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Gateways PDF, ePub eBook Following last year's successful The Haunted Air, F. Paul Wilson returns with another riveting episode in the saga of Repairman Jack, the secretive, ingenious, and heroic champion of those whose problems no one else can solve. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventu Following last year's successful The Haunted Air, F. Paul Wilson returns with another riveting episode in the saga of Repairman Jack, the secretive, ingenious, and heroic champion of those whose problems no one else can solve. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventures are hugely entertaining." In Gateways, Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a car accident in Florida. They've been on the outs, but this is his dad, so he heads south. In the hospital he meets Anya, one of his father's neighbors. She's a weird old duck who seems to know an awful lot about his father, and even a lot about Jack. Jack's arrival does not go unnoticed. A young woman named Semelee, who has strange talents and lives in an isolated area of the Everglades with a group of misshapen men, feels his presence. She senses that he's "special," like her. Anya takes Jack back to Dad's senior community, Gateways South, which borders on the Everglades. Florida is going through an unusual drought. There's a ban on watering; everything is brown and wilting, but Anya's lawn is a deep green. Who is Anya? Who is Semelee, and what is her connection to the recent strange deaths of Gateways residents-killed by birds, spiders, and snakes-during the past year? And what are the "lights" Jack keeps hearing about-? Lights that emanate twice a year from a sinkhole deep in the Everglades . . . lights from another place, another reality. If he is to protect his father from becoming the next fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack must answer, secrets he must uncover. Secrets . . . Jack has plenty of his own, and along the way he learns that even his father has secrets.

