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Hosts (Repairman Jack #5)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  2,954 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Repairman Jack has been tearing up the urban adventure scene ever since he was introduced in the New York Times bestseller The Tomb. As his fans know, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances; he's a situation fixer, no matter how weird or deadly a situation may be. Repairman Jack has no last name, no Social Security number, and no qualms when it comes to get ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2001)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I had forgotten how much I was enjoying this series as I set it aside a while back. Recently a "prequel" was released by the author showing us how "Repairman Jack" came about (and the sadist ended said book in a cliffhanger). That book reminded me and I went back to my shelves and pulled the paperback where I'd "fet off down". (That was what I typed originally...I have no idea what I meant to type. That is one "doozy" of a typo. I meant to type that I picked up the series where I'd left off. I l ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
4.5 Stars

Hosts by F.Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack #5) is another fantastic addition to the life and story of Jack, our anti-hero fixer upper. Hosts starts out with a great action scene on a subway and things don't necessarily work out for the best. I won't spoil anything for you. I loved that we were treated to some back story about Jack and were given a story about him and his sister Kate. I did miss Gia and vicky as they are hardly in this one.

Two story lines unfold in this one and Jack finds h
Nancy Oakes
Aug 04, 2009 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I love Repairman Jack. If there was such a person in this world, you'd really want to have him on your side. In the world of fantasy, horror and often verging into pulp, this entire series is just fun.

In this installment, Jack, who prefers to remain anonymous, has his work cut out for him. After an incident on the subway, a New York tabloid reporter wants to find him and draw him out of hiding. This thread continues throughout the book and ultimately is interwoven with the main story -- in which
Jun 28, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the fifth of sixteen Repairman Jack novels, a strange Russian lady with a large white dog appears at Jack's sickbed and tells him that he, and he alone, must stop a virus that the Adversary of all mankind has unleashed to create war, hate, death, fear, pain, and destruction. Here is a snippet of their conversation:

"Stop virus before it spreads, or all you love will perish." She turned and headed for the bedroom door. "I leave you now."

Jack felt the temperature drop. No...more chills. He pull
Jan 11, 2010 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chloe by: ScottK
Reading the Repairman Jack series is starting to remind me of listening to old 1930s radio serials when I was a kid. Whether it's Dick Tracy unraveling the Mystery of the Pharaoh's Scarab or The Shadow trying to stop a notorious arsonist, Wilson definitely draws much inspiration from the radio heroes of yesteryear in the construction of his bite-size thrillers and his reluctant hero, Jack.

In Hosts, Jack's conflict against the inter-dimensional Otherness gets personal when his estranged sister co
This book was a bit of a letdown. The story was somewhat bland for my tastes and it lacked the element of fun that I so loved about the last few novels of the series.

One of the reasons why I did not like this book is because I could see where it was heading and that destination was not to my liking. I hate futile situations. I hate zombies and although this book dealt with a virus the end result was the same. The infected individuals lost their mind and personality- everything that made them un
Deb W
May 26, 2014 Deb W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through the first third of this story I thought I was wasting my time with it and told myself that the author would probably be a better writer by now (the book was first published in 2001), but this one was a hackneyed plot made marginal only by the interesting characters. I also didn't care for the fact that the female protagonist was lesbian -- no, I have nothing against people's sexual orientations other than my own, I just didn't want to read about it.

Long story short, I read the whole boo
Another great book involving the continuing fight against "the otherness".
Wilson continues the story of Repairman Jack as he continues his struggle to right wrong while at the same time remain anonymous.
Jan 09, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First review of the new year wooo!

Ok, this is the 5th Book in the Repairman Jack series of Novels by F Paul Wilson.

The Novel see's the return of Jack, Part Time Vigilante, full time Movie obsessive, though I did feel that Jacks comparison of films was missing somewhat in this Novel.

The main premise of the story is that Jack is shocked to be contacted by his sister for a fix it, when her girlfriend starts to behave strangely after an experimental treatment. Alongside this (because 1 problem is ne
Jun 15, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite Repairman Jack so far. This book delved a little deeper into Jack's past with the introduction of his sister Kate. After her girlfriend is stricken with a creepy personality change after being treated for brain cancer, a mysterious Russian woman urges Kate to contact Jack, who unbeknownst to her is her brother. Like all of these books, it's pretty much a non-stop rollercoaster ride in which Jack is once again in the middle of a catastrophic event brought on by a supe ...more
Cathy Jung
Feb 12, 2015 Cathy Jung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Enjoying this series.
An excellent series. Jack still finds himself battling the forces of the "Otherness" while trying too maintain his double life.
Jack finds himself at crossroads when he intervenes in a subway shooting, killing the shooter in front of a witness who happens to be a reporter.
Trying to maintain anonimity while the city is a buzz with news of the faceless subway "Savior" as he has been dubbed threatens to destroy Jack's carefully crafted lifestyle.
As Jack is dodging the subway reporter/witness he res
May 19, 2009 Jadewik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Repairman Jack, Supernatural/Paranormal fans
Repairman Jack returns for another exciting adventure as he unknowingly takes yet another step into to the paranormal. This novel intertwines two story lines-- that of "The Savior" and the subway fiasco at the beginning of the novel and the self-named parasitic virus called Unity. Things get a little twisted when Jack's sister gets a mysterious visit from someone who tells her Jack is the only one who can help with the strangeness going on with her lesbian lover, Janette. What a surprise when sh ...more
Danielle Tremblay
Dec 02, 2014 Danielle Tremblay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
If you haven't read any of the Repairman Jack books, you don't know what you're missing. Buy them today! Start with The Tomb and work your way up Hosts, the latest installment in the Repairman Jack series by F. Paul Wilson. It proves that you can't keep a good man down!

