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By the Sword PDF, ePub eBook The 12th book in F. Paul Wilson's acclaimed Repairman Jack series, this is a signed limited hardcover edition.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Well Jack finally (view spoiler)[ finally meets Glaeken, though of course he can't say that name lest he draw Rasalom's attention...but he can't say Rasalom's name either so it works out. (hide spoiler)] . I guess we've been waiting for that for a while. We're sort of starting to tie things together. Maybe. This book builds on another book by Wilson titled Black Wind. Personally I didn't care for that book much but the story in it does fill in some details and answer some questions you may have as Well Jack finally (view spoiler)[ finally meets Glaeken, though of course he can't say that name lest he draw Rasalom's attention...but he can't say Rasalom's name either so it works out. (hide spoiler)] . I guess we've been waiting for that for a while. We're sort of starting to tie things together. Maybe. This book builds on another book by Wilson titled Black Wind. Personally I didn't care for that book much but the story in it does fill in some details and answer some questions you may have as you read this book. It will also add some more details about the ally's champion. I suspect this book is one big case of foreshadowing also. If you've followed the Repairman Jack books and seen the story sort of move around the thriller/horror/urban fantasy paradigms then you'll (I believe) really like this one as it does seem to be coming together here...and coming together well. I've read several of the Adversary cycle of books by Mr. Wilson which ties in to this series. I have never cared for those as much as I do the Repairman Jack cycle, but they do (again) answer some of the questions that will arise about the "back story". This is a very complex fantasy universe/plot in it's own way. maybe it's not quite as far reaching as say Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion cycle but it's still got a lot of meat on the bone and if you want to immerse yourself in it you can. I like this book, I recommend this book, but I also recommend you start this series at it's beginning. Maybe even go all the way back to The Keep and start there before Jack is born but where Mr. Wilson began his story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    Might be time to take a break from Repairman Jack. Like the previous book, I found this one tedious as I really do not care about the Kickers or Dawn Pickering, who seem to have become the primary focal points of the story, rather than Gia, Vicky and Jack. In this story, everyone is still trying to grab Dawn because of her unborn child and a katana, forged by a famous Japanese artist which supposedly survived the nuclear blast in Hiroshima is also sought by the Kickers, a Japanese corporation, a Might be time to take a break from Repairman Jack. Like the previous book, I found this one tedious as I really do not care about the Kickers or Dawn Pickering, who seem to have become the primary focal points of the story, rather than Gia, Vicky and Jack. In this story, everyone is still trying to grab Dawn because of her unborn child and a katana, forged by a famous Japanese artist which supposedly survived the nuclear blast in Hiroshima is also sought by the Kickers, a Japanese corporation, and a Japanese religious cult. Too much mayhem and slaughter. One bright spot is some clarity around the woman with the dog and Glaeken, Rasalom's archenemy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David Agranoff

    Wow is it Book twelve of Repairman Jack already? Where has the time gone. This was the book in the series I was looking forward to because in conversation with Wilson at the Borderlands writers boot camp he referred to it as being his Yojimbo influenced novel. Being a fan of series but also of Akria Kurasawa's classic Samurai movie(which was also remade into the western fistful of dollars) I was excited to see how Wilson wove the concept into the world of Jack. It was done with his typical plotting gen Wow is it Book twelve of Repairman Jack already? Where has the time gone. This was the book in the series I was looking forward to because in conversation with Wilson at the Borderlands writers boot camp he referred to it as being his Yojimbo influenced novel. Being a fan of series but also of Akria Kurasawa's classic Samurai movie(which was also remade into the western fistful of dollars) I was excited to see how Wilson wove the concept into the world of Jack. It was done with his typical plotting genius, Yojimbo is a movie where a hapless seeming Ronin walks into a village in conflict and works both sides while coming out on top. As Jack works some of the various cults to fight each other I was amused knowing this was Yojimbo influence. Knowing he was influenced by that film only adds to the plot weaving Wilson does when you consider that in many ways By the Sword is a sequel to the events in Black Wind, while also using events from several novels including The first Adversary novel The Keep and of course the previous 11 novels in the Jack series. I am not sure why but I held off reading Black Wind, Wilson's 1988 classic novel of the second world war in the pacific. Perfect timing really as that novel informs this one. Indeed the Mcguffin comes straight out of Black Wind when Jack is hired by the son of Frank Slater (BM's narrator and main character) to find the family kantna( Sword) which had been in his adopted Japanese father's hand when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The sword some how survived the blast and now it has been stolen from the family plantation in Hawaii, and the thief has made it back to NYC. Since Harbingers I have come to the conclusion that it is no longer possible to just drop in on these repairman Jack novels. The events of Bloodline built in minor ways on the events of Harbingers but By the sword builds directly off of the last novel. Without knowing the depth of of the events in the last novel and Black wind to a lesser extent the full power of this novel might be lost. By the Sword is a clear step up the ladder towards the end of this exciting series. This is an important and exciting entry in the series that is must read, but it helps to have read all the other books in the secret history of the world as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debi

