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The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack #6)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,464 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Jack is back, for 2002. F. Paul Wilson's engaging, self-employed, off-the-books fixer, Repairman Jack, returns for another intense, action-packed adventure just a little over the border into the weird, in The Haunted Air. First introduced years ago in the bestseller The Tomb, Jack has been the hero of a series of exciting novels set in and around New York City including Le ...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2002)
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Mike (the Paladin)
And again we're here with Repairman Jack. This is another good addition to the series and while there are things in it that almost cost it a star (the book tends to slow up a bit as it spins out the various threads of the story that will need to be woven together at the end) it also has an interesting little twist buried in it.

The Repairman Jack series begins with The Tomb (Adversary Cycle, #2) which is listed as #2 in the Adversary cycle. Now if you look at the list of the books they don't act
Michael Hall
It's hard to put down a Repairman Jack book once you start reading one, and Haunted Air was no exception. The writing is easy to follow filled with action, suspense, and a dry sort of humor. What begins as two separate cases eventually ties together as another piece in the cosmic battle of the indifferent good and malevolent evil that Jack is involved in. It was a thing of beauty to see the sting come together against the big shot medium that was making trouble for Jack's clients, who in turn we ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I've been reading these Repairman Jack novels in no particular order over the past several years. This one is the most fun of all the ones I've read so far. It has a lot more humorous dialogue, and manages to be both whimsical and seriously creepy at the same time. And the little twist at the end was perfect! I'm surprised Wilson didn't go anywhere with the Lom reference, though. He probably just threw that in to amuse alert readers like me. :)

The main plot deals with a haunted house and ring of
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Repairman Jack gets into some truly strange jobs involving a haunted house, an angry ghost, a turf war between psychics, and a ring of adepts who are into child sacrifice.

There was some amusing dialog between Jack and Gia. His fix on the psychics was neat, and I enjoyed the expose on the tricks of the psychic's trade.

There seemed to be a lot of crossover references to some other books set in this universe/reality. I think it is probably "The Adversary Cycle," though the only one of those I have
When the vultures were circling over the carcass of Borders Bookstores, I swooped down on one of the clearance sales and picked up this book. Then I found out it was the sixth installment in the Repairman Jack series. It has perched ruefully on my bookcase since then, waiting for the day when I finally read the five books before it. Getting there has been a challenge. Some of the earlier volumes in the series are growing hard to find. I used cards in three different library systems to find them, ...more
This dialog is wack, yo.

I very much enjoy the works of F. Paul Wilson, and the escapades of Repairman Jack. These books are fun, and I'm not reading them for the writing skills. Wilson is good, but I don't expect these books to be amazing works to be studied for centuries. Long story short, with good characters and compelling stories, I can usually forgive things like bad writing.

However, Wilson really does himself a disservice in this one in the way he voices the character Charlie. Charlie an
Things are changing for Jack as he comes out of his mourning for his sister Kate. He starts out bored at a party and then he is led to a house of a medium where strange things happen immediately after walking over the threshold.

This is a very good continuation of the Repairman Jack series, though it is less of a standalone than previous books. There is a major callback to The Tomb, and now Jack's past fixes are tying more and more into current events so the reader will need to read the past boo
Possibly my favourite repairman jack novel so far and as you might as guess the books title does mean there's a ghost involved.

As is the norm Jack's has another couple of fix its set up in this novel which inevitably lead him into much more and the stakes are the highest they've ever been for Jack but on a more personal rather than apocalyptic level.

Gia gets a larger role within this novel and you get more of a feeling that when she's not playing mother bear that she can be a lot like Jack in pu
Alain Dewitt
Just finished this one. This is my first Repairman Jack novel. It wasn't bad. The character, an off-the-grid fixer who specializes in the paranormal is pretty interesting. The plot was pretty good, too. My main problem was with Wilson's dialogue.

Jack's clients in the book are two black dudes from Detroit. One of them, Charlie, is pretty street and so Wilson makes the unfortunate decision to have him speak in urban vernacular. A couple of years ago I read a book about writing by David Morrill (Fi
So I'd rate this book somewhere between two and three stars. The writing is clean and uncomplicated, with a fair bit of dry humor, which I enjoyed. There is a lot of action--plenty of plot to go around--with just a few lulls. I got the feeling that it wasn't closely edited ... there's a number of typos and garbled syntax that a copy editor should have caught, and a bit of rehashed exposition.

