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The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) (Repairman Jack #1)

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Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn’t deal with appliances. He fixes situations—situations that too often land him in deadly danger. His latest fix is finding a stolen necklace which, unknown to him, is more than a simple piece of jewelry.

Some might say it’s cursed, others might call it blessed. The quest leads Jack to a rusty freighter on Man
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Tor Books (first published 1984)
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Felicia
YES! A great series like the "Dresden Files", Simon Green's Nightside etc. A nice break from all the romance-y stuff I've been reading lately. Really great lead, interesting protagonist and storyline. I really love this series and will read many more!
Dirk Grobbelaar

All she could do was stand there and scream.

Indeed.

This book has a good number of things going for it. I particularly enjoyed the characterization of Repairman Jack. There are also some Lovecraftian references that fans will recognize.

Striding down the dark passage like the avatar of a vengeful god, came Jack.

I can imagine that followers of the Agent Pendergast series (Relic), the Charlie Parker series (Every Dead Thing) or the Harry Dresden series (Storm Front) would enjoy this, especially co
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Dave
The only book I have read in the "Repairman Jack" series, and, I think, the last.
Repairman Jack is a below-the-radar fixit guy that "repairs" problems for people. Although he's supposed to be cool and dangerous, he comes across as kind of an idiot man-child to me. He has all these ridiculous methods for keeping his identity secret yet he invites a strange woman up to his apartment early on in the book. He goes to the same bar every single time to interview clients and shops at the same store nea
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Mark
Dec 31, 2007 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: F. Paul Wilson fans
Shelves: horror
"The Tomb", by F. Paul Wilson, is the SECOND book in his "Adversary Cycle" series and the FIRST book in his "Repairman Jack" series.

This novel introduces New Yorker Repairman Jack, a man with no permanent last name (it varies with the ID he's carrying at the time) and no records of his existence (he either had them erased or doesn't reference them at all anymore). His job is to fix things that the police can't or won't fix. Sometimes this involves hurting or killing people, which is why his ex-g
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Sep 11, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of occult detective novels, kickbutt heroes, and lesser-used folklore elements
I was going to give this three stars, but I realize it deserves more. I think I heard it raved about so much that I expected to like it more. Had I gone into The Tomb with lower expectations, I would have no hesitation in rating it higher. That is why I hate to read books after they are so hyped. It just spoils the experience.

Repairman Jack is just an awesome character. He is a person who exists outside of the system. He simply dropped off the 'grid.' He doesn't pay taxes, and he doesn't feel li
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars. First of the Repairman Jack Novels. This is a very well written story with a fantastic main character, namely Repairman Jack. Not your normal everyday repairman, Jack "fixes" problems for people and he is very good at what he does. Won't give away too much of the plot other than to say it has intrigue, Indian Mythology, demons and a rather nasty revenge/curse thrown in for good measure. Recommended.
Mike (the Paladin)
Some years ago I read The Keep. My wife liked it some, I on the other hand wasn't all that impressed. It was the last thing by Mr Wilson I read...till now. A couple of years ago someone suggested to my wife and I that we try the Repairman Jack books, but I never got around to it.

Till now.

I've got to say I liked this book. It's not great literature in the "classic sense" (you may hear that pronounced in a sophisticated accent if you wish). This book started out as what might be called a fairly st
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Siew Ee
Reading this book brings to mind other paranormal series involving male protagonists ie. Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series, Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles and Rob Thurman’s Cal & Niko Leandros series. I also couldn’t help but notice that unlike the others who have supernatural powers, Repairman Jack is essentially human, with all the human frailties and limitations.

What Jack lacks in supernatural gifts (found abundantly in Harry Dresden, Cal Leandros and Atticus Sullivan), he’s suppo
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Chloe
Sep 09, 2009 Chloe rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chloe by: ScottK
Beginning a new series is always a dicey prospect for me. Will it be my kind of series? Will it become my newest temporary addiction, with me scrounging the net to find each and every book in the collection? Will it cause me to begin fantasizing about what it'd be like to exist within that universe? With all these questions rattling about my head, it should be understandable that I was hesitant to begin the Repairman Jack series- especially because I'm loathe to begin a series that has not come ...more
Jason
4 Stars

I really enjoyed this Urban Fantasy that is the start to the Repairman Jack series. It seems that I really enjoy this genre when it is not centered on teenage romance and angst. Wilson has created a main character in Jack that I can really get behind. The world that he has created is very much like our own but with just a little bit more.