    I'm having an affair with Jack. Even though we havn't formally been introduced he's got my mind occupied with his antics. F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack is one bad boy in his lasting outing By The Sword. Jack lives off the grid and has no identity. He's an anarchist, an urban mercenary. Jack fixes those problems the establishment can't. I love a character who walks the edge of the envelope between good and evil and battles back when I would under the same circumstances turn into a ball of goop. I I'm having an affair with Jack. Even though we havn't formally been introduced he's got my mind occupied with his antics. F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack is one bad boy in his lasting outing By The Sword. Jack lives off the grid and has no identity. He's an anarchist, an urban mercenary. Jack fixes those problems the establishment can't. I love a character who walks the edge of the envelope between good and evil and battles back when I would under the same circumstances turn into a ball of goop. In By The Sword Jack must find a legendary sword stolen (kanta) from the Hiroshima Peace Museum. Unfortunately a cabal of Yakuza ganesters, an order of mystical monks, the Kickers from previous novels, and let's not forget his supernatural nemesis Rasolom are all also trying to retrieve the sword. Talk about your bad day at the office. The bodies do pile up in this one. Jack uses his brain more than brawn. A nice cross between the original Bond and MacGiver. I'm amazed at how Jack extricates himself from his latest assignment. Then there is the whole "otherness" and "ally" tug of war going on to boot. Unfortunately you can't really jump into the middle of this series, although F.Paul believes it can. I think they need to be read in order.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Furb

