By the Sword (Repairman Jack #12)
"Jack is back, tangled in a battle to retrieve a stolen Japanese katana, the fabled Gaijin Masamune. Half a century ago, this legendary blade disappeared from the Hiroshima Peace Museum. Now the sword has been taken from the son of the original thief who in his desperation naturally turns to all-around fix-it man and reluctant hero - Repairman Jack." "Jack soon finds that...more
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...more
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.
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...more
BY THE SWORD continues Jack's interactions with the Kickers movement and with Dawn Pickering from BLOODLINE. Additionally h...more
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...more
I had so much fun with this RJ book. Reading Black Wind directly before starting By the Sword was a terrific idea because the two novels have such a close connection and all the characters were fresh in my mind. Black Wind was superb and I enjoyed reading the history from that novel unfold into this plot. By the Sword also has an interesting tie to Legacies that made me want to brush up on the plot of that story too, especially a particular character, and I'm glad I took the time to do...more
To be fair to the author, the stories are darker as a coming darkness (an ongoing theme) seems to be closer. So that may be the reason for fewer light moments and light characters, but still not something I'd recom...more
Aside from that, this is fun. Three groups (four, if you include Jack and...more
It's a very fast read, but I miss the earlier, slower, more contemplative Wilson novels, from the 80s. Still, I'm hooked on Repairman Jack, and will see the series through to its c...more
The fifth star is because I laughed…laughed alot, and because Gia and Vicky weren't sacchrining up the joint with their Little Miss Goodie Two Shoes routine.
In competent hands this would make for a...more