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Infernal (Repairman Jack Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

F. Paul Wilson
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; Reprint edition (29 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765351382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765351388
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.7 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 745,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong 24 Dec 2008
By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I felt I had to write my own review for this book after seeing the first reviewer's rating - it may not have rocked their boat but I found it a perfectly adequate continuation in the Repairman Jack series. Like all the other books, it's impossible to put down, especially after the bang that it begins with. Jack's brother Tom is easy to loath and I found a lot more laughs sprinkled in the story than usually are. Some readers find the repeated use of characters and objects from the Adversary Cycle tiresome but I can't get enough of them. It's why I've always loved the Repairman Jack series; thrillers melded with supernaturalism.

Most Jack fans shouldn't be disappointed with this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Infernally readable 14 July 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book a great deal but not as much as the previous books Gateways and the outstanding Hosts.

Still readable and a good addition to the Repairman's tale. Worth reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars repairman jack needs repairing... 9 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It pains me to say it, but this book was a great disappointment. After the usual energetic and shocking start to a Jack novel this one drifts aimlessly toward its conclusion. The main plot concerns Jack's brother Tom, a crocked lawyer who singularly fails to engage the reader. The sub-plot concerning Islamic terrorists also has the feel of being forced upon the reader, and all in all these stories add little to the main narrative running through this series.

In effect, FPW is doing nothing more than treading water with this story. The attentive reader will know that Jack and most of his buddies survives until the near-apocolypse of Nightworld, so there is no real sense of danger here for our hero. The appearance of the various artefacts (and people) that once inhabited The Keep can only be spun out for so long, and we can only hope that Wilson has the sense to end the Jack series' soon before he compromises its integrity.

Its tempting to conclude that FPW is just milking the format...There are still enough loose-ends to make another great Repairman Jack novel, but "infernal" is not that novel. Wait for the paperback and hope the next installment is better.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repairman Jack reconnects with his older brother 31 Oct 2005
By Henry W. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
After publishing his outstanding horror debut, The Keep, in 1981, F. Paul Wilson subsequently added five more books to what came to be known as the "Adversary Cycle": The Tomb (1984), The Touch (1986), Reborn (1990), Reprisal (1991), and Nightworld (1992). Those books introduced several concepts that came to form the core of much of Wilson's fictional universe: the ancient, evil entity called Rasalom, his eternal opponent Glaeken, the town of Monroe, Long Island (Wilson's analog of Arkham, Oxrun Station, and Castle Rock), the wandering healing spirit known as the Dat-tay-vao (first seen in The Touch), and the modern pulp hero known as Repairman Jack.

Jack, who labors mightily to conceal his existence from the world, made his first appearance in The Tomb. Left near death at the end of that novel, Jack reappeared in Nightworld, playing a key role in frustrating Rasalom's bid to enslave humanity. Jack's fans proving persistent, Wilson responded with a new Repairman Jack novel, titled Legacies in 1998, following it with Conspiracies (1999), All the Rage (2000), Hosts (2001), The Haunted Air (2002), Gateways (2003) and CrissCross (2004). Set between the events in The Tomb and Nightworld, the books chronicle Jack's growing awareness of the battle between Rasalom and the entity he refers to as "the Otherness" or " the Ally." Similar to the late Isaac Asimov, Wilson is working to link the bulk of his fictional output, subtly revising the books in the Adversary Cycle to fit the new continuity he is creating through his Repairman Jack novels.

Infernal, the eighth installment in Jack's ongoing saga, opens innocently enough, with Jack arriving at the airport to pick up his father, whom readers got to know in Gateways. To avoid spoilers, no more will be said about the sobering events depicted in the book's first few pages--suffice it to say that those happenings will change Jack's outlook on life forever. They will also bring the Repairman's ne'er-do-well older brother Tom back into his life, resulting in an uneasy alliance between the siblings that places all Jack holds dear into jeopardy.

