Harbingers (Repairman Jack, #10)
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Harbingers (Repairman Jack #10)

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It starts off so simply: Jack, still feeling down after the tragic events of Infernal, is hanging in Julio's when a regular named Timmy asks him for help. His teenage niece has been missing since this morning; the police say it's too early to worry, but Timmy knows something bad has happened. Jack says he'll put the word out on the street. This innocent request triggers a...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Tor Books (first published April 1st 2006)
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Mike (the Paladin)
"Hot dog" we're back on track with this one. I like the Repairman Jack series but have to point out that the individual novels can run hot and cold. The one I read just before this was possibly/probably the weakest of the series. I was almost bored with it and while it does fill in some gaps in the overall story was simply slow and had major holes in it's "interest level".

Not so here. From the weak book we launch into a major jump forward in the story (probably baring out some things you've susp...more
Benjamin Thomas
This tenth novel of the Repairman Jack series has firmly cemented the series as one of my all-time favorite series, (all genres included), although I think I could say that beginning with book 3 or 4 as well. All of the novels read like chapters in one long novel, taking place over just a few years. And it seems that the closer we get to the end the less time lapses between each novel. For those that have yet to try Repairman Jack, think of these novels as exciting thriller novels embedded insid...more
chris
a spear has no branches
Jim
F. Paul Wilson has written better. While I found this entertaining, it was also vaguely unsatisfying. My main problem was that, while the protagonist Repairman Jack is interesting, he isn't especially well developed as a character (at least in this book). He keeps telling us how much he cares about the people in his life, but they're just words. I never sensed any depth in his feelings. As such, when he goes on his campaign of vengeance against the men who hurt his loved ones, it just seems grat...more
David
This is an average outing for F. Paul Wilson in the Repairman Jack series. On the good side, the "meta-plot" which has been threading through the series becomes a lot clearer in "Harbingers". A lot is explained about The Ally, The Otherness, and my favorites, the Ladies With the Dogs! The downside is that it occurs in a book without a really compelling plot or much drama.
The tone of the series is getting steadily darker. That may or may not be a bad thing, depending on the reader. What I had l...more
David Agranoff
Wow, just wow. RMJ #10 is no doubt my favorite in the series. Harbingers is a dark and Brutal twist in the Repairman Jack saga. I saw this book coming, but I felt like I was frozen on a train track as a speeding locomotive was coming to crush me while reading this book. As much as I think this is the best in the series I can see that many will not dig this entry in the series. I also think this book will lack power if you are not already read the previous books.

Most of the repairman Jack books...more
Jadewik
In the tenth Repairman Jack book we find ourselves, as readers, in a position to figure out exactly what the hell is going on! There are no more coincidences in life seems to be the mantra of this book, as it explains the series of familial deaths. Jack struggles to understand the dynamics between the Ally and the Adversary as he comes to terms with his own crisis and the mystery behind a group of warrior men called yeniceri.

This was a decent come-back after the groan-fest that comprised Book 9...more
ScottK
Jack is Back !!!!! I was a bit worried when I read the 9th installment of the Repairman Jack series,to put it mildly .....it sucked. Needless to say I was a bit leary to pick up # 10 of the series,even though 1-8 were awesome,# 9 just was not good....... at all. Then came the fateful day,while perusing Borders I saw that Harbingers was out in paperback. After a few minutes of arguing with myself whether I wanted to continue the series or not,I picked it up. It found it's way home with me that ni...more
Ensiform
The tenth chapter in the Repairman Jack saga (and the books really are like chapters of one enormous novel; Wilson rarely takes the time to explain past events, but refers to them only obliquely). This time, Jack meets the yeneçari, a loyal army of men trained from birth to serve the Oculus, people who get messages from the Ally. Jack is now formally identified as the Heir to the previous Sentinel, but when he realizes that the Ally is making him into a spear by culling everyone he’s ever loved,...more
Tom
After Jack lost the last of his family in the previous novel in this series, I was thinking the books would pick up again. Both Hosts and Infernal were a bit subpar in terms of action, but this one corrects this by looking at one of the more ignored aspects of the series, the inaccurately-named cosmic entity "The Ally" and its forces, men in black. The novel gave some more background for Jack, including him telling what he would have done had he not gone into his current "line of work". Jack get...more
Andrea Yargeau
I enjoyed this novel very much. I had been wanting to get it for my kindle and then happened to run across it in the library. I had forgotten some of the previous novels, but I remembered enough about the ally and adversary stuff that it was not necessary to go back and reread. Wilson is however starting to tie in more of his "Secret Histories of the World," bringing in the Adversary Cycle and building up to end the world with "Nightworld" which does seem to spoil reading the rest of the Repairm...more
Andy
The best book in the series so far,plenty of action and it furthers the story of the cosmic war between the otherness and the ally and the role of repairman jack in the ongoing war.Part sci-fi part horror and always entertaining.Another winner from F.Paul Wilson.
Jeff J.
This was an extremely dark entry in the Repairman Jack series, with a lot of questions answered much to Jack's despair. I had to race to the conclusion, and jumped into the next book in the series immediately upon finishing. Recommended!
UtahJarhead
In Harbingers, Jack works a case in a classic action thriller. A friend at Julio's needs help. His niece has come up missing. It's too early to involve the cops, so of course Jack is his 'go to' man. This very soon leads to characters working for The Ally called the 'Yeniceri'. They are a group of devout followers willing to do anything The Ally wants of them, all commanded through the visions, or 'alarms', of the Oculus. There's just one problem: The Oculus gets alarms commanding the Yeniceri t...more
Kathryn
This was my first Repairman Jack novel. It'll probably be my last. This is another book where the title seems to have no relation to the book itself. This is one in a series, and the individual book did not stand well alone. The author repeatedly referred to things that had happened in previous books without explaining them. Some of the assumptions just didn't make sense. Lots of violence. This is a world where the only way to deal with problems is to kill everyone. Without remorse or second tho...more
Steven
I really enjoyed this Repairman Jack novel; it was a terrific story integrating all the elements of the fantasy part of the Repairman Jack saga as well as introducing some new elements, filling in some more prehistory, and raising new questions. The concept of Ally and Adversary reflect one interpretation of the chaotic yet ordered universe. Gia, Jack's love interest plays a significant role here, but once again seems somewhat out of place. Jack's relationship with Gia always seems off, and is t...more
David
The 10th Repairman Jack book ranks among the best in the series. In terms of a stand-alone book, well, it doesn't. Read The Tomb if you haven't read this series before. This assumes you've kept up with Jack's recent tragic history, including many references from the 3rd book of the series among others. With that context, the series and its connection to F. Paul Wilson's Secret History of the World, really starts to get intense. Jack is in more dire straits, and yet becomes the bad-ass when neede...more
Steven Allen
This is the first of the Repairman Jack novels that I have read. Not a bad read. I might attempt to read some more but I do not think that I will be adding them to my permanent collection.
Michael
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Susan
An excellent read, you are actually willing & supporting Jack in his continual fight to survive & protect his love ones against the cosmic forces who are indifferent. The tragedy that follows him & how he copes with it.
I'm glad I waited until I managed to acquire all the books in this series (the latest has not been given a releases date yet) through the help of the `Fantastic Fiction' book list & Amazon. The books will stand alone but are better if read in sequence as there's no...more
Kurt Criscione
The only problem with a repairman jack novel is... you just want to read ONE more chapter! Ha I ended up staying up till 2am and suddenly there were no more chapters. Once you get in the final third of the book make sure you have plenty of time to just read it in one sitting.


