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.
on 9 January 2006
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.