    I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book more. Repairman Jack is not your ordinary fix-it man. He's a man that fixes things, but he won't clean the lint out of your dryer if that's what you're looking for. He's more of a man that fixes... situations. I was sort of skeptical when this book was selected by Freedom Book Club, but this book did not disappoint. Up until this book was chosen all the selections of the FBC had been non-fiction titles. Boy was this book a change of pace. It holds up to t I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book more. Repairman Jack is not your ordinary fix-it man. He's a man that fixes things, but he won't clean the lint out of your dryer if that's what you're looking for. He's more of a man that fixes... situations. I was sort of skeptical when this book was selected by Freedom Book Club, but this book did not disappoint. Up until this book was chosen all the selections of the FBC had been non-fiction titles. Boy was this book a change of pace. It holds up to the lessaiz-faire premise set for the club, and it is highly entertaining. If you happen to be a Hawaiian plantation owner that has lost a sword (stolen by his father), and you can't have any police involvement, Jack's your man! After the stage is set, Wilson lets it rip. Hold on tight for the convergence of the mercenary fix-it man, immortal beings, Japanese hit men, and a clash of the wacked-out cults. If violence hurts your sensibilities, this book may not be to your liking, as it has a high body count. Also there is a sexual situation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    This novel picks up right where Bloodline leaves off and features some of the same characters. Central to this story is the Matsumune Gaijin, the name given to a rare Japanese sword (Katana). This particular sword was forged from a meteorite in the 14th century by Matsumune for a "foreigner" (Gaijin). Jack is hired to locate and obtain the sword which was recently stolen on Maui and taken to New York City. Jack's not the only one after the sword--the others are Hank Thompson, the leader of the " This novel picks up right where Bloodline leaves off and features some of the same characters. Central to this story is the Matsumune Gaijin, the name given to a rare Japanese sword (Katana). This particular sword was forged from a meteorite in the 14th century by Matsumune for a "foreigner" (Gaijin). Jack is hired to locate and obtain the sword which was recently stolen on Maui and taken to New York City. Jack's not the only one after the sword--the others are Hank Thompson, the leader of the "Kicker" cult; a mysterious Japanese cult, the "Kakureta Kao", and the Chairman of a large Japanese holding company, the Kaze Group. Pretty interesting storyline with Jack meeting Glaecken, a nearly-immortal combatant in the fight against the "Otherness".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review contains SPOILERS. Please do not read it if you're spoiler-sensitive. By the Sword is my favorite F. Paul Wilson book since The Keep. It's rich in Otherness plot development, including cameos by both Rasalom and Glaeken. There's even a hint or two about who/what the Lady(ies) with the Dogs who/are. There is a strong sense of forward momentum toward a narrowing plotline, which I am very glad for. I love the RMJ books, but I want to experience closure with the overall story arc. I can't w This review contains SPOILERS. Please do not read it if you're spoiler-sensitive. By the Sword is my favorite F. Paul Wilson book since The Keep. It's rich in Otherness plot development, including cameos by both Rasalom and Glaeken. There's even a hint or two about who/what the Lady(ies) with the Dogs who/are. There is a strong sense of forward momentum toward a narrowing plotline, which I am very glad for. I love the RMJ books, but I want to experience closure with the overall story arc. I can't wait for the next installment, 5 of 5 stars for this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    If you like Repairman Jack you will like this book. Jack is your everyday man of average height, build, and looks who hires out to fix peoples problems vigilante style. If you haven't read any of the series you want to start toward the beginning. There are many story lines that are drawn together through the books and it is becoming more and more important that you have read previous books. None of the books will change your life but they are always a rip roaring fun read if you just want to be If you like Repairman Jack you will like this book. Jack is your everyday man of average height, build, and looks who hires out to fix peoples problems vigilante style. If you haven't read any of the series you want to start toward the beginning. There are many story lines that are drawn together through the books and it is becoming more and more important that you have read previous books. None of the books will change your life but they are always a rip roaring fun read if you just want to be entertained.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    So this was basically the Repairman Jack version of Yojimbo/A Fistful of Dollars but way way way bloodier. The final action sequence was absolutely insane. A pure adrenaline rush. A sect of self mutilating monks (reprising their role from Black Wind), a corporation in cahoots with the yakuza, a modern day cult influenced by the otherness and Jack all compete for control of a mysterious sword.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Convoluted plot. The earlier Repairman Jack novels are much, much better than this. I'm just waiting for the end of series, as promised, to see how the author will tie this into the last book of the Adversary series, or maybe I'll skip it altogether.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Grant Howard

    Take something already pretty awesome and add ninjas! Gold. This is a very action packed violent entry in the series which also sees Jack (finally!) meeting up with the other major player we've all been waiting for.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jud

    Do you really need to review a Repairman Jack book? A fast-paced, entertaining read, as always. The loose ends are starting to come together. Wilson is preparing us for the end.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    An exciting thriller with sci-fi infusion. At times it got very crowded with almost too much action., probably why it was never a movie.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    3 Stars By the Sword, Repairman Jack #12 was to me the weakest story in this amazing series and guilty pleasure of mine. F. Paul Wilson has created a special series led by a main character in Jack that always walks the line between good and bad. The Repairman Jack series has developed into one of my very favorite series out there and I can never seem to get enough. Wilson does an amazing job at making each book work as a standalone while at the same time never neglecting the overall story arc. W 3 Stars By the Sword, Repairman Jack #12 was to me the weakest story in this amazing series and guilty pleasure of mine. F. Paul Wilson has created a special series led by a main character in Jack that always walks the line between good and bad. The Repairman Jack series has developed into one of my very favorite series out there and I can never seem to get enough. Wilson does an amazing job at making each book work as a standalone while at the same time never neglecting the overall story arc. We the reader now not only know that each book and story will have a deeper connection, we expect it. Wilson goes out of his way to tell us the readers and fans that like the last book, this one and the next one will carry into one another, one long story arc. These books will have less of conclusions as they are the last steps leading to the final story. Jack is one of my favorite heroes/anti-hero of all time. The blending of a blistering fast paced action thriller with a tiny, albeit meaningful supernatural twist, this series is my cup of tea. The writing is superb. The novel's are true page turners. By the Sword is a story about a legendary Katana that is connected to Jack, the Adversary, and the Otherness. There are some great new characters. My biggest gripe is there was so very little Jack in this story. This whole story was very different and less connected than all of the last 11 books. By the Sword has the most supernatural Otherness going on in it that should have made this one a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, without Jack it is all just meh. I absolutely love this series, Wilson's writing, and Repairman Jack. 12 books down and now, the end is in sight. I still cannot get enough of Jack and his story. Like the last book Harbingers, this one is one of the darker and scariest Repairman Jack novels of the series. Things have not gone well for our hero. So many bad things have happened. Too many people killed, some were family. The weight of the world rides on our invisible hero. This series as a whole is guilty pleasure of mine often making me give it even higher marks. I love the writing, the characters, the action, and the tiny bit of supernatural. I cannot wait until my wife finally listens to me and she also jumps in to the world of Repairman Jack. One of my all time favorite series...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Twelve books in and the series is starting to pick up a little - some of the previous books felt a little like fillers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Spurnlad

