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Reborn (Adversary Cycle #4)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,376 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews

When an ancient artifact dissolves in the hands of a man calling himself Mr. Veilleur, he knows something has gone wrong…terribly, cosmically wrong.

Dr. Roderick Hanley, Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, dies in a plane crash. His last words: “The boy! They’ll find out about the boy! He’ll find out about himself!” When Jim Stevens, an orphan and struggling writer, learns that

Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Jove Books (first published 1990)
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is the third in what is called the "Adversary" cycle by F. Paul Wilson. I'd say it's a companion to the Repairman Jack series except I believe that The Keep was published 3 years before The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) which is the earliest of the Repairman Jack cycle (or series) and the second in the Adversary cycle.

Clear as mud?

So I got involved with the Repairman Jack books and have gotten to like them. having read The Keep years ago at my wife's behest I'd not cared for it as much. At fir
Mar 02, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Reborn is the fourth book in F. Paul Wilson's Adversary Cycle. It's the first novel in the series that feels like it's actually part of a series and not standalone. To sum up, it's a good, easy read that gets you really hooked into the Adversary Cycle, so if you buy it, you should go ahead and buy the rest of the series as well because you'll be reading them.

The Plot

The novel is set in 1968 and we are introduced to three characters, Jim Stevens, Carol Stevens, his wife, and Bill Ryan, a Jesu
Sep 05, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know that The Adversary Cycle and Repairman Jack are supposed to be two separate series but I'm struck, as I can find and read them, by how complimentary they are. Really reading both of them at the same time has worked out best and has made Wilson's larger work most apparent. The Tomb which is the first Repairman Jack book is the second in the Adversary Cycle.

Reborn centers around the re-entry of the Adversary into the world after he was defeated by Glaeken in The Keep. It also involves more
Benjamin Thomas
Jul 01, 2015 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The previous books I’ve read in the Adversary Cycle by the talented F. Paul Wilson have all been stand-alone books (although part of the larger Secret History of the World) but this novel really gets us started on the larger mythos of the battle between the “Otherness” and the “Ally”. For those that read this one without benefit of having read previous books in this series or the Repairman Jack series, it can still be enjoyed as a fairly straight-forward horror tale. I think there would be some ...more
Carl Alves
May 07, 2015 Carl Alves rated it really liked it
Set in 1968 in New York City, the novel starts with Dr. Roderick Hanley, a Nobel Prize winning geneticist, dying in a plane crash. This sets in motion a chain of events that will facilitate the rebirth of an ancient evil entity. With Hanley’s death, Jim Stevens, a struggling writer and proud atheist, inherits Hanley’s vast fortune. In the process, he finds out about his own history and the strange way he came into the world. Meanwhile a group of Christians have been brought together to combat th ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Eric rated it it was ok
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Dec 10, 2013 Derek rated it it was amazing
The threads from THE KEEP, THE TOMB, and THE TOUCH all start to come together in this novel, another chapter in The Adversary Cycle by the very talented F. Paul Wilson.

What's interesting about Wilson's writing is the way he mixes genres and juggles multiple storylines so deftly. This book is something of a ROSEMARY'S BABY meets FRANKENSTEIN by way of THE NAME OF THE ROSE. Above all, though, it's a compelling thriller, featuring characters you really come to care about, and enough plot twists to
Jaclyn Hogan

Shit, this is frustrating. F. Paul Wilson is a good writer. I loved his Repairman Jack books. In particular, Conspiracies is great and creepy. This has a really action packed creepy ending scene where a woman killed with an axe to the head get up and kills people. But if you haven't read the other books in the Adversary series, lots of this isn't going to make sense, and the religious woo-woo is unnecessary and off putting, especially the anti-abortion bullshit.

