- Series: Repairman Jack (Book 7)
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (February 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765346052
- ISBN-13: 978-0765346056
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gateways: A Repairman Jack Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2006
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“Wilson deftly contrasts the self-imposed isolation of his vigilante hero with the forced exile of society's outcasts. . . . Wilson is unsurpassed in depicting his characters' feelings of alienation as they attempt to comprehend the cosmic forces that have misshapen their lives. . . . This one will appeal to horror aficionados and to fans of Carl Hiassen and James Lee Burke.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The Repairman Jack series is definitely one you want to check out.” ―Centre Daily Times
“Atmospherically taut and well paced, this novel belongs in most horror collections.” ―Library Journal
“Wilson continues to mix the traditional thriller with elements of the supernatural in way―not quite horror but more than mystery―that appeal to both sides of the genre fence.” ―Booklist
“Gateways is the perfect Florida escape for devotees of the supernatural, who also appreciate zany characters and a fast-moving plot.” ―Orlando Sentinel
“Jack's latest adventure, Gateways, is an exciting addition that moves swiftly and crackles with suspense, yet also delivers the necessary character development and narrative logic . . . Longtime Wilson readers, of course, will delight in the way he ties the Repairman Jack stories to his "Adversary" cycle . . . building a vast fictional universe similar to what Stephen king has done with his Dark Tower mythology. But even if you're a new reader, the author's clear, snappy prose keeps it all straight. The name is Jack, Repairman Jack, and it's a name worth looking up next time you want a great supernatural thriller.” ―Fangoria
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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From the very first Repairman Jack novel, written in 1984 (The Tomb), there has been a strong supernatural element in all the Jack adventures involving a sort of cosmic conflict between two super-uber entities of unimaginable power that are battling for control of all the universes. Somehow Jack has become a major player in this conflict that is an interesting twist on good versus evil; in Jack's universe (which is the same as that depicted in Wilson's "Adversary Cycle" that starts with "The Keep" and ends with "Nightworld") it is the Ally (that exhibits benign indifference to humanity) versus the Otherness (that wants chaos and the destruction of all life). Jack has been drafted by the Ally.
Although all the previous entries in the series are set in New York CIty, in Gateways, Jack flies down to Florida to see his estranged father who is in a coma after a near-fatal hit-and run traffic accident. His father lives in a sort of retirement community called Gateways. In the hospital Jack meets his father's neighbor and friend, a spunky elderly widow named Anya who seems to know an awful lot about his father and Jack himself, and who has been watching out for Jack's dad after the accident. Jack's father mysteriously comes out of his coma, Jack finds strange little voodoo like totems around the bed and the room and we're off.
Gateways reveals a lot more of the backstory of Jack's father, and his relationship with his son than we have seen before. There are also very interesting and explicit tie-ins with the Adversary Cycle and villains old and new, and many plot twists and turns. I'll say no more about the plot because I don't want to include any spoilers, but from the blurb on the back of the book I thought this was going to be on the boring side. Rather, it turned out to be one of the most revealing, interesting and exciting Repairman Jack entries yet.
All the Repairman Jack books stand on their own. but they are so much richer than simple novels if read sequentially. Either way Repairman Jack and Gateways are great and highly recommended.