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Crisscross PDF, ePub eBook Repairman Jack is back! An anonymous mercenary, with no last name and no social security number, Jack has thrilled a veritable army of readers ever since his bestselling debut in The Tomb. Jack can fix any problem, supernatural or otherwise, for a price. Now, in his latest gripping adventure, he takes on two cases at once. The first involves a nun being blackmailed by someo Repairman Jack is back! An anonymous mercenary, with no last name and no social security number, Jack has thrilled a veritable army of readers ever since his bestselling debut in The Tomb. Jack can fix any problem, supernatural or otherwise, for a price. Now, in his latest gripping adventure, he takes on two cases at once. The first involves a nun being blackmailed by someone who has photos of her she doesn't want made public. What's in those photos, she won't say, but with her meager savings just about exhausted, she hires Jack to help her. The second seems straightforward enough, as an elderly woman hires Jack to find her missing son. But to locate his quarry, Jack must infiltrate the inner reaches of the Dormentalist Church, a secretive, globe-spanning cult whose members include some of the biggest and most powerful names in entertainment, sports, and politics. Ruthless in its pursuit of critics and enemies, the Church hides a sinister agenda known only to its ruling elite. But Jack can be ruthless, too, going to darker lengths than ever before as he crisscrosses the two fix-it jobs to settle the deadliest of scores!

30 review for Crisscross

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Have those New Year’s Resolutions being thrown aside? Bathing suits given you heart palpitations? Well my loyal readers, I have found the solution and it is Miraculous! All the sugar and sweets you desire without guilt or regret. What is it you say? Why it’s name is F. Paul Wilson! In one day I found an author that delivers a thrill ride packed with more delicious corruption and gratifying pleasure than any indulgence to date. Here is a guilty pleasure without the shame. With no knowledge of the Have those New Year’s Resolutions being thrown aside? Bathing suits given you heart palpitations? Well my loyal readers, I have found the solution and it is Miraculous! All the sugar and sweets you desire without guilt or regret. What is it you say? Why it’s name is F. Paul Wilson! In one day I found an author that delivers a thrill ride packed with more delicious corruption and gratifying pleasure than any indulgence to date. Here is a guilty pleasure without the shame. With no knowledge of the previous books in the Repairmen series, I can honestly tell you that I had no trouble reading this latest addition. In fact, after reading it, I actually hunted down the illustrious Igor for pleas of more. The plot starts out wickedly simple and ordinary only to twist and continuously re-shape; submerging you into Jack’s world while keeping you unaware about just how far you’ve come. The outline is where the familiar territory ends and the ingenuity begins. The subplots, there are many, interweave delicately and connect with a subtle but intense impact. The pace in the book is dead on. There is no speed up, it starts out with a bang and maintains momentum through out the story. The atmosphere is filled with a sense of nail biting apprehension. Wilson definitely pulls off a state of urgency and malevolence, infusing you into a state of tension and fear. The author’s style of writing is tight and candid, without even a smidge of overly complicated unnecessary Big Words. Without a doubt, the characters are what truly scored a touchdown for me. Jack is just like any ordinary guy, flaws and all. The champion in this collection, you not only begin to know him, but also eventually begin to rally for him not only to win, but also to prevail. The secondary characters are detailed with the same voracity and dedication as the central player. You will find no skimping here, nor any over-the-top embellishments. What you are given is a cast of characters that you could find anywhere, even your local tavern. My rating? Are you certifiable? I give this book a 24 karat 5 . With an entanglement of violence, retribution and the supernatural, Wilson strikes gold! Go out and buy it new, NOW. -As reviewed for Horror-Web.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    The next (for me) in the Repairman Jack series. I've noted before that this series seemed to start a bit slowly and almost of a different genre. With a touch of horror and some action we get an urban fantasy that's a little different from most others. I've grown to like it. I'm about to review another F.Paul Wilson novel after this one, and it's getting a lower rating. It's of another and a companion series to this one. If there's a flaw to Mr. Wilson's books it is that he tends to spin his stori The next (for me) in the Repairman Jack series. I've noted before that this series seemed to start a bit slowly and almost of a different genre. With a touch of horror and some action we get an urban fantasy that's a little different from most others. I've grown to like it. I'm about to review another F.Paul Wilson novel after this one, and it's getting a lower rating. It's of another and a companion series to this one. If there's a flaw to Mr. Wilson's books it is that he tends to spin his stories out from too many points of view and lets them wander a bit too much. While that is present in this book it's handled well and doesn't "mess up" the story. It follows well and stays coherent. Jack manages to be a little frustrating at times (as is his wont) and the characters he interacts with do some stupid things, though those things are "in character" and exactly what "humans" would do. The background story continues to grow and now has actually become the main story though Jack continues to miss that (view spoiler)[ even though he's be been told that his life will have no more coincidences...and seen that proved several times now. (hide spoiler)] . This one contains it's share of pathos and loss. The Gia storyline continues to bug me, even though I think I can see where it's going. Good book, good series. I can recommend it. This is in a field that's getting sort of glutted a pretty unique series that manages to be an urban fantasy genre bender.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    This one might as well have been called "Jack vs. the Church of Scientology", for as much as Dormentalism isn't Scientology, indeed Scientology is mentioned more than once as a separate entity in Jack's universe, the various charges and character of L. Ron Hubbard's religion seems very similar to the Dormentalists. I am sure this is not accidental. This was another fun ride for Jack fans, though Jack's being jerked around by a woman with a dog is starting to get old. Jack can't seem to connect th This one might as well have been called "Jack vs. the Church of Scientology", for as much as Dormentalism isn't Scientology, indeed Scientology is mentioned more than once as a separate entity in Jack's universe, the various charges and character of L. Ron Hubbard's religion seems very similar to the Dormentalists. I am sure this is not accidental. This was another fun ride for Jack fans, though Jack's being jerked around by a woman with a dog is starting to get old. Jack can't seem to connect these women to an "Earth Mother" as much as they seem to have nature powers and always claim to be everyone's mother. For a smart guy, Jack is kinda dumb about all this, and the small Gia-may-be-having-pregnancy-issues subplot seemed merely tacked on to remind readers she's still there. Maybe there's a payoff for this in a future novel, but there doesn't seem to be in this one. That said, Jack took down a bad guy or three in a fantastic way, advanced the whole "Adversary" plot, and made for a good capper. I am sure the fact the Big Bad had the ending he did would indicate the man may be back in the future, but I'll just have to wait and see for whenever I get around to the next one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Jung