    Another good episode; building towards the climax in book 15... Page-turners galore in this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Another good book in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    Thank you FPW. Enjoyed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brett Grossmann

    Good not great. Closer to 3 1/2 stars. Book felt like a jumble of characters just being tossed st one another without finesse. Book ends but doesn’t which is a drag as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bryan457

    The Repairman Jack series was very slow getting into the course for which it was intended, but it is now rushing along at a great rate. Jack is simply looking for a stolen ratty looking katana. This leads him to Dawn Pickering again, Hank Thompson-founder of the kickers again, a small group of Japanese mafia Yakuza, a Japanese ninja death cult bent on a terrorist act to make the twin towers look like small stuff, Glaeken-aging champion of the Ally, Rasalom-super Otherness agent, The Lady and her The Repairman Jack series was very slow getting into the course for which it was intended, but it is now rushing along at a great rate. Jack is simply looking for a stolen ratty looking katana. This leads him to Dawn Pickering again, Hank Thompson-founder of the kickers again, a small group of Japanese mafia Yakuza, a Japanese ninja death cult bent on a terrorist act to make the twin towers look like small stuff, Glaeken-aging champion of the Ally, Rasalom-super Otherness agent, The Lady and her dog. The bloodbath was pretty wild. I loved the first chapter; here are some excerpts: They weren't making muggers like they used to. After trolling for about an hour through the unseasonably warm May night, here was the second he'd found—or rather had found him. Jack was wearing a Hard Rock Cafe sweatshirt, acid-washed jeans, and his I ♥ New York visor. The compleat tourist. A piece of raw steak dangling before a hungry wolf. "Gimme your wallet." Jack looked him in the eye. This was the part he liked. "No." The guy jerked back as if he'd been slapped, then stared at Jack, obviously unsure of how to take that. "What you say?" "I said no. En-oh. What's the matter? You never heard that word before?" Probably hadn't. His voice rose. "You crazy? Gimme your wallet or I cut you. You wanna get cut?" Fighting a laugh, Jack said, "Wouldn't want that." He reached into his pocket and pulled out a wad of cash. "I left my wallet home. Will this do?" The guy's eyes all but bulged. His free hand darted out. "Give it!" Jack shoved it back into his pocket. "Nope." ... Every year about this time the kids from the local teams that played here in the park would come knocking, looking for donations toward uniforms and equipment. Jack had made it a tradition to help them out by taking up nocturnal collections in the park. The Annual Repairman Jack Park-a-thon. Seemed only fair that the oxygen wasters who prowled the place at night should make donations to the kids who used it during the day. At least Jack thought so. ... The guy lunged for his knife, grabbed the handle, and stabbed up at Jack's groin. Jack rolled away to his left and kicked him in the face as he lunged again. The guy went down and Jack was on him once more with the knife arm yanked high and his sneaker back in its former spot on his back. Jack yanked off the glove and looked at the hand within. No surprise at the tattoo in the thumb web. These guys were starting to pollute the city. "So you're a Kicker, eh." "Yeah, man. Totally dissimilated. You too? You seem like—" He screamed as Jack shifted his foot into the rear of his shoulder and kicked down while giving the arm a sharp twist. The shoulder dislocated with a muffled pop, nearly drowned out by the high-pitched wail. "Don't know about the rest of you, but that arm is definitely dissimilated." As the guy retched and writhed in the dirt, Jack scooped up the cash and rings. He emptied the wallet and dropped it onto the guy's back, then headed for the lights. He debated whether to troll for a third donor or call it a night. He mentally calculated that he had donations of about three hundred or so in cash and maybe an equal amount in pawnable gold. He'd set the goal of this year's Park-a-thon at twelve hundred dollars. Didn't look like he was going to make that without some extra effort. Which meant he'd have to come back tomorrow night and bag a couple more. And exhort them to give. Give till it hurt.

