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Cold City (Repairman Jack - the Early Years Trilogy Book 1)

Cold City (Repairman Jack - the Early Years Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

F. Paul Wilson
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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COLD CITY kicks off The Early Years Trilogy. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in NYC. This is pre-Disney Manhattan and the city still has lots of rough edges. He has connected with Abe but is unaware of his real business. He will soon meet Julio but doesn't own a gun yet. He runs afoul of some machete-wielding Dominicans, hires on as a driver for a smuggler, wanders into the East Side Marriott the night Rabbi Kahane is killed, starts a hot affair, winds up on the wrong side of some jihadist Arabs, and disrupts a ring smuggling pre-teen sex slaves. And that's just Book One.

“In Wilson’s lively first in a projected trilogy of prequels to his Repairman Jack saga, Jack, newly arrived in Manhattan, begins honing the skills that will eventually make him a formidable urban mercenary who operates off the grid. Jack’s talent for finding trouble is already well developed, as becomes clear when his job smuggling cigarettes runs him afoul of Arab jihadists, the mob, and a ring of sex slavers. Wilson expertly evokes Manhattan in all its gritty glory in the early ’90s and introduces series regulars Abe Grossman, Jack’s gunrunner and surrogate father, and Julio, the hard-working barkeep at Jack’s preferred watering hole, the Spot… this valentine to Jack’s legion of fans still packs a wallop that whets the appetite for his next early adventure.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

“If fans want to know how Repairman Jack became the champion of the victimized, they’ve got to pick up Cold City. It’s a one-night read that will keep the lights burning. Gritty, harsh and often funny, it takes readers back to Jack’s early days, tosses him in with colorful characters and lets readers see his basic decency even as he breaks the law.” (RT Booklover’s Magazine – a November Top Pick)

“This is, oddly enough, perhaps an ideal jumping-on point for prospective readers, and I don't say that lightly. This is a character who's been around for quite awhile, with many books in his wake; however, this is a look at who he is and how he becomes the guy we know from the Adversary Cycle. You could easily go further back and read the Young Jack tales (all of them well worth reading), but if you want to see Jack as a young man, growing into the legend he'll become, this is a good place to begin. Fans of Wilson's…will be delighted, and readers who want a good, solid noirish tale will be delighted as well. Wilson is a fantastic storyteller; this book may be the beginning of a swan song for the character Repairman Jack, but he's certainly going out on a high note. Highly recommended. (SFRevu)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
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  • Publisher: Wilsongs (26 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to revamp my ratings scale after this book 18 Dec 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What to say? This book was awesome! I typically read and review fantasy, so this was a break from the norm for me. Apparently this series delves into that genre later on, but there wasn't any of it in here. I'm glad I read it though as everything about it I loved.

I have never read a "Jack the Repairman" book by F. Paul Wilson before of which there are a lot already. This is the first of a prequel series to those other novels (which I will read). Consequently, I already knew Jack survived, but even without the fear of death on the plate, the book kept me captivated and rooting for our "hero". Since I knew nothing of what comes after, everything was new to me. I look forward to lots of "ah-ha!" moments as I "catch up" with the series.

The book takes place along the eastern seaboard of the US in the early/mid 1990s, but mostly within New York City. Our hero is a college dropout who is about off the radar as much as anyone can be. He lacks a social security number, a license, even a telephone. And that is exactly the way he wants it.

Every single character is rich in personality. Each is unique and has their own desires. Dialogue is fantastic - not once did I think to myself "who would say that" - and the conversations all flowed fast and smooth. The attention to details the author took with the characters is something only those who read other people very well can manage. I was truly blown away by these aspects of the book. If you love great characterization, you will do flips for this book.

The plot was amazing too. There were always four or five things going on at once between multiple factions. From the mob and jihadist terrorists, to Latin gangs and tobacco runners, you never knew what was going to happen next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Chaos approaches in 1990. 29 April 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read all the Repairman Jack novels and even bought some of them twice in revised editions, I thought I had seen the end of this series and was missing it, like an old friend. So I was very glad to see the new trilogy, which looks at how Jack got started and how he met all the characters who inhabit his world.

