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"It's the End of the World as We Know it!"
on 28 November 2011
So after more than a dozen books we come to the penultimate Repairman Jack novel and if you have got this far, you will be pleased to get more answers. I see this as Ground Zero (Repairman Jack) Part II. We have the same small group of main characters, now focused entirely on the main struggle. Jack, Veilleur, Weezy and "the Lady" against Drexler and "the One" with their supporting cast of "the Order", Kickers etc.
Whereas in Ground Zero, Jack seemed passive and ineffectual, now he starts to concentrate on what he really needs to do and is finally sparked into action. This book sticks to the main task at hand and we don't get the usual fix-it jobs that he takes on - or do we? Everything eventually links up and the scene is finally set for the final battle.
By now if you are not a fan, this is about the worst time to start reading this series, as it all builds on what has gone before, yet the complexity has been finally "ironed out" to come down to what might seem a simplistic "good vs. evil" conflict. But just at this point Drexler starts to show doubts and although we can believe "the One" is wholly evil, would anybody else really want the kind of future he is describing?
Somehow, (Wilson seems to be telling us) every human being has some chance of redemption and maybe this is what saves us from chaos. No matter how bad it gets and no matter how passive we can seem - there is still a part of us as human beings that will do the right thing and save the species from self-destruction.
Now I have got this far, having read all the books - I can only say this is compulsive reading and a real page-turner. Overall the series has been consistently excellent - but maybe a newcomer would want to start at an earlier point.