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This is more like it!
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2010
As we all know, the last few Repairman Jack novels contained more exposition and less of the suspense, intertwined plot threads, and human interest that made the series so interesting. Much the same thing happened in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and for much the same reason: exposition comes before denouement in any series novel.
Here comes the denouement!
This is the penultimate novel in the 15-volume series, and it feels a lot more like the best books from early in the series, with a little extra punch. The tension builds -- although it won't finally be resolved until the next, final book in the series -- the plot threads intertwine, and there's even a sub-plot or two, as in the older books. I missed the intertwined sub-plots in By the Sword and Ground Zero. They added a lot to Jack's character. That feel of watching a real person engaged in both human and superhuman events makes a welcome return in this volume, in my opinion. Jack is by turns noble and ruthless; the noosphere, the Lady, and the world are in ever-increasing danger; and Ras -- I better not say his name -- inches toward victory against our outmatched heroes while they watch each other's backs. I especially enjoyed Jack taking on even a minor side-project, as these always added to the realism of the characters and their world. There hasn't been a good "repair" mission for a while, and it brought back the fun feel of the first parts of the series.
I read By the Sword and Ground Zero, enjoyed them to some extent but felt it was more of a duty to read them, and now the payoff has begun. Best $14 I've spent on Amazon in quite a while, and Wilson has guaranteed I will buy the final volume on the first day of issue.