Also trying not spoil anything i have to say that i agree with Ally in that a "Spear has no Branches"... i'm actually a little disappointed that Jack's threat worked (maybe I have a cold heart but a baggage free Jack can acc...more
Chris
Oct 12, 2010 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Repairman Jack fans
Repairman Jack rocks again! Another breathtaking, action packed read from F Paul Wilson. With this entry in the Repairman Jack series, the screws are really tightened for Jack. More of Jack’s destiny is revealed, including his role in the cosmic war against the Otherness, and a new shadow group emerges. Plus we get to see what Jack is really capable of when Mr. Wilson pulls out the stops and gets vicious with a couple of major characters. Definitely looking forward to the next book.
Skip
Jack finally discovers why all of his loved ones are being eliminated: the benign Ally want him as Heir to the Sentinel to keep the malevolent Otherness at bay. Still reeling from the terrorist attack that killed his father at LaGuardia, one of his barmates at Julio's askes him to find his niece. Jack rescues her with the help of a team of yeniceri, who along with the Occuli, try to convert Jack to a member. Then Gia and Vicky are run down, and Jack has to rescue them from comas and death.
Doug Krenzee
Really liked this one, the only problem I had with it was: the model they have picked to represent Jack have always been in shadow, this time however he was in more light, not a lot but enough you could make out a few details. The man there was not the everyman that I had been picturing I could not see this Jack going to join Abe sitting in a crowded shop and sharing breakfast with a tiny bird. And his hands looked so small they were out if preportion with the rest of him.
Brice
If you've yet to read any of the Repairman Jack books by F. Paul Wilson stop reading this and get one. If there's a cooler character out there I don't know of them and Wilson retains that coolness in Harbingers, one of the key books in the RJ universe and one with a fairly major revelation.
That said, Wilson is also an absolute prick thanks to what he puts our protagonist through. It's a heart-wrenching last few chapters but ones well worth your time commitment.
William Crosby
Repairman Jack is one of my favorite characters.

Lame review, but I simply enjoyed this book.
Citizenmike
I really wish I was reading these in the right order.
NumberLord
An improvement from the last book. One of the things I like about the Repairman Jack series is that you learn more about the character in each book. Wilson does an excellent job of giving the reader information and keeping us interested. In Harbingers, we learn a LOT about Jack and his place in the Otherness conflict. Although I'm beginning to wonder if Wilson will have to rewrite Jack's part in Night World.
Matt
Right around the halfway point of the movie From Dusk Till Dawn, it abruptly changes from a noirish man-hunt crime thriller into a crazy insane Mexican vampire movie. Even if you somehow didn't know this going in, you probably still would have said "Ah, the hell with it. We're already halfway through, let's see how this turns out."

Yep.
Patrick
One of the emotional peaks of the entire series. This book perhaps more than any other in this series till the end, will have you on the proverbial end of your seat, or biting your nails. Its hard to say much more with this without offering up spoilers but this is definitely one of the payoffs for the Repairman Jack series.
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Francis Paul Wilson is an author, born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He writes novels and short stories primarily in the science fiction and horror genres. His debut novel was Healer (1976). Wilson is also a part-time practicing family physician. He made his first sales in 1970 to Analog and continued to write science fiction throughout the seventies. In 1981 he ventured into the horror genre with t...more
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