This first part of the trilogy covers 1990 and Jack doesn't really see it as a good year - he is alone and clearly still mourning the death of his mother to a random killer. But we start to see how he first met up with Julio at his favourite New York bar and Abe in his sports shop - we get explanations for how they got started and why Jack is so tied in to both these characters.

We are also introduced to Jack's opponents - the first mention of "the One" and the introduction of a less than infallible Drexler. However, this is a "down to earth" story with none of the supernatural or fantastical elements that inhabit the life of the adult Jack. Here he is just finding his way in the big city, amongst all the lowest elements of society and with just his wits and aggression to help him.

What this seems to be about is how you find morality in a world which doesn't seem to reward it - how you find others with similar integrity. Jack is no saint and he dispenses rough justice, but he still tries to be a good man and this book shows how he is tested, yet manages to find solutions that sit with his conscience and how he finds others who have a similar world view. He doesn't find many and his path seems lonely, with many more on the other side of the equation. But the message seems to be that one or two true friends, beat any notion of popularity or superficial "success".
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4.0 out of 5 stars The origins of Repairman Jack 6 July 2013
Cold City is the first in the Repairman Jack prequel series following the end of his regular series. F.Paul Wilson has said that he will do this trilogy and then that's it for Jack. We'll see if that happens. This is actually an interesting book, seeing Jack when he's still learning the ropes. Unfortunately, it feels like a first book in a series, with the pluses and minuses that usually entails.

It's 1990, and a man named Jack (we never will find out his last name, I don't believe) has dropped out of college and headed to New York to make his way. Strange things have been happening to him, dark urges that he must fight before they overwhelm him. He's gone off the grid, living on cash and the odd jobs that will pay him that, which almost necessitates some jobs that are a bit on the shady side. After he suffers one dark attack and almost kills a co-worker who has been bullying him, he's not sure what to do. Getting hired as a driver to smuggle cigarettes is quite lucrative and will definitely keep him able to live well--and buy the weaponry he might need for the days ahead. Especially when he encounters a preteen smuggling ring, some jihadists, and the mob trying to deal with his good friend, the bartender Julio. With all of that, he may be wishing for a monster from the dawn of time to deal with.

After having gotten to know Jack over the long course of the original series, it's interesting to see the basis for that personality we've grown to love. In 1990, he's very green, making mistakes and learning the lesson that sometimes you have to be ruthless to make sure things don't come back to bite you. He's already living off of the grid but hasn't quite been able to put his past behind him.

Wilson still has that flair for mixing his creations with real-world events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I am a big repairman jack fan and have read all the series so was very pleased to find out about the trilogies - these and the teen years help fill in the back story of why Jack... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anita A
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold City-----Hot pace.
I'm a "Jack" fan & this book did not disappoint it just left me thirsting for the next episode of this trilogy.
Published 14 months ago by J. M. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars The begining
Get to know JACK before he knew who he was.This is a very good start to a brilliant series with a very naive JACK. Read more
Published 17 months ago by N. B. MacSween
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Cold City is just another great book by F. Paul Wilson about Repairman Jack (Early Years) brilliantly written and so enjoyable. Read more
Published 17 months ago by the poet
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is essential to Repairman Jack fans. It tells the history of Jacks friends and how he got in to the buisness. A must reed!
Published 19 months ago by Christopher Millington
5.0 out of 5 stars Repairman Jack
Thoroughly enjoyed this book as with almost all the rest of Mr Wilson's work. I think anyone finding repairman Jack for the first time in this book would want to know more. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joan Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
as always with this author.. a brilliant read, highly recommended.. buy it you will not be dissapointed, try his other books to
Published 20 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars J,s hero
Brilliant. Excellent intro to new york and how some characters come I'm to play can't wait for the next one.
Published 20 months ago by June Perfect
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