30 review for Gateways

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    This is my first Repairman Jack and it's unlikely there will be a second as this was slow and too gory for my tastes. 2 of 10 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    Some of my friends who see this on my "update" will realize that I started this last night after I finished the "Repairman Jack" book that preceded it. The Haunted Air. That one I gave 5 stars...this one gets 4. I'll say why a little later, but suffice it to say that it's still and excellent book and I've already gone to my shelves and pulled the next volume in the series down. They've been waiting there to be read a long time and I've become involved of late. The books seem to me to start out p Some of my friends who see this on my "update" will realize that I started this last night after I finished the "Repairman Jack" book that preceded it. The Haunted Air. That one I gave 5 stars...this one gets 4. I'll say why a little later, but suffice it to say that it's still and excellent book and I've already gone to my shelves and pulled the next volume in the series down. They've been waiting there to be read a long time and I've become involved of late. The books seem to me to start out pretty well and then grow in interest, at least they have for me. Here Jack is still involved in his life changing situation that has been coming on aiming him (apparently) toward an enforced joining of modern society. Of course events in his life twist out of control again (as you'll know if you've read the books in order up to this point (view spoiler)[ Jack has been told there are no more coincidences in his life (hide spoiler)] . A call comes from his estranged brother (while Jack is estranged from his whole family he seems to have been especially estranged from his older brother) telling him his father is in a coma. He's been left that way from an auto accident...a hit and run. Jack's brother (a judge) tells Jack that he can't possibly get away to go (even if their dad is on death's doorstep) and he can't tell Jack why. Of course Jack can't very well become self righteous as he's been off the radar since he left home after his mother's death...his mother's murder. And (of course) there's more to this than meets the eye and the Otherness raises it's ugly (and deadly) head. More of the background and more details of the overall mystery are revealed here, but it's still coming out slowly. The story winds itself out and is on the whole a very satisfying read. Here we get a self contained story that doesn't depend on a cliff hanger ending to bring you back for the next book. This story is told but there is a larger more sinister and much larger story unwinding in the background or more accurately that this story is but a chapter in. So, if I like it so well why'd I give this one a 4 star rating when I gave the last a 5 star rating? Well I admit here it's a matter of taste. Some of you will not only not agree with me but the reason I dropped a star will actually be your favorite part. Let me use an illustration, some years ago I used to like the TV show Law and Order (before it became nothing but political propaganda. When it turned into nothing more than a political platform I stopped watching it. That is not what I'm referring to, not what happened here.) The reason I liked Law and Order is that it was a police procedural. We had a crime, we had a police investigation and then we had a prosecution. We followed the story from start to finish. We didn't find out about how the characters were doing with their lovers, their marriages were never discussed much less watched. There wasn't a heart rending story of sick parents or child custody or whatever. It was a police story without all the personal stories. See, I know a lot of you prefer the TV police stories that concentrate on that. So here I had to wade through a lot of that, enough that I thought it dragged the story down. It flattened the pace of the story in several places. ((view spoiler)[ Though I'm sure there will be more of this as we're going to go through the story of Gia's pregnancy, her insistence that Jack get "on the grid" and what looks to be the Otherness setting out to get to jack by killing/destroying anyone he cares about. (hide spoiler)] ) But as I said I like this/these books and plan to jump right into the next...so, highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    4.5 Stars The Repairman Jack series continues to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Wilson has created a hero in Jack that is simply awesome. The series is mostly action and thriller with a tiny albeit major supernatural line at it's heart. Gateways is a fun edition to the series as we get some well needed father and son bonding. The Everglades make for an awesome setting for Jack and his Dad. Gateways leans heavier on the supernatural side than most of the other books. The Otherness is fro 4.5 Stars The Repairman Jack series continues to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Wilson has created a hero in Jack that is simply awesome. The series is mostly action and thriller with a tiny albeit major supernatural line at it's heart. Gateways is a fun edition to the series as we get some well needed father and son bonding. The Everglades make for an awesome setting for Jack and his Dad. Gateways leans heavier on the supernatural side than most of the other books. The Otherness is front and center. The relationship being explored between Jack and his Father Tom has been a missing element to the series that could really make it more. Semelee was a twisted and interesting antagonist that played well with Jack. I hope that this book is the start of more between Jack and Tom. I love the series, The Otherness, and most importantly, the writing of F.Paul Wilson. Highly recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There is one nit-picky detail that's been bugging me in the last few books. Jack is wanting to become a citizen before his kid is born. Fine. But he needs a social security number to do so. He claims he doesn't have one, but wouldn't his parents have gotten him one? I had my soc card when I was ten. He didn't drop out of society until he was in college or thereabouts. He's also concerned that the IRS will come after him for not paying taxes, but he's never had a 'legal' job or if he has, it hasn There is one nit-picky detail that's been bugging me in the last few books. Jack is wanting to become a citizen before his kid is born. Fine. But he needs a social security number to do so. He claims he doesn't have one, but wouldn't his parents have gotten him one? I had my soc card when I was ten. He didn't drop out of society until he was in college or thereabouts. He's also concerned that the IRS will come after him for not paying taxes, but he's never had a 'legal' job or if he has, it hasn't been very long. I can't imagine he actually owes a lot of back taxes if he's never had a normal job. Nor does he own property, so he shouldn't have property taxes. I can see the government being interested if he's been up to illegal stuff while he's been on the outskirts, but if there's no proof of any illegally activity, I don't see what they can really do to do him. But perhaps there are things I don't know about for this kind of situation. It's just the soc number thing really bugs me. He should have one, he just needs to find it again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jadewik

    When Jack learns his father is in a coma, he flies to Florida and is immersed in a whirlwind of conspiracy surrounding the accident that put his dad in a coma. Another Repairman Jack success story. I really love this character. This isn't my favorite book in the series. Like the other books in the series, it flows smooth and fast and really keeps the reader interested throughout. You don't learn so much about Jack in this book; however, you do learn a lot about his father. The one thing that I fou When Jack learns his father is in a coma, he flies to Florida and is immersed in a whirlwind of conspiracy surrounding the accident that put his dad in a coma. Another Repairman Jack success story. I really love this character. This isn't my favorite book in the series. Like the other books in the series, it flows smooth and fast and really keeps the reader interested throughout. You don't learn so much about Jack in this book; however, you do learn a lot about his father. The one thing that I found unpleasant about this book was the "hick-speak" used when reading certain characters' points-of-view. I think it fit for this particular story, but it bothered me. Irv was Oyv and I had to say the dog's name half a dozen times each time I saw it. Aside from that, I loved the unique story. The "chew wasps" were great creatures. I loved the Eye Shells and that whole aspect. I also liked the series plot developments even if I wasn't so keen on at least one of them. It's been a while since I've read a Repairman Jack novel. Reading this one really makes me want to finish the series (what's written so far), but I need to finish some other things first.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grant Howard

