mezzowriter @ ReadWrite
"First off, I love the cover. VERY striking. (Also listed as author: J.G. Sandom.) Welsh’s tale is a unique blend of Oliver Twist and Jack the Ripper. Very Dickensian in many ways, but still very accessible to younger readers (more MATURE younger readers, however). I was really intrigued by the subject matter; I didn’t know much about the body-snatcher trials. It’s a page-turner. It hits the ground running from the very beginning and the momentum is consistent...A very good read. Highly recommended, especially for lovers of Dickens."
Olivia Jonowicz @ Newbie Critics
"...What I absolutely loved about this book, is how descriptive the author was when describing ‘London’...There were many parts where I just wanted to lean to the side and hurl; there were others that made me feel the pain of having my leg smashed against the hard metal of a ship; and other parts where I could smell the rotting carcass of a body being crushed underneath someone being trapped in a coffin; or where I could just feel the thick fog of the putrid air in the streets...I really enjoyed this book, and I’d recommend it for the older age group."
Michelle @ tkwelsh.com
"I've just completed reading Resurrection Men and I must say that it made it to my favorite book list (only one so far, and I do read often) Which is saying a lot... T.K you are an extraordinary writer that snags me out of my surroundings and into your imagintion! I plan to read The Unresolved and any other future book you may write! Share your talent! Its a substance you must not waste!"
Kat M @ Shelfari
"A super book! Very Dickensian, which I love. Setting was partly 1830's London and trying to live in appalling conditions. The resurrection men were those who dug up bodies for science. It was also about a doctor using these bodies. And about a boy living on the streets until a nice doctor takes him in. A great book."
Cat @ www.goodreads.com
"A great book for boys. The story takes place in the 1830's in London. Victor is a beggar on the streets trying everything he can to survive, when a friendly Doctor finds him and takes him in. Things start to turn sour for Victor when his friends start to disappear and he is left with their fate in his hands."
Terry @ www.goodreads.com
"I was first attracted to the red and black cover, with the eerie picture. The book jacket description sounded interesting, too -- body stealing in 19th century England. But the book is far more complex than that, with a lot going on. I do not think the book jacket information adequately described what the book was about...Given the blood, grime, and gore, this book should fly off the shelves around Halloween. Recommended for those who like historical novels that will keep them up at night."
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer @ www.goodreads.com
"This odd novel reminded me of the rags-to-riches and the picaresque types of stories. The main character went through a lot of adventures and suffering to end up in a good position. The description of the beggar subculture and the state of surgery at the time was fascinating. For a closer look at the beggar culture, and their language, see A Pickpocket's Tale by Karen Schwabach."
pmlyayakkers @ LibraryThing
"After Victor's parents are murdered, he leaves Italian village and signs onto a merchant ship. A fight with another crewman results in his being injured and thrown overboard. Found on shore in England, he is sold to two disreputable "resurrection men" who set him up as a beggar. Poor children's lives were worthless in 1830's London. This is the story of how he and others struggled to live, often died and were taken advantage of. Victor's story has a happy ending - many others did not. Resurrection men were in the business of stealing corpses or otherwise obtaining bodies for medical research."
Elizabeth @ www.tkwelsh.com
"Hello, your book is quiet an inspiration to me. I, as a 12 (going on 20) year old girl, love to write. Sometimes my friends think I'm crazy that I'm writing for fun. Even yet, I'm consistent of writing my book. Your book, has helped me with this process. I think it would be a great honor on my part, if you came to the Book Smith, in the Cumberland mall! Though I am not finished with the book, I am very close to the end, (and on the edge of my seat I might add). The settings and perspective of story telling between Victor's life, and the story telling within the military setting, intrigues me so. I find that it is hard to put down this book, and at times, I would absentmindedly say something out loud while reading, such as encouragement for Victor to run, or 'No... Tatters...', but of course, I know full well the characters cannot hear me. Here I am, getting off subject; me and my mother would be very honored, once again, if you came to Book Smith. I will try my best in school to 'market' the placing around, and put up some flyers in local libraries, and the book store itself. New Jersey doesn't get this much excitement, so when people hear that a writer, as sucessfull as yourself, is coming to a book store locally, I'm sure fellow book readers will jump at the chance! Also, I have yet to read your book "The Unresolved", (which is probly next on my list, after I'm free of all the papers for school I must write). I'm a Jewish teen myself, and think it would be an enriching book to read! We need more writers like you, that are tangible to the public. Thank you again. Aspiring writer, Elizabeth."
