Reborn is the fourth novel in Wilson's Adversary Cycle and the first to begin slowly linking everything together in preparation for the final battle between two opposing forces. It is a direct sequel to The Keep, the first book in this series, and features the return of the hero of that book as one of a select few who understand that something evil is awakening!
A Nobel Prize winning Geneticist dies in a plane crash leaving his legacy to Jim Stevens. But Jim, adopted as a young baby, is not all he seems and as he starts digging into his past and attempts to discover what links him to this mysterious figure who has bequeathed him his fortune, he begins to discover a startling truth.
His wife is pregnant with his baby but soon begins suffering from awful nightmares and terrifying visions of torture. Meanwhile his Mother-In-Law begins having her own visions which warn her that Satan is coming!
Lead to an unorthodox Church gathering, Jims Mother-In-Law finds others who share her belief and into their midst comes another stranger who appears to know far more than he is letting on! As events approach a bitter end, one thing becomes apparent ~ the pieces are being set in motion for an almighty conflict that will tear the Heavens from the sky and rip the world as we know it apart!
Set before both The Tomb and The Touch, set, in fact, way back in the late sixties so only a few decades after The Keep, this is an important chapter in The Adversary Cycle that owes much to, and continually references, the work of Ira Levin. But don't think for a minute that Wilson is just ripping off the likes of Rosemary's Baby because, in a clever move, he uses this work to simply increase the paranoia of the paticipants in this thriller; leaving them ever more uncertain exactly what is happening in their lives!
This is a move that will not appeal to some, still managing to see this as a blatant plagurisim of Ira Levin's work, but I actually think this is just as clever a book as either Rosemary or Boys From Brazil! I love the way it ties in Wilson's other books in the final pages and indicates that all is part of a much larger plan. I also like the fact that an evil long thought defeated at the end of The Keep has managed to find an ingenious method of survival!
This can be read as a stand alone quite easily but bigger fans of Wilson's work will find this much more satisfying! It really sets things up for the last two books in The Cycle and I cannot wait to find out how all this is going to end!
Unfortunately anyone looking for a satisfying conclusion to this story may be left feeling disappointed!
The next book in the series, Revival, is set many years later and if I had one criticism it would be that the ending here in Reborn is left very open! Still, there is every chance that some of the answers you seek may well be found in some of Wilson's Repairman Jack novels which directly tie in to the Secret History Of The World that links together this and much of his other work in one massive, complicated story arc.
Overall then, this is one novel I reccomend but mainly to those who are interested in reading up the other related books Wilson has written that tie events here all together. More casual readers of Wilson's work may find this paticular novel less satisfying; for this is an arc just as complicated, if not more so, than Stephen King's Dark Tower series!