    This installment gives us a lot more in the war between The Ally and The Otherness that Jack has become involved in. Another mysterious old lady with a dog makes an appearance as in "Hosts" and "The Haunted Air" but this time she's a main character and Jack finally gets to ask some questions. It's also confirmed for anagram fans that Sal Roma is Rasalom of Wilson's parallel "Adversary" series. We get to learn a lot about Jack's father (as he learns a lot about Jack!) and we get a glimpse of his This installment gives us a lot more in the war between The Ally and The Otherness that Jack has become involved in. Another mysterious old lady with a dog makes an appearance as in "Hosts" and "The Haunted Air" but this time she's a main character and Jack finally gets to ask some questions. It's also confirmed for anagram fans that Sal Roma is Rasalom of Wilson's parallel "Adversary" series. We get to learn a lot about Jack's father (as he learns a lot about Jack!) and we get a glimpse of his brother Tom, not much, but enough to know there's something going on there that'll play a part in a later installment. Jack's intention to keep his family safe through dissociation (especially after Kate's death) isn't going pan out that way I fear.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    Jack's father is in a coma, the victim of a hit and run accident in Florida, and Jack goes down to investigate. He meets his father's neighbor, Anya, who tells Jack there is more to his father than he knows, which proves to be true. Meanwhile some mutants in the Everglades, both human and non-human, become involved in Jack's continuing battle against the dark.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Mika

    I liked this book so much that I re-read it as soon as I finished it. We finally meet Jack's father in this one, and he's awesome! It turns out Jack is more like his dad than he ever would have thought.

  9. 5 out of 5

    NumberLord

    Another great Repairman Jack novel. Not only do we have a decent story, but we find out just a little more about Jack and the Otherness. And we even get a guest appearance by Rasalom!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Everyone needs their very own Repairman Jack to help clean up those messy situations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Jack has learned that his father is in a coma. When Jack arrives at the hospital, he meets Anya who is one of his father's neighbors. She is an unusual woman in that she seems to know a lot about Jack's father and Jack himself. Meanwhile, a young lady Semelee has a vision of Jack coming. She has strange talents besides living with an assortment of strange looking men in the Everglades that depend on her. Semelee knows that Jack is "special" like her. There is a ban on watering their lawns, but A Jack has learned that his father is in a coma. When Jack arrives at the hospital, he meets Anya who is one of his father's neighbors. She is an unusual woman in that she seems to know a lot about Jack's father and Jack himself. Meanwhile, a young lady Semelee has a vision of Jack coming. She has strange talents besides living with an assortment of strange looking men in the Everglades that depend on her. Semelee knows that Jack is "special" like her. There is a ban on watering their lawns, but Anya's yard is green and healthy looking. Who is Anya? Who is Semelee? Is Semelee connected to the strange deaths in town? There are lights that "turn on" in the Everglades. If Jack sees them will he be piece that they are real? What are those lights? If he is to protect his father, he must discover the hidden secrets. His father has secrets too. Will he discover why people disappear? This novel is a great thriller. There are elements of supernatural in the story. It is a horror novel but not a horror story as it also includes a mystery. It's a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book as I wanted to know what was going to happen to Jack.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Tweitmann