  21. 5 out of 5

    The Cats Mother

    Wow, 12th in the series already. While it was a bit confusing with all the different Japanese characters, and links back to previous books, this is where it is all starting to come together with information about the Secret History of the World etc This one has various different factions looking for a mysterious katana, and Dawn the pregnant teenager. You would really need to have read the previous books to make sense of this. It took a while to get going, but then wow, lots of action. Only a few Wow, 12th in the series already. While it was a bit confusing with all the different Japanese characters, and links back to previous books, this is where it is all starting to come together with information about the Secret History of the World etc This one has various different factions looking for a mysterious katana, and Dawn the pregnant teenager. You would really need to have read the previous books to make sense of this. It took a while to get going, but then wow, lots of action. Only a few more left.

  22. 4 out of 5

    David

    Hitchcock was fond of the term, "Macguffin", which was something that characters in a story pursued, hoping to capture or possess. In "By the Sword", there is a Macguffin. One guess what it is. Yes, it is a sword. It is a sword which everyone in the book wants. Like the movie, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", this book is about groups of characters all after the same thing, the sword. Unlike "Mad, Mad", there are not a lot of me memorable characters to enjoy along with the pursuit. This book Hitchcock was fond of the term, "Macguffin", which was something that characters in a story pursued, hoping to capture or possess. In "By the Sword", there is a Macguffin. One guess what it is. Yes, it is a sword. It is a sword which everyone in the book wants. Like the movie, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", this book is about groups of characters all after the same thing, the sword. Unlike "Mad, Mad", there are not a lot of me memorable characters to enjoy along with the pursuit. This book is actually a close sequel to "Bloodline", and, in fact, they could have been released as one big book, since the plot picks up right where "Bloodline" ended. The previous book has a lot of interesting characters, science and creative angles to it. This book builds a bit on the previous book but does not add much that is new. Oh sure, there is a new Japanese monastic order along with some Yakuza, but unlike previous Wilson books, they are all thrown together in a bit of a hash that seems more like a Benny Hill chase scene than a solid narrative. Most of the old characters are back, but little that is new is added to Repairman Jack's relationships with Gia, Vicky and Abe. Their conversations are pretty much the same stuff as past books. There is once again a lady with a dog, but not much new here either. The cosmic drama is going on still, but again, not a lot added to the series. If you like Repairman Jack, you should enjoy this book. I did. However, it is not at the top of the list of F. Paul Wilson's book, and it left me with the sneaky suspicion that "Bloodline" got too long and it was divided into two different books. If that is true, this book got the sort end of the stick, especially when compared to the more entertaining "Bloodline". Still, it is time with Repairman Jack, and that is usually time well spent.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mike Kazmierczak

    The Repairman Jack stories are now getting to the interesting point where the plot lines from one novel are bleeding through to the next. This helps build the excitement for the forthcoming, new and revised edition of NIGHTWORLD. It also helps to break the pattern that the Repairman Jack novels have been taking. Now things are happening and continuing to happen across books. BY THE SWORD continues Jack's interactions with the Kickers movement and with Dawn Pickering from BLOODLINE. Additionally h The Repairman Jack stories are now getting to the interesting point where the plot lines from one novel are bleeding through to the next. This helps build the excitement for the forthcoming, new and revised edition of NIGHTWORLD. It also helps to break the pattern that the Repairman Jack novels have been taking. Now things are happening and continuing to happen across books. BY THE SWORD continues Jack's interactions with the Kickers movement and with Dawn Pickering from BLOODLINE. Additionally he is hired by a Japanese man to find a sword that was stolen from the Hiroshima Museum. This brings its own mishaps as both Yakuza gangsters and a mystical order of monks called the Kakureta Kao are after the sword also. Mix in some significant interaction with the old man who has been following Jack and you have a strong story that should please all Repairman Jack fans. New readers will most likely be lost if they start reading here and are highly recommended to go back to the beginning of the series and start there. I would have liked to see more of Gia and her daughter Vicky but at the same time, there is only so much that Wilson can squeeze into each book. And as the series comes down to its end, I imagine there will be enough threads being tied up to keep me very happy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ensiform