Spoilers follow.

My problems with the book stem from the (incredibly) cliched story bits. Why oh why would
Jane Stewart
Excellent for watching Jack out con the con artists, but it’s not my preferred genre.

Repairman Jack is a man who has lived without an identity for most of his life. When police and other authorities are no help, people hire Jack. He stops bad guys from doing harm. He doesn’t like publicity, so it’s word of mouth for people to find him. This is one in a series of books about Repairman Jack. In this story, Junie needs a ride to visit Ifasen, a psychic. Jack and his girlfriend Gia give
The reason to read an F. Paul Wilson is that he is a good story teller who has a knack for action sequences, but also for creating off-beat and charming characters. Book after book, it is fun to check in with Jack, Vicky, Gia, Abe and Julio, just to see what they are up to. Wilson will never be confused with William Faulkner -- his books are written at the vocabulary level of a Junior in high school -- but generally the stories are entertaining.

Not so much with "The Haunted Air". The characters
Since I loved his other book, Crisscross, I bought this book with a paralyzing fear-induced apprehension. How many times have I read a great book and then went for another in the series only to be disappointed? Too many times. After putting the book down, my cup runneth over with glee. With a buffet of vengeful ghost, bloody sacrifices, evil entities and a hefty portion of violence on the side – this is horrifyingly scrumptious.

The sixth novel in the Repairman Jack series, you will have no trou
Nancy Oakes
The Haunted Air is installment #6 in the Repairman Jack series, and while it's a bit different than the others, it's still a great read. For anyone who's not aware of Repairman Jack, think about the old television show called "The Equalizer," add in a bit of HP Lovecraft and you're pretty much there. He's a man who lays low, under the radar, and wants to keep it that way. But you definitely want him on your side. In this episode, Jack makes the acquaintance of two brothers who are psychics (or a ...more
David Agranoff
This might be the best of the Repairman Jack series so far. Legacies (#2) was the best plotted, Conspiracies (#3) is probably the most fun, and Hosts (#5) was the most heart-breaking. The Haunted Air is the most perfect blend so far. It has all the elements that make a great Repairman Jack novel and it is a quick fun read.

It is fitting that Wilson does a slight of hand plot wise, he has done that before with Legacies and The Keep. Those novels will dupe you with misdirection. Well F.Paul Wilson
Benjamin Thomas
I always know I'm in for a good read when I pick up a "Repairman Jack" novel. "The Haunted Air" by F. Paul Wilson is the 6th in the series about a guy who lives in present day New York City and specializes in fixing things for people. Just about any job is doable if approached the right way. Jack lives off the grid: no Social Security Number, no bank accounts, no tax returns, numerous aliases and a great sense of handing out his own brand of justice.

One of the things I love about this series is
Maybe 3.5 stars - another solid entry in the series, but as others have pointed out, the way Wilson voices the Kenton brothers leaves something to be desired and comes across as being pretty hokey in spots. Loved the insights into the psychic trade, however. Wilson's getting very good at tying things together at this point, both the multiple plotlines within a given book as well as the main overarching "mytharc."
Matt Allen
I wanted to like this. The first three Repairman Jack books are such enjoyable reads (The Tomb, Legacies, Conspiracies). I moderately enjoyed the previous two (All the Rage, Hosts), but the series was slipping for me. The Haunted Air was the least enjoyable yet. A lot of dialogue was cluttered or stilted. The voices of the two brothers who posed as psychics--Jack's main clients--never seemed to be consistent.

I found Wilson was telling me a lot of what was happening instead of letting me experie
Repairman Jack is put on the trail of a child-killing ring just as he and Gia come into contact with a pair of fraudulent psychics who live in a house where one of the children the ring killed is buried. As a force representing the Here and Now told Jack in an earlier volume, “No more coincidences for you.” Over 400 pages of the usual page-turning supernatural suspense. Lyle and Charlie are sympathetic characters, and as I’ve come to expect, Wilson gives every character a history and motive that ...more
Am really enjoying this series. This was another excellent volume in the Repairman Jack series.
This one seemed to have a little less to do with the "Otherness" than the previous novels but small threads linking all the books up to this point were sewn throughout the story.