    “Gateways: A Repairman Jack Novel (#7),” by F. Paul Wilson “Gateways” is the 7th book in this excellent series, first recommended to me by Pete Lefevre. Just in case you don’t know him, Repairman Jack is not a handyman; he is a fixer. When you have a problem you can’t solve (being blackmailed, a missing person, etc.) that’s of a nature where involving the authorities is not your best option, Jack is your man. Not easy to locate but always resourceful and trustworthy, Jack gets the job done. Jack “Gateways: A Repairman Jack Novel (#7),” by F. Paul Wilson “Gateways” is the 7th book in this excellent series, first recommended to me by Pete Lefevre. Just in case you don’t know him, Repairman Jack is not a handyman; he is a fixer. When you have a problem you can’t solve (being blackmailed, a missing person, etc.) that’s of a nature where involving the authorities is not your best option, Jack is your man. Not easy to locate but always resourceful and trustworthy, Jack gets the job done. Jack attempts to have a life while trying to remain anonymous and untraceable by any government agency, but it isn’t easy. Things have gotten harder as this series begins and Jack gets tangled up in something supernatural where the fate of the universe might just be at stake. Every book in this series is a blast and better than the last. This particular book revolves around Jack’s relationship with his father — someone he hasn’t really been in contact with since he began his life as a fixer. Set primarily in Florida rather than per usual in New York, Jack comes to his father’s aid after having been in a near-fatal auto accident. But as always things are not what they seem. There are no coincidences with Jack. Something otherworldly lies behind a white-haired girl named Semelee that Jack encounters and her strange group of misshapen young adults called the Clan, that live in the Everglades. To say any more would be to spoil this book. A great read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Glen Usher

    Repairman Jack answers a call to help his father, who lives in a retirement home that borders upon the Southern Swamplands of the Everglades. He is comatose after an inexplicable accident that happened on a deserted backroad in the swampy marshland that is now in the grip of an insatiable drought! It turns out there is an evil conspiracy afoot with regards to the sinister corporation that runs the retirement home and a clan of murderous hicks that inhabit a forgotten bayou in the swampy backwate Repairman Jack answers a call to help his father, who lives in a retirement home that borders upon the Southern Swamplands of the Everglades. He is comatose after an inexplicable accident that happened on a deserted backroad in the swampy marshland that is now in the grip of an insatiable drought! It turns out there is an evil conspiracy afoot with regards to the sinister corporation that runs the retirement home and a clan of murderous hicks that inhabit a forgotten bayou in the swampy backwaters. They are all mutants to varying degrees, led by a beautiful and white haired half-native American girl called Semlee who has a traumatic past. Their little corner of the desolate swamp is a portal to the “Otherness’’, that other dimesion with which Jack has all-too much previous experience. But some revelations come to light about Jack’s dad, and he finds he’s not as alone as he first thought! Great tale, up there with CONSPIRACIES. F.Paul Wilson in top form as always.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Francesco

    Vote: 3,80 Class: L-B1 (FP) (seventh book of the Repairman Jack Series) Fast pacing, well written and with wonderful characters I've come to really like the Repairman Jack series! In this one we came to know more of Jack's father and the supernatural war with the Otherness makes a new step: the story 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Foster

    Loved this installment. Jack is taken closer to the Otherness, and the identity of The One. He is introduced to some backwater mutants, people that lived close enough to a Nexus point to cause mutations, while looking in to his father's near fatal car crash. He uncovers some strange things going on at the old folks community where his dad has moved. I liked that this tale told a self defined story that peppered in enough of the mythos F. P. Wilson has created, that it had a clearly defined end bu Loved this installment. Jack is taken closer to the Otherness, and the identity of The One. He is introduced to some backwater mutants, people that lived close enough to a Nexus point to cause mutations, while looking in to his father's near fatal car crash. He uncovers some strange things going on at the old folks community where his dad has moved. I liked that this tale told a self defined story that peppered in enough of the mythos F. P. Wilson has created, that it had a clearly defined end but also leaves me wanting more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    The author is getting further and further afield with each book in the series. Jack's powers are not featured in this one, but instead he is affected by others with odd powers. Dark and deathy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lavender

    This one revolves around Jack and his father. The story was good and it was nice to have a change of scene from the area around NY/NJ. Recommended to fans of horror.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    "Wasn’t it Sherlock Holmes who said, ‘When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth’?" Thanks FPW for another enjoyable read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Spurnlad

