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By the Sword: Repairman Jack #12 | [F. Paul Wilson]

By the Sword: Repairman Jack #12

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 (who is the brother of a character killed in Legacies) 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.
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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 (who is the brother of a character killed in Legacies), 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.

Following Jack's usual m.o., he 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.

Get another Repairman Jack fix.

(P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 02-09-14
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "NEVER, EVER, EVER change a narrator in a series."
    Would you try another book from F. Paul Wilson and/or Dick Hill?

    I Love this series, BUT, and that is a huge BUT, never think you can bring on a new narrator in a series. Rick Hill is good in his style, BUT he IS NOT, even e n close to making me want to listen. I feel cheated now. I bought 2 books. #11 and 12 thinking it would not be so bad. O M G, I was so wrong. Rick Hill tried, he really did but after reading 10 books or listening to them, I was totally thrown off. His voice for His was nowhere near Prices narration. It was broken, and just not right. I figured after that maybe the next book would be better as it also was narrated by Mr. Hill, but I swear it said Chris Price. Abe w a s not even r e recognizable. I returned both as I could not get through them with this narration as Jack and family. If you know Jack, ( no pun intended) either 're a d the actual story or skip them. I'M SURPRISED THE POWERS THAT BE TRIED TO PULL THIS THINKING IT WOULD FLY. If the author did it, shame on you but I TH I boot is Amazon


    Would you ever listen to anything by F. Paul Wilson again?

    Only if narrated by Chris Price for this series. Other books yes...although I'm nervous now.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    Christopher Price. Jack


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from By the Sword?

    Never we r made it past a few pages


    Any additional comments?

    What were you thinking. Does your accent, style and voice change. I must say I read a review saying the same thing before I purchased these and thought the guy was being a bit of a jerk. Was I wrong. I should have listened to him.
    I will not finish this series if this is not corrected. Two stories is too much to miss and I do not have the luxury to sit and read them. Audio is it for now

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 11-12-13
    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 11-12-13
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    "Not up to par"
    Would you try another book from F. Paul Wilson and/or Dick Hill?

    I would definitely try another book from Wilson, he is a master story writer however Dick Hill is not my favorite narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Since I am listening to the series in order I will be starting Ground Zero this afternoon.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    If given a choice, I would prefer not to. I did not much understand a lot of what he said...I understand there was an Asian motif bit I kept nodding off and I don't usually do that with Wilson's books.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Of course it had redeeming qualities, the master wrote and I listened, regardless of how disappointed I was in this book I will continue to listen to his stories, they are fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    with this exception his stories are spell binding. So i continue to listen

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Grain Valley, MO, USA 11-19-08
    Patricia Grain Valley, MO, USA 11-19-08
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    "By The Sword"

    Another great Repairman Jack. Wilson brings in elements from the adversary circle, leading up to the final conflict in Nightworld. For those "jack" fans. Buy the book.

    The narration is off-putting, and distracts from a great story line. Jack's voice shouldn't be a hyper nasal whine. A nice smooth non-inflected baritone would have been much more pleasing to the ear.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 01-26-15
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 01-26-15

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Dick Hills narration sucks/Skip This Episode"

    I know,the majority of Audible listeners seem to love Dick Hill's narrations but this was so awful I couldn't bear to finish. Hills totally bogus accents, be it Julios P.R.,Abes Yiddish-isms or the many Japanese accents in this novel were so poor I cringed..and I couldn't keep the story straight..finally just gave up and decided to go on to the next episode with Christopher Price at the mike.

    I notice this was recorded in 2008 and it could be that Price was not available then, perhaps this recording was done before Audio books really caught on..and "Bloodline" is noted as being narrated by Hill also,but apparently Price has re-done it and Audible just hasn't changed the test to note that...in any case I'll listen to this again when Price or the new narrator who did the Early Years prequels redoes "By The Sword.
    But for now..I consider this a waste of a credit and it's going back.

    I sure wish Hill didn't do the Jack Reacher series also,since I'm kvetching about Him in this review. Sorry for the bitch session, but I'm just so frustrated.

    Skip this episode..nothing lost IMO.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 02-21-15
    Suzanne 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Deep into the series"

    I'm now deep into the Repairman Jack series, and I'm more enthralled with each successive book. I've listened to twelve books straight through and moving onto the next. Usually I burn out after a couple, and move onto something else for awhile, then come back. Not this series!

    I like the characters. They are well drawn, and very complete as people. Jack himself is very true to himself, and although his code is not to everybody's comprehension, he is very consistent within it.

    The overall story arc is well planned, and each book covers one particular aspect. This one deals with a sword from the first Age.

    All of the books are uniformly excellent, and I know when I finish the series, I'm going to be sorry to see it end.

    I highly recommend the series. I can't say enough good things about it. The writing style, the plotting and pacing, the characters, all show the results of a mature writer, and that plus a very good narrator, give we, the listeners, an unparalleled experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth lake wylie, SC, United States 02-27-12
    elizabeth lake wylie, SC, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed listening to this book"

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The primay story line is enjoyable. Narration is good. The story line about the "Other" seems a bit strange but not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Queen of Everything 01-08-12
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about By the Sword?

    The mechanics of the story are preposterous. Dropping a crucifix by parachute with a man nailed to it and a reporter can see him open and close his eyes as he descends. Really now!


    What was most disappointing about F. Paul Wilson???s story?

    The female character is supposed to be strong enough in her commitment to her profession so as to prove her worth to her father. For pity sakes woman, stop your whining. She has little to say that is not self pitying and not whining.


    What about Dick Hill???s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill is a fine performer especially when he is given a decent story line to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    My iPhone did not fully download part 2 and I really didn't care. I didn't go back to remedy this again because I really just didn't care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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