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Repairman Jack isn't your average appliance repairman--he fixes situations for people, often risking his own life. Jack has no last name, no social security number, works only for cash, and has no qualms when it comes to seeing that the job gets done.

Dr. Alicia Clayton, a pediatrician who treats children with AIDS, is full of secrets, and she has just inherited a house tha...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Forge Books (first published 1998)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Life really sucked sometimes.
But it didn't have to suck all the time. Sometimes things could be fixed.


Well, this one just read itself.

This is the second Repairman Jack novel. It’s a great book. If you’ve read The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) you may be entering this book with a certain expectation. Well, let me just come out and say that Legacies is every bit as good, but without the supernatural elements of its predecessor. No, the “weird” factor in Legacies is driven by pseudo science, and reads...more
Chloe
Oct 13, 2009 Chloe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chloe by: ScottK
F. Paul Wilson's Macguyver Redux is back in the second book in his Repairman Jack series. (Note: it took every ounce of my self control to resist typing "Jack's back" and linking it to a picture of Kevin Spacey's backside, and the only reason I finally didn't was because I couldn't find said picture.) It's been a few years since the adventures that took place in The Tomb, but things are near enough the same that I don't feel the need to flesh out the backstory too much. If all you know is that J...more
Stephen
Wow! Why did I wait so long to start reading this series. After reading The Tomb, I was hooked. Now that I have finished Legacies, I am ready for yet another dose!

In Legacies, we catch up with Jack several months after the events in The Tomb. He is once again going about his "urban mercenary" lifestyle of righting wrongs for a small fee. This time, however, we see the power of his moral compass. Jack is the "anonymous" super hero. He needs no credit, glory, or fame. His goal is to make a dent in...more
Nancy Oakes
#1 Repairman Jack series

This one was even better than The Tomb (the Repairman Jack book before this one). If you're a fan of F. Paul Wilson, OR if you want to read a book where the bad guys get their butts kicked in the end, you'll like this one. I can't help it...I'm absolutely drawn to this stuff.

F. Paul Wilson can tell a great story -- with all of the plot twists and turns, it's obvious that while this isn't a great piece of literature, this man has an incredibly good mind.

So here's a bit of...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I find myself enjoying these books. This is the second of the "Repairman Jack" books and while they are by no means "great literature" they are still "good reads".

This volume may be a little different from our first outing with Jack, not quite so "quick" in it's up take. Maybe it's a little more convoluted and we're apparently trying for a little more relevance (the tragedy of the children in the imaginary AIDs clinic is touching unless you have no heart). All in all still a good read.

There are...more
Michael Hall
I found this book near impossible to set down, always wanting to read just a little more. It's an easy read and has a breakneck pace full of adrenaline, action, and mystery. Rescuing stolen toys for sick children, solving the mystery of an inheritance that someone unknown is too willing to kill for, getting an immigrant worker his just reward, even potentially saving the world is all just part of Jack's special services -- and he gets the job done in memorable and breathtaking fashion! The lowli...more
Vickie
I know, I know...not your typical Christmas holiday read, but I like to opt of 'typical'. (C'mon, you knew that)


Jack is such an intriguingly diverse character to read. He's one of the best protagonists in the thriller world. He knows he should keep to himself, but loves the two women in his life, Gia and her daughter Vicky. He'd do anything for them and when Gia asks for Jack's help with what's going on at the Center for Children with AIDS where she volunteers, Jack doesn't hesitate.


Someone has...more
Jesse
I didn't find this, the long awaited second in the Repairman Jack series to be nearly as good as the first. Don't get me wrong, its intense and exciting at times, but it just didn't have the 'oomf!" I was expecting. Jack helps a troubled woman with a problem, and along the way he solves a couple smaller problems for other people. I guess I was kind of hoping for a cooler plot hook than I got, and possibly one that was less morally disgusting and depressing. Still, I didn't hate it. Its a good li...more
Robin
Jack, last name withheld, lives off the grid in New York City. He has no Social Security Number. He pays no income taxes. All his IDs are fake. As far as officialdom is concerned, he doesn't exist. And that's the way he likes it. "Repairman Jack," as he is professionally known, fixes problems for a living. When people come to his website looking for someone to fix their broken appliances, he ignores them. When they need help with a trickier problem, he chooses whether to get back to them or not....more
Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY: Repairman Jack isn’t your average appliance repairman—he fixes situations for people, often risking his own life. Jack has no last name, no social security number, works only for cash, and has no qualms when it comes to seeing that the job gets done.Dr. Alicia Clayton, a pediatrician who treats children with AIDS, is full of secrets. And she has just inherited a house that holds another. Haunted by painful memories, Alicia wants the house destroyed—but somehow everyone she enlists to he