The highlights of this read is the page turning writing style. The awesome hero Jack. And the fabulous Indian folklore and creature that is at the heart
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
3.5 stars but I'm rounding up to 4 because that's what I would have given it if I'd read it with 1984 sensibilities which was when it was published. It was that era when only lip-service was given to equality. It was "accepted" that women were equal and strong and smart but all that meant was having them say a few smart things or show interest in what was going on or just having femal characters. The same went for people of color. We weren't there yet for any other minority groups.

So Wilson's wo
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Stacey
A few weeks ago, I was wishing for another pulpy guilty-pleasure series to read; I'm jonesing a bit, since it will be at least 4 more months until the next Dresden fix, heh. One of my IRL friends - the same pusher that hooked me on Dresden - has been trying to get me lit on Repairman Jack. I caved in a moment of weakness.

But...

It's pretty damn good! I saw "series," and assumed "ditch." I forgot that Wilson was already well-established by the time he wrote The Tomb, and that the rest of the seri
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Nikki ~The Critic~
Jack is a fixer. He fixing things. Not your electronics, but real problems involving people and sometimes more.

Jack had a girlfriend Gia, who couldn't cope with who he was and what he did for a living and she left. 2 months later she calls. A relative of her ex-husband has disappeared and they need his help.

This makes Gia and Jack rub each other the wrong way even though they both still have feelings for each other.

The story goes on with Jack investigating the kidnapping, but things take on a su
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Tim "The Enchanter"
This one will be hard to review. It is a bit Urban Fantasy, a bit horror and a crime thriller. At times it was average while at other times it was downright interesting. It is like a Harry Dresden without the wizard powers (although Repairman Jack was first so its not a fair comparison) Review to Follow
John
Repairman Jack is my kinda guy. He wears classic rock t-shirts, eats sugary cereals for breakfast, and adores kitschy old black-and-white horror films. He also solves people's problems for them--which, of course, is what makes him the Repairman.
In THE TOMB, Jack's ex-lover asks him to track down a missing family member. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, not when you throw an ancient curse, a pack of monsters, a homicidal U.N. diplomat, and some magical jewelry into the mix.
If it's deep, soul-se
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Nancy Oakes
This book is the second in Wilson's "Adversary Cycle."

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this but it was really really fun!!! I really enjoyed the story. Here you have to look past character development, believable plotline, depth and range of evoked emotion....etc etc...and just have some fun with it and let yourself go.

The story line is something along these lines:

"Repairman" Jack is a man with no legal identity...no SSN, no car, no license, no nothing. He is much like the Equalizer,
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Kristen
This was my first - and THE first - Repairman Jack book, and I really enjoyed it. Well written and super-exciting.

Repairman Jack isn't your average repairman. He doesn't fix appliances or broken fences. He "fixes" things for people who can't, or won't go to the regular authorities for help with problems. Jack is the last resort for people who are desperate for help and have nowhere else to go.

Jack doesn't exist as far as the "normal" world is concerned. He doesn't have a bank account, a social
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Mandy
Apr 01, 2009 Mandy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mandy by: ScottK
Shelves: five-stars
Oh, wow, this book was fantastic! Unfortunately I was meant to be reading it with a very good friend here on GR and oops, I got carried away and started/finished before I should have (sorry, Jeremy). But once I picked this book up I was loathe to put it down. Thank you ScottK for loving this book so much and talking about it, you've now started me on a weird and wonderful ride with Repairman Jack. This series is quite a long one so I had better get to purchasing those books.
Skip
First of the Repairman Jack series. Jack lives "off the grid" and works to fix problems that others cannot, usually the police. He is drawn into two cases, which quickly become intertwined: the theft of a necklace of a UN diplomat's mother and the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's spinster aunt. Involving the desecration of a Bengalese temple and rakoshi, retribution is the theme here. A bit far fetched, but Jack rules.
Francis
Muy bueno, me ha entretenido mucho. El prota Jack "el reparador", es una pasada. Atormentado por diversas situaciones de su pasado siempre sale adelante. (Spoiler) Aquí se enfrenta a los Rakosh unos seres demoníacos de la mitología hindú que sirven a los adoradores de Khali.
Un caso muy bueno y muy bien narrado. Se entremezclan diversas historias aparentemente independientes, es bastante misterioso y enmarca unos personajes secundarios muy interesantes.
Animo a todo el mundo a que se embarque en e
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Eric Bauman
This is a re-read. To give you an idea of my opinion of the book, I have read this book a few times already. As I was going through it again this time, the last ninety pages of the book came out of the binding as a chunk and landed on the table. So I downloaded the book for my eReader and finished it that way (I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered to me and Barnes & Noble, while sort of close, isn’t really convenient).