Andrea @ genrefluent.com
Teen Comments on Books Eligible for 2007 & 2008 Awards
"Resurrection Menis the first book of its kind that I've ever read. It's set in 1830 London. It's the time when doctors are discovering amazing things about diseases and the human anatomy. Unfortunately, people didn't have enough cadavers to go around. So a black market business is set up, selling bodies dug up from their graves, but that's just one way to get a hold of bodies. It's very dark, so don't read it if you don't like that kind of thing. I would like a copy of this book. Nominate? Yes!"
Ally @ www.tkwelsh.com
"Hi, I just wanted to say that i really loved your book and that you should make another book that is just as creepy and even more so spine chilling. All of my friends are waiting in line to read your book because i gave it a good recomendation. Because of your book it has inspired me to write as well. And just in time as well because i have to write a short story for Lit. Congrats again."
Trevor @ www.goodreads.com
"The dark, putrid, gray atmosphere of 1830s London is recreated here in vivid and sometimes brutal detail, accurately reflecting the environment of the era...Welsh has incorporated gothic, mystery, and horror genres into a historical novel that is very readable...The feel of the language of the time has been maintained without getting bogged down in exact replication...The action and pace is steady and quick, rarely pausing, and finishes in an unforgettable, movie-quality fight-to-the-death."
Ben @ www.goodreads.com
"A chilling portrait of 1830s London, when corpses were highly valued for medical research, and the streets of London were filled with homeless children. The fresher the subject, the more valuable the cadaver. Eventually, someone realized it was easier to kill the children than to dig them up after death. The book follows the troubles of Victor, from his home in Italy where he witnesses the murder of his parents as Carbonari, to the muck-filled streets of London where he's sold to a Master and forced to beg for a living. Chilling and yet beautifully written. The book haunted me long after I put it down."
Kurt A. Johnson (Top 50 Reviewer) @ Amazon
"While working on a poor street child that was run over along a road, Dr. Lambro has a story to tell. It's the story of Victor, a young Italian lad, who saw his parents murdered before his own eyes, and then was sold into virtual slavery as a ship's cabin boy. Ending up in England, Victor experiences street life in Victorian England, with all of its poverty, degeneracy, and downright murderous danger. This book is written for young adult readers, and is intended to teach them the depths of the horrors that some people experienced in Victorian England. Now, as you might expect from the above description, this is not a happy book, and is bound to be upsetting for younger or more sensitive readers. But, if you are willing to take this book for what it is, you will find it to be an interesting look into the dark, dark side of The Good Old Days. Personally, I found it to be a very interesting read, and a very educational one. I highly recommend this book."
Reluctant Boy Reader @ Amazon
"What makes this book so remarkable to me, as a mom of a son who NEVER reads, is that he LOVED this book. In fact, he couldn't put it down, and was genuinely sad when he'd finished it. It's so difficult for parents to find books for boys these days. Most young adult books are written for girls by girls. Here's a book written for boys about a subject that's gory and ghoulish...but extremely well written and historical to boot. In an age when boys are playing graphic video games, the vividness of the language and the story kept his interest. While the story has some gruesome scenes, based on what I know of the period, it is a very realistic portrayal of what life was actually like. He also completely related to the young boy protagonist. He felt the kid's pain and suffering, and learned that when struggling against the worst possible odds, courage and strength of character will see you through. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK."
Gracie412 in Manhattan @ Amazon
"I bought a few copies of this book for my nephews who find it hard to find books that interest them. They could hardly put it down, they loved the grisly bits but surprisingly also loved the plot. I enjoy T.K. Welsh's books as an adult and my daughter loved The Unresolved but my nephews have had such a wonderful time with this book that they keep re-reading their favorite parts! My sister is ecstatic by their love of reading and is buying The Unresolved for them also. It's very hard to find books that boys will enjoy, and to find a historical fiction book that captures the senses and is well written is a godsend. I think this is a book that can be read by fathers and sons, as well as mothers and daughters. Once again, bravo to T.K. Welsh and as my nephews would say, 'Dude, this rocks!'"