Ground Zero: A Repairman Jack Novel
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Ground Zero: A Repairman Jack Novel (Repairman Jack #13)

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On September 11, 2001, a man drifts in a boat off lower Manhattan as the towers burn. He removes a small box from his pocket and presses a button. As he waits for the south tower to collapse, he thinks: The vast majority will blame the collapse on the crazy Arabs who hijacked the planes and the Islamic extremists who funded them—the obvious choice. A few will notice incons...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by Tor Books (first published June 1st 2009)
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In this, the thirteenth and “pen-penultimate” Repairman Jack novel, Jack takes on the cause of Weezy, a childhood friend (a character introduced in one of Wilson’s teen Jack books for young adults) and an eccentric genius with a photographic memory, who has pieced together the brief hints about the true forces behind the 9/11 terrorists (the Adversary needed the towers to fall so one of their pillars of power could be planted). This disturbs the powers forking for the One, who move to silence he...more
Be warned...Ground Zero isn't really a Repairman Jack novel, it's an Adversary Cycle book in Jack's clothes.

Wilson uses Ground Zero to start gathering up all the scattered disparate plot threads of his many stories and draw them together in preparation for the big end-of-the-world finish (Nightworld, already published 1992ish.)

Ground Zero is serviceable if you're following Wilson's great big overarching Secret History of the World chronicle, but it's sorely lacking in clever Repairman Jack reven...more
Benjamin Thomas
We're fast approaching the end now...the end of the Repairman Jack series (at least the main line, not counting prequels, YA titles, etc.) But also the end of the world as we know it. There are two novels left after this one and it all promises to be a doozy of a ride.

This is not a stand-alone novel. Not really. Early Repairman Jack novels could be read and enjoyed by themselves, and were much more mystery/detective stories with supernatural sorts of elements that usually left you scratching you...more
Brian Palmer
This is actually the first book in the Repairman Jack series that I've read, so I have to disagree with many other reviewers that new readers would be completely lost. This is a somewhat supernatural thriller with much more emphasis on the 'thriller' part than the supernatural. Although there are elements that clearly were fleshed out in greater detail elsewhere, all the important details were explained.

On the other hand, if I didn't know that the series was leading up to a finale, I would have...more
What if the 9/11 attacks were not purely an act of terror against the US but rather part of an elaborate operation to gain access to an unspeakable evil buried beneath the foundation of the World Trade Center? This concept is the driving force behind the 13th book of F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack series in which Jack must unravel these subterranean secrets to save those he loves most.

I was not sure if I was ready for this particular very real factual event to be blended with a work of fiction,...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well what can I say? ****(I will be assuming you have read the 12 books that precede this one)**** First I join another reviewer of one of Mr. Wilson's other series in saying, "yes we get it...there's no God. There's "something else" out there that's basically indifferent to "us" and then an "otherness" that is openly hostile to us and wants to make our world over into a "hellish place" (though using the word "hellish" might be cheating, you think? Oh well).

That is basically one of the main plot...more
"Ground Zero" is the 13th book in F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series, and as such is not a very good spot for someone to begin the series. For longtime readers, any Repairman Jack book is good, but it seemed like, at the end, nothing really happened.

In this volume, Jack takes on the cause of a childhood friend who is trying to nudge 9/11 conspiracy theorists into looking deeper into who was behind the World Trade Center attack, and why. Of course, Jack discovers it was part of another of the...more
At the beginning of "Ground Zero", F. Paul Wilson states that it is a "river novel" with no distinct beginning or ending, rather flowing from and into the books on either side of it in the Repairman Jack series. That is correct. If you plan on reading this as your first "Jack" novel, you will be hopelessly lost. On the other hand, if you have been dutifully following the series, series you will be, uh, less lost.

