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Hosts (Repairman Jack Series) MP3 CD – Unabridged, September 1, 2015
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Repairman Jack has been tearing up the urban adventure scene ever since he was introduced in the New York Times bestseller, The Tomb. Jack has no last name, no social security number, and no qualms when it comes to getting the job done—even if it means putting himself in serious danger.
Hosts starts with a bang when Jack has to stop a psychotic's shooting rampage on a subway car—but there are witnesses, and Jack’s essential anonymity is threatened.
A good deal more is threatened when the lover of Jack’s sister Kate survives a brain tumor, thanks to an experimental treatment, only to join a strange cult called “the Unity.” Now Jack must face a new kind of enemy, a virally-based group mind that wants to take over him, and the world.
“Jack is righteous!” —Andrew Vachss
“The Tomb is one of the best all-out adventure stories I’ve read in years.” —Stephen King (President of the Repairman Jack fan club)
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About the Author
F. Paul Wilson, the New York Times bestselling author of ten previous Repairman Jack novels, lives in Wall, New Jersey.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1501295446
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501295447
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,852,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately the book then starts to go downhill. The main case involves Jack's sister whose female lover has been acting strange since her brain surgery, but is it a natural result of the surgery, or something more sinister?
The problem is that there are so many sideline stories that the main case gets very little page time. The entire sub-plot of the brothers out for revenge is wasted page space. And while the reporter is an interesting character with an interesting arc, alot of pages are again wasted on unimportant information (his rivalry with co-worker, his new GF, etc).
Even with the lackluster plot that tried to do too much, the book could of been good- except for that ending. No spoilers, but it made large portions of the book irrelevant.
O and there is a ton of pro-gun agenda within.
However, Host was a step slower than the previous books, not bad by any means, just not quite up to the high standards previously established.
Hosts feeds off and of a few previous book’s adventures and characters, which I like.
The supporting characters, who are excellent, had a smaller role, too bad.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Hosts and the next installment is in my wish list.
In this novel, Jack gets a phone call from the sister Kate who he hasn't seen since he parted ways with his family after his mother's death. It is an accidental encounter: when she reached out to Repairman Jack, she had no idea it was her estranged brother. She just thought that he could help her get her lover Jeanette back from an apparent cult.
Jeanette has recently recovered from a brain tumor, having been treated with an experimental virus. The virus worked but had an unusual side effect: it has linked Jeanette with others who were similarly treated into a kind of hive intelligence called the Unity. It's bad enough that Jeanette is seemingly emotionless, but her little group has the intent of spreading the virus and essentially forcing everyone into the Unity.
Kate is one of the first targets, and Jack, after trying to help, is second on the list. In certain ways, it is Invasion of the Body Snatchers, though the conclusion is reminiscent of another classic novel/movie which I will not name lest I spoil things (those who've seen it or read it will easily recognize it). In a subplot, Jack's attempts to keep hidden from the government are threatened after he performs a heroic act; this threat to his freedom needs to be dealt with, but is rather irrelevant if he can't save the world too. (There is a rather nightmarish chapter that shows what would happen if the Unity succeeds.)
Although Hosts works as a standalone story, there are references to other books that makes it better if you've read the other books. In particular, there is the larger story of Jack's run-ins with the Adversary (first seen way back in the non-Jack novel, The Keep). Whether this is your first F. Paul Wilson novel or not, however, this novel is a fast and fun read that should be enjoyed by most supernatural thriller fans.
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In this book you find out about Jack's sister. This book has an end of the world due to illness feel to it, but there's more to it than that.