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Legacies (Repairman Jack #2)

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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 436 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
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Jason
Apr 09, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
5 Stars

Legacies by F Paul Wilson is an amazing sequel to the Repairman Jack series and is the rare case where the sequel is better than the original. This action packed mystery is something unique. It is Wilson's writing style that makes this read and this series stand out. He does not give overloads of details. Nor does he fill the pages with long winded conversations. He really is not big into world building either. All of this makes you think what could make Legacies good then? Wilson pens c
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Chloe
Oct 13, 2009 Chloe rated it liked it
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
Aug 24, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing
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
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Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
#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
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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
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Lin
Aug 14, 2012 Lin rated it really liked it
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.
Michael Hall
Apr 16, 2012 Michael Hall rated it really liked it
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
Dec 24, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Heidi Gonzalez
May 12, 2015 Heidi Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd repairman Jack novel I've listened to with a different narrator. At first I wasn't sure I liked this narrator but he soon grew on me and I really started to like his interpretation of the characters.

In this book Jack's humanity shines through. His girlfriend Gia introduces him to a house that helps children with AIDS and he finds his aversion to AIDS and those with it dwindling as he gets to know the children. He also meets Dr. Alicia Clayton and winds up helping her with a probl
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Mike Kazmierczak
Jan 02, 2015 Mike Kazmierczak rated it really liked it
Wilson is pretty consistent with the quality of his writing and how interesting his stories tend to be. Even when I find the characters not as interesting, the story itself is pretty darn good. In this case though, there is not any worries about that. The characters and story are quite exciting.

The story is about Repairman Jack; rather than appliances though, Jack fixes ugly situations with a unique twist on personal justice. For example, he'll help con someone who is taking advantage of migrant
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Robin
May 30, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
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
Barbara Stankey
Mar 09, 2015 Barbara Stankey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I must tell you it was excellent. Repairman Jack is a very interesting character, and I can see why there are so many books based on him.

It leaves so many unanswered questions. Who is Repairman Jack? He does not exist on any system. So he is very careful not to get caught by the police or FBI. Does he come out of retirement because the love of his life and her daughter gets murdered, or does he just get bored and takes on more cases. S
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Cathy Jung
Sep 22, 2014 Cathy Jung rated it really liked it
This book was great. I really like the Repairman Jack character.
William Bentrim
Jan 07, 2015 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing
Legacies by F. Paul Wilson

I just read the prequels to the Repairman Jack series in December. I am now trying acquire them and read the ensuing series in order. This Jack is more mature and more decisive than the Jack in the prequels. This story encompasses world economics and the onset of Aids.

Jack violates a couple of his earlier rules in this book. He gets attached to both a client and a single mom in this book. Jack's normal reaction to bad folks is aptly illustrated in this book. It seemed
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Nancy
Jun 23, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
I'm a late comer to the Repairman Jack series, although I've read other of Wilson's works before. I came to the series through the recently written prequels to the series, only recently diving into the original. Legacies is, for me, a much more enjoyable book than The Tomb, the first Repairman Jack novel. I certainly enjoyed the character of Repairman Jack in the first book, but in this one he seems even more of a stand-up guy and hero than in before. This may be, in part, to the fact that a lar ...more
Charles Van Buren
Introduced me to a rather harrowing type of hacking

As one would expect of a book by F. Paul Wilson, this novel is well written. The subplot, the evils of child abuse, may disturb some readers. The plot is logical, the characters well developed and the action exciting and realistic if you can believe in Repairman Jack. Jack's choice of a 9mm Tokarev as one of his pistols is a little odd. It would not be my first or even second or third choice.
Even though this is the second book in the series, it
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Randy
Jan 11, 2016 Randy rated it liked it
There are no mythical monsters in Legacies. There are no magical necklaces and/or chants in the second installment of the Repairman Jack series however that doesn't stop the Repairman from righting wrongs of the world. This time Jack is in the middle of two rival countries' quest for a new energy source. One nation wants to make the new energy source disappear while the other wants to bring it to fruition. Not only does Jack battle the two competing nations, he finds himself in the middle of a " ...more
Richard
Mar 15, 2014 Richard rated it liked it
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
George The Girl
Dec 16, 2015 George The Girl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, own
This is the book that really helped me fall even more into Jack's world. His relationship with his girlfriend has fallen into a slightly more comfortable zone. Gia is still not a fan of his line of work, being understandably uncomfortable with what it could mean for a woman with a young daughter connected with him, but she is at least sure of her feelings for Jack, and sure that he would never harm them, and would do anything to keep them safe. She volunteers at a children's hospital where they ...more
Cracoucax
I find this one to be the less interesting RJ book so far (I'm starting #6.) In fact I dropped the series after this book, only got back to it because everyone was saying it was a required reading before Nightworld and I'm really loving the Adversary cycle. I'm very happy i did.

In retrospect it's not a bad book but i found the story underwelming compared to other book in the series. No hint of horror or fantastic here. I guess Wilson didn't merge the two series yet and didn't really know what to
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The Cats Mother
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
Mar 16, 2014 Коста Сивов rated it it was amazing
"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
Nov 05, 2012 Rob rated it liked it
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
Aug 05, 2009 Paul rated it liked it
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
Mar 13, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
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Bryce
Jan 09, 2011 Bryce rated it liked it
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
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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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Repairman Jack (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) (Repairman Jack, #1)
  • Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3)
  • All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)
  • Hosts (Repairman Jack, #5)
  • The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack, #6)
  • Gateways (Repairman Jack, #7)
  • Crisscross (Repairman Jack, #8)
  • Infernal (Repairman Jack, #9)
  • Harbingers (Repairman Jack, #10)
  • Bloodline (Repairman Jack, #11)

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