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Hosts (Repairman Jack #5)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  3,018 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Repairman Jack returns in a sequel to the New York Times bestseller, The Tomb!

Repairman Jack has been tearing up the urban adventure scene ever since he was introduced in the New York Times bestseller The Tomb. As his fans know, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances; he's a situation fixer, no matter how weird or deadly a situation may be. Repairman Jack h
Mass Market Paperback, First Mass Market Edition, 503 pages
Published August 18th 2003 by TOR Books (first published 2001)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 09, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how much I was enjoying this series as I set it aside a while back. Recently a "prequel" was released by the author showing us how "Repairman Jack" came about (and the sadist ended said book in a cliffhanger). That book reminded me and I went back to my shelves and pulled the paperback where I'd "fet off down". (That was what I typed originally...I have no idea what I meant to type. That is one "doozy" of a typo. I meant to type that I picked up the series where I'd left off. I l ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
4.5 Stars

Hosts by F.Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack #5) is another fantastic addition to the life and story of Jack, our anti-hero fixer upper. Hosts starts out with a great action scene on a subway and things don't necessarily work out for the best. I won't spoil anything for you. I loved that we were treated to some back story about Jack and were given a story about him and his sister Kate. I did miss Gia and vicky as they are hardly in this one.

Two story lines unfold in this one and Jack finds h
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I love Repairman Jack. If there was such a person in this world, you'd really want to have him on your side. In the world of fantasy, horror and often verging into pulp, this entire series is just fun.

In this installment, Jack, who prefers to remain anonymous, has his work cut out for him. After an incident on the subway, a New York tabloid reporter wants to find him and draw him out of hiding. This thread continues throughout the book and ultimately is interwoven with the main story -- in which
Jun 28, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
In the fifth of sixteen Repairman Jack novels, a strange Russian lady with a large white dog appears at Jack's sickbed and tells him that he, and he alone, must stop a virus that the Adversary of all mankind has unleashed to create war, hate, death, fear, pain, and destruction. Here is a snippet of their conversation:

"Stop virus before it spreads, or all you love will perish." She turned and headed for the bedroom door. "I leave you now."

Jack felt the temperature drop. No...more chills. He pulle
Dec 26, 2009 Chloe rated it liked it
Recommended to Chloe by: ScottK
Reading the Repairman Jack series is starting to remind me of listening to old 1930s radio serials when I was a kid. Whether it's Dick Tracy unraveling the Mystery of the Pharaoh's Scarab or The Shadow trying to stop a notorious arsonist, Wilson definitely draws much inspiration from the radio heroes of yesteryear in the construction of his bite-size thrillers and his reluctant hero, Jack.

In Hosts, Jack's conflict against the inter-dimensional Otherness gets personal when his estranged sister co
Another great book involving the continuing fight against "the otherness".
Wilson continues the story of Repairman Jack as he continues his struggle to right wrong while at the same time remain anonymous.
Cathy Jung
Dec 17, 2014 Cathy Jung rated it really liked it
Good book. Enjoying this series.
Dec 20, 2016 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a misstep in the REPAIRMAN JACK series. Not that it's a bad book, it just fell a bit flat for me. It's still a compelling book in parts, but Jack seems a bit of a side-player in this one. A lot of it has to do with medicine and science, which simply aren't Jack's forte. Still, a worthwhile read for a few strong action sequences and, of course, some additions to The Adversary cycle.
May 19, 2009 Jadewik rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Repairman Jack, Supernatural/Paranormal fans
Repairman Jack returns for another exciting adventure as he unknowingly takes yet another step into to the paranormal. This novel intertwines two story lines-- that of "The Savior" and the subway fiasco at the beginning of the novel and the self-named parasitic virus called Unity. Things get a little twisted when Jack's sister gets a mysterious visit from someone who tells her Jack is the only one who can help with the strangeness going on with her lesbian lover, Janette. What a surprise when sh ...more
An excellent series. Jack still finds himself battling the forces of the "Otherness" while trying too maintain his double life.
Jack finds himself at crossroads when he intervenes in a subway shooting, killing the shooter in front of a witness who happens to be a reporter.
Trying to maintain anonimity while the city is a buzz with news of the faceless subway "Savior" as he has been dubbed threatens to destroy Jack's carefully crafted lifestyle.
As Jack is dodging the subway reporter/witness he res
This book was a bit of a letdown. The story was somewhat bland for my tastes and it lacked the element of fun that I so loved about the last few novels of the series.

