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Gateways (Repairman Jack #7)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  2,713 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Following last year's successful The Haunted Air, F. Paul Wilson returns with another riveting episode in the saga of Repairman Jack, the secretive, ingenious, and heroic champion of those whose problems no one else can solve. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventu ...more
Mass Market Paperback, First Mass Market Edition, 437 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by TOR Books (first published 2003)
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Mar 03, 2008 NumberLord rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Another great Repairman Jack novel. Not only do we have a decent story, but we find out just a little more about Jack and the Otherness. And we even get a guest appearance by Rasalom!
Apr 27, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Repairman Jack fans
Another great addition to the Repairman Jack series. Mr Wilson does a great job keeping this series fresh. This time Jack is out of his element as he leaves his familiar New York turf and winds up in the Florida Everglades. Populated with lots of interesting characters, including Jack's father, the story doesn't revolve around one of Jack's fix-its but instead digs a little deeper into Jack's background and examines and expands upon his relationship with his father. Never fear though, there is s ...more
Nov 03, 2009 Clint rated it really liked it
Repairman Jack goes to see is dad in Florida, and I got vibes that the book was haunted by Carl Hiaasen. From the time he lands in Miami right up until we meet the gardener I had this odd feeling. but when the gardner has a weed whacker coming out of his shirt sleeve, I laughed out loud, startling everyone, at the influences. I like all of Hiaasen's books, and found numerous homage to him in the story, all tickled me just a little bit, like an inside joke.
I liked the story, Jack was good, beginn
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 18, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Some of my friends who see this on my "update" will realize that I started this last night after I finished the "Repairman Jack" book that preceded it. The Haunted Air. That one I gave 5 stars...this one gets 4. I'll say why a little later, but suffice it to say that it's still and excellent book and I've already gone to my shelves and pulled the next volume in the series down. They've been waiting there to be read a long time and I've become involved of late. The books seem to me to star out pr ...more
May 02, 2010 Tom rated it really liked it
I was a little worried about this one. Though I generally enjoy Repairman Jack's adventures, the last time Jack helped his family the book in question was the sub-par Hosts, where Jack was little better than a bystander in his own novel. Fortunately, even with the fish-out-of-water elements of Jack in Southern Florida, he does well, and Wilson builds more on what there already is in the form of Jack's father, finally given part of a name ("Tom"). Worth the trip for Jack's fans.
When Jack learns his father is in a coma, he flies to Florida and is immersed in a whirlwind of conspiracy surrounding the accident that put his dad in a coma.

Another Repairman Jack success story. I really love this character. This isn't my favorite book in the series. Like the other books in the series, it flows smooth and fast and really keeps the reader interested throughout. You don't learn so much about Jack in this book; however, you do learn a lot about his father.

The one thing that I fou
Apr 08, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it
The first of the Jack books that really introduces us to his father, Gagteways has been one of my favorite of F. Paul Wilson's thus far.

Jack is taken out of his element on a trip to Florida after he finds out his father is in the hospital. Anya, the neighbor of Jack's father, and her chihuahua, Irv, add a wonderful and often humorous counterpoint to what could have been a downer of a novel.
Mar 26, 2011 Betty410 rated it liked it
I've had a breather from Jack but tried again. This story still has some outlandish with the Other but it is toned down considerably.
Jack has to go to Florida because his Dad has been in an accident and is in a coma. As usual in these yarns, something strange is going on. This is a nice read because Jack and his Dad actually get acquainted and involved together in the adventure. Even some of the "creepies" have interesting qualities.
It was fun if you don't mind a bit of the outlandish.
Nov 04, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. If you are a fan of the Repairman Jack series, you will really like this one. Jack and his father reconnect, and "The Otherness" is a big part of this book. Sal Roma shows up, and you learn his real name. Jack meets another "woman with a dog" .. only this time you actually learn something. If this review doesn't make sense...then drive to your nearest book store, and start with the "The Tomb", it is the first book in the Repairman Jack series.
Sep 18, 2011 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, horror
Jack's father is in a coma, the victim of a hit and run accident in Florida, and Jack goes down to investigate. He meets his father's neighbor, Anya, who tells Jack there is more to his father than he knows, which proves to be true. Meanwhile some mutants in the Everglades, both human and non-human, become involved in Jack's continuing battle against the dark.
Dec 28, 2011 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, apocalyptic
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Mar 14, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Jack gets a call from his brother (a judge, who seems distracted by something, a plot point which remains unexplored: I smell foreshadowing of the next volume!) to say their father is in a coma as the result of a hit-and-run. Jack flies to Florida and encounters a feisty old lady, Anya Mundy (Mother Nature?) who’s been tasking care of his father. After an initial period of dullness, the penny drops and Jack realizes that she is or represents some sort of magical force. Pitted against her are a b ...more
Carey Gibbons
May 25, 2012 Carey Gibbons rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I think this is my favorite RJ book so far, but Conspiracies and The Haunted Air come really close. Wilson does a great job telling another RJ tale, but adds the element of family as Jack gets to know that his father isn't the man he assumed he was. I like that Jack is out of his element here, having traveled to Florida to care for his comatose dad after a nasty hit and run accident. We also meet Jack's dad's neighbor Anya (of the beef jerky complexion and Long Island accent) and her chihuahua O ...more
Jul 09, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
F. Paul Wilson, according to his bio, is a practicing physician. But he must spend the bulk of the rest of his time thinking up crazy stories for his novels. His mind appears to be quite prolific in that regard. Repairman Jack is back in "Gateways" and it is a really fun story, this time with Dad in on the action.

