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Nightworld (Adversary Cycle #6)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  1,528 ratings  ·  113 reviews
This is the way the world ends…not with a bang but a scream in the dark.

It begins at dawn, when the sun rises late. Then the holes appear. The first forms in Central Park, in sight of an apartment where Repairman Jack and a man as old as time watch with growing dread. Gaping holes, bottomless and empty…until sundown, when the first unearthly, hungry creatures appear.

Hardcover, The Author's Definitive Edition, 398 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Tor Books (first published 1992)
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Nightworld is the climax of the Adversary Cycle. It uses the characters introduced in the first five books and concludes the over-arching plot introduced in Reborn. It's an apocalyptic Lovecraftian tale of the end of the world. I believe that it does fulfill the promise of the previous books: it's action packed, hard to put down, and epic in scope. It's a good read.

The Plot

Rasalom, the baddie from the very first book, The Keep, has returned and he's recharged his batteries with the fear, pain,
Sep 25, 2008 Graham rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who can read
The final installment of the Adversary Cycle, Nightworld is possibly my favourite book of all time. Thanks to its epic storyline, cast of wonderful, rich characters, and the tieing up of all loose ends, this book is a joy to read.
Beginning a short while after the climax of Reprisal, the newly reborn Champion of Chaos, Rasalom begin his final march toward victory. Having discovered that his ancient adversary, Glaeken, is now powerless and decrepit, Rasalom is unnopposed for the first time since t
The final Adversary novel has been significantly revised by author F. Paul Wilson some 20 years after its first publication to dovetail the ending of the Repairman Jack series. Rasalom begins the process that will bring about the end of the world, starting with a bottomless sinkhole in Central Park, unleashing nightmarish creatures seen earlier in the Florida swamps on NYC. Glaeken and Jack have to assemble a weapon from Hawaii and Eastern Europe as well as rally various disbelievers to their ca ...more
Masha K.
Three stars... That means I liked it. Didn't love it, not after investing so much time and emotion into the series. As I said in one of the progress reports, the general problems with Wilson's writing are still here, and probably this final chapter is a condensation of the whole series, the problems are distilled as well. Massively stupid decisions by characters who are supposed to be smart, both heroes and villains continues to be my main problem. Militant atheism is at this point just a distra ...more
Leigh Terry
F. Paul Wilson wrote the Adversary Cycle in the nineties -- six books about the Secret History of the World, and a cataclysmic battle between the Ally and the Adversary for all of the Earth. Then, he wrote more than a dozen books about one of the characters, Repairman Jack, expanding his particular mythology and wrapping in the details of the Adversary Cycle to boot. Then, Wilson edited several books in the Adversary Cycle to supposedly accommodate this expanded presence of Repairman Jack.

It did
Ann Werner
I loved this book! I've been a fan of F. Paul Wilson ever since reading The Keep years and years ago. In Nightworld, a body of work by this prolific author is bought to fruition. Those who haven't read the Adversary series and the Repairman Jack (one of my all time FAVORITE characters!) series, won't have a clue about what's going on. But the silver lining is, you get to read all those wonderful books to find out!

Nightworld opens with the late rising of the sun, a portent that signals the final
This is like the 14th or 15th book in the series. It did a good job at closing up the series. I have liked the books less and less over time. I really enjoyed the earlier stories of Repairman Jack and the vigilante justice he imposed on bad guys. The problem is the series is such a commitment and the stories become sub par towards the end. I don't know if I would recommend the series to anyone. Why did I keep reading? The first 5 or 6 books were entertaining enough that I kept reading. Then I re ...more
Frankie C
Most of what I read are long drawn out epic series. Unfortunately, when it comes time to wrap them up they fall short of expectations on occasion. This was not one of those times. A fantastic ending to what has been a fantastic series. By far the best book in the adversary cycle. Not my favorite Jack book though. Now that I am completely through both series I can say with all certainty that you must read the adversary cycle and the Jack books in their entirety to truly be able to enjoy this book ...more
I am usually a big fan of the repairman Jack series. It is generally well written, even though it's pretty easy reading, so I was looking forward to this final installment in a very long series of books. This time, however, it felt choppy and I had the hardest time caring about what was happening. The most interesting parts of the story were never fully resolved, though I did enjoy the way that the heir was ultimately revealed to everyone.

