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By the Sword (Repairman Jack #12)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,142 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
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
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Published April 1st 2010 by Forge Books (first published May 1st 2008)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well Jack finally (view spoiler). I guess we've been waiting for that for a while. We're sort of starting to tie things together.


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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, horror
Might be time to take a break from Repairman Jack. Like the previous book, I found this one tedious as I really do not care about the Kickers or Dawn Pickering, who seem to have become the primary focal points of the story, rather than Gia, Vicky and Jack. In this story, everyone is still trying to grab Dawn because of her unborn child and a katana, forged by a famous Japanese artist which supposedly survived the nuclear blast in Hiroshima is also sought by the Kickers, a Japanese corporation, a ...more
David Agranoff
Wow is it Book twelve of Repairman Jack already? Where has the time
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
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having an affair with Jack. Even though we havn't formally been introduced he's got my mind occupied with his antics. F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack is one bad boy in his lasting outing By The Sword.

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.

Nov 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grown-ups
Recommended to Furb by: Freedom Book Club
I can't remember when I've enjoyed a book more. Repairman Jack is not your ordinary fix-it man. He's a man that fixes things, but he won't clean the lint out of your dryer if that's what you're looking for. He's more of a man that fixes... situations.

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
This novel picks up right where Bloodline leaves off and features some of the same characters. Central to this story is the Matsumune Gaijin, the name given to a rare Japanese sword (Katana). This particular sword was forged from a meteorite in the 14th century by Matsumune for a "foreigner" (Gaijin). Jack is hired to locate and obtain the sword which was recently stolen on Maui and taken to New York City. Jack's not the only one after the sword--the others are Hank Thompson, the leader of the " ...more
If you like Repairman Jack you will like this book. Jack is your everyday man of average height, build, and looks who hires out to fix peoples problems vigilante style. If you haven't read any of the series you want to start toward the beginning. There are many story lines that are drawn together through the books and it is becoming more and more important that you have read previous books. None of the books will change your life but they are always a rip roaring fun read if you just want to be ...more
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy series with large story arcs and evolving characters with a touch of the fantastic.
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Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this was basically the Repairman Jack version of Yojimbo/A Fistful of Dollars but way way way bloodier. The final action sequence was absolutely insane. A pure adrenaline rush. A sect of self mutilating monks (reprising their role from Black Wind), a corporation in cahoots with the yakuza, a modern day cult influenced by the otherness and Jack all compete for control of a mysterious sword.
Grant Howard
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Take something already pretty awesome and add ninjas! Gold.
This is a very action packed violent entry in the series which also sees Jack (finally!) meeting up with the other major player we've all been waiting for.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Convoluted plot. The earlier Repairman Jack novels are much, much better than this. I'm just waiting for the end of series, as promised, to see how the author will tie this into the last book of the Adversary series, or maybe I'll skip it altogether.
An exciting thriller with sci-fi infusion. At times it got very crowded with almost too much action., probably why it was never a movie.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you really need to review a Repairman Jack book?

A fast-paced, entertaining read, as always. The loose ends are starting to come together. Wilson is preparing us for the end.
3 Stars

By the Sword, Repairman Jack #12 was to me the weakest story in this amazing series and guilty pleasure of mine. F. Paul Wilson has created a special series led by a main character in Jack that always walks the line between good and bad. The Repairman Jack series has developed into one of my very favorite series out there and I can never seem to get enough. Wilson does an amazing job at making each book work as a standalone while at the same time never neglecting the overall story arc. W
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book in the series.
Twelve books in and the series is starting to pick up a little - some of the previous books felt a little like fillers.
The Repairman Jack series was very slow getting into the course for which it was intended, but it is now rushing along at a great rate.

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
The Cats Mother
Wow, 12th in the series already. While it was a bit confusing with all the different Japanese characters, and links back to previous books, this is where it is all starting to come together with information about the Secret History of the World etc
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hitchcock was fond of the term, "Macguffin", which was something that characters in a story pursued, hoping to capture or possess. In "By the Sword", there is a Macguffin. One guess what it is. Yes, it is a sword. It is a sword which everyone in the book wants. Like the movie, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", this book is about groups of characters all after the same thing, the sword. Unlike "Mad, Mad", there are not a lot of me memorable characters to enjoy along with the pursuit.
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Mike Kazmierczak
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Repairman Jack stories are now getting to the interesting point where the plot lines from one novel are bleeding through to the next. This helps build the excitement for the forthcoming, new and revised edition of NIGHTWORLD. It also helps to break the pattern that the Repairman Jack novels have been taking. Now things are happening and continuing to happen across books.