The book begins with Jack learning that his father has been in an accident and is now in a coma down in Florida. Jack leaves town for Novaton, Florida and is soon embroiled in another
Jul 02, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Jacks dad is in a coma down in Florida, and his brother Tom can't get away from his legal issues to go down there. So Jack heads down, and of course there's no more coincidences in his life, so what's the Otherness catch here? (Of course Jack doesn't see it at first) But then he finds a lady with a dog lives next door to his dad, and of course he's ran into a few of those lately, so what's the catch here?

I especially like in this book meeting Jacks dad, and discovering with Jack that there is mo
David Agranoff
This is the seventh Repairman Jack novel, and it follows The Haunted Air which to me was the strongest entry in the series since the second book Legacies. They are all entertaining novels, and this one manages to keep the high level of horror and suspense while still building the greater story that spans two separate series and almost two dozen novels.

In this novel Jack is taken out of his comfort zone of New York City and the region. The city, Long Island and New jersey are almost like characte
Taylor Hansen
Sep 28, 2014 Taylor Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, urban-para
Another entertaining entry into the series. Once again I liked that this one featured a new setting and theme which keep the books really interesting and provide insight into various cultural, religious, spiritual, and paranormal themes. You also get continually more of the "Otherness" through the books which provide a nice continual thread which grows more and more engaging. We also learn more about Jack and his fathers relationship in this book, and which finally progresses. There's a great an ...more
Oct 27, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The seventh book of the Repairman Jack series is pivotal in many ways. Jack and the reader learn more about his dad, who in turn learns more about Jack. More is learned about the lady with a dog character that shows up in many ways. Also, for fans of the Secret History of the World books beyond the RJ series, the major villain is once again revealed by his true name, and Jack finally glimpses his terrifying power. With the Everglades setting, this could be an exceptionally good entry with only t ...more
Tim Hicks
Sep 01, 2013 Tim Hicks rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Maybe I shouldn't have made this my first Repairman Jack book, but meh.
Just not that compelling. I've read several books before - Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaassen come to mind - that do the same setup of driving out to the Everglades, boating in deeper, meeting Something Mysterious. Didn't feel anything new in this one.

There are some good characters here. Soon as Carl was introduced I knew it wasn't going to end well for him. Anya was OK.

But most of all, Jack just didn't engage my interest. Th
Nothing else will be coincidence for Jack. This time Jack finds himself flying to his estranged fathers side in Florida after a mysterious hit and run leaves Jack's dad in a coma. Jack encounters Anya his fathers neighbour, another strange old lady with a dog and insights into the "Otherness". Along the way Jack encounters a strange group of deformed backwater glades men, and their defacto leader Semelee.

