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Reprisal: A Novel of the Adversary Cycle by [F. Paul Wilson]
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From Kirkus Reviews

First-class horror novel and third volume in a malignant- entity series begun with The Keep (1981) and Reborn (1990). The Keep (Nazis versus vampires) faded into clich‚ after the first half, but Reborn (a clone of Rosemary's Baby) held together for a brilliantly ghoulish climax. In Reborn, the son of clone Jim Hanley, at the moment of the son's conception, became the host of the evil entity living in Jim. Jim died but mother Carol now finds herself raising an incredibly intelligent freak, a baby who devours newspapers, books, and TV journalism as soon as he can sit up. At age five the boy takes over family finances and by age fifteen has run a nest egg up to $60 million. Then, with forged papers making him an adult, he goes off to do undergraduate work in psychology at Darnell University in North Carolina--although why a supermillionaire needs a degree in psychology is not clear. This fascinating story is, unfortunately, treated almost as a subplot while the novel's true subplot gets major space. But the secondary story has a fabulous payoff, in which a seven-year-old orphan--adopted by a financially upscale, physically hollow zombie who looks like Teddy Roosevelt--is crucified to the bedroom wall and remains alive (though completely drained of blood) and in fact is still alive when buried at night by a lapsed Catholic priest and dug up again five years later. Meanwhile, the entity, now known as Rafe Losmara, has seduced overweight math teacher Lisl Whitman into his orbit as a way of getting at the lapsed Catholic priest, whom Rafe sees as his (un)natural enemy, and the tie between Lisl and Rafe, as he leads her into moral decay (shoplifting without guilt), gives us the novel's richest pages, with the reader wondering if perhaps Rafe isn't onto something with his supraman swill.... The conventional climax is only a springboard for Rafe's big ploy in the next novel. Wilson's most gripping yet, with his strongest characterizations. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Whenever accused child murderer (and defrocked priest) Bill Ryan is near a telephone, it wails a continuous ring. As soon as somebody answers it, the caller, a long-dead boy, begs to be rescued from the psycho who killed him. A fugitive from the law, Ryan (using the alias Will Ryerson) is stalked by a primeval and malevolent force across America in this successfully formulaic installment of the horror series begun in The Keep. Detective Sergeant Renaldo Augustino is also hunting Ryan, and plans to torture Ryan before arresting him. Meanwhile, the evil entity is settling an old grudge with Ryan by killing his loved ones. However, the fugitive's fear is neither of apprehension nor death, but of the child whom he buried five years ago in an unmarked grave. A large cast of characters fleshes out the ranks in Wilson's stagy battle pitting good against evil.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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I was born toward the end of the Jurassic Period and raised in New Jersey where I misspent my youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed, and watching Soupy Sales and horror movies. I sold my first story in the Cretaceous Period and have been writing ever since. (Even that dinosaur-killer asteroid couldn't stop me.)

I've written in just about every genre - science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, a children's Christmas book (with a monster, of course), medical thrillers, political thrillers, even a religious thriller (long before that DaVinci thing). So far I've got about 55 books and 100 or so short stories under my name in 24 languages.

I guess I'm best known for the Repairman Jack series which ran 23 novels. Jack is out to pasture now, but I may bring him back if the right story comes along.

THE KEEP, THE TOMB, HARBINGERS, BY THE SWORD, and NIGHTWORLD all appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List. WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS won the first Prometheus Award in 1979; THE TOMB received the Porgie Award from The West Coast Review of Books. My novelette "Aftershock" received the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction. DYDEETOWN WORLD was on the young adult recommended reading lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, among others (God knows why). I received the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon and the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention. I'm listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who's Who in America. (That plus $3 will buy you a coffee at Starbuck's.)

My novel THE KEEP was made into a visually striking but otherwise incomprehensible movie (screenplay and direction by Michael Mann) from Paramount in 1983. My original teleplay "Glim-Glim" first aired on Monsters. An adaptation of my short story "Menage a Trois" was part of the pilot for The Hunger series that debuted on Showtime in July 1997.

And then there's the epic saga of the Repairman Jack film. After 20 years in development hell with half a dozen writers and at least a dozen scripts, Beacon Films has decided that "Repairman Jack" might be better suited for TV than theatrical films. (We'll see how that works out.)

I've done a few collaborations too: with Steve Spruill on NIGHTKILL, A NECESSARY END with Sarah Pinborough, THE PROTEUS CURE with Tracy Carbone, and the Nocturnia series with Thomas Moneleone. Back in the 1990s, Matthew J. Costello and I did world design, characters, and story arcs for Sci-Fi Channel's FTL NewsFeed, a daily newscast set 150 years in the future. An FTL NewsFeed was the first program broadcast by the new channel when it launched in September 1992. We took over scripting the Newsfeeds (the equivalent of a 4-1/2 hour movie per year) in 1994 and continued until its cancellation in December 1996.

We did script and design for MATHQUEST WITH ALADDIN (Disney Interactive - 1997) with voices by Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters, and the same for The Interactive DARK HALF for Orion Pictures, based on the Stephen King novel, but this project was orphaned when MGM bought Orion. (It's officially vaporware now.) We did two novels together (MIRAGE and DNA WARS) and even wrote a stageplay, "Syzygy," which opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in March, 2000.

I'm tired of talking about myself, so I'll close by saying that I live and work at the Jersey Shore where I'm usually pounding away on a new novel and haunting eBay for strange clocks and Daddy Warbucks memorabilia. (No, we don't have a cat.)

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