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Gateways (Repairman Jack) Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
News of an accident involving his estranged father sends the self-styled Mr. Fix-it to a creepy retirement community in Florida, where longevity is a theory, not a practice.
If the culture shock isn't hard enough for NY's native son, a string of unsolved murders and some very creepy locals alert Jack to the fact that the supernatural Otherness, which has been plaguing him since Wilson's THE TOMB, is back for another helping.
With enough action, firepower, one-liners, and wicked monsters for a a dozen novels, GATEWAYS showcases F. Paul Wilson and Jack in top form-- kicking bum and taking names.
See for yourself why Repairman Jack is the greatest series hero in modern genre fiction!
With Gateways, it seems our illustrious author is leading us back to another cataclysmic clash with this maleficent character, a reprise of sorts or maybe even a reissue of Nightworld, in which Repairman Jack played a significant part. That would explain why Jack seems to have no recollection of major events that happened in a novel written ten years ago. I suppose we will have to wait and see what Wilson has in mind, so let's get to the story at hand.
Background on Repairman Jack
This is the seventh book involving, the very popular fictional character, Repairman Jack, a character that has become one of the most beloved literary creations since James Bond.
Repairman Jack is an unobtrusive looking guy who has slipped in under the government radar. He doesn't exist as far as the government knows. He has no social security number, no credit cards, pays no taxes, pays cash for everything always keeps a low profile.
Jack "The Equalizer". If you remember the TV show of that name from several years ago, that is what Jack does. No he's not "The Equalizer" but if you've been wronged and you've got the money, Jacks available and Jack can be deadly. He can be your worst nightmare but as nightmares go everything is relative and Jack takes second fiddle in this book as he fights for his and his father's life
Jack's seventy year old father, was involved in a hit and run accident and is comatose in the hospital.Read more ›
Jack heads down to Florida after his father is involved in an auto-accident. There are no more coincidences for Jack, of course, and he finds more going on with his dad than he would ever have expected.
The repairs in Gateways are personal and not as layered as those in The Haunted Air or Hosts (for example), but the personal information on Jack's life and the much-needed reconnection with his father make this a more-than-worthwhile read. And, afterall, it is Repairman Jack, and F. Paul Wilson doesn't disappoint here. It'll keep you going from start to finish.
Jack is one of the most intriguing characters in current literature and author F. Paul Wilson's signature character. A man with no legal identity, no social security number, he operates in a shadow-land outside the law, yet always fighting for justice. And while Jack is very good at his peculiar line of work, he also yearns for a normal life, with a normal family.
So, will Evil be defeated? Will Jack figure out how to emerge from the shadows and marry his long-time girlfriend? Will he even survive? Will existence as we know it survive? You will just have to read the book to find out. Author Wilson is a great story-teller who will keep you turning the pages. I recommend this one. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm reading this series and thoroughly enjoyed this installment. Jack had to go to Fl. where his dad has moved and lives in a retirement community. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Audrey Anderson
I'm glad all of these were written before I discovered the Repairman Jack character. Now I don't have to wait for the next one since they're already written.Published 7 months ago by Russell D Wester
It's more like 4.5. Anyone who loves this series will love this book. The characters are as always lovable. The bad guys and very bad and Jack is classic Jack. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ruben Moore
Don't hesitate, buy Tombs and start the series. Just can't believe how good this saga is. Also check the Early YearsPublished 9 months ago by Robert Adam Follis