Of all the trains in the city, the gunman just had to pick the one that Jack was riding. Jack saves a trainload of passengers in the first few pages of the book, almost has his identity blown by an overzealous reporter and then ha
Dec 22, 2015 Monique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing, ebook
Another great addition to the Repairman Jack series. Every time I read another novel I remember why I love this series so much. The stories are simple and easy to read but nothing is left out. The action is amazing, the characterization is good and as always the plot leaves you on your toes.

In this novel we watch as Jack has to deal with numerous problems, not just with a case he is working on but also trying to negotiate peace with his sister. Then in comes some bad guys from his past who want
Grant Howard
Jan 11, 2014 Grant Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Presumably if you're looking at reviews of the fifth in the series, you're already a Repairman Jack fan. This entry won't disappoint. Jack has to deal with the threat of public recognition after stepping in to stop a subway shooting. Jack's family also get closer than he likes to keep them when he finds himself working a fix for one of them. His main adversary in this book comes from "The Otherness" finding a way to take over people's minds on a mass scale (don't think that's a spoiler, given th ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Repairman Jack is contacted by his long-lost and estranged sister. Having become a lesbian, she fears her lover is changing personality after brains surgery and has joined a cult. The truth, of course, is much more macabre and supernatural: she’s been infected with a sentient group-mind virus known as the Unity, which wants to assimilate the whole human race. Meanwhile, Jack having blown away a subway spree killer, a cub reporter dogs his every move in an effort to unmask the mysterious “Savior. ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early on there seemed to be a few too many coincidences, but by then end it was clear that "there are no more coincidences" for Jack. A spear has no branches, after all, which doesn't bode well for Jack's future - neither the "spear" part nor the "no branches" part. Another great entry in the series.
Apr 01, 2014 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Repairman Jack goes to meet a client and surprise, it is his sister, who had an unusual problem. Jack approaches in his unique way. This time gia and vickey get to help

I like the pace and story line of these novels. I look forward to the next ones, and the overall storyline of the otherness.
Aug 02, 2009 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great entry in the Repairman Jack series. My man-crush on Jack further intensfies.

Wilson does a great job of weaving together medical facts with supernatural lore. That was probably my favorite part of the book. I also loved the first direct reference in the series (that I picked up, at least) to Mr. Veilleur, a protagonist from the Adversary Cycle. The connections between the two series continues to deepen, which is fun to watch.

Hosts also has a nice dark cast to it, especially the en
This book was a real page-turner; I read it in one sitting, from 11 PM to 3 AM. Hosts, by F. Paul Wilson is part of the Repairman Jack series, starring a guy named Jack who is part vigilante and part detective. Jack’s sister calls him for help regarding a friend who has had a complete personality change after undergoing an experimental treatment for brain cancer.

Parts of this book seemed completely ripped off from an X-Files episode, but Wilson was able to keep things fairly interesting. I wonde
The Cats Mother
5th in the Repairman Jack series ( at this stage I'm not reading the other books in the Adversary Cycle - too many and I'm not that motivated.) Jack intervenes in a subway mass shooting then skedaddles before anyone can identify him, but an ambitious junior reporter thinks finding him will make his career. Meanwhile a woman whose lover is showing bizarre personality changes after a revolutionary new brain tumour therapy, contacts Jack on the advice of a mysterious Russian lady with a white dog. ...more
Dale Rosso
I enjoyed the story, it was great to see Jack meeting his sister and the overall plot was intriguing. The ending was sad in some respects, but since I have read later books before this, I was already aware of what happened. Just not how or why.
Feb 25, 2016 Ethan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy Hosts as much as the previous Repairman Jack novels, there were several parts that seemed a touch too sermonizing, even though they were ideas I agree with, the plot seemed a bit undercooked and it all wrapped up a bit to quickly and cleanly at the end. It was still an enjoyable read and I will continue with the series, hopefully this was just a low point in a quality series and not an indication of how the rest of the books are.
Jul 02, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book you meet Jack's sister, who hires him because her friend has totally changed personalities and appears to be involved in a cult after an experimental medical method has cured her of brain cancer.

The man you met in Conspiracies as Sal Roma is behind this particular bit of Otherness, even though you don't see him in this book. The bits of virus used to target the cancer come from the Otherness and slowly take over the host. The parasites are a kind of hive mind that when they
3.75 stars for another excellent instalment of the Repairman Jack series. Interesting concept, great characters, excellent writing; can't wait for the next book!
Jul 13, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not as entertaining as some other Repairman Jack novels, this was certainly an enjoyable novel and kept me turning the pages.
Jan 02, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of the best RJ novels so far, although a little slow towards the 3/4 mark. I'm also a little disappointed with the way Sandy Palmer's role resolved, as well as with the way Kate decided to deal with the Unity. It seemed a little unbelievable that she would have that type of knowledge (I'm willing to believe in a self-willed mutating virus but not in her ability to reconstruct a C4 bomb). I also tend to question Gia and Vicky's whereabouts in the novels: aren't they worried about and trying t ...more
Tanvir Muntasim
Good continuation and Wilson is cranking up the pace and the stakes to make the series even more appealing as it progresses with the bigger story arc becoming clearer.
Brian Palmer
Sep 01, 2014 Brian Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, thriller
An exciting thriller, with just hints of a paranormal secret history peeking through ... this is a fun book.
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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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