Monday, July 07, 2008

Reborn

Reborn is the fourth book in F. Paul Wilson's Adversary Cycle, but it's the first one to really begin to tie events together. After writing The Keep, which I've reviewed in an earlier post, Wilson wrote two more books, The Tomb and The Touch, which are loosely tied in to The Keep. The ties of The Touch are particularly tenuous and reportedly only come to light in the final book in the sequence, Night World. According to Wilson, Reborn and the two books that follow, Reprisal and Night World (which I've yet to read) were written as one long book and thus have closer ties.
The basic idea of Reborn initially sounds like Rosemary's Baby, a work that characters in Reborn reference many times. An orphan, Jim Stevens, obsessed with finding his real parents learns that he had none. Stevens is the result of a cloning experiment performed toward the end of World War Two. He is the genetic clone of the doctor who developed the process and when that doctor dies in a plane crash, he leaves his considerable fortune to Stevens. Unfortunately, news of Stevens origins leaks out and after some supernatural occurrences he is marked by a religious order as the Antichrist since being a clone, he wasn't born of woman and therefore has no soul.
Turns out the order, known to themselves as The Chosen, are right and wrong. Stevens' "soulless" body did indeed become a vessel for a dangerous entity, but not Satan. (Readers of The Keep will recognize said entity, as well as another character who appears under an assumed name.) When Stevens dies in a freak accident the menace seems over but it turns out that the entity has migrated to Stevens' unborn child. The Chosen try to force Stevens' widow to have an abortion and things go horribly tragically wrong in a gruesome supernatural way.
Not quite as entertaining as The Keep or The Tomb, but still a fast paced supernatural thriller with some nice touches. Made me want to leap right into Reprisal, and I probably will tonight or tomorrow.

1 comment:

John Corey said...

thanks for the review. I read the keep, and really liked it, and I was unaware that there were more!