    Another good book in the Repairman Jack series. I like how each book builds upon the last, and can't wait to read the next one!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    4 Stars Crisscross, Repairman Jack #8 is another fantastic installment. F. Paul Wilson had created a special series led by a main character in Jack that always walks the line between good and bad. The Repairman Jack series has developed into one of my favorite series out there and I can never seem to get enough. Wilson does an amazing job at making each book work as a standalone while at the same time never neglecting the overall story arc. We the reader now not only know that each book and stor 4 Stars Crisscross, Repairman Jack #8 is another fantastic installment. F. Paul Wilson had created a special series led by a main character in Jack that always walks the line between good and bad. The Repairman Jack series has developed into one of my favorite series out there and I can never seem to get enough. Wilson does an amazing job at making each book work as a standalone while at the same time never neglecting the overall story arc. We the reader now not only know that each book and story will have a deeper connection, we expect it. Jack is one of my favorite heroes/anti-hero. The blending of a blistering fast paced action thriller with a tiny, albeit meaningful supernatural twist, this series is my cup of tea. Crisscross is a story that centers on a religious cult or religion that has many similarities with Scientology. I loved the way Jack made his way into the Dormentalist Church. I also thoroughly enjoyed the well thought out and explained structure and hierarchy of the church. Of course the underlying connection to the Otherness makes this one awesome. I can't wait for more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    F. Paul Wilson published The Tomb in the 1980s, and seemed to fade from the public consciousness, and he went on to finish The Adversary Cycle. Years later, Wilson experienced a crazy surge of productivity leading to one Repairman Jack book after another. the books themselves are interesting and exciting, and don't require elements of the supernatural to reel you in ( in fact the biggest drawback for me is how they are all dedicated to the adversary/supernatural plot). At the same time it is also F. Paul Wilson published The Tomb in the 1980s, and seemed to fade from the public consciousness, and he went on to finish The Adversary Cycle. Years later, Wilson experienced a crazy surge of productivity leading to one Repairman Jack book after another. the books themselves are interesting and exciting, and don't require elements of the supernatural to reel you in ( in fact the biggest drawback for me is how they are all dedicated to the adversary/supernatural plot). At the same time it is also clear that Wilson carefully planned out every step of the process, allowing references to carry over, keeping the internal plot strong and connected, building slowly from book to book. I genuinely enjoy the series and think it is a good blend of Harry Dresden and Lucas Davenport. The books have a lot to offer fans of many genres.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Another great entry in the Repairman Jack series. It's amazing how Mr. Wilson can keep this series fresh and interesting. This one started out a bit slow for me. I wasn't very interested in the workings of the Dormentalist church (although it bears a resemblance to Scientology) or their endless acronyms. Once the novel started to build up steam though, I could hardly put it down. This story is a lot meaner than some of the previous books in the series, with some really visceral moments. An overa Another great entry in the Repairman Jack series. It's amazing how Mr. Wilson can keep this series fresh and interesting. This one started out a bit slow for me. I wasn't very interested in the workings of the Dormentalist church (although it bears a resemblance to Scientology) or their endless acronyms. Once the novel started to build up steam though, I could hardly put it down. This story is a lot meaner than some of the previous books in the series, with some really visceral moments. An overall great read - I can't wait to start the next one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grant Howard

