- Series: Repairman Jack (Book 11)
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765356325
- ISBN-13: 978-0765356321
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bloodline: A Repairman Jack Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
A monstrous scheme to create an evil superman through crude efforts at gene jiggering bedevils urban mercenary Repairman Jack in his 11th outing (after 2006's Harbingers). When Jack, a New York City paranormal fixer, agrees to help Christy Pickering break up a relationship between her 18-year-old daughter and an older man, Jerry Bethlehem, he discovers Bethlehem is a violent criminal whose past includes abortion clinic bombings and a stay at a government-funded clinic conducting DNA research. Pickering is circumspect about her own background and her daughter's paternity. When Jack probes unspoken links between Pickering and Bethlehem, his investigation intrudes inexplicably upon a shady self-help guru. 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. (Oct.)
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“The name is Jack, Repairman Jack, and it's a name worth looking up next time you want a great supernatural thriller.” ―Fangoria
“F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack is a cultural icon.” ―David Morrell, author of First Blood
“Sinuous plot twists and shocking revelations abound. . . . Like its predecessors, Bloodline shows why Jack's saga has become the most entertaining and dependable modern horror-thriller series.” ―Publishers Weekly
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In Bloodline, Jack is still recovering emotionally from the near-death of his girlfriend, Gia, and her daughter, Vicky (see Harbingers). Their unborn baby died after the attempted murder. Jack has been holding off on telling Gia that she and Vicky were targeted because of him. He doesn't know how she'd react to that shocking piece of news. To keep busy, he takes a case involving a mother who thinks her daughter is going to get hurt in a relationship with an older man. Of course, this being a "Repairman Jack" novel, everything is not as it seems, and the boyfriend of the daughter is part of the plan for the "Others" to eventually take over the world. As Jack investigates the boyfriend, he discovers a hidden connection to a bestselling "self-help" guru that seems to originate with the Creighton Institute for criminally insane and perhaps a closely guarded plan for the creation of the "Key to the Future" that is necessary before the Others can take over. Jack will certainly have his hands full as he attempts to find out exactly what's going on and how he's tied into it, knowing there are no coincidences and that the day of reckoning is quickly approaching.
My major problem with the "Repairman Jack" novels is that the story lines all take place within months of each other, though the books are written years apart. I need to go back to the beginning and start over with the series so that the time line makes sense to me. That, however, doesn't stop me from enjoying the books and especially the character of Jack. Jack is an urban mercenary who lives underground (fake drivers license, Social Security Card, credit cards, license plates for his car, etc.) so there's no record of him in the system. Jack doesn't exist on paper, and he prefers it that way. He doesn't trust the government, and I honestly don't blame him. To live the life of the "everyday man" would've gotten him killed years ago. As it is, he may not have long to live with the finale coming up.
F. Paul Wilson has created an anti-hero in the form of Repairman Jack. Though he breaks the law in numerous ways, he's loyal to his friends and tries to help those in need of his special abilities. I only wish Jack was real, instead of a fictional character. We have need of men like Jack to help guard our rights as Americans and human beings. They see life as black and white, and aren't afraid to do whatever is vital for our continued existence. In other words, Repairman Jack is the Man! He's the dude who'll cover your back when the going gets tough. You can trust him to keep his word and to do what's morally right, no matter what the consequences.
Repairman Jack is one of the foremost characters in fiction today with few contemporaries who can equal his persistence in getting to bottom of every mystery he encounters. This is why there's a "Repairman Jack" fan club with Stephen King as its top member. This is also a series you don't want to see end, but everything seems to run its course, much as life does, and Jack is nearing his final days. I just hope to be there for the explosive ending with Jack hopefully defeating the Otherness for humanity's sake. Highly Recommended!
BLOODLINE has Jack being hired by Christy Pickering to break up her teenaged daughter Dawn's relationship with a much older Jerry Bethlehem. It turns out that Jerry is on a mission from his father to create a baby with a large amount of "other" DNA and who will end up being a key factor in the fate of the world. We are also introduced to the Kickers movement which in addition to the oDNA seems to be tapped into the Otherness that is guiding Jack's nemesis across the novels.
While it doesn't sound it from my description above, this book is grounded in reality a bit more than the more supernatural-based two previous novels. Jack's actions have a more concrete goal and a more immediate effect on his future than previous novels. Plus he starts to accumulate mysterious items which we know will become important by the end.
Also, Jack acts so out of character in dealing with the ultra-bad guy; it is a kind of premeditated action that violates his code and his behavior - similar to a very long past event in revenge of his mother's death (but that event is what defines his code now, so it makes no sense for him to act this way now).
It was a disappointment to me as the previous books are well crafted and the character's strengths and weaknesses are big aspects of the books. I will likely read to the end of the series, but sad to see this laziness in the name of quickening the main story arc.