"Ground Zero" begins with the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. This is a bold...more
Ground Zero is the 12th installment in the Repairman Jack series about Jack, an "off the grid" Repairman who fixes situations not appliances. With his friend Abe supplying him an arsenal of weapons, Jack looks after those who need help. Pragmatic Jack also runs across some increasing unusual situations and begins to believe in the paranormal. As the series progresses, Jack experiences more and more unusual situations and learns more of the "secret history" of the world, which revolves around a b...more
David Agranoff
Ground Zero by F.Paul Wilson
A repairman jack novel
355 pages

The scale and vast scope of Stephen King's Dark Tower series is well noted. While career spanning mythos are common in the fantasy novels (IE authors like George RR Martin/ Robert Jordan) it is not very common in horror fiction. King is known for horror fiction and many of his strictly horror fiction tales( the mist and Salem's Lot connect to the Dark Tower) but that series is also fantasy. F.Paul wilson has created a career spanning...more

This was a page turner. I think having read the YA Jack books prior to reading Ground Zero enhanced my reading experience. Having done so, I was already emotionally invested in the character Weezy before starting this read and had a better understanding of her. I felt her excitement as she finally got answers to her life long quest for answers regarding the secret history of the world. I'm also happy to finally get answers to questions of my own since starting this series...and there ar...more
Overall I've enjoyed Jack up until this point. I’ve had my qualms about libertarian philosophy being sneaked into the books (Jack not paying taxes and living free from society while enjoying all the advantages of this society) and I've looked past the the rampant intellectual dishonesty of "An armed society is a peaceful society" were we never have an honest counter to Abe’s ideology even a “how do we stop bad guys getting guns?” or “What about innocents killed by people shooting at bad guys?”.

William Crosby
I enjoy the Repairman Jack books. And I think Wilson is a good storyteller.

However, for those who liked Repairman Jack for being the advocate for the underdog and doing his clever "fixes" you should be aware that Wilson lately has been more focussed on his Adversary storyline and less on the Repairman part. Fortunately, I like the supernatural storyline also. This one does introduce a bizarre reason why the NY WTC towers were knocked down.
Andrea Yargeau
I'm glad I picked this up right after finishing By the Sword, because it picks up right where that one left off with little preface to refresh your memory if you have waited in between books.
Now that I have finished it, I can say it read very quickly. Introducing some new characters, such as "Weezy" Louise Connell Myeres, whom Jack knew as a teen, helps tie in even more of the "Secret Histories of the World." Again, as with "By the Sword" I feel I can't give this five stars only because it needs...more
Jeff J.
Lucky #13 in the Repairman Jack series answers a lot of questions about the Adversary and The Secret History of the World, which serves to propel the series forward much faster than the previous books in the series. Because of this I'll forgive the fact that much of the novel is devoted to exposition rather than action.
I wanted to like this more. I've been a fan of Repairman Jack since his first story. But the problem is... Well, 15 books in or whatever it is these days, the story is getting really repetitive. Jack tries to help someone. Most of the time he fails (which makes one wonder how he keeps getting clients). Even the ones he DOES help are outraged that he shoots bad guys in the back of the head. The virtually omnipotent bad guy prefers to keep Jack alive to suffer, instead of doing the smart thing and...more
While I was a bit engrossed in the next Jack Repairman novel, I found it to be a bit breezy and so-so. I really liked the earlier novels for they really showed how his character progressed from being a simple bad assed dude in New York to the One as in Matrix, not as the bad guy, the One. This novel was a bit rushed and a little careless in terms of sentences, like Jack trained from this station to this. I got a bit confused and irritated because I thought Jack trained in this station when the a...more
I love the Repairman Jack series. But as it comes to an end, I find it harder to enjoy them. Wilson writes them as if you are up to date with the series, and for me, it had been a year since I read the last one-so I was a little lost, trying to remember the events of the last novel.
And as someone else posted, he talks about events in the young adult series, which I doo not plan to read.
I almost put this down, not finished. But I kept going, and I did enjoy it, though it's not as action packed a...more
No, this isn’t a book about the events of 9/11/01. It’s a Repairman Jack novel. The series is now no longer one of the individual adventures of the hero slowly building up to the events of the final book of the Adversary Cycle. Rather, this chapter is a full-force development of the story of Jack’s personal journey toward becoming the “Defender”… the main representative of good in the fictional world’s approach toward the coming of the “Otherness”. A good read, but in some ways seems to largely...more
Awesome continuation of the series. You absolutely have to have read some of the other series in order to follow along what goes along in this book.