    In this Repairman Jack novel, things get a bit convoluted as Jack is hired by a Japanese professor to retrieve an stolen katana with holes in the blade. It turns out not to be old junk, however, but the “Gaijin Masamune,” a sword made by the master from an asteroid, which later survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima. Things get complicated when a second Japanese group tries to track down the sword, and it turns out the one who hired Jack isn’t a professor at all, but an imposter representing an In this Repairman Jack novel, things get a bit convoluted as Jack is hired by a Japanese professor to retrieve an stolen katana with holes in the blade. It turns out not to be old junk, however, but the “Gaijin Masamune,” a sword made by the master from an asteroid, which later survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima. Things get complicated when a second Japanese group tries to track down the sword, and it turns out the one who hired Jack isn’t a professor at all, but an imposter representing an ancient mystic Order which wants nothing less than the destruction of New York by the “Black Wind.” And of course there’s the Kickers, who still want Dawn Pickering and her unborn super-child back. Then the Order learns about Dawn and wants her too. It all ends in a three-way bloodbath with Jack trying to pick up the pieces as the end times draw nearer. As usual, Wilson’s crafted a hugely imaginative page-turner, almost chilling in its inexorable slide toward chaos and destruction, with Jack as the only one who can slow down the Adversary. Great entertainment, although at this point, with each lengthy book basically a chapter in a seamless saga, a few explanatory footnotes about events in the past few books might be in order.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This novel tried to reel me in, to keep my interest, and I guess I just kept throwing the hook. A few weeks ago, I finished "Black Wind," upon which a few characters in "By the Sword" draw their histories. "Black Wind" was a good read. "By the Sword" seemed to drag out, not a page turner, as many of the other RJ novels. The body count was extraordinarily high, but Jack had little to do with that this time. Several factions played against each other for control of an ancient sword, giving rise to This novel tried to reel me in, to keep my interest, and I guess I just kept throwing the hook. A few weeks ago, I finished "Black Wind," upon which a few characters in "By the Sword" draw their histories. "Black Wind" was a good read. "By the Sword" seemed to drag out, not a page turner, as many of the other RJ novels. The body count was extraordinarily high, but Jack had little to do with that this time. Several factions played against each other for control of an ancient sword, giving rise to the death and mayhem. Jack was mostly an innocent by stander. And, therein lies my issue with the story - Jack seemed only one player in a complex script. Old characters gain begin to fill out, the forces of Order, against the forces of Chaos, who are already familiar to RJ readers. Segments of the book that dealt with the interplay between Jack and Glaeken were interesting, and hint at more action as the Otherness seeks to assert more control over earth. "By the Sword" does not earn a pass, though you might be prepared for less from Jack than in other RJ novels.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ScottK

    I have a confession to make........initially I did not care for this installment much at the beginning. Too many new people being mushed in with old people and 2 different groups from Japan ( 3 if you count the oringinal owner of the Katana. F. Paul Wilson was considerate enough to put an Author's note in the begining of the book warning us the books from here on out are going to be different, since he is only doing 2/3 more to close the series. But once I was able to establish who was who and w I have a confession to make........initially I did not care for this installment much at the beginning. Too many new people being mushed in with old people and 2 different groups from Japan ( 3 if you count the oringinal owner of the Katana. F. Paul Wilson was considerate enough to put an Author's note in the begining of the book warning us the books from here on out are going to be different, since he is only doing 2/3 more to close the series. But once I was able to establish who was who and which group they were with it really got rolling. And with out spoiling anything can I just say that Jack is F'ing Brilliant when it comes to this fix it stuff!!!!! I LOVE the way he went about getting what he was after. I don't like the fact that RJ will be gone soon. I hope the series can maintain the quality that it has put forth for these first 11 books, all the way to the bitter sad end. Hopefully the Movie will do it Justice. If they ever get around to filming it that is. : )