One of the reasons why I did not like this book is because I could see where it was heading and that destination was not to my liking. I hate futile situations. I hate zombies and although this book dealt with a virus the end result was the same. The infected individuals lost their mind and personality- everything that made them un
Jan 05, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
First review of the new year wooo!

Ok, this is the 5th Book in the Repairman Jack series of Novels by F Paul Wilson.

The Novel see's the return of Jack, Part Time Vigilante, full time Movie obsessive, though I did feel that Jacks comparison of films was missing somewhat in this Novel.

The main premise of the story is that Jack is shocked to be contacted by his sister for a fix it, when her girlfriend starts to behave strangely after an experimental treatment. Alongside this (because 1 problem is ne
Danielle Tremblay
Oct 17, 2012 Danielle Tremblay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
If you haven't read any of the Repairman Jack books, you don't know what you're missing. Buy them today! Start with The Tomb and work your way up Hosts, the latest installment in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson. It proves that you can't keep a good man down!

Of all the trains in the city, the gunman just had to pick the one that Jack was riding. Jack saves a trainload of passengers in the first few pages of the book, almost has his identity blown by an overzealous reporter and then ha
Mar 13, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Repairman Jack is contacted by his long-lost and estranged sister. Having become a lesbian, she fears her lover is changing personality after brains surgery and has joined a cult. The truth, of course, is much more macabre and supernatural: she’s been infected with a sentient group-mind virus known as the Unity, which wants to assimilate the whole human race. Meanwhile, Jack having blown away a subway spree killer, a cub reporter dogs his every move in an effort to unmask the mysterious “Savior. ...more
Deb W
May 20, 2014 Deb W rated it really liked it
Through the first third of this story I thought I was wasting my time with it and told myself that the author would probably be a better writer by now (the book was first published in 2001), but this one was a hackneyed plot made marginal only by the interesting characters. I also didn't care for the fact that the female protagonist was lesbian -- no, I have nothing against people's sexual orientations other than my own, I just didn't want to read about it.

Long story short, I read the whole boo
Another great addition to the Repairman Jack series. Every time I read another novel I remember why I love this series so much. The stories are simple and easy to read but nothing is left out. The action is amazing, the characterization is good and as always the plot leaves you on your toes.

In this novel we watch as Jack has to deal with numerous problems, not just with a case he is working on but also trying to negotiate peace with his sister. Then in comes some bad guys from his past who want
Jul 18, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it
Another great entry in the Repairman Jack series. My man-crush on Jack further intensfies.

Wilson does a great job of weaving together medical facts with supernatural lore. That was probably my favorite part of the book. I also loved the first direct reference in the series (that I picked up, at least) to Mr. Veilleur, a protagonist from the Adversary Cycle. The connections between the two series continues to deepen, which is fun to watch.

Hosts also has a nice dark cast to it, especially the en
This book was a real page-turner; I read it in one sitting, from 11 PM to 3 AM. Hosts, by F. Paul Wilson is part of the Repairman Jack series, starring a guy named Jack who is part vigilante and part detective. Jack’s sister calls him for help regarding a friend who has had a complete personality change after undergoing an experimental treatment for brain cancer.

Parts of this book seemed completely ripped off from an X-Files episode, but Wilson was able to keep things fairly interesting. I wonde
Jun 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is probably my favorite Repairman Jack so far. This book delved a little deeper into Jack's past with the introduction of his sister Kate. After her girlfriend is stricken with a creepy personality change after being treated for brain cancer, a mysterious Russian woman urges Kate to contact Jack, who unbeknownst to her is her brother. Like all of these books, it's pretty much a non-stop rollercoaster ride in which Jack is once again in the middle of a catastrophic event brought on by a supe ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
In this book you meet Jack's sister, who hires him because her friend has totally changed personalities and appears to be involved in a cult after an experimental medical method has cured her of brain cancer.

