Serves up the occult thrills fans of Wilsons series have come to expect and tantalizes with the promise of more surprises to come. Publishers Weekly on By the SwordBloody, sordid, and apocalyptic but, thanks to Jacks can-do attitude, plenty of fun. Kirkus Reviews on By the SwordOn September 11, 2001, a man drifts in a boat off lower Manhattan as the twin towers burn. He removes a small box from his pocket and presses a button. As he waits for the south tower to collapse, he thinks: The vast majority will blame the collapse on the crazy Arabs who hijacked the planes and the Islamic extremists who funded themthe obvious choice. A few will notice inconsistencies and point fingers elsewhere, blaming the government or Big Oil or some other powerful but faceless entity. No oneabsolutely no onewill guess the truth behind the who and why of this day.Years later, someone does. Repairman Jacks childhood friend Weezy Connell (the genius girl from Jack: Secret Histories) has started fitting together the pieces of the puzzle and anonymously posting her conclusions on the Web. But she cant stay anonymous forever. Someone is after her. Jack becomes involved in her troubles and in the paranoid mazes of the 9/11 Truth Movement, where conspiracy theories point in every direction.Theyre all wrong. The truth is stranger, darker, and more evil than anyone can imagine. It involves the cosmic shadow war into which Jack has been drafted. And if the plot behind itmillennia in the planningsucceeds, it will forever change life on this Earth.
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