    Repairman Jack in the 'Glades. Terrific read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arlingtontexican

    The most action packed in the series so far. And things leave it on a really weird note.loved it

  21. 4 out of 5

    David

    4.5*. I don't want this series to end!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Once again, Repairman Jack comes to the rescue, this time, his dad.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Kingsley

    Well, this has done it. I have decided I no longer care about Repairman Jack or what is going on with him or his life or the "Otherness" or anything. I think this will be the last Repairman Jack novel. While I thought it was interesting in the beginning, the idea of a man who fixed things and tried to lead a regular life, he just doesn't interest me anymore. This book is all about Jack and his father, Tom. But, there are holes in the book. Jack's brother, Tom Jr., is a judge and can't go to his f Well, this has done it. I have decided I no longer care about Repairman Jack or what is going on with him or his life or the "Otherness" or anything. I think this will be the last Repairman Jack novel. While I thought it was interesting in the beginning, the idea of a man who fixed things and tried to lead a regular life, he just doesn't interest me anymore. This book is all about Jack and his father, Tom. But, there are holes in the book. Jack's brother, Tom Jr., is a judge and can't go to his fathers side after his father is in an accident. The brother tells Jack that he can't go, but he doesn't give reasons, and we never find out what was so important that the brother could not show up. While in Florida Jack ends up in another weird case that doesn't really involve him. He doesn't get paid for this, and it really does portray the people who live in the Everglades as mutants, or rednecks. This book involves more of the supernatural stuff that drew me in, but it really isn't interesting. I think that my issue with these novels is the fact that Jack doesn't really grow. He isn't developing any new skills and he isn't really moving forward as a person. He always seems to flail when something strange happens, and when strange things happen he often seems flabbergasted as to why. As a fix-it man he seems oblivious to danger, and as each book progresses he finds himself facing something he was unaware of but should have been obvious, especially after the third book. So I am done with Repairman Jack. He is dull, and nothing changes. Plus, I really can't stand Gia anymore. She is so whiny and annoying and I just don't care if she and Jack stay together. In fact, I would be happier if they had broken up. Goodbye Jack, I'm just not that into you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David Agranoff

    This is the seventh Repairman Jack novel, and it follows The Haunted Air which to me was the strongest entry in the series since the second book Legacies. They are all entertaining novels, and this one manages to keep the high level of horror and suspense while still building the greater story that spans two separate series and almost two dozen novels. In this novel Jack is taken out of his comfort zone of New York City and the region. The city, Long Island and New jersey are almost like characte This is the seventh Repairman Jack novel, and it follows The Haunted Air which to me was the strongest entry in the series since the second book Legacies. They are all entertaining novels, and this one manages to keep the high level of horror and suspense while still building the greater story that spans two separate series and almost two dozen novels. In this novel Jack is taken out of his comfort zone of New York City and the region. The city, Long Island and New jersey are almost like characters in the novels, so when I first read on the back of the book the novel takes place in Florida I was surprised. You see jack finds out that his father was in a car accident in flordia and he is drafted to go down south to take care of his father. Something odd is happening with his brother the judge in Philly and he insists he can’t go and Jack has to. I can tell something is up with his brother that will come back to haunt Jack in future books. Knowing how far ahead Wilson seems to plot it might not be for four books. Once in Florida discovers a mystery of why his father was deep in bayou at late at night, when his car was hit. As he learns about the strange Gateway community and the monsters who creep beyond in the everglades Jack also learns a secret or two about his Father. The monsters and suspense aspects of the novel are all well done, but fans of the series will generally view this book as the point in the series where Jack deepens his relationship with his father. To me that is the thing I will remember about this novel. Hosts (RMJ #5) saw Jack's sister learning the real Jack and now Jack's father gets a glimpse at the real Jack. With Jack outed to his Dad I get the feeling that the series is changing, there is no way for Jack to hide from his family. This is a bold decision for Wilson. I have a feeling that Jack's loved ones will become more involved as the books move closer to the end. Outside of his brother they are all likable enough.

