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By the Sword: A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson
Edited by David G. Hartwell
Review by Drew Bittner
Forge Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317070
Date: 11 November 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Jack's still reeling from the shattering revelations of Bloodline when a new case raises new challenges--and dangers. He is asked to help retrieve a stolen, ruined samurai sword for its rightful owner... but when the Kicker cult, the last remnant of a murderous Japanese sect and a powerful, shadowy corporation join the hunt, it's every man for himself, with Jack in the middle.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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 leader from Bloodline. The cult, the businessman, the Yakuza, and the Kickers are looking for the sword as well.

Also in the mix is the pregnant teenager carrying a child, loaded with abnormal DNA, who will be a decisive force in the cosmic shadow war raging behind the scenes. She becomes a pawn in the game, hunted by both sides. Following his usual m.o., Jack maneuvers all sides into a bloody melee from which he plans to waltz away with the fabled katana. Of course, when things don't go as planned, Jack must improvise (and he hates to improvise). By the Sword takes F. Paul Wilson's trademark breakneck pacing and interweaving storylines to a new level.

(Source: Forge Books)

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