- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (October 14, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812566548
- ISBN-13: 978-0812566543
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Wilson skillfully juggles subplots whose unpredictable collisions and complications further accelerate the relentless momentum of Jack's labors . . . . A satisfying open-ended climax sets the stage for yet another chapter in Jack's compelling saga.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Like the best of Dean Koontz's work, Wilson's work combines an action/adventure yarn with a touch of the fantastic . . . . If you haven't read any of the Repairman Jack novels before, now is a good time to start. They're smart, exciting, and most of all, fun.” ―The Denver Post
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F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack:
"Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventures are hugely entertaining."―Dean Koontz
"Jack is righteous!"―Andrew Vachss
"F. Paul Wilson is a hot writer, and his hottest, and my favorite, creation is Repairman Jack. No one does this kind of weird meets crime better than Wilson. Gripping, fascinating, one of a kind. That's F. Paul Wilson and Repairman Jack."―Joe R. Lansdale
"The Tomb is one of the best all-out adventure stories I've read in years."―Steven King (President of the Repairman Jack fan club)
All the Rage
Can you imagine a new chemical compound, a non-addictive designer drug that heightens your assertiveness, opens the door to your primal self, giving you an edge wherever you compete? Whether on the street or the football field, in a classroom or a boardroom. Wouldn't you be tempted to try it . . . just once? What happens if it releases uncontrollable rage and makes you a killer?
"Wilson skillfully juggles subplots whose unpredictable collisions and complications further accelerate the relentless momentum of Jack's labors . . . . A satisfying open-ended climax sets the stage for yet another chapter in Jack's compelling saga."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Like the best of Dean Koontz's work, Wilson's work combines an action/adventure yarn with a touch of the fantastic . . . . If you haven't read any of the Repairman Jack novels before, now is a good time to start. They're smart, exciting, and most of all, fun."―The Denver Post
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All The Rage is the fourth book in Wilson's Repairman Jack series and is part horror, part thriller and part science fiction. In it, Jack learns of a drug with a street name of Berzerk. The manufacturers, however, are a semi-legitimate drug company who refer to it as Loki. The effect of Loki is to unlock a person's aggressive side; in minute doses, this can be positive, but with too much, a person will become vicious and potentially homicidal.
Jack is hired by Nadia Radzminsky, a scientist working for the drug firm GEM. She is afraid her boss is being extorted by a local gangster Milos Dragovic and wants Jack to help him. Jack decides to take on Dragovic in a very indirect manner, in an effort to help not only Nadia, but another client as well. What neither Jack nor Nadia are aware of is that her boss is in business with Dragovic; specifically, the selling of Berzerk.
Loki gets its name because, like the Norse god, it is something of a shapeshifter. Every new moon, the fresh batches of Loki suddenly change into an inert chemical. What's stranger is all records of Loki's original form disappear and even memories of it grow vague. Nadia, unaware of the drug's use, is recruited to try and synthesize the drug. What she is also unaware of is that the source of the drug is a demonic being known as a rakosh, the last survivor of a previous confrontation with Jack (back in The Tomb).
While All The Rage has a more-or-less standalone story, it is better appreciated if you've read the first three Repairman Jack books. Besides the plot in this book, there is a larger story going on, one that pits Jack against something called The Otherness and a demonic being disguised as the human Sal Roma. This bigger story - which also relates to many others of Wilson's non-Jack novels and stories and continues beyond this book - has a nice Lovecraftian feel to it.
What's most important, however, is that this book, like its predecessors, is a fun read. Jack makes a good hero. Although both likable and intelligent, he is no superhero and he continues to find himself in way over his head. If you have enjoyed other books in the series, this should be another good read; if you haven't, start with the Tomb and get to this book later.
I have become addicted to his Repairman Jack books; can't seem to put them down, and can't wait till I open the next one after I finish another great book.
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes adventure, science fiction, and/or horror. He seems to write across genres.