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Secret Histories (Young Repairman Jack #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  806 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Ever come across a situation that simply wasn’t right—where someone was getting the dirty end of the stick and you wished you could make things right but didn’t know how?Fourteen-year-old Jack knows how.Or rather he’s learning how.He’s discovering that he has a knack for fixing things.Not bikes or toys or appliances—situations….

It all starts when Jack and his best friends,
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Tor Teen (first published February 1st 2008)
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Aug 16, 2008 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Repairman Jack, YAs in search of creepy thrillers
I’ve been reading Repairman Jack books since I was in Junior High…like the character Jack is in this book. In fact, I started reading F Paul Wilson books IN 1983 which is the year in which this book is set (creeepy). If you are into slightly supernatural, mysterious adventure books & you haven’t read any Repairman Jack books (no matter whether you are a “young” adult or just act like one when no one’s looking) this is a series you ought to investigate. Wilson is a master at constructing cons ...more
As far as boys' adventure stories go, this one is top-notch. Adults will probably prefer something a little more sophisticated, but REPAIRKID JACK: SECRET HISTORIES is sneaky in the way it steadily engrosses you despite its obvious YA limitations and contrivances. F. Paul Wilson does a fantastic job of simplifying his writing style for young readers while still respecting their intelligence. My only real complaint is that the constant stream of references to '80s American culture becomes grating ...more
This is F. Paul Wilson's first young adult novel. This is also our introduction to the young Jack who will become the famous, or infamous, Repairman Jack. Part supernatural thriller, part mystery; Repairman Jack and the stories of the secret history of mankind form the structure of Nelson's epic. I was pleased to see that this YA novel would stand on its own and that it works terrifically as a teen mystery. The story also hints at the supernatural "secret histories" behind Wilson's novels and in ...more
If you like Repairman Jack, then you should like young Jack in The Secret Histories. The story flows well, and - depending on how much of the regular series you have read - you can pick out the 'foreshadowing' of things to come in Jack's future. The book also lets fans know that at one time Jack was just a normal kid with friends, a family, and a regular life.
While the book is written for a younger audience, I never felt like the story was dumbed down or silly. The characters and situations felt
A great, quick read that may or may not have you on the edge of your seat. My one issue with this book is that there are so many breaks from the mystery that are so long, it gets a little boring. Some breaks are good, and establish new characters, or have humor (pistachios), but these scenes are dragged out for too long and lost my attention. But other than that, it's a great mystery concept, with some really great characters. Oh, and it has a proper cliffhanger (if you could call it that),with ...more
Oct 17, 2008 Randy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
The first book of a trilogy that will show Jack as a boy and the things that made him what he is today.
As I was reading the first page of this one, I thought, "Wait...didn't I just read something with a character named Weezy?" I did just read a short story by the author and he returned to the setting for this book. Unfortunately, what I really liked about the short story--the mysterious Pineys--weren't really in the full-length book. Jack, the main character, was, but I really liked the idea of the vigilante justice of the backwoods inbreeds. :)

The mysterious Lodge in the New Jersey town is inter
David Bonesteel
Young Jack and his friends discover a dead body and some mysterious artifacts in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and soon they are enmeshed in a mystery concerning more murders and a secret society that may be older than anyone suspects.

This fast-paced novel has many pleasures but frustrations abound as well. As this slim YA novel neared its conclusion, it became increasingly apparent that the most intriguing plot threads were not going to be resolved until later in the trilogy--probably not until
Today's post is on 'Jack: Secret Histories' by F. Paul Wilson. It is 304 pages including a reading order for all his books at the end. It is published by TOR. The cover has two boys in silhouette with a bone arm out reached to them. It also has the opening line of the book on the cover which is 'They discovered the body on a rainy afternoon...'. The intended reader is young men but it is part of Wilson's Secret History of the World Series so anyone who likes/reads that will get something out of ...more
Great YA novel by F. Paul Wilson, who continues to impress me with his excellent mega-series called The Secret History of the World. If I could do it over, I would've saved this novel for later. Chronologically, it occurs before the Repairman Jack series, and Wilson seems to recommend this reading by timeline. However, when he mentions characters, it seems to be done with the implication that you're familiar with the rest of the series, and that these references are more to induce the reaction, ...more
David B
Young Jack and his friends discover a dead body and some mysterious artifacts in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and soon they are enmeshed in a mystery concerning more murders and a secret society that may be older than anyone suspects.

This fast-paced novel has many pleasures but frustrations abound as well. As this slim YA novel neared its conclusion, it became increasingly apparent that the most intriguing plot threads were not going to be resolved until later in the trilogy--probably not until
This was a well written and clean read. It was very easy to read and I breezed right through it. It the first in a trilogy of Young Adult stories about Jack - F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack charcater, but as a young boy. So I guess this is how it all started. And it started when Jack was a young teenager, and how he came across a dead body with a mysterious black box. Jack, and his friend "Weezy", a girl, suddenly become detective types trying to figure out why there was a dead body, and what's ...more
Tim Healy
There's nothing wrong with this book. It's fine. It's not quite what I was hoping for. Honestly, I read it only because I'm trying to read the "Secret History of the World" books.

This is a young adult novel. It deals with Jack as a teenager with all of the uncertainties that come with that. At least he's a realistic teen. He and his friends have real issues to go along with their teenaged angst. I appreciated the effort that it took to do this.