Without giving away to many of the series spoilers Jack is quickly having to make some life altering decisions and it only adds to the intrigue of the stories. Those characters around Jack are slowly changing too and being forc
F. Paul Wilson is like a holocaust denier.

Wait, let me explain.

He started this whole series with a decent enough little horror story about crazy demons from the sub-continent. Okay, a little hard to swallow. Each entry in the series gets progressively weirder and weirder, but you say to yourself "hell, this is only slightly weirder than the last one." It's a well-known fact that holocaust deniers will start indoctrinating you with extremely plausible questions and inconsistencies to wedge a foot
Taylor Hansen
Another great addition to the series - I like the fact that while each book has its own focus, each also reveals more information about "the Otherness" and follows the series trajectory. I particularly liked the theme of this one having to do with Mediums, Clairvoyants, and Ghosts - the characters of Lyle and his brother Charlie were interesting and a fresh take on that theme.

I also liked the tie back to The Keep and the Adversary cycle with the stones and crosses from the keep playing a roll i
After a lackluster previous entry with "Hosts", Wilson's Repairman Jack is back in his true form, actually able to deal with the freaky stuff going on around him as opposed to the aforementioned "Hosts" where he seems to be little better than a bystander.

Now, if only Jack would remember he really does have a Social Security number left over from when he was a baby. I know other readers have complained about Jack dropping out as a male adolescent power fantasy, and in certain ways it is, but Wils
Joseph Farand
Repairman Jack's battle against the Otherness continues in this sixth novel in one of my favorite series. Following the tragic events in HOSTS, Jack takes a hiatus from "fixing" problems. He decides to return and takes two easy fix-it jobs - a war between rival 'mediums' and a simple bodyguard job. But both cases are more than they seem and soon Repairman Jack is involved with scamming spiritualists, missing children, secret conspiracies, a haunted house and a deadly ghost. An excellent thriller ...more
This sixth book in the Repairman Jack series lacked the punch I've come to expect. It seems F. Paul Wilson concentrated more on character development which bogged down the main story. Maybe he was asked to thicken up the word count or it could be just a natural progression in his writing style. For me, I prefer the quick, tight set ups and scene developments of the other books. Jack is much more entertaining character when he's thinking on his feet than plodding through scenarios. Overall, it wa ...more
John Michaels
I love the repairman Jack novels! In this one, Jack is drawn into a haunted house owned by two brothers who run a bogus psychic consult business. The story is interesting, but Wilson tries to capture the ebonic dialog between the two African-American siblings. It comes off as hokey and contrived at times. Wilson usually pays homage to his earlier works and he does so here, working in references to his two best known works The Keep and The Tomb, which in my opinion were his best. This one is not ...more
Grant Howard
The "No more coincidences" warning Jack received at the end of "Hosts" looms large in this volume as Jack finds himself pulled ever deeper into a web of strange goings on that seem to centre around him. "The Haunted Air" as the title implies is a ghost story but of course it's not that simple when The Otherness is involved.
I would advise you to read "The Keep" before "The Haunted air". It's not essential to follow and enjoy the plot, but it does enrich the significance of some details (and "The
Tara Hall
Another great tail of Repairman Jack, Fix it master for all those problems that can't be legally handled :) This time its a haunted house, which initially made me roll my eyes. I like haunted house stories, but wasn't sure that this one was going to be special enough to make it exciting like the rest of the books in the series. BOY, was I wrong! I got drawn in right away, and couldn't stop reading. Another great installment to the series :)
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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)
  • Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2)
  • Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3)
  • All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)
  • Hosts (Repairman Jack, #5)
  • Gateways (Repairman Jack, #7)
  • Crisscross (Repairman Jack, #8)
  • Infernal (Repairman Jack, #9)
  • Harbingers (Repairman Jack, #10)
  • Bloodline (Repairman Jack, #11)
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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