the ages. Resurrection Express is one of the finest examples I’ve encountered of noir’s evolution into the twenty-first century.”—Blake Crouch, acclaimed author of Run, Snowbound, and Abandon

Resurrection Express is a rip-snortin’ white-knuckle ride. . . . A page-turner that sinks its teeth into you and won’t let go. Stephen Romano has created a meal you will want to swallow whole—it’s that hard to put down. His damaged protagonist, Elroy Coffin, is a compelling computer freak with criminal skills who you can’t help but root for. A savage and vicious little tale that fans of Don Winslow will lap up. Highly recommended!”—Don Coscarelli, award-winning director of cult classics Phantasm, Bubba Ho-tep, and The Beastmaster

“Deceit, treachery, and betrayal are the names of the game….The action is fun and fast paced in this thriller romp!”

“Gripping…[a] complex multifaceted novel starring hard-ass people battling for lead dog position in what will be shortlisted as one of the top thrillers of the year.” (
  • "Writing" 7
  • "Action" 5
  • "Suspense" 4
  • "Characters" 3
  • "Emotional" 1
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chels on September 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a true suspense novel? Resurrection Express will deliver a heart-pounding, action-packed story. The reader will open the first page to a fight scene and a graphic one at that. Elroy, the main character, will both shock and fascinate the reader. He holds nothing back and fully allows the reader into his mind. He acts as the reader's guide through an almost surreal plot.

Elroy ends up in a jail cell. He can't do anything that he loves: hacking, cracking codes, fighting, etc... His anger at his belief in the death of his wife is overwhelming. When he receives an unusual visitor with an unusual request, he has no idea of the journey he is about to embark on. Elroy accepts the deal his visitor offers, especially when he learns his wife might still be alive. However, when Elroy is released from prison to begin his part of the bargain, he finds that the characters he meets and the adversaries he is up against just might get the best of him.

Overall, Resurrection Express kept me up till the late hours of the night. This book was impossible to put down; the scenes seemd to fly by and the plot constantly changed. The reader will not want to miss one minute. Elroy's character is not particularly likable, yet this does not detract from the story at all. Instead, he fits the setting and plot perfectly. The other characters are not any more redeemable than Elroy; many of them seem purely evil, perfect for a suspense novel. Stephen Romano has a way of writing that can give the reader the chills. This book is recommended to adult readers.

*Received a review copy, this in no way affects my opinion*
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wbentrim VINE VOICE on September 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano

Funny I thought I knew how to spell intense and turns out it is spelled ROMANO! Wow, this book brings a level of intensity that I expect from Vince Flynn or Daniel Silva, I just didn't know Romano was this good.

A hacker/thief and his father an assassin/thief are embroiled in a elitist conspiracy to rework the world.

If you are squeamish you won't want to read this book. It is graphic, very graphic but also captivating. The story is complex and you best pay attention or you will get lost. Some thought provoking questions arise from the plot of this book. There are also some not so subtle political digs included in the work. Don't look for any warm and fuzzy characters, they are all pretty much despicable. If you are looking for a rush from reading, grab this book, it will grab you and shake out your complacency.

I highly recommend the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Lohmann on December 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Glad others liked it as much as they did, but kind of "meh" for me. Protagonist has interesting background, but there are just bodies everywhere as the novel progresses. While I don't mind violence in a novel, eventually there are simply so many bodies littered everywhere throughout this story that my willingness to suspend my disbelief just evaporated. I respectfully think that the author could have written the same novel without leaving pretty much everyone in it dead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Crossroad Reviews on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As you all know I am attempting to branch out of my YA only reading. And this one was AMAZING!!! I really love shows with this kind of thing like the Italian Job etc. And this book was AMAZING!!! You will want to pay attention to this book or you might get lost. Others have said it was a little graphic. But as I am a horror/supernatural fan. I think I'm numb to graphics like this. So be forewarned my graphic level and your might be a little different.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan W. Alaspa on October 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book on a recommendation from author Blake Crouch. I was not disappointed. Very intense, three-dimensional characters, and a story that moves from the first page and never stops to look back. The book drifted a bit toward the end in directions I could not possibly comprehend, but I was willing to with it right up until the end. I can't wait to see more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Frauenglas VINE VOICE on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is Romano's first novel that he's written on his own. He's previously written adaptations for TV, an illustrated work & was one of three co-authors of a novel. Anyone who is a fan of Andrew Vachss will enjoy reading this book. The writing is taut. The pace is fast. The crimes are gruesome. Lines between good and bad are blurred. All the heroes are anti-heroes. Readers will question who are really the good guys. What most impressed me about this novel was the amount of computer knowledge & technical expertise Romano must possess to write this book. Even if he had to research it all, I would not have even known where to look for all the information he's writing about. At times, this all seemed too much paranoid conspiracy theory; but Vachss sometimes veers in that direction, as well. Overlooking that bit of criticism, this is one heck of an exciting thriller! It would have been even better and more exciting with some judicious editing; but, sadly that is a problem many books written in the past decade seem to share. At 400+ pages it was exciting. At a well-edited 280-300 pages, it would have been grabbing you by the seat of your pants thrilling!
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