- Series: Repairman Jack (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (September 30, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076536137X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765361370
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conspiracies: A Repairman Jack Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2008
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“Repairman Jack is a wonderful character, ultracompetent but still vulnerable. While there's plenty of violence in Conspiracies, there's also a lot of humor.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. . . .Hugely entertaining.” ―Dean Koontz on The Tomb
“The Tomb is one of the best all-out adventure stories I've read in years.” ―Stephen King, President of the Repairman Jack Fan Club
From the Back Cover
Jack is back!
Repairman Jack, F. Paul Wilson's vigilante hero from 1984's NEW YORK TIMES bestseller THE TOMB and 1998's LEGACIES, returns in a thriller that thrusts Jack back into the weird, supernatural world that he thrives in. Looking for clues to the mysterious disappearance of leading conspiracy theorist Melanie Ehler, Jack attends a convention of bizarre and avid conspiracy theorists. It's a place where aliens are real, the government is out to get you, and the world is hurtling toward an inevitable war of good versus evil incarnate. Jack finds that nobody can be trusted -- and that few people are what they seem. Worse yet, Jack's been having vivid dreams that make him wonder whether he's headed for a clash with his own past -- maybe THE TOMB'S evil rakoshi beasts aren't through with him quite yet.
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For those who are not familiar with Wilson's series, Repariman Jack is a 'fixer' who makes wrong things right. While his family is mistakenly under the impression that he is an underachiever who fixes appliances his customers depend on him to get out of some serious trouble. Jack lives off the grid in NY City. He has no real driver's license, no social security number, no passport, and no ID of any kind that can be found in a government database. He gets paid in cash and 'saves' by taping gold coins to his plumbing pipes. He uses guns when he needs to but prefers to settle matters with the least amount of violence possible. In Conspiracies we see Wilson fill in some of the details that were missing in The Tomb and are introduced to another important character who will make more appearances in later novels. Wilson is not a 'great writer' as far as your literature professors are concerned but to normal readers who want to enjoy a book with interesting characters, a good plot, and unusual ideas Wilson's books are more than good enough.
Conspiracies is the third Repairman Jack book, following the aforementioned Tomb and the nonsupernatural Legacies. In this novel, Jack is hired by Lew Ehler, whose wife has disappeared. At first, this seems like a simple case, even though Jack thinks Lew is crazy: since his wife Melanie disappeared, Lew only got one message from her, through his TV, telling him to hire Jack.
Melanie is a member of SESOUP, an organization whose members believe in various conspiracies. There are believers in UFP conspiracies, "New World Order" conspiracies, Satanic cults and other fringe ideas. Shortly before her disappearance, Melanie was going to propose a Grand Unified Theory that would tie all the various ideas together. Since some of SESOUP's members are not all that stable, anything that threatens their own theories may cause them to go over the edge; this, at least, is what Jack thinks. There is also SESOUP's head, Salvatore (or Sal) Roma, a person who Jack finds rather sinister (and whose name holds a hidden significance for readers of Wilson's other books).
This simple missing persons case turns out to be anything but simple, as strange, supernatural events occur and Jack is plagued by very realistic nightmares (involving events from The Tomb). There is the strange device that appears in Jack's hotel room, the evil monkey familiar of Roma's and the very mysterious men in black.
One big theme in this book is Wilson's general indictment of these grand conspiracies. Most of the ones presented within (which are similar to some very real ones) demonstrate the paranoia of the theorists. At the same time, Wilson is not overly harsh, and presents many of the SESOUP members as somewhat disturbed but also sympathetic.
Admittedly, I started this series with book seven (Gateways) before backtracking to The Tomb, so I can see some of the directions Wilson is going in. This book stands alone as a good story, while also drawing the reader into something bigger. As is typically the case, this is well written and a real page-turner. Although it does stand alone, I think this works best for readers of The Tomb and Legacies; for such readers, this book should be quite enjoyable.
The book does a fine job of building suspense as the plot thickens, but the entire climax and denouement are a big disappointment in my book, because all of the events past a certain point seem REALLY out of character for Jack, a super cagey outsider wary of his own shadow (for good reason).