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Reprisal: A Novel of the Adversary Cycle Kindle Edition
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The bestselling supernatural thriller from horror author F. Paul Wilson, Reprisal is the fifth book in the Adversary Cycle
"Who am I? Why, I'm you. Or parts of you. The best parts. I'm the touch of Richard Speck, Ed Gein, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Bin Laden in all of you. I am the thousand tiny angers and fleeting rages of your day—at the car that cuts you off on the freeway, at the kid who sneaks ahead of you in line at the movies, at the old fart with the full basket in the eight-items-only express checkout at the supermarket. I'm the nasty glee in the name-callers and the long-suffering pain, the self-loathing, the smoldering resentment, the suppressed rage, and the never-to-be-fulfilled promises of revenge in their targets. I'm the daily business betrayals and the corporate men's room character assassinations. I'm the husband who beats his wife, the mother who scalds her child, I'm the playground beatings of your little boys, the backseat rapes of your daughters. I'm your rage toward a child molester and I'm the pederast's lust for your child, for his own child. I'm the guards' contempt for their prisoners and the prisoners' hatred for their guards, I'm the shank, I'm the truncheon, I'm the shiv. I'm the bayonet in the throat of the political dissident, the meat hook on which he is hung, the cattle prod that caresses his genitals. You've kept me alive, you've made me strong. I am you."
The immortal evil defeated in The Keep and reincarnated in Reborn has come of age and begun to settle scores. He targets a few unlucky individuals for destruction now, but soon the whole world will suffer. And he will feed on our tears and our pain.
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- ASIN : B005CS3XWC
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reissue edition (December 6, 2011)
- Publication date : December 6, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 851 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 414 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0765321661
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #766,679 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That being said, I don't really like it because it's essentially a tragedy. It's dark and depressing, and there is no triumph at the end. Merely an understanding.
If you're a fan of Wilson's work, this is a required read. If not, I recommend starting instead with the Repairman Jack series in The Tomb .
If you are a follower of the RJ series, this book provides a lot of good background (I didn't really know what I was missing, which speaks a lot for how good the series is, but I'm glad to have had the backfill) for the final chapter of the saga. It's a good standalone novel on its own, in typical F. Paul Wilson fashion - fast paced but not cliff-hanger-y (in other words, not a huge life threatening problem at the end of every chapter), snappy dialog, nice character development. Jack doesn't show up in this one, but there is an indirect reference to him (he's the one who brings the gasoline to the graveyard, along with Mr. Veilleur, and you finally get to find out what happened there). I didn't miss him, though, and that, more than anything else, surprised me.
I've read other Wilson books (Midnight Mass, for one), and have usually come away pleased. Reprisal is no exception. To give you a basis for comparison, I also enjoy Jonathan Carroll, Michael Gruber, Dennis LeHane, Jon Connolly and Colin Harrelson. I like lyrical writers with a dark bent, I guess. Wilson's writing isn't really dark - many of his characters are winsome pragmatists stuck with with weird, bad situations. Engaging though, and purely fun to read.
If you're not an F Paul Wilson fan, now is a great time to start!