    These get darker and darker. I'm still loving them though. In "Crisscross" Jack takes on the "totaly not Scientology" church of Dormentalism and a seedy blackmailer he's dealt with before. One of these fixes is brought to him by an old woman with dog, so as I'm sure you'll have guessed there's more to it than it first appears.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Oh, repairman jack..... He's so macho! I struggle to understand his relationship to women, but he's very lady-friendly for an action star, so I let the wanna-be-strong-but-fail-every-time ladies get a pass this time, but this book really brought that element of RJ to light. I guess the first one did too, Gia seemed insufferable, but will wait to read more before I really judge.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Holy shit. This just might be the best Repairman Jack story so far.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Superb, as always. Could be my favourite Repairman Jack to date (outside the Cold City trilogy). The detail on the cult was amazing, and the disguise Jack wore to fool Ritchie had me in stitches. Also one of the most gruesome books in a while, though they are getting darker. As they must.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael T Bradley

    A very mixed bag for me. Probably the best written, most tightly paced RJ novel Wilson has come out with since Conspiracies, there's a lot to praise about this book. On the other hand, since it mostly spends its time cleaning up some plot threads from previous novels OR setting up stuff yet to come (there's one chapter with Gia specifically where she ALMOST gets run over, and that chapter seems to serve ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE, so I'm assuming it's some sort of setup?), this book falls fairly flat A very mixed bag for me. Probably the best written, most tightly paced RJ novel Wilson has come out with since Conspiracies, there's a lot to praise about this book. On the other hand, since it mostly spends its time cleaning up some plot threads from previous novels OR setting up stuff yet to come (there's one chapter with Gia specifically where she ALMOST gets run over, and that chapter seems to serve ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE, so I'm assuming it's some sort of setup?), this book falls fairly flat as its own story, in my opinion. Even the fix-it stories (Jack gets involved with thinly veiled Scientology, and Jack has to get a blackmailer to stop blackmailing without letting him know a person did any tampering) really only seem there in order to get Jack to a specific point both physically and emotionally by the end of the book. Still, overall, great fun. I can't believe I've read eight of these books and I'm only halfway through the series. Jack better start fighting some demons soon, man, that's all I'm saying.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Francesco

