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Reprisal (Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack) [Kindle Edition]

F. Paul Wilson
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Book Description

“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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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Reprisal:

"[A] first-class horror novel. . . .  Wilson's most gripping yet, with his strongest characterizations."
--Kirkus Reviews on Reprisal

“Very unsettling . . . scary . . . one of Wilson’s best.”
--San Francisco Chronicle on Reprisal

About the Author

F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. His books include the Repairman Jack novels, including Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error; the Adversary cycle, including The Keep; and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765321661
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reissue edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CS3XWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In defense of Reprisal... December 28, 2000
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Reprisal is the second book of the Nightworld Trilogy; part of the Adversary Cycle from F. Paul Wilson. This book continues the story begun in "Reborn", of the return of Rasalom (a sort of shadowy, lord or darkness character) and the efforts of a small group of enlighted souls who try to thwart him (or just merely survive). Along the way, Rasalom tries to break their spirits by performing unspeakable acts of evil.
Although some of the story devices are rather gruesome (as stated in the previous review), they completely in line with the story and with its main character. All in all, a very good effort by the author and and excellent second-book-in-a-trilogy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Even Surpass The King October 9, 2002
By rere
This book is one of the greats in thrilling and horrifying its reading...This book, in many ways, came out even better than some of the horrifying Stephen King novels, which we all know are first-rate thrillers. You'll have to read it yourself to find out why!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burn thriller chills bones while stabbing at heart. February 28, 2002
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Reprisal represents a pretty serious shift in the Adversary Cycle's tone and focus. This is an intimate psychological horror story about corruption and revenge (hence the title) rather than conspiracy or otherworldly beings/monsters, at least on the surface. The Evil One has been reborn and, in an interesting twist, decides to have some fun torturing a surviving character from Reborn by defiling and destroying those close to him. These assaults are pretty spine chilling in their utterly soulless ferocity and, as one review points out, may offend some feint of heart readers. Be warned, some sequences will leave you pretty shaken up. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid paranormal suspense February 16, 2012
By M. Dale
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If you're an F Paul Wilson fan already, then you know what you're in for - likeable, morally centered, heroic protagonists fighting an uneven battle against perhaps not-quite-earthly forces of destruction. The Repairman Jack story is a sideline in this book, but any new information to fill out the back story is exciting. As usual, the story is engaging and you won't put the book down until you're finished.
If you're not an F Paul Wilson fan, now is a great time to start!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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According to F. Paul Wilson himself, Reprisal is one of the hardest books he's ever written, and one section of the book was so troubling that his wife wouldn't speak to him for three days. Once you've read the book, you won't be surprised either. Reprisal is a brutal, horrific novel that contains some of the most unsettling and nightmarish moments I've read, period, not just in Wilson's work. The events that occur over Christmas Week to a young priest are likely to stick with me for a long, long time, and that's due in no small part to Wilson's commitment to not only the story but his characters as well. The fact that such a scene plays so perfectly in the overall book - which finds characters from Reborn reconnecting many years later, sometimes unbeknownst to each other, as one of them seeks vengeance - is just a testament to what a phenomenal horror novel Reprisal really is. By the time the book reaches its conclusion and we realize exactly how epic the scope of this revenge truly is, it's hard not to be staggered and unsettled by what we've witnessed. What's more, by having this book lead directly into the apocalyptic finale, Wilson is free to end the book in a grim fashion befitting the bleak read that precedes it. Reprisal is a rough read by any standard, and even in Wilson's horror-infused world, it stands out as a nasty piece of work. But for those who are up for it, I can't recommend it enough; it's a gripping read by any imaginable standard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Scary! December 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First let me warn you: the faint of heart should think twice about picking up this book...on to the review...
This was awesomely frightening and chilling! I love the fact that FPW holds back no punches in an effort to shock you...there are no pit pat solutions, no happy endings. This is true horror, because it's neverending. Reprisal is the fabulous continuation of The Keep (excellent!) and Reborn (pretty good). I must say that some of the horrors are pretty creative. FPW is heads and shoulders above formulaic writers like King. I did't put Reprisal down until I was finished reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than 'Reborn' March 16, 2009
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I was quite hesitant to get into this book as my trip through the rest of the "Adversary Cycle" hasn't been nearly as good as I was either hoping or expecting; however, I was quite pleased to discover that Wilson really hit his groove with this book.

The initial setup of the characters was rather good, and then about halfway through the book comes possibly one of the better described versions of "Time for Something Awful" to happen I have read in some time. The intrusion of the supernatural in this story for the characters was extremely jarring, and the sheer bizarre factor added to the feel of dread.

I will say that in reading the other books of the "Adversary Cycle" I noticed more than a few editing errors (wrong names mentioned, odd spelling glitches) and while the story and characters were excellent in this book, the editing was not. Toward the very end (page 322 if I recall correctly) there was the inclusion of a paragraph from the next book (I think) in a DIFFERENT paragraph which was particularly unfortunate as it somewhat ruined the mood of the scene.

All in all, I am most intrigued to see how Wilson wrapped all this up initially; I realize that the next book will be changed rather drastically to account for the fact that Repairman Jack has become a much larger figure in the overall story.

I am particularly interested to see how the events/power from 'The Touch' might factor into the overall story, as it has been pretty much the only part of the Cycle that doesn't seem to fit so well with the rest of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars F Paul Wilson impresses
Great series and a good read. The Adversary Cycle was my first experience with the author. I normally try to avoid "series" but I'm looking forward to immersing myself in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JH
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
A standalone, but is you are reading the Adversary series, this is book 5. Don't miss it. Where is Father Bill?
Published 3 months ago by Judy Dynia
5.0 out of 5 stars Also a must read!!!
As with "The Touch" this story does not seem to be part of the overall storyline. After reading it through the reader will understand how these books all interact and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dash 8 pilot
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Mr. Wilson is the perfect Author to keep you reading non-stop. I have to read His books without a break. I have to know what is next. And he wrote these books so long ago. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
F. Paul Wilson had done a great job with his Repairman Jack series. A combination of mystery, adventure, fantasy and horror all at once.
Published 4 months ago by johncehrmannjr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to your library.
If you're a fan of Repairman Jack, you'll want to add this to your collection. The book was in excellent condition when it was delivered. Don't pass this one up.
Published 15 months ago by Raccoons
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I've been reading the Repairman Jack series and the Adversary Cycle and this book was good. It wasn't the most exciting of this series (but that doesn't mean much, because they are... Read more
Published 16 months ago by SEW2012
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this book.
I love all of F. Paul Wilson's books especially his repairman jack series and his adversary series which go hand in hand. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lisa look
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I just recently started rereading F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series, and I thought I'd refresh my memory with some of the behind the scenes adversary cycle story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LiquidChi
5.0 out of 5 stars F. Paul Wilson does it again!
I love F. Paul Wilsons books. He is one of my favorite writers even though I don't usually read this type of book. I just can't seem to put them down. Read more
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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, 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 33 books and 100 or so short stories under my name in 24 languages.

THE KEEP, THE TOMB, HARBINGERS, and BY THE SWORD 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 girly 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 14 years in development hell with half a dozen writers and at least a dozen scripts, THE TOMB is finally moving toward production as "Repairman Jack" from Beacon Films and Touchstone. The plan is to make Jack a franchise character. (Gotta tell you: all the years of this has worn me out.)

I've done a few collaborations too. One with Steve Spruill on NIGHTKILL, and a bunch with Matthew J. Costello. Matt 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 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 Repairman Jack novel and haunting eBay for strange clocks and Daddy Warbucks memorabilia. (No, we don't have a cat.)

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