I give it three stars, because it's still better than a
Jeff Hobbs
I read the updated version of this book after reading the entirety of the Repairman Jack saga as well as the rest of the Adversary Cycle. Good gracious this book was amazing. Everything that Wilson set up in the previous books came to fruition, leading up to an amazingly satisfying conclusion. Every single one of his books in this series is amazing, each with their own little highs, but all those little set-ups and mysteries he laid out led to a tremendous climax that quite literally had me grip ...more
I honestly do not know where to start with this review. I think I can honestly say I have never read a long series such as this with such a satisfying ending. After reading this, I'm honestly surprised that anyone who has read the entire Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack story arc could rate this book anything less that 4/5 stars.

I started reading Repairman Jack quite by accident. About book 4 or 5, I realised that I was missing something and upon a quick google search learned of Mr. Wilson's Secre
A pretty good horror book (much more horrific than the Repairman Jack books, though I don't know whether the style fits the other Adversary Cycle books), but melding the Jack book series into an already completed novel (back in 1992) and making it the end of everything doesn't work that well. Most of the Jack characters (except Jack himself, who is much more important) are either superfluous or wiped out without any ceremony whatsoever.

It just seems forced.
Bob Jr.
That was a lot more satisfying than the last time I read it. To be clear, I had only read the first edition of Nightworld, back when Repairman Jack was a character in a single book (The Tomb) and The Secret History was something my conspiracy nut uncle talked about. (I have no conspiracy nut uncle.) (At least that's what he tells me to tell people.)

As a wrap up to both the Secret History and the Repairman Jack novels the revised version of Nightworld does the job and manages to be a good read as
Chris Cosci
What a finish! In his definitive edition of Nightworld, F. Paul Wilson updates the finale of both the six-volume Adversary Cycle and the Repairman Jack series. Nightworld brings both series to a frightening conclusion, taking a little bit of time to revisit almost all of the major characters that weren't killed off in earlier books. (If there's any complaint here, it's that some of these scenes felt like padding, added in for nostalgia rather than any sense of moving the story along.)

While the R
This was my favorite F. Paul Wilson book- the end of many of his series, principally started in "The Keep", but included his cross-over work from "The Tomb" and "The Touch". One of the best apocalyptical novels I've ever read! While you do not need to read all of his other books to enjoy this one, I do recommend reading "The Keep" first. This was a very, very good book- a true page-turner!
Jan Kjellin
The sixth and final book in the Adversary Cycle was the first and only to reach the height of the first one.

It's been a long journey since I first happened to read The Keep on a whim while staying at my parents-in-law for a couple of days, and had I known the cost, I probably wouldn't have done it. But I did, and here I am.

Over the course fo the books, I've gotten to know a host of characters, of which I care for none. Not even Jack. F. Paul Wilson might know the formula for writing this kind o
Graeme Dunlop
I mostly read this because of the Repairman Jack series, although I've read a few of the Adversary Cycle as well.

Not much to say really -- an epic way to tie up a number of ongoing series. Nearing the end of the Repairman Jack series, I felt Mr Wilson's writing was a bit formulaic, almost as though writing by rote. They were still good, but not anything like as good as the earlier works.

I felt a bit like that with Nightworld. It was better than those last few RP books, but still a little on the
Note: This review is of the 2012 heavily revised edition which is, frankly, a gift from the author. Repairman Jack grew to be such a major character since its original publication, and the author took the time to weave the backstory of the additional 14 books and their characters into this one. I've never read the original version, but as for this one:

Wow! After 24 novels, 2 short story collections and a number of miscellaneous short stories, the massive Secret History of the World from F. Paul
4.5 stars. Fulfills the promise of all the books that came before (especially if you figure in the lengthy RJ series) in spectacular fashion. I have a few quibbles, but nothing major, and mostly having to do with things I wish had happened rather than actual problems with the story. If you can read the revised edition Wilson came out with a few years back I definitely recommend doing so, I read the older edition years ago when I took my first trip through the Adversary books and the revised vers ...more
This is the author's heavily revised edition of the original novel. It was the sixth volume of the Adversary cycle, which covered the Secret History of The World. The Ally versus the Adversary. The Ally was an indifferent ally to humanity, The Adversary was an evil entity that worked in an eternal battle with his opposite.