  25. 5 out of 5

    David

    F. Paul Wilson, according to his bio, is a practicing physician. But he must spend the bulk of the rest of his time thinking up crazy stories for his novels. His mind appears to be quite prolific in that regard. Repairman Jack is back in "Gateways" and it is a really fun story, this time with Dad in on the action. The book begins with Jack learning that his father has been in an accident and is now in a coma down in Florida. Jack leaves town for Novaton, Florida and is soon embroiled in another F. Paul Wilson, according to his bio, is a practicing physician. But he must spend the bulk of the rest of his time thinking up crazy stories for his novels. His mind appears to be quite prolific in that regard. Repairman Jack is back in "Gateways" and it is a really fun story, this time with Dad in on the action. The book begins with Jack learning that his father has been in an accident and is now in a coma down in Florida. Jack leaves town for Novaton, Florida and is soon embroiled in another adventure, that is, of course, tied in with the larger theme of the Repairman Jack books -- the battle between the Otherness and the Ally, or something like that. I don't claim to understand exactly what is going on with the cosmic battle in the background of these books, but F. Paul Wilson reveals a bit more as each book in the series unfolds. Jack ends up doing battle with some interesting mutants who live in the Florida Everglades near a hole in the ground. There is another lady and another dog, as in previous books. What the hole exactly is, and why it made the people living near it mutants, I don't really know. The lead mutant, Semelee, is a great character, though. All in all, this book didn't make a ton of sense, but I didn't really care. What you get with a good F. Paul Wilson book is a wildly weird and entertaining plot, and this is one of those books. You get the sense that Wilson is having even more fun writing these books than the people who are reading them. I hope that he enjoys himself, because a Repairman Jack book is almost always good, escapist fun. If you want high art, try Philip Roth. If you want an entertaining read that doesn't take itself too seriously, "Gateways" fills the bill.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tim Hicks

    Maybe I shouldn't have made this my first Repairman Jack book, but meh. Just not that compelling. I've read several books before - Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaassen come to mind - that do the same setup of driving out to the Everglades, boating in deeper, meeting Something Mysterious. Didn't feel anything new in this one. There are some good characters here. Soon as Carl was introduced I knew it wasn't going to end well for him. Anya was OK. But most of all, Jack just didn't engage my interest. Th Maybe I shouldn't have made this my first Repairman Jack book, but meh. Just not that compelling. I've read several books before - Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaassen come to mind - that do the same setup of driving out to the Everglades, boating in deeper, meeting Something Mysterious. Didn't feel anything new in this one. There are some good characters here. Soon as Carl was introduced I knew it wasn't going to end well for him. Anya was OK. But most of all, Jack just didn't engage my interest. There's nothing original about a guy who (a) won't ever tell anyone what he's doing or why, (b) approaches every problem by getting some guns and going straight at it. He's every leading man in TV and movies. If we could see Jack, you KNOW he'd confront every emotional challenge by looking off to the side, then setting his jaw and walking away. He'd be wearing a brand-new gray or dark green T-shirt, and just a little bit of stubble. He's James Denton (Mike Delfino in Desperate Housewives). Also didn't care for the chapters told from Tom's and Carl's point of view. Don't know why, because Semelee's parts seemed OK, even with the dialog bordering on bein silly. And the ending? I might have liked it had there actually BEEN one. I hate it when a book from a series ends the way this one did. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Makes me avoid others in the series because I know they will all end the same way.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

