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Ground Zero (Repairman Jack Novels) Hardcover – 15 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (15 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322814
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,555,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ground Zero" is not only packed with action and revelations, but told so well that fans will want the next two books "now." . . . Wilson's writing has never been sharper, with the story really focused on the main problem at hand, all leading to a climax where even Jack seems to be powerless with what he has to face. It's truly going to make his fans giddy. "Bookgasm"

There are some writers who, once they settle into an ongoing character, become complacent and happily just write and rewrite the same two of three books over and over again. And then there's F. Paul Wilson, whose Repairman Jack series seems to get better as its hero gets closer and closer to his ultimate fate. "Fangoria on Crisscross"

Wilson remains in top form with "By The Sword," which receives my highest recommendation. "Fearzone"

Sinuous plot twists and shocking revelations abound, but Wilson manages to pull these wildly disparate plot threads together, and tie them dexterously to the series' overarching chronicle of a battle between occult forces in which Jack serves as a reluctant but responsible warrior. Like its predecessors, this novel shows why Jack's saga has become the most entertaining and dependable modern horror-thriller series. "Publishers Weekly on Bloodline"

Part hard-boiled detective novel, part "Matrix," and all fun, Wilson's latest and, perhaps, greatest kept me up all night. A pulse-pounding novel that grips you by the throat and doesn't let go even when it's over. "Eric Van Lustbader on Harbingers"" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

F. Paul Wilson is the "New York Times" bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. His books include the Repairman Jack novels, including "The Tomb" and "Fatal Error"; the Adversary cycle, including "The Keep"; and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.


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This is good Jack fare, action, pace, and a good story, and a milestone in the secret world backstory.

Its starts the end of Jack for hire and Jack for "saving life as we know it", as the adversary comes to the fore and the long descent to nightworld begins, with a great twist on why 9-11 happened, and we learn who the woman with dog is.

It all ends with a great climax at Battery park, well paced to the end as tension and confusion builds until Jack saves the day, for now at least!
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If you've not read repairman Jack novels before then your in for a treat. I've got every single one and they are all consistently good. Don't expect high literature, these are easy reading, but do expect to be educated, amused, excited and intrigued. You'll be drawn into Jacks unusual and often frighteningly strange world, and if you're like me you may leave somewhat inspired and addicted.
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HP Lovecraft is mentioned here, with a quote about how if we all knew what was really going on we would all go mad. And this is what the series has been all about. Jack is the ordinary guy who has been given an unenviable and unwanted position as the only person(as opposed to entity)who knows what's really going on.

As the series come to its last few books we find out more of this "secret history" but at times the action grinds to a halt and Jack appears strangely inactive and passive. In fact neither he nor his great nemesis succeed in this novel, so it's like a kind of stalemate or nil-nil draw.

I found the introduction of "Weezy" an interesting development and a way to update the series into the world of the internet, bloggers and conspiracy theories. Jack is in no way up to date with technology - unless it's a more efficient gun - but the introduction of a trusted childhood friend, now genius geek and in love with him, is the main narrative thrust of this episode.

If you "buy" this, then it makes the series more current and adds to Jack's armoury in fighting the otherness - but some may see this as a clunky means of tying in recent events and bringing the series into the present day. Of course the big thing which at times is almost "throw-away", is the intrusion of a real-world tragedy in 9/11 into Jack's fictional world.

Some may see this as insensitive and disrespectful to those who died and their loved ones - on the other hand, given that Jack is supposed to live in modern New York - how could he not be affected by this?

It's like "the Elephant in the Room" and this is an interesting analogy used in the book.
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Excellent and worth the money. Would recommend to anyone that enjoys fantasy, horror, and a ridiculously intelligent and brilliant main character who is the ultimate good guy gone rouge.
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I've become a big fan of F. Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack" novels over the last several books for both the overarching story and the eponymous main character. But how can Wilson handle something as horrible as the attacks on the World Trade Center? In Ground Zero, Wilson manages to play with the Truther movement and make it interesting yet avoids giving it any actual credence. That takes talent in a writer, and it makes this book an excellent novel.

A decade after the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the world is going crazy. The dark plot that Jack has been fighting seems close to fruition, and the pieces are falling into place. In the meantime, Jack's childhood friend Weezy Connell has joined the 9/11 Truther movement, piecing together little facts and discrepancies that seem to lead to an inevitable conclusion: the true story of 9/11 has not been told yet. She posts her conclusions anonymously on the Internet, but somebody knows who she is. In desperation, she calls Jack, not knowing that he is the same Jack she knew all those years ago. Jack finds himself immersed in the Truther movement and discovers that they have no idea how far off they are while still being right. What's really behind 9/11 - and many other recent events - is part of a war millennia old, a war that may be catching fire again soon.

While Ground Zero delves deep into the Truther movement, Wilson ties everything into the mythos that he's created, with the Adversary, the Lady, and other beings from the dawn of time caught up in their ongoing struggle and catching us up in it as well. Wilson avoids the conspiracy cliche that "the government was behind it all!
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