Jack ends up getting a message that his old friend Weezy from his childhood is in trouble. Once Jack gets involved of course chaos erupts. Of course, The Otherness is "cooking" up something hot and un-tasty in order to knock a whole in The Ally's Plan. Will the world and it's innocent inhabitants be left in the rubble?

As Weezy and Jack race to unde...more
Finally! This book has taken me forever to read. I love Repairman Jack and usually I can't wait to read the next book.

Ground Zero was just so hard for me to read. Maybe my reading tastes have changed but I think it's the series. I liked it better when it was supernatural but now he's getting more into the Otherness and I'm just not enjoying it as much.

I'll still read the rest of the series because I've read all of them so far but I wish they were more like his earlier books. I've given it only...more
As the saga of Jack winds to a close with the end of the world as we know it, we find Jack reunited with his past. Keeping an eye on a dangerous new cult Jack gets a call from an old friend, his sister, another old friend has gone missing. This story has a few problems only because the last few books in the series have tied together, and if you're not caught up you may not know what's going on. It's a fun story with excitement and thrills and a little detective work. There's a bit of conspiracy...more
To be fair, this probably warrants 3.5 stars. I took a 5 1/2 month break from the Repairman Jack series, and had a little trouble remembering all of the code names for the good guys and the bad guys. A childhood friend of Jack's (Weezy) is kidnapped, and her brother contacts Jack based on a note she left based on a premonition. She is a 9-11 conspiracy nut, who it turns out is correct: the Twin Towers were attacked by terrorists, but knocked down by the Others to help get to a sentient being nam...more
I tried to read it slowly, absorb all the details, but I buzzed right through it like usually. Ground Zero starts with September 11, 2001 and suggest an alternative reason for the terrorism that occurred on that day. Jack's childhood friend has now begun to piece the puzzle together and Jack becomes involved in her misfortunes and the craziness of the internet 9/11 Truth Movement. Now what really upsets me is F. Paul Wilson is ending the series at book 15. This was book 13. Hand me the Kleenex.
The conspiracy websites are full of theories on who was really responsible for 9-11. On the right track, they're just looking in the wrong direction.
Jack hooks up with childhood friends, siblings Weezy and Eddie. Weezy has a photographic memory and starts to put things together, which sets someone trying to kill her.
Jack begins to realizt that the Otherness is involved and since he's the Heir, it becomes his job to find out what's going on and figure out a way to stop it.
Nick Tomashot
One of the continuing Repairman Jack Series. Jack is a "fixer" that lives off the grid and helps people solve problems (off the books). In the sewries he's pulled into a cosmic battle between ancient Evil and an indifferent force for Order. Wilson is wrapping the series up (which started with THE TOMB) and tieing it in to some other novels THE KEEP, TOUCH, etc.). Great crossover fiction that mixes the crime/action genre with horror.
Neither as well plotted nor as viscerally appealing as the preceding volume, By the Sword, Wilson's Ground Zero suffers from all the expository pages needed to introduce not only a new major character but also to elaborate on a minor character who transforms into a major McGuffin whose sole purpose is to reveal the mystery behind an already established character.

And then there's the inconsequential trip to L.A..
Allen Garvin
Better than the last couple RJ novels. The series is getting a bit long in the tooth, but Wilson can still sometimes pull off some very effective narratives--fast, compelling, exciting. This one centers around conspiracies going back to 9/11--and, of course, these aren't the conspiracies everyone thinks of, but the result of ancient powers and unspeakable evil. The series is getting very close to the end...
Dan Shea
Another very entertaining read. If you are just looking for something fun to read, these books have been that. Philosophically, they are all over the place. So, if you are looking for a study in religion or thought in a work of fiction, look elsewhere. If you can accept that all of that stuff is just a backdrop for a story and that it is as much fiction as the story, then have some fun.
The end of the world is drawing near. The Ally and the Otherness are battling. Jack is the Heir and he doesn't want to be the person responsible for rescuing the world. We learn much more regarding the battle in this book. It appears Wilson is beginning the end run. Jack still does not want to accept the mantle from Veilleur. The Lady is severely injured. I cannot wait to see how it all will end.
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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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