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on 2 March 2017
Another great read. I just can't put these books down! Can't wait to start book 14!!!
F. Paul Wilson is such a good story teller.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 November 2011
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. So all the conspiracy theories are seeing a part of the situation - they are like men put into a darkened room and allowed to feel a part of an Elephant, effectively invisible to them.

Everybody feels the same thing - but they all have different explanations, like conspiracy theorists, speculating about the causes of a tragedy like 9/11. None of them aware of the bigger picture. In this way, Wilson manages to handle the issues sensitively, yet still integrate everything into his narrative.

I liked the book and wanted to keep reading to find out more about the characters like "the Lady" - but at times, if felt like the need to tie up all the loose ends was getting in the way. Overall this has been an excellent series and the Lovecraft elements still form the best part of the story - but unless you are already a fan, most of this will be hard to reconcile and the plot stalls may put you off.

I'm still looking forward to the next one and have it waiting to read and will certainly stick with the series to the end. It's been a great journey!
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on 24 February 2010
Exactly what you expect from a Repairman Jack novel, a light easy read with lots of action. Very enjoyable.
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on 24 November 2009
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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on 4 March 2013
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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on 27 March 2013
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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on 18 April 2012
fpw warns us that this last set of books won`t be standalone stories as he looks to tie up the adversary story arc. Even so this book was all about puttimg the pieces in place for the grand finale and felt a bit of chore compared to other Jack stories.
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on 14 September 2013
Arrived yesterday. Very quick delivery.Excellent condition. Haven't read it yet. Rating is for what I expect to feel about it having read the jacket notes.
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on 23 May 2011
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!" Instead, he goes deeper into the motivations behind the terrorists themselves, revealing them to be as much pawns in the game as anybody else.

The events initiated in By the Sword begin bearing fruit. Wilson has said that he has two more books left in the series (he graciously warns readers at the beginning of the book that he's not going to be tying up stories as he did in the past, since he is leading up to the ultimate book), so this is to be expected. The war hits home for Jack as one of his eternal benefactors takes a major hit from what began in the previous book. The pursuit through New York City at the end of this book is breathtaking as you sense Jack's desperation to stop the seemingly unstoppable.

The only thing that brings Ground Zero down is that it spins its wheels trying to catch everybody up on the story behind the series. There are portions of the book where nothing really happens, harming the pace of the novel.

When things do pick up, though, they really kick into high gear. Wilson's plotting and prose are wonderful, making the wait for the next novel almost excruciating: the hallmark of a great writer.

Ground Zero is a must-read. While you can certainly understand things well enough if this is your first book, I recommend against that. Check out at least the previous two books before picking this one up. You'll be richly rewarded.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book. © Dave Roy, 2011
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on 16 October 2009
The saga continues. F. Paul Wilson at his best telling the story of Repairman Jack. Brilliant and imaginative.
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