In the original set of novels, number two was THE TOMB that featured Repairman Jack. Each novel had a different set of characters and NIGHTWORLD was the culmination, all sets o
*SIGH* It is hard to let go of a series that you have invested hours and hours of time into. But that is what I must do as I read the last Repairman Jack and what an ending it was!! As Rasalom continues toward his end game, Gleaken and his little rag tag band of followers scramble to gather up tools in order to fight the Otherness. But as the day dawns later than it should, the world as we know it starts to tilt off its axis and evil and darkness start to take over Manhattan. Is the world next? ...more
Well, I just finished Wilson's 'new' version of Nightworld. Let me explain:
I read the 6 book "Adversary Cycle" in 93-94. LOVED it! The 1st 3 books can be read as "stand alones"-The Keep, The Tomb, and The Touch. Reborn and Reprisal draw from events in the Keep and add to events in the Touch. And the last novel Nightworld (1st written in 1992) draws ALL the books together. A GREAT series. Reprisal gave me nightmares. Again, A GREAT series!!!!!!!
Repairman Jack, the main character in The Tomb, and
Maybe it's just that I've been following this series for a long time now, but I found the last book of F. Paul Wilson's "Secret History of the World" series to be a fitting and satisfying conclusion to the saga of Glaeken, Repairman Jack and others from Wilson's body of work.

As usual, the storytelling is strong and compelling. I had trouble putting the book down from almost the first few pages. It is sort of a rush, to have characters that you root for so strongly. That you know so well. Whose
Lisa Perkins
And so we come to the end, as both the Adversary Cycle and the Repairman Jack sagas reach their conclusions in a single book.
F.Paul Wilson has managed a small miracle in the long anticipated 2012 "heavily revised" re-release of "Nightworld", originally published in 1993 as the final volume of FPW's "The Adversary Cycle". That series began with "The Keep", first published in 1981. The second book in the series was 1984's "The Tomb, which introduced the character of Repairman Jack, who returned t
The showdown. The world is overrun nightly by flying horrors and every day is a half hour shorter than the last. Glaeken's only hope to defeat Rasalom and stop the endless night is to reassemble a weapon destroyed long ago.

I read the original Nightworld many years ago, and just today finished the new edition, heavily revised to punch up the role of his parallel-series Repairman Jack character. (There are a couple amusing allusions to how the author is now a little embarrassed by that name.)

As a
Indeed, Wilson gets back to his core strength: horrible stinking monsters that want to eat your face. Is this a worthwhile climax after twenty-odd books and thirty-odd years? When you put it like that, probably not! So let's put it differently.

This is a nice little semiapocalyptic horror story with callbacks to lots of the preceding books and characters. And lots of horrible monsters. A lot of people die, but the gruesome on-screen deaths are reserved for the deserving. People are heroic, stubbo
Seth Tucker
Having read the Adversary cycle and the Repairman Jack books, I was hesitant to read Nightworld. Not because I wasn't sure it would be fantastic but because I'd come to love the characters who may or may not be meeting their end within its pages. F. Paul Wilson does a great job of tying all the strings together and creating a vast epic story to conclude his Secret History of the World. After watching Rasalom gather his strengths and the games he played to deadly conclusion, we see the world fall ...more
I just happened to read the first book in this series and I did not like it. There just wasn't enough there to keep me interested and it wasn't written all that well. (C'mon, an old Jewish guy in Eastern Europe makes a connection with a vampire-like creature to battle Nazis during WWII -- I've read comic book stories like that in the old DC House of Mystery comics, for crying out loud!) When I picked up this book, the sixth in the series, I thought I was picking up a stand-alone novel about the ...more
First published in 1981, I have long felt this novel was one of the most frightening things I have ever read. So much so, that I avoided it after it's revised release despite my deep love of Repairman Jack. It is not so much revised as rewritten and it is fabulous. In truth, not so scary as I remember it, but then again I'm a lot older and the apocalyptic thing is actually kind of old these days. This is thrilling ending to the Jack series; it remains true to the characters and the style with Re ...more
This has to be one of the best horror books I have read in a long time. It's a classic good v evil story. Huge, bottomless holes open across the world. When night falls, predatory creaturs fly, buzz and crawl from the depths to feed on anything they can find. As humans start to barricade themselves in their homes, the evil behind the holes starts to make the days shorter, the nights longer, and so starts eroding the hope that something will make it all alright. A small band of heroes join forces ...more
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Francis Paul Wilson is an author, born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He writes novels and short stories primarily in the science fiction and horror genres. His debut novel was Healer (1976). Wilson is also a part-time practicing family physician. He made his first sales in 1970 to Analog and continued to write science fiction throughout the seventies. In 1981 he ventured into the horror genre with t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Adversary Cycle (6 books)
  • The Keep (Adversary Cycle, #1)
  • The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) (Repairman Jack, #1)
  • The Touch (Adversary Cycle, #3)
  • Reborn (Adversary Cycle, #4)
  • Reprisal (Adversary Cycle, #5)
The Keep (Adversary Cycle, #1) The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) (Repairman Jack, #1) Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2) Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3) All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)

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