This book will be most appreciated by long standing fans of the series, as Wilson relies heavily on past events and relationships to power the novel, even as he maneuvers his character into position for the windup of the series. That's not to say that it doesn't work fine as a stand alone novel, only that the reading experience will be enhanced for those who are familiar with past events in the series (and, as an aside, for Charles Dickens fans!).
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different 28 Oct 2005
By Marc B - Published on Amazon.com
While I can understand the negative criticisms posted here the only thing I will agree with is that this book isn't one of the better RJ books. I think the main reason people are disappointed with INFERNAL is because it doesn't follow F. Paul Wilson's usual formula for the RJ series (i.e. several "fix-it" jobs while the main job involves The Otherness). While the book is very one-dimensional I have to give credit to Paul for changing the formula a bit to try and give the RJ series a bit of freshness.

While the change doesn't completely work it is one of the darker RJ books leading up to NIGHTWORLD, an extremely dark and disturbing novel.

So if you're new to Repairman Jack INFERNAL wouldn't be the first novel I'd recommend. You'd do yourself a favor to go with THE TOMB, ALL THE RAGE or CRISSCROSS first. Save INFERNAL for a day when you're ready for a change in RJ's style.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something New 2 Jun 2007
By Louis M. Sensel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read several less-than-rave reviews of this installment of the Repairman Jack series. Honestly, I can't understand why any Jack fan would consider this a second rate effort. I've read all the RJ novels, and I found Infernal to be one of the more satisfying.

The change of pace was refreshing. Not only does Wilson make the best use ever of various characters' perspectives, but he does a great job of contrasting Jack's unconventional but strong moral sense with that of his neer-do-well but successful brother.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The next time you need something (or someone) fixed - call Repairman Jack! 19 Sep 2006
By Ric Wasley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've always been a fan of F. Paul Wilson, but I really fell in love with his Repairman Jack Series ever since I read the first one. Like all series, some of the novels are better that others and some can skirt around the edge of almost being a little too metaphysical, but the action never disappoints. And after way too many 'goody two shoes' detectives, it's always refreshing to see a protagonist who will take satisfaction in blowing the bad guy's head off just because it feels good to even up the score. And with Infernal, Jack gets caught up in a very realistic cycle of revenge that serves to make his character only more believable.

As always Jack is tough and competent and willing to break lots of rules to get the job done.

And if that means putting a bad guy underground to save a good guy (or girl), he's not going to think twice. There is no second guessing for him. He sees the world of good and evil in pretty basic shades of black and white.

But once again there are the two loves of his life to keep him from teetering over the edge. First of course is his intended bride to be and her - and also by intention, his surrogate daughter Vicky. In addition to helping him show the one little chink in his armor towards his well hidden but faintly glimmering vulnerable side, are these two people that he would (and does) do literarily anything for... even more than the various family members who appear through-out this book and the series. The family members are also interesting but perhaps the brother is perhaps just a little too scummy to make the reader believe that they came from the same family. But outside of that minor point, Infernal is another great Repairman Jack novel that makes you wish that you had Jack's number the next time you need a 'special' little job done!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Description of How Guns Really Work 10 Jan 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Being a gun collector, one of the first things I usually find to dislike in a mystery novel is their lack of understanding about guns. In this case, Mr. Wilson has the guns down pat.

There's a terrorist incident at the airport. The bad guys use Tavor-2's as their guns. What? Tavor-2? Yes, Tavor-2 is the brand new Israli weapon designed to replace the M-16 and Galil guns now in use. Then in another situation the hero grabs a revolver and holds on for dear life keeping the cylinder from rotating and thus preventing a revolver from shooting. Yup! That would keep a revolver from shooting. As you pull the trigger the cylinder turns to bring a cartridge into position. If you hold on tightly, it won't shoot. Anyone who writes of things that well makes me tend to want to like the book.

After that, there's Repairman Jack and the rest of his world. I realize that this is fiction, but his living off to the side where no one even knows his real name is quite interesting. Whenever he does anything, he has to keep in mind that his ID is not real. He has to be careful around everyone he knows, even his own family.

The story is a blend of action, adventure and just a touch of the occult. A most plesant way to spend a few hours.
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