A major plot point centers on a wo
M. Sprouse
Apr 27, 2016 M. Sprouse rated it liked it
Definitely my least favorite F. Paul Wilson book. After loving the Repairman Jack series, I began the Adversary Cycle (already read "The Tomb"). I loved "The Keep", liked "The Touch", but was disappointed with "Reborn". Reviewing it in 2016, 25 years after it was written is probably not very fair. Sure I found it a little slow, generally books written a quarter of a century ago are not as fast paced as today. My biggest problem was that it is so void of any positive developments or fun. It was t ...more
This book was much better than the last. The backstory of the Repairman Jack series is slowly coming together now.
The Adversary, the "Otherness", Mr. Vellieur, Magda etc.. are all being revealed and the climax of the broad story arc is is quickly approaching.
I'm not sure if these books should be read prior to the Repairman Jack series, in publication order or as supplement to the Jack books.
I have read them as a supplement after nearly completing the Repairman Jack novels and found that they ser
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Grant Howard
Apr 30, 2014 Grant Howard rated it it was amazing
This, third in "The Adversary Cycle" really sets out the mythology and ambiguities of the battle between The Ally and The Otherness.
Throughout the story the pawns of The Ally act in a far more disturbing fashion than those of The Otherness. You find yourself naturally rooting for what is essentially the force of darkness for most of the story.
We also see a lot of people projecting their own beliefs, fears and superstitions onto the battle to understand it (as also happens later in the Repairma
Коста  Сивов
Mar 16, 2014 Коста Сивов rated it it was amazing
Снощи стоях до доста късно, за да довърша четвъртата книга от поредицата за "Врага" на Ф. Пол Уилсън. Бях се жалвал в предишните три ревюта, че лично аз не намирам нищо общо между предните романи, но тук вече нещата се изясниха донякъде. Докато "Проклятието" (The Tomb, 1984) и "Докосването" (The Touch, 1986) разказваха различни истории, "Прероден" е пряко продължение на първата книга "Крепостта" (The Keep, 1981). Също така се даде връзка и с третата книга "Докосването", а втората книга, "Проклят ...more
Jan Kjellin
Jul 04, 2012 Jan Kjellin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skräck
Nu börjar det gå utför för F. Paul Wilson. Det är fortfarande habilt hantverk, och intrigmässigt fungerar det trots allt rätt så bra i det här hopkoket av Rosemary's Baby och The Omen. Och vändningen i mitten - med det minst sagt oväntade dödsfallet - gjöt ny energi i berättelsen. På det stora hela var dock det här lika trist som The Touch, men med ett antiklimax som pay-off.

Wilson är en intelligent författare och han har mycket intressant att säga om religion och tro, vilket kommer fram väl i m
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
#4 in the Adversary Cycle

Well, this one was just okay. It didn't seem to have the same punch as either the Tomb or The Keep but it was still okay, and kind of takes the reader the direction in which the series is going to go. Would I recommend it? Yes, but, you would be very strongly advised to read beforehand Wilson's books (in this order): The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch. Otherwise, (especially read The Keep) you're going to be a little mystified if you start with this book, because you won't kn
David Agranoff
Coming twenty years after the events of The Keep (book one) Reborn is directly a sequel. The Tomb (Book #3) and the Touch (Book #4) don’t seem to be direct sequels. The Tomb of course starts another thread to the secret history of the world that becomes the Repairman Jack books. On the surface reborn might seem to be a Rosemary’s baby/Omen type horror novel. It’s similar in plot but it is the execution and it’s place in the larger scope of Wilson’s saga that separates this novel.
Reborn is a per
Sean Kimmel
Feb 01, 2013 Sean Kimmel rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
If you are a fan of the author's Repairman Jack series, then this book in series called The Adversary Cycle is a must read. Both are different sides of the bigger opus Wilson calls The Secret History of the World. It took about 2/3 of the book to figure out how it all ties together. This man has an obsession trying to find out his biological parents. He inherits a mansion and lots of money from a Noble Prize winning scientist, then finds out his true identity and that he is actually of clone of ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Todd rated it liked it
3.5 stars, very similar to "The Keep" both in its strengths and weaknesses. Leaves a few threads dangling in the end that are not addressed again in later books, so somewhat disappointing in that regard. I do have to say, however, that reading the Adversary/Jack books in chronological order (where this book is second overall) definitely improved my opinion of this overall. It just fits better.
This is the revised edition. I didn't detect any differences from the original 1990 version, but it's been a few years and I don't remember it all that well.