...more
Lin
Another good one in the Repairman Jack series. This one was less paranormal, more mercenaries, spies, and intrigue. Good characters and plenty of action that kept the plot moving. Fun.
Richard
Fun, pulply read in this second Repairman Jack book. The book follows Jack through a few real world assignments, namely retrieving a stolen toy driven taken from a Children's Hospital and protecting the head nurse from her evil brothers schemes to scare her into selling him their father's house that was left to her in his will. No supernatural elements in this one, and the plotting isn't as dense as it was in the Tomb, but the story moves rather quickly and it's a fun ride; though I take issue w...more
Jo
I liked this a lot better than the first in the Repairman Jack series, The Tomb - this was more of a thriller than a horror story, and has much more action and less womanising, as well as a good strong female character, aside from Gia who stays in the background. Events follow a short time on from the first book, and I'm assuming this means that was also set in the late 90s, not the mid-80s - I can forgive this as it wasn't made explicit and doesn't matter for the purpose of the story. Alicia is...more
Коста  Сивов
"Завещанието" е втората книга от поредицата за "Майстор Джак" на американският писател Ф. Пол Уилсън. Издадена е на български през 2009 година от "Рива", преводач е Павел Куц, обем: 438 страници. Мога само да благодаря за това на издателството, защото за мен Уилсън е един от най-добрите съвременни писатели, който може да се нареди рамо до рамо до величия като Стивън Кинг, Дийн Кунц, Дан Симънс и Питър Строб. Не знам защо в България не му обръщат много внимание (като изключим няколкото му издаден...more
Rob
Wasn't sure what to expect, but I approach all books with an open mind. This one was dated, but the author wrote well for the technologies at the time. Keep in mind that even though we had the internet in the 90's, it wasn't until the latter part of the decade that it really started catching on with the masses, even later for it to become a household necessity as it is today. The setting of this book was before that era and little things like that can have a big impact on a book. Even so, the bo...more
Paul
Repairman Jack gets things done. He has a quiet fury in his eyes that makes bad guys quiver and beautiful women swoon. In this, the second novel of an ongoing series, Jack gets roped into volunteering for a gig involving a house, an oh so mysterious house. A woman inherits the home from her late father, but her unscrupulous half brother will stop at nothing to keep the house from her. The house holds a secret that nobody has been able to unlock, a secret that could change the world forever! Ok,...more
Ensiform
The second Repairman Jack novel; in this episode, Jack is hired by a pediatrician who works with HIV-positive children to investigate the secret of her father’s will. He has left his house to her, and her half-brother wants it, and bizarrely, he’s backed by a very wealthy mysterious group. And more bizarrely, she doesn’t want to sell the house or have anything to do with it. Of course, there are secrets within secrets, and soon Jack is crawling through air ducts, getting shot and being tailed by...more
Meredith
After reading the first Repairman Jack novel, I expected that the plots of the others would have a supernatural element. The secret in this is in the category of "speculative fiction", IMO.

There is a nice pacing of the various cases Jack is working on and are overlapping. The character development is nicely done. Jack is a complex man. How others experience him is also complex - at times trusting him, respecting him... and fearing him.

The motivations of one of the characters is tied to sexual...more
Bryce
One half of me really enjoyed this book. It's a popcorn read, but of a much higher caliber than someone like James Patterson or [insert name of other nearly identical crime thriller author]. Wilson is a good writer and spends the time to develop Repairman Jack into an interesting, distinct character. The plot is lively enough to keep the pages turning and once and awhile there's an honest-to-goodness surprise.

But the other half of me has an eyebrow raised at all the implausible goings on in thi...more
David Agranoff

I really enjoyed The Tomb, but it was this book the second in the series that sold completely on reading the entire saga. As strong as the Tomb was Legacies is a much stronger book and really defines Jack as a character in deeper way. There is good reason for that, it was the first novel that was intended to be a repairman Jack novel, and it was a good decade and half since Wilson created the character.

