Wilson's 12th action-packed adventure of urban mercenary Repairman Jack picks up where Bloodlines(2007) abruptly ended, with Jack's ongoing efforts to thwart the sociopathic Kicker cult and its efforts to breed a malignant messiah. When a Japanese businessman offers him a new assignment tracking down a legendary katana with occult properties, Jack quickly finds himself struggling to keep the sword out of the hands of a cabal of yakuza gangsters, as well as the Kakureta Kao, a mystical order of monks who hope to channel its power to devastate New York City. Besides combining these disparate plot threads together with his usual dexterity, Wilson continues to lay the groundwork for Jack's long-awaited showdown with his supernatural nemesis, Rasolom. More violent and complex than its predecessors, this novel serves up the occult thrills fans of Wilson's series have come to expect and tantalizes with the promise of more surprises to come. (Nov.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
In this 12th novel by horror/suspense writer Wilson to feature the Repairman Jack character (after Bloodline), the anonymous vigilante for hire is involved in a quest to retrieve a stolen Japanese sword. He is forced to fight a number of others trying to obtain it, including a character from Bloodlin e. The story also features a pregnant teenager, who is important to the larger universe created by Wilson in which the Repairman Jack novels take place. In an author's note, Wilson discusses the overall status of the Repairman Jack series and indicates where this new novel fits into it. While the book will be of most interest to those familiar with the earlier novels, it shouldn't be too difficult for readers new to Wilson to follow the story. For all public libraries. [The book was also issued in May 2008 by Gauntlet Press as a limited edition ranging from $50 to $100 per copy.-Ed.]
Joel W. Tscherne
Blood runs in the streets of Manhattan and a couple of the outer boroughs as prehistoric forces slice and dice to gain possession of a preternaturally keen Japanese sword.
Repairman Jack, the resourceful hero last seen in Wilson's Bloodline (2007), takes on his latest assignment at the request of a visitor from Hawaii. Nakanaori Slater is in New York hoping to recover a bit of history. It's a katana, a warrior's sword crafted by a legendary Japanese craftsman. The sword, the only thing not vaporized at Hiroshima's Ground Zero, was stolen from the Peace Museum ten years after the war and hasn't been seen since. Mr. Slater's retainer is a fat one, and Jack accepts the assignment, drawing on the wisdom of his wisecracking but canny chums who point him to a shop specializing in knives and swords whose owner knows more than he is telling. The katana is indeed somewhere in the neighborhood, but Jack is far from the only one in the hunt. Also lurking are the earnest employee of a super-powerful Japanese conglomerate, accompanied by three beefy yakuza thugs, and an ambitious novice from a murderous Japanese monastic order currently in residence in the middle of the city's gigantic Staten Island landfill. How weird are the monks? As they advance in rank, prowess and holiness, they carve off ever more extremities until they are fierce featureless lumps. Oh, and they are wizards at biological warfare, as demonstrated in the small-scale eradication of every life form in what was once a nice glade. There are also some homegrown weirdos, the Kickers, a gang of tattooed lowlifes headed by Hank Thompson, a bad hat with whom Jack has done prior battle. Hank and the Kickers want to unite thekatana with a teenager named Dawn, impregnated by the villain with the worst DNA in the world. Jack, who has a bit of that DNA himself, soldiers on to the catastrophic climax.
Bloody, sordid and apocalyptic but, thanks to Jack's can-do attitude, plenty of fun.
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