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Harbingers by F. Paul Wilson
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Mar 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2008

The tenth chapter in the Repairman Jack saga (and the books really are like chapters of one enormous novel; Wilson rarely takes the time to explain past events, but refers to them only obliquely). This time, Jack meets the yeneçari, a loyal army of men trained from birth to serve the Oculus, people who get messages from the Ally. Jack is now formally identified as the Heir to the previous Sentinel, but when he realizes that the Ally is making him into a spear by culling everyone he’s ever loved, Jack tries to turn the tables on the Ally itself.

It’s all very exciting; the Jack saga is far and away the best supernatural thriller I’ve ever read. It’s definitely a late-night page-turner. I find it slightly amusing that in this tale of vast cosmic warfare, resurrection, magic powers, and down-to-earth military action, my suspension of disbelief was disrupted by the idea that a Massachusetts caretaker would talk so readily to Jack about his other clients.

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