If you trust my opinion consider that I am finding it hard to review this book without a wee b...more
Robert Beveridge
F. Paul Wilson, Legacies (Tor, 1998)

Wilson brings back one of his hardcore fans' favorite characters, Repairman Jack, and weaves three of Jack's jobs into a tightly-wound tale of family manipulation and, as always, saving the world one step at a time.

This time, Jack is employed by longtime on-again-off-again girlfriend Gia to recover a roomful of toys stolen from a children's AIDS crisis center, which leads him into the employ of the head of the center. She just inherited a house, and she wants...more
Richard
This book is the 2nd book in the Repairman Jack series of novels and ill start off by saying this book caught me very much off guard, after the first in the series which quite certainly wandered the realms of the Urban Fantasy I expected much the same fare from the 2nd book in the series, but what I got was more like an Action Fiction piece similar to the vein of Andy McDermott's Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase novels.

However, I did very much enjoy this book and at the same time felt very challenged...more
Kelli Lee
I definitely was not a fan of this Repairman Jack novel. I felt that the plot in Legacies, was r-e-a-l-l-y boring. Where were the demons and the magic and the centaurs etc? I’m just kidding about the centaurs, but seriously, how does one go from The Tomb with demon keepers who never age to a book that read like your basic formulaic spy/mystery novel? I must admit, I went into this book having read numerous warnings alerting readers to the fact that this is the only Repairman Jack novel sans sup...more
Richard
I don't know if the author has HIV or knows someone close to them who contracted it around the time he started writing the book but he really didn't hold back about it to the detriment of the book.

The first quarter of the book is just him on a soapbox preaching about the evils of HIV and the suffering of the children in the clinic. He lets up on it for a while but every now and then he will bring it back up with a long passage about how awful it all is completely out of nowhere.

Now I'm all for t...more
Nick
Alicia Clayton, a doctor who suffered a very traumatic youth, returns to New York City to run a center for Children born with HIV. Her father passes away and leaves Alicia with everything, including a very cryptic will that alludes to secrets within her childhood home. Alicia wants nothing to do with her father or any of his possessions, but something was left behind and millions of dollars are being offered to her to sell the property. What lies in these haunted walls that a Saudi Arabian will...more
Jadewik
Feb 17, 2009 Jadewik rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Repairman Jack Fans-- old and new
Recommended to Jadewik by: Brad Smith
I really enjoyed this book more than "The Tomb". I've been informed that this is one of the only Repairman Jack novels that doesn't involve something supernatural. If you didn't like that sudden supernatural aspect of "The Tomb" and you still want to give Repairman Jack (RJ) a try, I highly recommend the short stories or this book as a starting point; though, in "Legacies" there will be a few references to The Tomb that you may not get even though the author tries to fill you in.

This book doesn'...more
Dennis Fischman
I read this on the recommendation of Ron Rothenberg. It's a little bit like a Carl Hiassen book set in Manhattan instead of the Everglades: antisocial hero who is attractive to women but can't quite bring himself to act like a mensch and settle down, plus a McGuffin, a chase scene, and more dead bodies than you can throw a shovel at. This one has its serious side--(view spoiler)--but it's still basically a...more
Carey Gibbons
I lid this book, but if the otherworldy, apocalyptic stuff doesn't start happening, I might get bored. Except maybe I won't, because I really like Jack as a character. I like him so much that I'm thinking of forsaking my next book club book to continue the series uninterrupted.

This second book in the series starts off with Jack being hired to recover Christmas toys stolen from a children's AIDS hospital. He does this, and also kicks the guy's ass, dressed like Santa the whole time. I like Jack'...more
Sluncheva
"понякога животът беше наистина гаден.
но не трябваше да е така през цялото време. понякога нещата можеха да бъдат оправени."
определено една от най-добрите книги, които съм чела от много време насам. не можах да оставя книгата, преди да я прочета. на един дъх. толкова увлекателна и майсторски написана. история за зловеща тайна; история за човек, правещ се на Просто Джак, без ЕГН или социална осигуровка. привидно само майстор, а е повече.
когато затворих книгата, сякаш нещо се изтръгна от сърцето...more
Timothy
Repairman Jack is back. After a 14 year hiatus, the series continues with its sophomore title. "Legacies", in my opinion, is a more tightly paced book, compared to "The Tomb" as the focus is on the here and now, with no flashbacks. There is also a certain lack of the supernatural (which abounded in the prequel) which should make some readers less skeptical about the story this time.

Although this book is fun in general, with Jack's usual flair for action (or reaction) and tricks, people intereste...more
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