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Dark City (Repairman Jack) [Hardcover]

F. Paul Wilson
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765330156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330154
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars repairman jack novels 25 Feb 2014
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I was on my way to a helicopter repair engine course at rolls royce more than 25 years ago and stopped in a service station for coffee saw this book 'the tomb' thought i would buy it for night time reading while being aqway for the week, always wondered what happened to repairman jack ,thought this was the only novel.i turned 60 two years ago and my daughter bought me a kindle. i was looking for something to add to my kindle and saw another repairman jack novel then realised there was a huge amount of stories i have bought an read every single one twice also read all of the adversary cycle books, all told this is a superb colletion of novels for any one who likes something different. cant wait to read the last in the rp early years, think its called fear city but not sure when its out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't want the series to end. 7 Nov 2013
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I've been reading Jack's adventures since my teens after finding a copy of The Tomb in a junk shop.20 odd years later I'm still enjoying them as much as ever. Dark City is as good as any of the series.
Life after Jack? I don't want to think about it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing as always 2 Nov 2013
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You have got to get this book if you read the first. Cant wait for the next (unfortunately the last) one.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Jack 1 Nov 2013
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Unlike the latter part of the adversary cycle where we knew where we were heading, this and cold city give us FPW having fun. The absence (well, almost) of the overarching, portentous "end of the world" arc means "just jack", which frees FPW, and injects energy and enthusiasm into the various interwoven storylines that are expanded in the style of the short stories.

It's an enjoyable listen and I'll be backing it up with Kindle shortly-not to be missed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...Gotta get back, back to the past, Samur- er, Repairman Jack... 29 Oct 2013
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, at least F. Paul Wilson threw us a bone. Y'know, a few decades in, the poor guy must be slicing into his wrist like crazed Michael Biehn in THE ABYSS at having to write one Repairman Jack story after another, year after year. Recall that A. Conan Doyle once tried to kill off Sherlock Holmes, he was so fed up with writing him. F. Paul Wilson has put his foot down. He's vowed one final series of books about Repairman Jack, and then kaput, buster. DARK CITY is the middle child in Wilson's prequel trilogy depicting Jack's formative early years in New York City.

DARK CITY doesn't bother with foreplay. It right away ramps up the thrills as Jack suddenly finds himself in a frantic chase - sucks because he's the chasee! - on a moving subway train. To newbie readers, DARK CITY isn't much a welcoming jumping-on point. You need to have read Cold City (Repairman Jack: Early Years Trilogy) first to get all the frequent references from that book. It's 1991 and, once again, the now 22-year-old Jack is neck-deep in foiling sex s1ave operations, extortionist mafiosa, and a vengeful Dominican machete gang. As well, he runs into a band of Jihadists who suspect him of spying on them. As well, he's toiling hard on a righteous fix-it to ensure that his buddy, Julio, keeps his seedy little bar (which happens to be Jack's favorite watering hole). So, yeah, Jack's to-do list keeps him pretty occupied and the narrative packed with frenetic pace and crackling action.

A quote from an F. Paul Wilson interview at Hellnotes(dot)com: "He's also a different character at this point. He hasn't the weight of experience, he's unschooled, he makes mistakes -- terrible, tragic ones. But you see him learn from those mistakes, and that's why he does what he does later on." I'm not much into prequels. I'd rather the narrative sticks to the present-day, where (when) it's more relevant. But there's a tremendous draw to learning of Jack's early days in the Big Apple, to be privy to those experiences and life lessons that would eventually shape him into that off-the-grid urban mercenary with a knack for meting out ironic justice. DARK CITY treats us to a few more crumbs.