As Jack tries to discover the reason for the hit and run accident more clues concerning the
Jan 04, 2014 K rated it really liked it
Jack tells his family he is a repairman--perhaps he should say "fix-it" man.
He is called to look in on his father, in a coma, and get pulled into a fight of the otherness--again.
It took a while to figure out exactly what was going on, kept me reading, wanting to know.
I liked that we as readers get to meet and know his family more in this book.
I have read other Jack books, not realizing the pattern/overall story happening since they are usually so far apart. I am intrigued and will try to read so
Grant Howard
Aug 04, 2014 Grant Howard rated it really liked it
This installment gives us a lot more in the war between The Ally and The Otherness that Jack has become involved in. Another mysterious old lady with a dog makes an appearance as in "Hosts" and "The Haunted Air" but this time she's a main character and Jack finally gets to ask some questions. It's also confirmed for anagram fans that Sal Roma is Rasalom of Wilson's parallel "Adversary" series. We get to learn a lot about Jack's father (as he learns a lot about Jack!) and we get a glimpse of his ...more
The Cats Mother
7th in the Repairman Jack series: these books sort of stand alone but are better read as a series. Here Jack travels to Florida when his estranged father is involved in an MVA under mysterious circumstances. With his father in a coma, Jack befriends a stance old woman living in the same retirement community on the edge of he Everglades, and encounters a group of mutated young people led by a woman who can control swamp animals. Everything is of course connected to The Otherness. I didn't enjoy t ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Todd rated it it was amazing
4, maybe 4.5 stars, but I'm giving it 5 because I LOVE JACK'S DAD and I'm so glad they finally resolved (at least many of) the things standing between them. Plus the chew wasps are nifty little beasties. Also, nothing against Gia per se, but sometimes it seems as if her only role in a book is to eat up some pages with stuff that really doesn't advance the story along at all. With Jack out of town, that wasn't an issue in this book, and the action just zipped right along.
Aug 25, 2015 Tiina rated it really liked it
It was an entertaining read. Not one of my favourites in the series, but certainly worth reading.

I liked that Jack got reacquainted with his father and found out that they are not so different after all. I enjoyed the overall story line. Anya and her crazy Chihuahua were a great addition to the character-pool. It was also refreshing to be taken out of the urban setting and dropped in the Everglades and the fascinating environment there. And I was relieved that we didn’t have Gia in this book. Sh
Oct 20, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
4.5 Stars

The Repairman Jack series continues to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Wilson has created a hero in Jack that is simply awesome. The series is mostly action and thriller with a tiny albeit major supernatural line at it's heart. Gateways is a fun edition to the series as we get some well needed father and son bonding. The Everglades make for an awesome setting for Jack and his Dad. Gateways leans heavier on the supernatural side than most of the other books. The Otherness is fro
Jan 17, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun edition to one of my favorite series of all time. Jack is taken out of his comfort zone and heads to Florida (very reluctantly) to care for his comatose father. Of course there being no more coincidences in Jack's life, it soon becomes clear that a series of sinister and otherworldly events took place in order to get Jack to fly south. Just getting on a plane for this guy is such an ordeal.

Wilson captured quite well I think the weirdness that is Florida. Wrought with terrib
Jack, the "repairman", who lives under the radar and attacks jobs that people need done outside of official channels, has to go down to Florida, as his father is the victim of a hit and run accident and is in a coma.
The "Otherness", or evil that Jack has come up against in other books, is involved and Jack has to investigate what's going on and come up with a solution to the problem, originating in the Everglades.
The examination of Jack's relationship with his father is examined and they both d
Michael T Bradley
May 01, 2016 Michael T Bradley rated it liked it
Like nearly every Repairman Jack novel, I found myself thinking for the first half, 'This is probably going to be my last RJ novel because holy hell is this slow.' Then, somewhere around the midpoint, everything just ... kicks in ... and Wilson guides you through the end with deliberate masturfulness. We get to see some of Jack's father here, and you find out where Jack gets some of his personality from. The mythology gets fleshed out an eensy bit more.

The biggest detractor is there's a lot of P
Jun 26, 2016 Trever rated it really liked it
As good as all the other Repairman Jack books, which is high praise indeed. This one's a change of scenery from the usual cityscape, though, as Jack travels to Florida to visit his father in his retirement community, after his dad is nearly killed in an accident. Of course, this being a Repairman Jack book, the situation is a lot more complicated than that, and soon Jack is contending with a mutant swamp clan, monsters, witches, retirement swindles, and some very unexpected revelations about his ...more
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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 (Adversary Cycle, #2) (Repairman Jack, #1)
  • Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2)
  • Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3)
  • All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)
  • Hosts (Repairman Jack, #5)
  • The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack, #6)
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