By the Sword (Repairman Jack #12)
By the Sword takes up the adventures of Repairman Jack directly after Bloodline. Jack is hired to find a legendary Japanese sword, a katana stolen from the Hiroshima Peace Museum and brought to New York City. Central characters include the members of a weird Japanese cult, a young Japanese businessman and his three Yakuza bodyguards, plus Hank Thompson, the Kicker cult lea...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
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
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 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 ...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
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
This book ...more
BY THE SWORD continues Jack's interactions with the Kickers movement and with Dawn Pickering from BLOODLINE. Additionally h ...more
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 ...more