    Vote: 3,80 Class: L-B1 (FP) (eighth book of the Repairman Jack Series) Fast pacing, well written and with wonderful characters I've come to really like the Repairman Jack series! The supernatural war between the Ally and the Otherness makes a new step: it grows more and more interesting and the characters become more and more real. A good and enjoyable reading and I'll follow up with the next installment of the series sometimes in the future.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Roberts

    A page turner. Jack's two fixes, one involving the blackmailing of a nun and the other to find a son who is involved in a cult organization turns into a multitude of twists, turns, murder, mayhem and controlled chaos, if that is possible A very good read especially if you love the thrill of the hunt to right the wrong by any means neccesary and obtain justice.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Mika

    I read this years ago, but I still remember it so clearly. Jack was working for two different clients at once, Jamie and a nun who was being blackmailed. The end was so shocking, I've never forgotten it. Jack's always smarter than the bad guys, but even he can make mistakes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Spurnlad

    Another excellent read in this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Sutcliffe

    these books are getting better and better

  18. 4 out of 5

    Arlingtontexican

    Anything in this series is a treat.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lavender

    More insanity with Repairman Jack. This time a couple of his fixes don't go as planned so he has to mix them up in order to get some payback.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brett Grossmann

    After 8 books the formula should be stale and boring. Author still keeps you on edge and has surprises.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    It's a coming together. Thanks FPW.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joann Erlein

    Repairma_Jack A Best Read This Repairman Jack. is my eighth read in this series and I am looking forward to the next book ,Infantry, I can't wait to start it

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jadewik

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This continues the story of Repairman Jack. For those of you not familiar with the series, I can almost guarantee that tid-bits in this book will not make much sense as it references a lot of the previous Repairman Jack books. This series builds on the events from the previous books-- and while you can still read it without having read the rest of the series, I highly recommend starting at the beginning. That said... I found this book as enjoyable as all the rest of the books, though I did have a This continues the story of Repairman Jack. For those of you not familiar with the series, I can almost guarantee that tid-bits in this book will not make much sense as it references a lot of the previous Repairman Jack books. This series builds on the events from the previous books-- and while you can still read it without having read the rest of the series, I highly recommend starting at the beginning. That said... I found this book as enjoyable as all the rest of the books, though I did have a few things I didn't like. Firstly, all the Dormentalist acronyms. I had to keep flipping back to page 75 to read what they all meant because I couldn't keep 'em straight. I also didn't like the use of a particular character's surname in one chapter and then a nickname in chapters told from that character's POV. I had to flip back into previous chapters of the book a couple times to see who was who. Those were my only gripes and those were more personal preference things than anything. I will admit, if there had to be acronyms-- I sure was glad for that page 75. It really helped me keep 'em straight. Onto the Dormentalist church. I found it rather interesting how it sorta parallels some other churches and cults. It's no Jonestown-- but pretty close. Whatever happened to Jack deciding he didn't like to take on two jobs at once? ... or has it just been so long between books that I can't remember correctly? Still, it was nice to see him take on two fix-it jobs and then to see how, as usual, the jobs sorta melded together a little. This book did have several sad parts-- deaths of major characters whom I thought should have lived, but I could see that leaving them alive wouldn't have been as good for the plot of the book-- something had to get Jack into that dark state of mind. It was just sad. Ah, well. The story wraps up nicely and all the ducks are in a row-- but I suspect there is some rising action afoot in this book with respect to Vicki and Gia that will come to fruition soon... and boy, oh boy it's going to be quite nefarious!

