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Black Wind [Hardcover]

F. Paul Wilson
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May 1990
Set in California in the 1920s during a wave of anti-Japanese feeling, this novel tells the story of Spot, and Matsuo, the scion of a noble house. Set on by thugs they are rent asunder and Matsuo returns to Japan. As war with America looms, the novel traces the activities of Matsuo's family.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Praise for Black Wind:

“F. Paul Wilson weaves spells with words, and Black Wind is a stunner.  Ambitious, unusual, compelling.”
—Dean Koontz

“The reader comes to care intensely about the fates of the characters...a sharp and intelligent entertainment, a genuine page-turner many notches above standard fare.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A high-powered page turner, with writing as honed as a samurai sword.”
—Adam Hall, author of The Quiller Memorandum

“A superb feast of storytelling.  Intricately plotted, compellingly told; suspenseful, moving, and at times intensely horrifying--F. Paul Wilson’s most ambitious novel so far, and surely his best.”
—Ramsey Campbell, author of The Grin of the Dark

“Of great and captivating sweep.”
—Kirkus Reviews

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. His books include the Repairman Jack novels, including Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error; the Adversary cycle, including The Keep; and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilson at his best. Sept. 4 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Such a great great book. I tremendous piece of fiction intertwined with some great historical facts. Great stand alone book but also part of Wilson's Secret History of the World.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY MOST CHERISHED BOOK June 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have read Black Wind twice over the years and it was more powerful the second time. The characterizations are wonderfully done and blend well in the historical setting with the historical characters. The author creates a consuming drama that not only addresses many wartime issues but reels you in to a brilliantly masterminded sci-fi world that is almost believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At the top of the A list Oct. 17 2011
By James Tepper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Black Wind" is one of only two novels that are part of the "Secret History of the World" but that are not part of either the Adversary Cycle or the Repairman Jack Series (the other is "Sibs"). Even though I have been an avid fan of all 21 novels comprising the two series just referred to, plus several other novels and anthologies and written by FP Wilson, somehow I never read Black Wind until this week, immediately after reading the last RJ entry, "The Dark at the End". I was immediately sucked into this rich tapestry of life in the early part of the 20th century in the US and Japan. While the novel does contain the FPW trademarks of horror/fantasy (the titular Black Wind), even discounting these, it is wonderfully complex with several unexpected plot twists and not one but two bona fide love stories. The main characters are richly drawn and the interpersonal relations between Japanese brothers, Matsuo and Hiroki, the beautiful Meiko, and Matsuo's American friend Frankie are deeply intertwined.

This is historical fiction at its best. The setting flips back and forth between Japan and California from the 1920s through the end of WWII. FPW really did his homework on this one and it shows clearly. There is some really good authentic Japanese thrown in and used in a way so as to define it in context (a lá Shogun), and great examples, in deeds and discussion, of traditional Japanese cultural values of honor, obligation (several different kinds) and debt. The conspiracy theory concerning what we knew about the attack on Pearl Harbor, and when, has been treated in fact and fiction before, but this is as good a fictional treatment as I have read anywhere, and is used to great advantage by FPW. There are a number of historical figures depicted much as I know them to be from my reading of history, but the main characters are FPW's creations. The tie-in with the "Secret History of the World" is, as most FPW fans could have predicted, through an ancient katana sword that is bequeathed to Matsuo, the main character, early in the novel. The sword is an important player in the novel, but here is simply an excellent katana, albeit of somewhat ancient and unusual construction. For RJ fans, the 2008 novel, "By the Sword" is, in many respects, virtually a sequel to Black Wind, as well as an integral part of the beginning of the end-game of the Secret History of the World.

This might be the best example of pure mainstream fiction writing by FPW, especially if you are not particularly into SF and/or fantasy. Make no mistake, there are some pretty horrific scenes in this one too, it's just that they are the icing rather than the cake itself, in contrast to much of the Adversary Cycle and Repairman Jack in which the fantasy and horror aspects tend to take center stage. I can't say enough good things about Black Wind. It has quickly jumped right to the A-list of my all-time FPW favorites. The novel is completely stand-alone - one doesn't have to have read anything else by FPW for full appreciation, but for fans of RJ and the Adversary Cycle, it does fill in a few blanks, and as I mentioned, fans of Black Wind will probably want to read the sequel, By the Sword.

Very Highly Recommended.

JM Tepper
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite books ever May 24 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book many years ago, it was passed around between family members. To this day, I have not read a book that has so powerfully depicted the tumultuous events involving Americans and Japanese during World War II. In fact, I was so dismayed that the book was out of print! This beautifully written historical epic is riveting, the kind that makes you cry and gets you all choked up, and the characters are admirable and true to life. F. Paul Wilson brilliantly weaves in historical details, native superstition and cultural differences around an unforgettable love triangle, and gives some very lasting (not to mention haunting) images of the war. Steven Spielberg should have made a movie out of it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of genres in one... Oct. 16 2007
By David W. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
Centered around the time prior to, and during WWII this is an interesting mash of several genres and is hard to classify. It pulls together historical-based fiction, a loved and lost and maybe found again story, pitfalls of friendship, clashes of culture and a touch of the supernatural.

It's an interesting enough storyline but I found that the characters were very one-dimensional and stereotypical. You like them, but at the end of the story you're quite happy to put the book down, move onto another story and leave them behind.

I found that the story didn't really make a lot of impact expect for some complete revulsion generated by the supernatural aspect of the story as it relates to the manner in which this element is released.

Really, it's a good story, but it's a nice, light read.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Wind May 9 2000
By Valerie Mercer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Fantastic! I want to give it 5++ stars! F. Paul Wilson has truly created a novel to capture the intricate dynamics of loyalty between friends, between lovers, between brothers, between family and child, between love and hate...inter-twined without gaps, fast moving...a tightly woven tale that held me spell-bound, anxious to keep on reading well late into the night. Excellent work, sir...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Make a Point to Read this Book Every Year Nov. 10 2011
By Carson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book touched me from the first time I read it, 10 years ago. Since then I have read it once a year. It gives a stunning depiction of cultures that were never discussed in history books. Whether fiction or not the author makes you believe because of what we do know as fact from history. It also displays World War II in a way I had never realized. I have told everyone I know to read this book. The first thing I did on Christmas Eve after receiving and setting up my Kindle was to order this book. I began reading it on Christmas night and it was as always,an eye-opening pleasure.
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