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Conspiracies: A Repairman Jack Novel Hardcover – February 1, 2000
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Melanie is a leading voice in the conspiracy-theory movement, a true believer that crop circles, UFOs, and even El Niño are all part of the same vast plot against humankind. She dubs this her "Grand Unification Theory," or GUT. One week before announcing the GUT theory to the world, Melanie vanishes and Jack is plunged deep into her weird world as he attends the conference where Melanie was due to speak. Jack is initially amused by the eccentricities of the alien abductees and Satanic cult survivors Melanie counted among her colleagues; but an apparently supernatural force, a murder, a disappearing corpse, and a creature straight from the bowels of hell put his skepticism to the test.
Conspiracies is another tightly plotted thriller from F. Paul Wilson, tinged with enough horror and supernatural suspense to please both mystery lovers and horror hounds. Repairman Jack reigns as one of the most alluring and mysterious private investigators in the business. --Naomi Gesinger
- ASIN : 0312867972
- Publisher : Forge; 1st edition (February 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 317 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312867973
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312867973
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before this book, I read one of F. Paul Wilson's "Young Jack" novels and a collection of his Secret History of the World short stories. I found the occultic, supernatural hints intriguing. So I decided to give the Repairman Jack stories a shot.
This is an enjoyable read. It launches into the story almost immediately and then sets a fast pace throughout the story. The story introduces us to "Repairman Jack," who makes a living "fixing" things for people. In this book, Jack has a client whose sister is the victim of domestic violence and another client whose wife has disappeared. The two stories are unrelated, but provide energy to the story as Jack flips from one to the other.
The vanished wife plot is the main story of this book. The wife was a member of a group that believes in every conspiracy known to man. Jack has already had a run-in with the supernatural before this story opens, but in this story, he learns more about the supernatural world hiding just around the corner from this one. Thus, the reader gets acquainted with the "Adversary," "the Twins," the "Otherness," and the cluster of strange births in 1968.
The story is a fun read in the action-adventure genre. The character of Jack is not developed. We know nothing about his background or his abilities. He doesn't seem particularly competent, except with respect to passing as ordinary and knowing about guns. For all his attempts to be a man of mystery, Jack is a nerd with a love of kitsch. I don't get the sense that he has a background as a "spook" or in the military. Nonetheless, this story seems to offer a taste of a tantalizing, mysterious world.
The only saving grace is the book sets the stage for a larger story further down the road.
For those who are not familiar with Wilson's series, Repariman Jack is a 'fixer' who makes wrong things right. While his family is mistakenly under the impression that he is an underachiever who fixes appliances his customers depend on him to get out of some serious trouble. Jack lives off the grid in NY City. He has no real driver's license, no social security number, no passport, and no ID of any kind that can be found in a government database. He gets paid in cash and 'saves' by taping gold coins to his plumbing pipes. He uses guns when he needs to but prefers to settle matters with the least amount of violence possible. In Conspiracies we see Wilson fill in some of the details that were missing in The Tomb and are introduced to another important character who will make more appearances in later novels. Wilson is not a 'great writer' as far as your literature professors are concerned but to normal readers who want to enjoy a book with interesting characters, a good plot, and unusual ideas Wilson's books are more than good enough.
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In this book you find out about the otherness and there are a lot of supernatural going ons.
(Why is this not availlable as an audiobook title, though??)