BY THE SWORD continues Jack's interactions with the Kickers movement and with Dawn Pickering from BLOODLINE. Additionally h
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In this Repairman Jack novel, things get a bit convoluted as Jack is hired by a Japanese professor to retrieve an stolen katana with holes in the blade. It turns out not to be old junk, however, but the “Gaijin Masamune,” a sword made by the master from an asteroid, which later survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima. Things get complicated when a second Japanese group tries to track down the sword, and it turns out the one who hired Jack isn’t a professor at all, but an imposter representing an ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This novel tried to reel me in, to keep my interest, and I guess I just kept throwing the hook. A few weeks ago, I finished "Black Wind," upon which a few characters in "By the Sword" draw their histories. "Black Wind" was a good read. "By the Sword" seemed to drag out, not a page turner, as many of the other RJ novels. The body count was extraordinarily high, but Jack had little to do with that this time. Several factions played against each other for control of an ancient sword, giving rise to ...more
Andrea Yargeau
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because these are no longer self contained stories. I am enjoying these final segments of Repairman Jack and all of the connections to the other F. Paul Wilson books creating the Secret History of the World. I do feel a little pressure to read Black Wind, which is a major connection in this novel, however, you do not need to have read it to understand By the Sword. Mr. Wilson gives you enough information to understand it. The only other thing I d ...more
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a confession to make........initially I did not care for this installment much at the beginning. Too many new people being mushed in with old people and 2 different groups from Japan ( 3 if you count the oringinal owner of the Katana. F. Paul Wilson was considerate enough to put an Author's note in the begining of the book warning us the books from here on out are going to be different, since he is only doing 2/3 more to close the series. But once I was able to establish who was who and w ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2014
If the previous entry in the Repairman Jack series (Bloodline) was a slow, suspenseful exposition, then this one was the resultant explosion. Jack has to contend with three groups of enemies (not even counting Rasalom), a scary sword with a bit of Tolkien's Ring syndrome, a woman with the most sought after fetus since Rosemary, and probably a higher body count than all the previous books of this series combined. This one is ruthless and intense. Wilson's earlier stand-alone book, Black Wind, has ...more
Brent Ecenbarger
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: repairman-jack
"By the Sword" continues the overall feel and development of the Repairman Jack series, but the overall plot of the novel feels a bit repetitive over some of the earlier novels. Jack is retained to find a missing samurai sword, which of course has some connection to his role as the Enemy of the otherness. At the same time, Dawn Pickering from the last novel continues to be a macguffin of the magical variety, being pregnant with a baby that can bring balance to the force, or something along those ...more
William Crosby
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I have read this entire series from the beginning but decided to stop 25% of the way through on this one, book #12. It's just not holding my interest any longer. "The Otherness" and all of that was just "part" of the story of Jack with me; I was more into Jack and his unusual fix-it jobs and living "off the grid" - the strange passive aggressive relationship with his father - the developing relationship with Gia and her daughter Vicky - and his strange friend Abe. All these characters "made Jack ...more
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Repairman Jack novel that ties several different Jack adversaries-an evil sect from the Black Wind novel, my favorite F Paul Wilson novel; the kickers; and Mr. Osala which is an anagram for Rasalom, a Japanese conglomerate- in an adventure to retrieve a sword forged from a primary metal, and rescue pregnant Dawn. Gaekon (sp) appears and Abe and Julio, several familiar characters. Gia, Jack's love interest, and her daughter Vicky usually seem out of place and nearly superfluous to the plots, an ...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

Repairman Jack (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Tomb (Repairman Jack, #1; Adversary Cycle, #2; The Secret History of the World)
  • Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2)
  • Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3)
  • All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)
  • Hosts (Repairman Jack, #5)
  • The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack, #6)
  • Gateways (Repairman Jack, #7)
  • Crisscross (Repairman Jack, #8)
  • Infernal (Repairman Jack, #9)
  • Harbingers (Repairman Jack, #10)