  27. 5 out of 5

    David

    If the previous entry in the Repairman Jack series (Bloodline) was a slow, suspenseful exposition, then this one was the resultant explosion. Jack has to contend with three groups of enemies (not even counting Rasalom), a scary sword with a bit of Tolkien's Ring syndrome, a woman with the most sought after fetus since Rosemary, and probably a higher body count than all the previous books of this series combined. This one is ruthless and intense. Wilson's earlier stand-alone book, Black Wind, has If the previous entry in the Repairman Jack series (Bloodline) was a slow, suspenseful exposition, then this one was the resultant explosion. Jack has to contend with three groups of enemies (not even counting Rasalom), a scary sword with a bit of Tolkien's Ring syndrome, a woman with the most sought after fetus since Rosemary, and probably a higher body count than all the previous books of this series combined. This one is ruthless and intense. Wilson's earlier stand-alone book, Black Wind, has now been emphatically connected to RJ's world. My only complaint is that the scale was too small for the scope. There are so many characters and threads going on for the book to be 5/6 of the previous book's length, when it should have been probably the largest book of the series. Fans of Wilson's universe. The Secret History of the World, will be thrilled with this series and where it's headed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Yargeau

    The only reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because these are no longer self contained stories. I am enjoying these final segments of Repairman Jack and all of the connections to the other F. Paul Wilson books creating the Secret History of the World. I do feel a little pressure to read Black Wind, which is a major connection in this novel, however, you do not need to have read it to understand By the Sword. Mr. Wilson gives you enough information to understand it. The only other thing I d The only reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because these are no longer self contained stories. I am enjoying these final segments of Repairman Jack and all of the connections to the other F. Paul Wilson books creating the Secret History of the World. I do feel a little pressure to read Black Wind, which is a major connection in this novel, however, you do not need to have read it to understand By the Sword. Mr. Wilson gives you enough information to understand it. The only other thing I did not care for over these last couple of books since Harbingers is this Winslow character, who is a writer who seems to be dreaming and writing Jack's stories as they happen. I feel like Mr. Wilson is being a little bit too self centered by creating himself in his novel. I hope it has an important twist that makes it worth it. Now it seems to be just a lame way to get himself into the story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    William Crosby

    Intricate. Various conflicting groups seeking the pregnant woman and the katana and good ol' reluctant Jack caught in the middle of it all. If you want your Gia & Vicky fix they are not really in this book. It is possible that you have to be a cult follower of Repairman Jack to truly appreciate this book. Also I would not advise just picking up this book as your casual read if you have not read any of the prior books in the series. The author describes the series as "The Secret History of the W Intricate. Various conflicting groups seeking the pregnant woman and the katana and good ol' reluctant Jack caught in the middle of it all. If you want your Gia & Vicky fix they are not really in this book. It is possible that you have to be a cult follower of Repairman Jack to truly appreciate this book. Also I would not advise just picking up this book as your casual read if you have not read any of the prior books in the series. The author describes the series as "The Secret History of the World." Has lots of quirky stuff such as the Compendium of Srem (a book which changes every time you open it), the original now-mortal Ally paladin and a writer whose name is similar to the author and who has dreams similar to Jack's life. All this could be a potential mess, but it worked for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brent Ecenbarger

    "By the Sword" continues the overall feel and development of the Repairman Jack series, but the overall plot of the novel feels a bit repetitive over some of the earlier novels. Jack is retained to find a missing samurai sword, which of course has some connection to his role as the Enemy of the otherness. At the same time, Dawn Pickering from the last novel continues to be a macguffin of the magical variety, being pregnant with a baby that can bring balance to the force, or something along those "By the Sword" continues the overall feel and development of the Repairman Jack series, but the overall plot of the novel feels a bit repetitive over some of the earlier novels. Jack is retained to find a missing samurai sword, which of course has some connection to his role as the Enemy of the otherness. At the same time, Dawn Pickering from the last novel continues to be a macguffin of the magical variety, being pregnant with a baby that can bring balance to the force, or something along those lines. The book did feature a great sequence towards the end where three different groups fighting for possession of the sword all end up in the same building at the same time. Based on that sequence alone I bumped this from a three to a four star read, but the rest of this novel was a weaker installment in the Repairman Jack series.

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