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

    If you like to read simply to enjoy yourself and have a little fun, F. Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack" series is hard to beat. It features Jack, an urban mercenary, or something like that, and a cast of recurring characters that show up in most books. Add to that a science fiction element about a battle between two powers seeking to control the universe, and you end up with a wild set of books. The previous book, "Gateways" was a great deal of fun and featured a bunch of Florida mutants, along w If you like to read simply to enjoy yourself and have a little fun, F. Paul Wilson's "Repairman Jack" series is hard to beat. It features Jack, an urban mercenary, or something like that, and a cast of recurring characters that show up in most books. Add to that a science fiction element about a battle between two powers seeking to control the universe, and you end up with a wild set of books. The previous book, "Gateways" was a great deal of fun and featured a bunch of Florida mutants, along with Jack's father. This time, Jack is back in New York City, the setting for most of the books. In this one, he is working on two "fix it" jobs. One involves a nun who is being blackmailed, another a man who has disappeared into the "Dormentalist" Church, an organization that seems to be modeled on Scientology. From there, both plots develop and eventually intertwine to bring about justice. "Gateways" read like a really fun Saturday morning cartoon. "Crisscross" is perhaps the most serious book in the series. Previous "fix its" involved dispensing justice to bad guys who weren't all that bad, such as a crook who stole a bunch of kids' Christmas presents. This time, the bad guys do some really horrible things. This time, Jack is dealing with pedophilia, torture and murder. It doesn't make for a bad book, it just has a much more serious tone. As with the last book, the series is progressing as Wilson unveils a bit more of the background plot that is underlying the series. The meta-characters have long history with Wilson, beginning with "Demonsong", which was written in the 1970s. By "Crisscross" it is starting to make some sense. While this entry into the Repairman Jack series is more violent and dark than the others, it is well done and keeps the momentum of the series moving forward.

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Agranoff

    This is the 8th Jack and I am writing these reviews as I read them. In many ways this is the novel I have been waiting to read since the start. It is in many ways a crucial turning point in the saga, but what is amazing is just how many of the novels present yet another turning point for the main character. You know Jack is going to survive to fight another day, so Wilson very smartly finds ways to ratchet up the tension for Jack. I have said it before but Wilson has proven with this series (and This is the 8th Jack and I am writing these reviews as I read them. In many ways this is the novel I have been waiting to read since the start. It is in many ways a crucial turning point in the saga, but what is amazing is just how many of the novels present yet another turning point for the main character. You know Jack is going to survive to fight another day, so Wilson very smartly finds ways to ratchet up the tension for Jack. I have said it before but Wilson has proven with this series (and Adversary cycle which comes together and ends in the same novel Nightworld) that he is the master of plotting. Crisscross is a tight example of this because it weaves two Jack “Fix-it” cases and then perfectly weaves them into the wider story of the secret history of the world. Well, Jack should have known better as he and the reader have been warned that there are no coincidences for Jack anymore. He is hired by a woman to find her son who has joined a cult called Dormentalism which is basically a fictionalized Scientology. At the same time Jack is working the case of a woman being blackmailed by the same man Jack had to steal pictures from back in The Haunted Air (RMJ#6). Jack is aware that the woman being blackmailed is hiding a secret from him, but takes the case. As Jack works this case, he looks for the man who joined the Dormentalist cult. The only problem is that Jack discovers this cult is more than just a money scheme and connects to the growing evil he has been pulled into a war against. This novel is really well put together and much better than the last one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    The Repairman Jack series has become one of my all time favorites and this 8th entry doesn't change that opinion in the slightest. It's very hard to categorize these novels...they are thrillers, and mysteries, and can have some horrific elements as well. And that's not to mention the overall background story-arc that is very cool science fiction. I love the way Mr. Wilson writes, letting the reader really get to know the characters and really feel for their trials and tribulations while at the s The Repairman Jack series has become one of my all time favorites and this 8th entry doesn't change that opinion in the slightest. It's very hard to categorize these novels...they are thrillers, and mysteries, and can have some horrific elements as well. And that's not to mention the overall background story-arc that is very cool science fiction. I love the way Mr. Wilson writes, letting the reader really get to know the characters and really feel for their trials and tribulations while at the same time teasing us with more and more information about the cosmic battle that is taking place behind the scenes. This book gives us yet more information on that but still not enough to know all the answers. According to the author's website, the series does have an end (book 15, I think) and I like that it is not one of those "I'll keep writing them as long as there is a market for them" series. There is a definite, complete story arc. Of course there will be other prequels and young-adult versions, etc but I can live with that :) Highly recommended.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ensiform