    The seventh book of the Repairman Jack series is pivotal in many ways. Jack and the reader learn more about his dad, who in turn learns more about Jack. More is learned about the lady with a dog character that shows up in many ways. Also, for fans of the Secret History of the World books beyond the RJ series, the major villain is once again revealed by his true name, and Jack finally glimpses his terrifying power. With the Everglades setting, this could be an exceptionally good entry with only t The seventh book of the Repairman Jack series is pivotal in many ways. Jack and the reader learn more about his dad, who in turn learns more about Jack. More is learned about the lady with a dog character that shows up in many ways. Also, for fans of the Secret History of the World books beyond the RJ series, the major villain is once again revealed by his true name, and Jack finally glimpses his terrifying power. With the Everglades setting, this could be an exceptionally good entry with only two drawbacks. The dynamic of Jack and his dad feels too contrived. It's touching to see a reconciliation, but what should be barriers seem too casually thrown aside. The only other weakness is just a personal pet peeve. Many sections are written in a third-person POV of a character who, in dialog, removes the final "g" from "ing" words; In other words, wishing becomes wishin'. I have no problem with that in dialog, but every bit of the narration, even as a third-person style is done that way, and with no apostrophe. I know that's being picky, and that F Paul Wilson isn't exactly Clive Barker when it comes to flowery prose, but his writing style is solid enough that this stands out as tacky to me. Thankfully, the story and the action overcome it all.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tiina

    It was an entertaining read. Not one of my favourites in the series, but certainly worth reading. I liked that Jack got reacquainted with his father and found out that they are not so different after all. I enjoyed the overall story line. Anya and her crazy Chihuahua were a great addition to the character-pool. It was also refreshing to be taken out of the urban setting and dropped in the Everglades and the fascinating environment there. And I was relieved that we didn’t have Gia in this book. Sh It was an entertaining read. Not one of my favourites in the series, but certainly worth reading. I liked that Jack got reacquainted with his father and found out that they are not so different after all. I enjoyed the overall story line. Anya and her crazy Chihuahua were a great addition to the character-pool. It was also refreshing to be taken out of the urban setting and dropped in the Everglades and the fascinating environment there. And I was relieved that we didn’t have Gia in this book. She annoys the hell out of me. What left me a little disappointed was that we didn’t see any of the fun and inventive fixes Jack usually comes up with. This book was all guns, grenades and straight forward confrontations. Also the ending was a tiny bit of a letdown. I am certainly going to continue on with the series though.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was a really fun edition to one of my favorite series of all time. Jack is taken out of his comfort zone and heads to Florida (very reluctantly) to care for his comatose father. Of course there being no more coincidences in Jack's life, it soon becomes clear that a series of sinister and otherworldly events took place in order to get Jack to fly south. Just getting on a plane for this guy is such an ordeal. Wilson captured quite well I think the weirdness that is Florida. Wrought with terrib This was a really fun edition to one of my favorite series of all time. Jack is taken out of his comfort zone and heads to Florida (very reluctantly) to care for his comatose father. Of course there being no more coincidences in Jack's life, it soon becomes clear that a series of sinister and otherworldly events took place in order to get Jack to fly south. Just getting on a plane for this guy is such an ordeal. Wilson captured quite well I think the weirdness that is Florida. Wrought with terrible weather, misshapen swamp people, deformed animals, magic, a witch?, and of course The Otherness. The best part of this book really is the relationship Jack forms with his father. After 15 years of near isolation, it was really gratifying to see Jack and his dad get to know one another and learn that they really are not that different from one another. Great book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ensiform

    Jack gets a call from his brother (a judge, who seems distracted by something, a plot point which remains unexplored: I smell foreshadowing of the next volume!) to say their father is in a coma as the result of a hit-and-run. Jack flies to Florida and encounters a feisty old lady, Anya Mundy (Mother Nature?) who’s been tasking care of his father. After an initial period of dullness, the penny drops and Jack realizes that she is or represents some sort of magical force. Pitted against her are a b Jack gets a call from his brother (a judge, who seems distracted by something, a plot point which remains unexplored: I smell foreshadowing of the next volume!) to say their father is in a coma as the result of a hit-and-run. Jack flies to Florida and encounters a feisty old lady, Anya Mundy (Mother Nature?) who’s been tasking care of his father. After an initial period of dullness, the penny drops and Jack realizes that she is or represents some sort of magical force. Pitted against her are a bunch of mutant hicks from the Everglades, pawns of the powerful Rasalom (Sal Roma), who works for the Otherness. Aside from Jack’s initial lack of a clue, another exciting page-turner. The all-out battle near the end of the book is a satisfying climax.

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