The story wasn't actually that bad. However, it stop
F Paul Wilson has decided to go back and give us the story of Repairman Jack as a teenager. Wilson can be a bit heavy on the references, though. For the first third of the book he couldn't let a page go by without blatantly trying to remind us that the story is set in 1983.

Which is also the biggest issue I have with the book. It takes place in Wilson's revised universe. So while the version of the Repairman Jack books I read in college feature him as being in his late 20s early 30s during the 80
Fast paced and action packed, Jack and his two friends discover a dead body in the woods, and then become involved in solving the mystery as other bodies begin to show up.

I guess this is supposed to be the background arc on Wilson's adult series, but it did not start well. I really felt like I should have been familiar with the characters before reading this, and by not knowing them, that I was missing something. Also although I get that the adult series is set in current times and therefore by
Allen Garvin
Jack as a teenager, while his mother is still alive, and he has his first encounter with the Otherness, in the form of a secret cult and a mysterious object dug in the pine barrens of New Jersey. Nicely told YA book, with his first fix-its, including getting even in a completely fair way with his jerk brother Tom who steals his shelled pistachios. The Others part of the story is well-done in an ominous, but never explicit way, like the best of the X-Files episodes. The endless references to the ...more
Vicki Jaeger
Aug 12, 2009 Vicki Jaeger rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Repairman Jack fans
Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
Since I don't know anything about the Repairman Jack series, I don't really have a base for this character. It was okay, kind of an X-files for young adults type story. I think the author is explaining a lot of skills/thought processes that come up for this character as an adult, so it might help give some back story to followers of Jack. The constant 80s references became annoying--like he made a list of all the pop culture blips of the era, and crammed as many into the book as possible. I woul ...more
Lisa Wallbaum
Plan on starting the adult series after reading this and also tracking down the YA sequels.
This is a fun young adult book. And it provides some insight into Jack's early life. I would recommend it to all Repairman Jack fans and to any young adult who may have an interest in conspiracy and semi mystery stories. The best thing about it is the appendix at the end of the book that explains most of the Repairman Jack series takes place in a three year period and that the end of hte word is upon us. Check it out. F Paul also claims there will be a total of something like 16 books in the ser ...more
Critter Reyome
Excellent prequel to the superlative Repairman Jack/Secret History of the World/Adversary Cycle (yes, there's that much to it!) series. This one is aimed mainly at teens/pre-teens, but don't let that dissuade you; like the Harry Potter books it's still very enjoyable for all ages, just creepy enough to be entertaining but not so much as to be disturbing. Gives background a completist will want before tackling the last two books of the Repairman Jack saga. A bit simplistic compared to the other t ...more
What a fun book.

A young Repairman Jack gets involved in a mystery that has a supernatural element. He and his friends Weezy and Eddie find a dead body and a mysterious black cube in the Pine Barrens near their town. An ancient secret society, somewhat like the Masons, has a lodge in town, and Jack keeps running into them.

I loved the "fixes" Jack puts on his older brother Tom, with the pistachio nuts and the bucket. I loved what he did when they were imprisoned in the police car.
A young adult book, and a good one.
I had a blast reading this. It takes place in 1983 or 84 and brought me right back to my childhood with all of the pop culture references. Even though it was written for a younger audience, there were PLENTY of references in there that only adults would understand. Having read the complete Repairman Jack series, it was also fun to see some of the characters earlier influences and the foreshadowing of certain events.
This was a fun book and I'm handing it over to my 15yr old son.

I loved the Advisory and Jack books. Secret Histories starts off a little hokie as Wilson goes out of his way to make sure you know that this is the 80s. There again, it's a reflection of Wilson's hokie sense of humour that sneaks it's way into the darkest of narratives.

I enjoyed the young Jack series, so will you, so will your kids.
This is the prequel to the Repairman Jack series starring a teen-age Jack. It's an interesting addition to the series because it reveals the 'dark forces' which were already in his life as a teen, but of which he is unaware as an adult. It's also a treat to see how the teen-age Jack begins to develop his propensity to 'fix' things. A good addition to the Repairman Jack series!
Karyn The Pirate
I really enjoyed this book! I have only just started on the Repairman Jack series and when I saw this was a prequel decided to start with it. I am glad I did because I enjoyed it a lot. I am reading the Keep and starting on The Tomb. I would recommend this to my anyone who enjoys young adult, conspiracy theory and just a good, fast read that keeps you on your toes.
Dan Shea
This was a really good read. I have read all of the Jack novels except for Ground Zero. This book was a nice backdrop for his life and ties in very nicely with the Repairman Jack books. Obviously, this book is meant for teens and Repairman Jack isn't.

However, the writing and story style fit perfectly with the adult books, so no worries there.
The beginning of how Jack becomes Jack! This was a pretty good read. I love Jack, so it was fun to see how he was as a teen and how he starts to become the Repairman. Also, it was nice to see him less angry and detached. Onto the next in the Secret Histories. I'm dying to get to the end of this series and back to the Repairman Jack that I know and love.
This is the author's first attempt at a book for young adult readers. He does a very good job. I read this before making it available to my class of high school students. I believe they will enjoy it. Dr. Wilson seems to belie Hardy Boy comparisons throughout the book, but this is a Hardy Boys type adventure for the 21st Century young adult.
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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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Young Repairman Jack (3 books)
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The Keep (Adversary Cycle, #1) The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) (Repairman Jack, #1) Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2) Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3) All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)

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