    Repairman Jack is hired by an elderly woman (with a dog!) to find her “son,” who has joined a strange cult called the Dormentalists. There’s also a subplot involving a nun being blackmailed for an affair. Again, Jack is moved around by forces far beyond human, and again, those who depend on him for help end up dying despite his efforts. It’s another terrific blend of horror and suspense. Indeed, this book is especially satisfying, for this time the villains are only human, working for the Othern Repairman Jack is hired by an elderly woman (with a dog!) to find her “son,” who has joined a strange cult called the Dormentalists. There’s also a subplot involving a nun being blackmailed for an affair. Again, Jack is moved around by forces far beyond human, and again, those who depend on him for help end up dying despite his efforts. It’s another terrific blend of horror and suspense. Indeed, this book is especially satisfying, for this time the villains are only human, working for the Otherness only de facto, even unaware of what they do. The toned-down fantasy makes the battles grimmer, and gives Jack a chance to use both brutal violence and cold manipulation of the system to bring the evil-doers down.

  28. 4 out of 5

    The Cats Mother

    I've read too many of these recently - there's a line with long series between boredom with repetition, and remembering enough of the plot to understand what's going on, especially when you don't really love the books. Here Jack takes on two unrelated cases - a nun being blackmailed by a scumbag PI that Jack has come across before, (there are not supposed to be any more coincidences in his life but this is not really explained) and another old woman with a dog, who asks him to find her son who ha I've read too many of these recently - there's a line with long series between boredom with repetition, and remembering enough of the plot to understand what's going on, especially when you don't really love the books. Here Jack takes on two unrelated cases - a nun being blackmailed by a scumbag PI that Jack has come across before, (there are not supposed to be any more coincidences in his life but this is not really explained) and another old woman with a dog, who asks him to find her son who has gotten involved with a cult called the Dormentalists. These books are getting bleaker, and more violent - I presume this is deliberate. I already have the next 4or 5 so will continue, but need a break for a while to read something lighter.

  29. 5 out of 5

    David

    Through the first half, I felt as if the novel was a mostly straight forward Repairman Jack novel. It felt very direct, missing some of the intriguing subtleties found in some of the previous novels. But the second half, when it all hit the fan, truly made the book worth it for me, connecting with previous novels in the Repairman Jack series, and more importantly, in the Adversary Cycle as a whole. Not everything goes according to plan, and it doesn't go well for everyone, and "Crisscross" is a b Through the first half, I felt as if the novel was a mostly straight forward Repairman Jack novel. It felt very direct, missing some of the intriguing subtleties found in some of the previous novels. But the second half, when it all hit the fan, truly made the book worth it for me, connecting with previous novels in the Repairman Jack series, and more importantly, in the Adversary Cycle as a whole. Not everything goes according to plan, and it doesn't go well for everyone, and "Crisscross" is a better novel for it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    UtahJarhead

    Jack is recovering from his visit to Florida and is barely getting into the swing of things when he's right back in the middle of it. He meets another woman with a dog, but this is just a customer trying to find her son in a church that appears to be a money-scamming cult. His side job is a sweet lady being blackmailed by a former fix of Jack's, Richie Cordova. This book picks up the genre that's almost noir in atmosphere. While there are definitely the typical supernatural undercurrents in the Jack is recovering from his visit to Florida and is barely getting into the swing of things when he's right back in the middle of it. He meets another woman with a dog, but this is just a customer trying to find her son in a church that appears to be a money-scamming cult. His side job is a sweet lady being blackmailed by a former fix of Jack's, Richie Cordova. This book picks up the genre that's almost noir in atmosphere. While there are definitely the typical supernatural undercurrents in the plot, they aren't readily visible so this leaves lots of room for a fantastic detective novel.

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