Audiobook Reviews by Anthony Servante
It begins at dawn, when the sun rises late. Then the holes appear. The first forms in Central Park, in sight of an apartment where Repairman Jack and a man as old as time watch with growing dread. Gaping holes, bottomless and empty…until sundown, when the first unearthly, hungry creatures appear.
Nightworld brings F. Paul Wilson’s Adversary Cycle and Repairman Jack saga to an apocalyptic finale as Jack and Glaeken search the Secret History to gather a ragtag army for a last stand against the Otherness and a hideously transformed Rasalom" (Amazon).
And 'complex' is the perfect word for the AC series, which to this day continues with the Repairman Jack series, the Repairman Jack: Early Years Trilogy, and assorted short stories that make up the "Grand Unification" theme that connects Wilson's books to the AC. Nightworld wraps up the series, but Wilson continues to find "epiphanies" to connect more of his non-AC books to the AC.
Well, for this reader, to answer the rhetoric question: No one could do it justice. Maybe not even F. Paul Wilson himself. But now that I've finished talking for myself as a hardcore (and jealously selfish) fan of F. Paul Wilson's work, let me set aside my favoritism and speak to the first-timers looking for a good book to listen to. If you haven't read Nightworld, or any of the Adversary Cycle books, you would be able to follow this story and enjoy the enormity of the tale, filled with monsters of every size and shape, and the world of mankind on the brink of extinction. The epic tale is captured by Christopher Price in his amazing reading, and when I allowed my prejudices to slip, the narration was spot-on. An easy reading that allows you to flow gently on a suspension of disbelief and hit walls of fear and dread as the story unfolds, as the nights grow longer and the days shorter, as the creatures from the "Otherness" crescendo in fierceness with the lengthening darkness. The reading captures the urgency and maintains the suspense as we wait for each dawn and experience the same dread as the characters who understand that the evil Rasalom is on his way, the ultimate creature that combines all the Hells and all the Devils of all religions into one single malevolent entity. You will know fear. Because that's what Nightworld brings.
So, as a fan of the AC series, I appreciated Christopher Price's valiant effort to capture the epic tale for hardcore fans, but we are voracious and insatiable for the Grand Unification. However, acquainted readers and first-time readers of the AC series couldn't choose a better audiobook to begin with than Nightworld. Even as you listen to the ending of the series, you will be introduced to all the parts of the AC, and then you can work your way backward towards The Keep, or forward to the Repairman Jack series. Either way, read the book aloud to yourself or listen to the Christopher Price version. Just leap into Nightworld, feet first.