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Product Details

  • Series: Repairman Jack (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765322838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765322838
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventures are hugely entertaining.

Jack stand[s] out from the supernatural pack. The books are about an ordinary guy doing whatever it takes to protect the innocent, and that's a story that always has resonance.

A canny mix of sci-fi paranoia and criminal mayhem. Bloodline starts fast, keeps the accelerator down, and defies you to stop reading.

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 Ground Zero, 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.

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F. Paul Wilson has done a great job with his Repairman Jack series.
johncehrmannjr
Let me just say that if you read Wilson make yourself start at the beginning and you, like myself, will never be disappointed.
Wanda Hatcher
He keeps the story moving, he creates likable characters and weaves clear plots.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By James Tepper VINE VOICE on October 14, 2011
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The last page of "The Dark At The End", the 15th and last novel of the Repairman Jack series ends, as it had to, as a rewrite of the prologue to "Nightworld", first published in 1993, exactly as F.Paul Wilson has been telling us for years that it would.

TDATE is a worthy finale to the RJ series, tying together all RJ 15 novels, plus the 3 YA Jack books and various other bits and pieces of the Secret History of the World. It leaves no loose ends. Everyone and everything of principal importance from the entire series is present and most play important or crucial roles. Weezy, Eddie, Drexler, Dawn and the baby, Abe, Thompson, Gia and Vicky, Glaeken and Magda, the Lady, Julio's (one brief mention) the Lodge, the Order, the sword, the pyramid, the Compendium of Srem, the Crown Vic, the whole megillah is here. FPW has somehow, incredibly managed to pull everything together and position pieces that are characters and artifacts from the Adversary Cycle and YA and adult RJ books onto the gigantic chessboard that will be played out in the "heavily revised" re-release of "Nightworld", due in 2012. And he has concluded everything in a compact 336 pages. It really does seem as if FPW has had this gigantic complicated plot line in his head for something like 20 years, and has played each card deliberately and at all times with the end in mind. There are no coincidences.

TDATE is totally satisfying while at the same time igniting an urgent desire to re-read Nightworld. I intend to try to resist re-reading the original copy on my bookshelf for as along as possible, hopefully until the revised version appears, which I will pre-order as soon as possible.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Derek Grimmell on October 12, 2011
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5 stars for a review titled "A great disappointment" may seem contradictory. But I mean this book is a great book, and also a little bit of a disappointment. Follow along here, please.

First, this is another great read from one of the most reliable authors around. It's fully as gripping, engaging, and entertaining as any of the past Repairman Jack novels. Jack is still creative in dealing with powerful enemies. He relies on his friend Abe, uses his wits, rolls with unexpected events, and sticks up for the people in his charge even when he's frustrated with them. He also wrestles with the personal changes he is undergoing as an inevitable byproduct of being the Heir to Glaeken. There are a few moments of real humanity, which I thought were well-handled. And Wilson has been elaborating on the back story and putting in various plot threads for some time now. Most of them get paid off in this volume, usually in a pretty satisfying way.

So all of that is the great part. I enjoyed the book all the way to about the last 10 pages. A really satisfying read.

The disappointment part is that, because Nightworld is coming, the book pretty much had to do certain things at the end, and that was a letdown to me. It's not Wilson's fault, nor a discredit to his achievement. Rather, it's the inevitable consequence of writing the entire series as a sort of "middle-quel" long after The Tomb and Nightworld had already been produced. We have known for a long time how the story began and ended. These books had to remain at least somewhat true to that storyline, and the ending was thus a bit of a letdown. If you have not yet read Nightworld, you should have no such problem. I did. Don't repeat my mistake. You have been warned.