This is the first book of the “Repairman Jack” series and the second book
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David Agranoff
The Tomb By F.Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack book #1, Adversary cycle #3)
*****
448 pages
Tor books
So here is folks, were starting a journey here. Little personal background before I start this review. February 2010 I took a workshop for novelists called Borderlands. There was an author who taught apart of the workshop on “plotting” named F.Paul Wilson. I was already a fan thanks to Wilson’s classic horror novel “The Keep.” The reason he is teaching plotting is clear and this novel the Tomb is a good
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Alan
I really enjoyed this book, it's been a while since I've read a book that I've found worth reading further into the series. One thing I like is that the protag is just an average guy, no super powers, just smart with an uncanny ability to think on his feet. Another thing I liked was the romantic story line. Instead of having guy meet girl and the relationship forms they had already had a relationship, and now are broken up because she found out what he did and got scared away. During this book, ...more
David B
Something is happening to the members of the Westphalen clan. Fortunately, one of them is dating Repairman Jack, a man who lives off the grid and handles situations that no one else can. And this situation definitely needs some special handling, because it involves East Indian monsters and an old curse.

F. Paul Wilson tells a heck of a story here, which makes up for his frequently clunky prose. There are some really nail-biting scenes and a few surprises that came along just when I thought I unde
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Christopher Hivner
Repairman Jack is a man who gets paid to take care of other people's problems, whether it's with his brains, fists or a weapon. He gets a call from his ex-girlfriend who left him when she found out what Jack did for a living. An elderly relative of her ex-husband has disappeared and the woman's sister wants Jack to help. He also gets contacted by an arrogant one-armed Indian man whose grandmother was beaten and robbed. He wants Jack to retrieve a necklace that was stolen because it's a priceless ...more
Lindsay
Jul 07, 2012 Lindsay rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who liked Relic and Jack Reacher Novels
Oh my goodness! I loved this book and can't wait to get find more from this series!

Let me say right now that I fond this book to be the perfect mix between Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's Relic and Lee Child's Jack Reacher Series. The main character is a bit of a lone wolf who flies under the radar of the system while the antagonist situation (say this because there isn't one but I can't name the rests because it will give the story away) is reminicent of the slightly paranormal goings on in
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Jessica Strider
Pros: emotionally intense, intricate plot with several interconnected mysteries, good pacing/

Cons:/

Jack fixes things. For a price. He has two new jobs, but neither one is his usual work./

The first job is for an Indian diplomat, Kusum, who needs Jack to find a stolen necklace and repay the mugger who took it for hospitalizing his grandmother./

The second job is equally impossible in New York. Find an old woman who disappeared from her home. Despite having no real detective skills, he agrees to hel
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Jesse
Jul 10, 2009 Jesse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of action
I want to write a good review about this book, but I'm conflicted about it. I like this book, despite it having a few flaws. If you like modern occult action thrillers, I think you will like this. As a member of a notoriously horrid genre dominated by Da Vinci Code's and Angels & Demons, this book is head and shoulders above the rest. It has a good slow start, building up the mysteries and slowly revealing the past of Repairman Jack. These are its two best qualities. Everything else in the b ...more
Vickie
It's taken me a bit to work up the nerve to write a review on THE TOMB. It is such a well-written and engrossing thriller and I want to do it justice. I may leave it at the above statement and call it a day. I've been told that not all of the series has the touch of paranormal or horror that THE TOMB has. I'm glad, it was a little intense. I love thrillers and I love paranormal and horror reads, but have to pace several books between...except in October and I read them pretty much back to back, ...more
Tony Gleeson
This is the first of Wilson's "Repairman Jack" novels-- and I am not sure whether he originally intended this to become a series but in retrospect, I'd say probably: Wilson's a pretty sharp cookie and has always marketed himself with savvy. Just for sheer originality of concept and execution I'd give this one a high mark. The story is a totally insane ride with downright off-the-wall plot elements, fun and involving to read. Repairman Jack himself is a little bit preposterous as a character, but ...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)
  • Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2)
  • Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3)
  • All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)
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