Reborn picks up a couple of decades after The Keep. Glaeken has finally been allowed to age normally when suddenly Rasalom re-enters the picture as the unborn baby of an innocent woman and her husband, the world's first clone. The Ally wants to destroy him and the Adversary has agents on-hand to protect him at all cost.

Wilson has fun here sp
Amber Thompson
Apr 22, 2014 Amber Thompson rated it it was ok
Did not realize this was part of a series. Now I understand why I eadily got confused and bored. Read the first several chapters and the last few. Sorry, not impressed.
Sally Quilford
Jul 24, 2012 Sally Quilford rated it really liked it
I think I might have read this out of order, as I read it after The Keep, then found it came later in the cycle. However, chronilogically it does come after The Keep. It's a stunning story of religious extremism and how the innocent get caught up in the machinations of higher powers. My only criticism is that there wasn't enough Glaeken. He's been relegated to bit part player in this book, merely looking on but taking no part in events.

I really liked the character of Father Bill. I don't know i
Mary Chrapliwy
May 10, 2016 Mary Chrapliwy rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-up-on-these
Sadly, this is the only book I've read by this favorite author that I didn't like enough to keep reading
James Love
Reborn is the second book (historically speaking), in the Adversary Cycle. The story takes place in, 1960's, New York City.

Jim Stevens has been trying to find out who his real parents were for 20 years. Within two weeks, of his birth, he was left as a foundling on the doorstep of a Catholic children's home. The death of two doctors and a mysterious invitation to the reading of one of the doctors will reveals what Jim has been searching for all his life.

Two parts Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby and Th
Frankie C
Feb 02, 2014 Frankie C rated it really liked it
After reading the Repairman Jack series and the Keep...this book continues to illustrate the range of Wilson's talent.
Jim Stevens is the central character of this story, set in 1968. He was adopted as a child and has never known his birth parents. Now a world-famous scientist, Roderick Hanley, has died and left the bulk of his estate to Jim, who concludes that Hanley must have been his father. Poring over Hanley's papers for some confirmation of this, and any clue about the identity of his mother, Stevens learns that he is actually the product of a secret WWII cloning experiment. He undergoes a bit of an identi ...more
Tim Healy
Aug 05, 2013 Tim Healy rated it liked it
This is my third Wilson book, and so far, my least favorite. It was probably necessary in the overall scheme of "The Adversary Cycle," but it was nowhere near as fun to read as its immediate predecessor in the story, The Keep.

The characters in the book are good, but the story is more or less a shell of an occurrence that would otherwise have been taken for granted in the overall plot. Oh well. I did enjoy it. Next it's back to Jack!
Apr 30, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth of the six books in Wilson’s Adversary Cycle that I’ve been able to read. Telling the story of how Rasalom comes back after his defeat by Glaeken in The Keep, it was an enjoyable read. However, I have to say the following. I love the Repairman Jack series more. I think Wilson’s creation of “The Secret History of the World” is good storytelling. But the books of the Adversary Cycle themselves, the foundation of the whole thing, seem to me to be more of a backstory to where the ...more
A resounding Meh. Rosemary's Baby redux.
Beth V
Aug 29, 2014 Beth V rated it it was amazing
Another great series!
Another in the Adversary series. This is the story of a man finding his true heritage. Regrettably, his heritage is not as he thought and is poised to cause an evil transformation of the world. This series is about Earths hidden evils and the people and things that walk on the dark side.

This is a series but hasn't felt like a series until now. This book makes you feel like you are missing something but begins to tell a story. It is ok as a stand alone but needs some filling in to truly make it w
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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)
  • Reprisal (Adversary Cycle, #5)
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