Even at this early stage, Jack already exhibits - to quote a shady associate - "an outlook that mixed outlaw mentality with a moral code." But have you ever wondered why Jack prefers to work alone? Or how he solidified his friendship with Julio? Or who was he with before he met Gia? Seasoned readers of Repairman Jack will be rewarded. So what's not to like? If you're even a wee bit curious about what Jack was like before he became burdened with a supernatural destiny... if, near the end of the present-day series, you fretted because Jack was doing less and less of those street-level fix-its... if you're simply jonesing for one more Repairman Jack story... well, F. Paul Wilson just did you a solid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's getting dark but it's not there yet 19 Oct 2013
By James Tepper - Published on Amazon.com
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"Dark City" is part 2 of the prequel trilogy of F.Paul Wilson's best-selling Repairman Jack series. The trilogy describes Jack's entrée into his adult life as "Repairman Jack" (still sans a nom de gun and and answering machine) as a 22 year old in 1991 NYC. Part 2 picks up directly after the opener, with Jack looking for wheels and deciding on the Corvair referred to but not seen in the adult series. He is still entangled with the Muslim pedophile slave traders from the first book, plus a threat to new buddy Julio's bar "The Spot", for which he devises a "repair" that is as clever and neatly designed and executed as the many to come that that will earn him the name "Repairman Jack".

There are several clues and/or foreshadowing of events to come over the next couple of decades having to do with the "Secret History of the World" that becomes the prime motivator of all things in the both the regular adult RJ series as well as the YA Young Jack trilogy, but there is nothing terribly explicit here. In fact, if one has not already read these other RJ novels the mentions of chaos, coincidence and several characters that make (sometimes very brief) appearances will simply not be noticed. But for long-time fans of the series, the genesis of many things is here and clearly in evidence and nicely worked in to the story.

There is a lot of backstory fill here (to the good) but in some ways Jack ("Just Jack" for the first time) seems perhaps a bit too self-assured for a 22 year old, even one that has escaped all the problems that he did as a teen in the YS Young Jack Trilogy and the first entry in this trilogy of (apparently) last-ever RJ Adventures. Still, there are continuing hints of the overpowering blackness/anger that will play an important role in the future for Jack, but the focus is firmly on the here and now.

F.P.Wilson is a highly skilled writer and Repairman Jack is his crowning achievement, with the (totally but post hoc intertwined) "Adversary Cycle" a close second. This is not the best of the (many) RJ novel (hence *only* 4 not 5 stars), but it is still a not-to-be-missed addition to Wilson's Opus Magnus. I await the "final" (jeez - I hope not) chapter with bated breath.

Recommended for all RJ fans. And it might not be a terrible place for FPW and RJ tyros to jump in either.

J.M. Tepper
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack - amazing as always! 16 Oct 2013
By MichaelParrish - Published on Amazon.com
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Book 2 in the Early Years Trilogy by F. Paul Wilson roars out of the gate in every sense of the word and rarely lets up until you turn the final page. Opening with Jack pursued by old foes through and atop a subway train, you know Wilson's bringing his A-game. Jack will encounter many of the people met in Cold City (book 1) again, as the story moves forward. Jack's education continues, and his relationships with Julio and Abe grow more fully and we see a great deal of how the three ended up as we first became acquainted with them in the Repairman Jack cycle. The jihadists from book 1 continue to be a thorn for Jack, but even they are fleshed out more in this volume. You needn't have read book 1 to 'get' this volume, so don't let that sway you - Dr. Wilson brings you up to speed with the past events very quickly, but if you've spent time with Cold City, you'll see the next logical steps taking place in Jack's world. WIlson's books are always release-date purchases for me, and they never fail to deliver. Seeing Jack learn his trade through the subtle 'fix' in this book was so amazing, it brought me to an "OMG!" outburst - rare for me, but not with a Wilson book - this was just the best one yet. Buy this book without hesitation!
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack is back, 13 July 2014
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Typical Repairman Jack. But this is before he becomes the repairman and how it all comes together. If you are a Repairman Jack fan this is a good one.
5.0 out of 5 stars a great repairman jack story 21 April 2014
By Jerry D. Logan - Published on Amazon.com
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this was the second of as trilogy of early repairman jacvk stories. one should read the first book first "Cold City", because it uses ongoing characters.
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