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Jack: Secret Histories (Repairman Jack) Kindle Edition
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Ever come across a situation that simply wasn't right—where someone was getting the dirty end of the stick and you wished you could make things right but didn't know how? Fourteen-year-old Jack knows how. Or rather he's learning how. He's discovering that he has a knack for fixing things. Not bikes or toys or appliances—situations….
It all starts when Jack and his best friends, Weezy and Eddie, discover a rotting corpse—the victim of ritual murder—in the fabled New Jersey Pine Barrens. Beside the body is an ancient artifact carved with strange designs. What is its secret? What is the secret of the corpse? What other mysteries hide in the dark, timeless Pine Barrens? And who doesn't want them revealed?
Jack's town, the surrounding Barrens, his friends, even Jack himself…they all have…Secret Histories.
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Praise for Repairman Jack:
“The Tomb is one of the best all-out adventures stories I've read in years.”—Stephen King (President of the Repairman Jack fan club)
“Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages.”—Dean Koontz
“The most welcome discovery, for readers new to the thriller universe, is F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack.”—Janet Maslin
- ASIN : B003KVKQA0
- Publisher : Tor Teen; First edition (May 27, 2008)
- Publication date : May 27, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 1414 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0765318547
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #588,436 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is an example of F. Paul Wilson at his best. We get scads of backstory about Jack, the Secret History of the World, and some of the characters in the main RJ series. But at the same time the story stands on its own and it interesting and enthralling.
If you are a Repairman Jack fan, this book is mandatory. If you are new to RJ, this wouldn't be a bad place to start (although you may want to start with The Tomb instead).
Note that even though Jack is a teenager, this is not a young adult book.
The central feature in most Repairman Jack novels is a series of secular, mundane items to be fixed with a central mystery involving the "Otherness."
In this novel, Mr. Wilson buries the mystery in a nostalgic retrospective of events yet to occur according to where this novel takes place in the time line.
There are writing sins of omission and commission when it comes to mysteries. The writing can reveal too much, or the writer can reveal too little. The original Sherlock Holmes novels generally reveal too little. There is almost no way that a reader could actually figure out what the solution to the mystery is without Holmes' brilliant explanation (that almost always involves introducing entirely new, hitherto unknown facts).
In "Secret Histories" F. Paul Wilson takes glee in stuffing in an extreme amount of trivia from future Repairman Jack novels. For example, young Jack notices that his sister Kay comes back "different" from her time abroad in France. In "Hosts" we find out that Kay finds out that she is a lesbian while in France. Jack's running buddy, goth chick points out that the lodge is connected to the Quakers, but Quakers are not what modern folks understand as Quakers - ala' the Kicker Man from "by the Sword" where we find out that kicker is a bastardization of Q'q'r -- much like Quaker. Oh, I see!
Yes, the whole book is riddled with little factoids.
Honestly, they end up being a significant distraction.
To the washed, rabid fan, Jack comes off as too prescient.
To the new reader, the book comes off as a series of unconnected, random, unsupported facts.
Why not one or two stars?
Mr. Wilson does a great job in introducing many fun and interesting tidbits from 1983.
It is a bit of a loving retrospective.
It is not the best outing for Repairman Jack, and "Secret Histories" is fun, but not a necessary addition to the Repairman Jack series.
This fast-paced novel has many pleasures but frustrations abound as well. As this slim YA novel neared its conclusion, it became increasingly apparent that the most intriguing plot threads were not going to be resolved until later in the trilogy--probably not until the final volume. The immediate crisis of the murders is solved, but so many more interesting aspects of the story are left hanging that there is very little sense of closure. I will read more, but I can't help recalling how many novels, movies, and TV shows have great set-ups but fall apart when it is time to reveal their secrets and pay off on the promises they have made. The more author F. Paul Wilson leaves the reader in suspense from book to book, the more he is upping the ante in the form of raised expectations. He is a talented writer of thrillers, and I'll be rooting for him to pull it off.
When I start a new R.J. book I am so happy - and if the time comes where there are just no more new ones to read - I will just pull out the first from the series and start all over again. Not many authors write books that are worthy of a second read - but I have actually run out of new books to read, and while waiting for my new order to arrive I have already pulled out older R.J.s and read them again. I enjoyed them just as much the second time, especially if it has been a few years since I first read them. I love characters that you can revisit like old friends, and that is what you can do with Repairman Jack.