The man you met in Conspiracies as Sal Roma is behind this particular bit of Otherness, even though you don't see him in this book. The bits of virus used to target the cancer come from the Otherness and slowly take over the host. The parasites are a kind of hive mind that when they
Grant Howard
Jan 06, 2014 Grant Howard rated it really liked it
Presumably if you're looking at reviews of the fifth in the series, you're already a Repairman Jack fan. This entry won't disappoint. Jack has to deal with the threat of public recognition after stepping in to stop a subway shooting. Jack's family also get closer than he likes to keep them when he finds himself working a fix for one of them. His main adversary in this book comes from "The Otherness" finding a way to take over people's minds on a mass scale (don't think that's a spoiler, given th ...more
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5th in the Repairman Jack series ( at this stage I'm not reading the other books in the Adversary Cycle - too many and I'm not that motivated.) Jack intervenes in a subway mass shooting then skedaddles before anyone can identify him, but an ambitious junior reporter thinks finding him will make his career. Meanwhile a woman whose lover is showing bizarre personality changes after a revolutionary new brain tumour therapy, contacts Jack on the advice of a mysterious Russian lady with a white dog. ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
One of the best RJ novels so far, although a little slow towards the 3/4 mark. I'm also a little disappointed with the way Sandy Palmer's role resolved, as well as with the way Kate decided to deal with the Unity. It seemed a little unbelievable that she would have that type of knowledge (I'm willing to believe in a self-willed mutating virus but not in her ability to reconstruct a C4 bomb). I also tend to question Gia and Vicky's whereabouts in the novels: aren't they worried about and trying t ...more
Aug 24, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
The fifth Repairman Jack book is outstanding! It starts with a great double opening, first of a woman who is soon revealed to be Jack's sister who has been out of his life for fifteen years, and then Jack having to stop a madman on a train, which makes him the target of an eyewitness young aspiring reporter. The book takes more time with the characters than any book since The Tomb has, and the plot of a strange virus that is changing the personality of a woman close to Jack's sister is very good ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Betty410 rated it liked it
It is plain to see that the author is a physician in the details (imaginative as they are) he presents in explaining the infiltration and mutation of a virus in the brain. In spite of struggling with all that information I still got caught up in Jack's efforts of circumventing the cub reporter and meeting his grownup sister. As I wondered how the author would continue the series with these relationships that threaten to reveal his anonymity, I should not have worried. In the last "explosive" pag ...more
Nov 07, 2013 UtahJarhead rated it it was amazing
Excellent Repairman Jack novel! Tons of suspense and action! Mr. Wilson changes things up with his writing a bit and allows some of his characters to lose their battle. A real change-up since his client here is someone he's already familiar with.

There's a great theme underlying this book that hints on a dystopian future. The book is very creepy and for once, I felt like I could not predict a lot of what was going to happen. Wonderful story line with good attention to detail.
Tara Hall
Feb 09, 2013 Tara Hall rated it really liked it
Hosts was one of the Repairman Jack novels I had missed, when I initially started reading the series. I wasn't sure it was worth going back, but the tale was very interesting. What do you do when someone you love suddenly becomes someone else overnight, after major surgery? Sure science has an explanation...but what if it were something darker? This book really creeped me out...and made me glad I am not going under the knife anytime soon. Bravo again, F Paul Wilson!
Jan 27, 2016 Ethan rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy Hosts as much as the previous Repairman Jack novels, there were several parts that seemed a touch too sermonizing, even though they were ideas I agree with, the plot seemed a bit undercooked and it all wrapped up a bit to quickly and cleanly at the end. It was still an enjoyable read and I will continue with the series, hopefully this was just a low point in a quality series and not an indication of how the rest of the books are.
Jack is pulled into another confrontation with a subtle evil working to sow death and chaos. A number of people have been infected with a virus that changes their brains, making them minions of the Unity. The Unity kind of reminds me of the Borg on Star Trek.

Loved the subway scene and its aftermath, also the explosive Kozlowski brothers. The main plot involving the Unity and Jack's sister was a bit on the grim side.

Has a sympathetic treatment of lesbianism.
Aug 03, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
This was a rather subpar Repairman Jack book, mostly because Jack seemed entirely out of his element for the entire book. Jack fighting a hive mind virus? There didn't seem to be much for him to do for most of the 500 page novel, and this is despite his reunion with a long-lost sister and being spotted by an ambitious young tabloid reporter. The book just didn't gell right for me, and a somewhat bland villain didn't help much.
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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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Repairman Jack (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Tomb (Repairman Jack, #1; Adversary Cycle, #2; The Secret History of the World)
  • Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2)
  • Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3)
  • All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)
  • The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack, #6)
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