Jack is back, tangled in a battle to retrieve a stolen Japanese katana, the fabled Gaijin Masamune. Half a century ago, this legendary blade disappeared from the Hiroshima Peace Museum. Now the sword has been taken from the son of the original thief, who naturally turns to all-around fix-it man and reluctant hero, Repairman Jack. Jack soon finds that it's more than just everyday thieves who want the sword - so do his own enemies. Plagued by recurring dreams about the blade, Kicker leader Hank Thompson vows to have it. A Kaze Group chairman covets the weapon for his private collection and sends Hideo Takita to claim it. The fanatical Kakureta Kao cult will kill to possess it. And, above all, there's the mysterious thief, who shows no sign of being willing to give up the katana. Following his usual MO of "Let's you and him fight," Jack maneuvers all sides into a bloody melee from which he plans to waltz away with the fabled sword. Of course, things never go as planned.
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by F. Paul Wilson
"This is Wilson's twelfth Repairman Jack adventure in a span of more than twenty years, an incredible run for a fantasy action hero. In this classic story of the struggle between good and evil, Dick Hill has some real challenges. The story features street gangs, a range of Japanese characters, and even a scared New York teenage girl who speaks in the idiomatic English that has become a caricature of the type. When you add in the secret sect of monks who have their own strange vocabulary--by the way they're bent on world domination through personal dismemberment--it's sometimes hard to follow all the characters and subplots. However, fear not. If you're a lover of Repairman Jack, you'll find him aging well. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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