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Black Wind - F. Paul Wilson

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: F. Paul Wilson / Edition: 2 / Mass Market Paperback / 465 Pages / Book is published 2009-03-03 by Tor Books

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      30.05.2012 15:40
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      The weakest of Wilson's inter-connected books so far!

      Black Wind is part of F.Paul Wilson's Secret History Of The World that broadly encompasses his Repairman Jack and Adversary series that tie everything all together. Set both before and during the Second World War, the book focuses on two friends, one Western, one Japanese, who fall foul of their cultural differences even though their lives are inexplicably entwined!

      The Black Wind of the title is a mystical force of power that has been lost to Japanese monks after centuries of no use. With the Second World War rapidly escalating out of proportion, the Japanese know that it is their last line of defence against the Allied forces and so two brothers are sent out to locate where the secret behind this power has been misplaced. Add to this a back story that deals entirely with the ongoiing strained relations between America and Japan and a kind of romantic love interest and what we are left with is what should be a grand epic of a novel that reflects the closing years of WW II.

      Instead what we get is something of a long and boring novel in which not a lot really happens until the end! I understand that this is intended to be a very different novel to any of the Repairman Jack books but it also feels to me to be far inferior in quality and not at all like some of his other, better works like The Keep, for which he is perhaps most famous!

      I really wanted to read this because I love the inter-connectedness of all things (thank-you, Dirk Gently) demonstrated in Wilson's novels and am a big, big fan of Repairman Jack but simply couldn't get into it and ended up skim-reading most of it! The big climax at Hiroshima is fascinating but it takes sooo long to get there that by the time you do, you have begun to lose the will to live....

      There are better Second World War fictional novels out there (I'm thinking Swastika by Michael Slade for example) and I'm sorry but this really didn't do it for me at all!

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