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The Tomb Hardcover – January 1, 1985
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- ASIN : B001025TB2
- Publisher : New English Library; First Edition (January 1, 1985)
- ISBN-10 : 0450061205
- ISBN-13 : 978-0450061202
- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,037,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ah, the first book in the rather long Repairman Jack series. As for the Adversary Cycle, you'd only know it was the second book because it's in the advertising. Yes, it is important to read it as its plot pertains to events in Nightworld, but it's primarily designed to get you reading more Repairman Jack books. From that perspective... well, it failed for me.
On its own, it's a tale about a man with a certain set of skills that makes him a nightmare for... oh, right, different story. Yet you've probably seen this kind of setup before. Jack is your typical in-the-shadows hero type with a few quirks, and he usually deals with normal-people problems until he ultimately gets sucked into a situation involving some nasty creatures and a "Secret World." Jack as a character is okay, but otherwise doesn't really stand out as a character I wanted to commit another sixteen-odd books getting to know better. I was willing to try the first book, and the story is decent enough that I was willing to continue the primary Adversary Cycle series, but Jack I could take or leave.
Obviously, Repairman Jack is a popular series, and other people will be more intrigued than I was. And as a warning, there are plot points at the end of the Adversary Cycle series that will only be meaningful if you've been a Repairman Jack fan (something I found out the hard way). If you can enjoy Repairman Jack, you'll probably get more out the rest of the series.
F. Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack" is one of my favorite series. There is violence. No drag-you-down drama.
This compelling stand-alone has a cliffhanger ending but all is well.
Interesting storyline with descriptive writing that pulls the reader in both the scene and thoughts of the characters.
Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and memorable dialogue.
I will re-read this book as I do all the Repairman Jack stories.
I was disappointed the series ended but look forward to other works by this author
+ Characters. Jack is unique and fun to follow- i especially liked his first 'fix-it' job.
+ Plot. While no surprises, i loved the tie-ins throughout.
- Writing. The suspense level that the book required never really existed.
- Early portions. Way to much is spent on the MC's failed relationship with his ex-GF. Get on with the story already!
I ordered a used copy from the additional offers, and I ended up getting a first edition copy from 1984 that was apparently from a library. Even though the newer release has updates to remove the dated aspects, I really like that I got a first edition hardback that's still in decent shape.
Another thing I thought was kind of nice to see was the devotion he shows toward his girlfriend and her 8 year old daughter. In a lot of other fantasy series the romantic interests change, and while in this book he does see another woman, there is no question that if his girlfriend would take him back he would be there in a heartbeat. I also like how the relationship with the daughter was done. If something were to happen to the little girl he, expressed many times, he would move heaven and earth to help her.
My only complaint, I don't understand why they titled it "The Tomb". There was nothing that I can remember that had to do with a tomb. I read somewhere that the author really didn't want this title, but because they were trying to stay similar to "The Keep" which is the series that this one was spun from.
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The main character is interesting and well-fleshed out. However, his love interest, Gia, is intensely annoying (At least, she annoyed the heck out of me right from the start. I found her to be whingy, judgemental, arrogant...well, it's a long list and nothing on it is positive.) The villain is suitably villainous, and his sexy siren of a sister is suitably morally ambiguous to be interesting.
Where the book lost me was in it's predicatability. By around 40%, it's completely obvious what's going to happen for the rest of the book. There's no suspense, no mystery, and from that point on, it just drags.
The main character does have a lot of potential (reminded me a lot of Jack Reacher, and not just because of the name), so I might give the series another shot, but this book just didn't grab me.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the first book. More surprised to see it was originally conceived as a one-off, and that it was written some considerable time ago. The book has a very recent feel.
Jack is one of those classic characters - heartless, cold, and brutal at times, with a heart of gold, which never descends into cliche or parody. He is, surprisingly, identifiable.
Wilson has a deft touch with building characters, developing relationships, describing action scenes, and mixing adventure with a touch of the fantastic.
I can't recommend this highly enough, and I'm looking forward to reading subsequent volumes.