Oh well. I can handle it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Josh Mauthe on October 11, 2011
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Ever since the release of Bloodlines, Wilson has warned that the final books in the Repairman Jack series were essentially a "river novel," where the story flowed from one book to the next. The Dark at the End bears him out, wrapping up the previous four novels - Bloodlines, By the Sword, Ground Zero, and Fatal Error - in such a way that it feels like the logical conclusion to one very long five part saga. Any true Jack fan knows the state of things as The Dark at the End begins: Glaeken is exposed, Jack is on the hunt for Rasalom, and one very unusual child has a role to play that no one can quite understand just yet. And, of course, this is the final book of the series, meaning that we have to set the stage for Nightworld. Wilson manages to do all of that and then some, providing a satisfying conclusion to every plot thread that's been going since Bloodlines and still managing to make the book a thrilling, exciting experience on its own, most notably in a series of sequences that occur in a largely deserted neighborhood. It all builds to the finale, which is as inevitable as it is shocking, and it's a joy to see how tightly Wilson has been plotting everything for the past several books. It's not a happy ending to the series - how could it be, with Nightworld still to come? And yet, it's a generally satisfying end to the Jack saga (even though the revised Nightworld will be the real conclusion), as he's learned exactly who he is, what he's capable of, and become the weapon he's been capable of being since the beginning. I was a little saddened to turn the final pages here - I've been reading the Jack books for years, and although there are a couple of other Jack projects to come, including some prequel novels, it won't be like opening a new chapter of this section of Jack's life.Read more ›
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I was born toward the end of the Jurassic Period and raised in New Jersey where I misspent my youth playing with matches, poring over Uncle Scrooge and E.C. comics, reading Lovecraft, Matheson, Bradbury, and Heinlein, listening to Chuck Berry and Alan Freed, and watching Soupy Sales and horror movies. I sold my first story in the Cretaceous Period and have been writing ever since. (Even that dinosaur-killer asteroid couldn't stop me.)

I've written in just about every genre - science fiction, fantasy, horror, a children's Christmas book (with a monster, of course), medical thrillers, political thrillers, even a religious thriller (long before that DaVinci thing). So far I've got about 33 books and 100 or so short stories under my name in 24 languages.

THE KEEP, THE TOMB, HARBINGERS, and BY THE SWORD all appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List. WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS won the first Prometheus Award in 1979; THE TOMB received the Porgie Award from The West Coast Review of Books. My novelette "Aftershock" received the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction. DYDEETOWN WORLD was on the young adult recommended reading lists of the American Library Association and the New York Public Library, among others (God knows why). I received the prestigious Inkpot Award from San Diego ComiCon and the Pioneer Award from the RT Booklovers Convention. I'm listed in the 50th anniversary edition of Who's Who in America. (That plus $3 will buy you a girly coffee at Starbuck's.)

My novel THE KEEP was made into a visually striking but otherwise incomprehensible movie (screenplay and direction by Michael Mann) from Paramount in 1983. My original teleplay "Glim-Glim" first aired on Monsters. An adaptation of my short story "Menage a Trois" was part of the pilot for The Hunger series that debuted on Showtime in July 1997.

And then there's the epic saga of the Repairman Jack film. After 14 years in development hell with half a dozen writers and at least a dozen scripts, THE TOMB is finally moving toward production as "Repairman Jack" from Beacon Films and Touchstone. The plan is to make Jack a franchise character. (Gotta tell you: all the years of this has worn me out.)

I've done a few collaborations too. One with Steve Spruill on NIGHTKILL, and a bunch with Matthew J. Costello. Matt and I did world design, characters, and story arcs for Sci-Fi Channel's FTL NewsFeed, a daily newscast set 150 years in the future. An FTL NewsFeed was the first program broadcast by the new channel when it launched in September 1992. We took over scripting the Newsfeeds (the equivalent of a 4-1/2 hour movie per year) in 1994 and continued until its cancellation in December 1996.

We did script and design for MATHQUEST WITH ALADDIN (Disney Interactive - 1997) with voices by Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters, and the same for The Interactive DARK HALF for Orion Pictures, based on the Stephen King novel, but this project was orphaned when MGM bought Orion. (It's officially vaporware now.) We even wrote a stageplay, "Syzygy," which opened in St. Augustine, Florida, in March, 2000.

I'm tired of talking about myself, so I'll close by saying that I live and work at the Jersey Shore where I'm usually pounding away on a new Repairman Jack novel and haunting eBay for strange clocks and Daddy Warbucks memorabilia. (No, we don't have a cat.)

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