- Series: Repairman Jack (Book 14)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765362805
- ISBN-13: 978-0765362803
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fatal Error: A Repairman Jack Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
This riveting supernatural thriller, billed as the penultimate novel in Wilson's long-running Repairman Jack saga (Ground Zero, etc.), finds Jack, a principled mercenary who lives off the grid, still tussling with the evil Order of Septimus, whose members hope to open the door to a malignant occult force known as the Otherness. To do so, they partner with several techno-terrorist cults to shut down the Internet, which further serves the interests of Jack's nemesis, the sinister Mr. Osala, who's grooming a newborn child tainted with the Otherness to play an adversarial role in the events unfolding. Wilson gives his multilayered plot an invigorating aura of cosmic creepiness as he deftly weaves together subplots and themes that have been snaking their way through the past dozen novels. Fans who've been following this series for the past quarter-century will be pleased to find that it still abounds with ingenuity and surprises.
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The next-to-last Repairman Jack novel will be pretty much incomprehensible to anyone who is not intimately familiar with the dozen or so that came before it. A man’s family has been abducted, and the abductor is threatening to kill his captives if the man goes to the authorities. Clearly this is a case for Repairman Jack, a fix-it guy who operates under the legal radar. Unfortunately, Jack is a bit preoccupied with the ongoing battle between good and evil for control of the physical world (Jack, you see, has another gig as protector of the human form of Earth’s consciousness). Wilson brings Jack’s story closer to its resolution, which apparently will involve the fate of humanity itself. Casual readers will almost certainly be baffled, but fans of the Repairman Jack series will be excited about the nearing finale. Wilson knows how to spin a yarn—as long as readers stay up to date with the backstory. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In the early RJ novels, The Secret History took a back seat to Jack himself, and his role as a fixer for clients that for various reasons, could not go to the authorities. The emphasis was on action, and Jack's clever approaches to solving problems with the least amount of violence (sometimes that last part didn't quite work out). There was always some tie-in with Ally/Otherness battle, but it was not in the forefront. For the last 4 or 5 RJ books however, and in "Fatal Error", it is the Secret History that takes center stage. Whereas all the RJ books have been self-referential, this feature is now greatly expanded, and includes all previous RJ novels, the whole of the Adversary Cycle, the two YA Jack titles that have been published so far and several short stories. Fatal Error, as well as the last several books, are therefore much less self-contained and stand-alone than the earliest RJ novels. Rather, they comprise one very long novel broken up into book-length chapters. For this reason I do not recommend trying to read this as a stand-alone, or to jump into the series here. Do yourself a favor and go back to The Tomb and read forward from there, or better yet, look up the Secret History of the World and read all the novels (about 20) in the sequence that Wilson gives.
The stakes were already high at the outset of Fatal Error and the tension rises steadily throughout. There is a client, and a job, but it is mostly all backstory to the main event. All our favorite RJ characters, past and present, are here (one of them bites the dust) and the inexorable path to the final battle as all the players move into position is clear. Like the other RJ books, Fatal Error was a great read and kept me up late. The writing is still crisp and the plot moves along briskly. I am most curious to see the what "The Dark at the End" looks like, and most of all, to see how he revises "Nightworld to pull all the little bits and pieces of the whole RJ (and YA RJ) and Adversary Cycle series into a single congruent and cohesive whole.
Here comes the denouement!
This is the penultimate novel in the 15-volume series, and it feels a lot more like the best books from early in the series, with a little extra punch. The tension builds -- although it won't finally be resolved until the next, final book in the series -- the plot threads intertwine, and there's even a sub-plot or two, as in the older books. I missed the intertwined sub-plots in By the Sword and Ground Zero. They added a lot to Jack's character. That feel of watching a real person engaged in both human and superhuman events makes a welcome return in this volume, in my opinion. Jack is by turns noble and ruthless; the noosphere, the Lady, and the world are in ever-increasing danger; and Ras -- I better not say his name -- inches toward victory against our outmatched heroes while they watch each other's backs. I especially enjoyed Jack taking on even a minor side-project, as these always added to the realism of the characters and their world. There hasn't been a good "repair" mission for a while, and it brought back the fun feel of the first parts of the series.
I read By the Sword and Ground Zero, enjoyed them to some extent but felt it was more of a duty to read them, and now the payoff has begun. Best $14 I've spent on Amazon in quite a while, and Wilson has guaranteed I will buy the final volume on the first day of issue.
I am looking forward to the last book, recommend anyone who has read the series read this one, but forewarn anyone else to stay clear.