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 anIt 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. She annoys the hell out of me.
What left me a little disappointed was that we didn’t see any of the fun and inventive fixes Jack usually comes up with. This book was all guns, grenades and straight forward confrontations. Also the ending was a tiny bit of a letdown.
I am certainly going to continue on with the series though. ...more
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 novelThis 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 unique- and became the Unity. They were just walking, talking bodies for this contagion that only wanted one thing- to spread itself and take over all the humans on the planet. So if zombies are the walking dead graving brains, these humans were pretty much the same except they still breathed and instead of eating brains they just wanted to infect them and make them into carbon copies of the Unity. And no cure, nothing but death to fix the situation. No good.
This book really didn’t seem to offer anything new. I mean, how many times have we seen/ read about a virus/ alien brain parasites taking over the humankind. Countless. I guess I would have liked it better if the ending were different. ...more
One of my favourite books in Repairman Jack series. Fun and fast paced.
Reading this book you cannot help but to laugh out loud at times. Jack is fullOne of my favourite books in Repairman Jack series. Fun and fast paced.
Reading this book you cannot help but to laugh out loud at times. Jack is full of mischief dealing with a Serbian drug lord and the mess he has created. I must say that many of the characters and ideas in this book seem a bit “stereotypical” but that did not stop me from enjoying this book immensely. It is a bit of a no-brainer but sometimes that is exactly what a reader needs.
The events that occurred while Jack was drugged with Berserk were hilarious. To me they reminded a bit of GTA (Grand Theft Auto video game) only more fun – we actually got to "see" into the drug addled brain of the driver and hear the crazy commentary.
This book was fun, it had a great pace and story line. Thoroughly entertaining.
I loved all the nut conspiracy theories and Jack jumping into that worlThis book was fun, it had a great pace and story line. Thoroughly entertaining.
I loved all the nut conspiracy theories and Jack jumping into that world and finding out that not all is as it seems. There really is a conspiracy out there, but not anything anyone had imagined before. A conspiracy so great that it spans all the other conspiracies. And Jack is drawn into that shadow world and into the war that is played out behind the scenes. And finally we have a face for the opponent, a man who wants to open the gates to “hell” and let the darkness swallow the Earth. Of course Jack will do his damnedest to stop that from happening.
This book also ties together the story lines from the Tomb and Legacies and creates the overall Otherness/ Allay story arc that unites all Repairman Jack novels.
This book can be described as a cocktail consisting of mercurial mystery, tantalizing thriller, high-octane adventure, spicy supernatural fiction, with a touch of bitter horror. ...more
This is a bit of an unusual book- it starts out like your typical "regular world" mystery/ thriller, but gradually we andA fun and entertaining read.
This is a bit of an unusual book- it starts out like your typical "regular world" mystery/ thriller, but gradually we and the Repairman Jack get pulled in into a world of supernaturals, curses and magic. It was a shock, to say the least, to our rational non-believing protagonist, but he shook it off and kept on going. This book has a streak of horror to it, but it is the good kind of horror- more built on suspense and genuinely creepy, scary situations rather than copious amounts of blood and gore.
What I liked about the book:
► Repairman Jack. He is your modern day superhero, except that he is completely human and without any helpful superpowers. Also, he does not wear any spandex- a relief that. He did wear a dress at one point though. :) I guess every superhero needs disguises of one sort or another. What Jack does have are his wits, fast reflexes and faster legs, unwavering tenacity, an almost unnatural sensitivity to danger, a knack of making Sherlock-Holmesian intuitive leaps, and an arsenal of fancy weaponry. He is clever and resourceful like MacGuyver. He has a strict moral code, a strong sense of justice, and a desire to help those in need like a true Knight in Shining Armour. Admittedly his moral code is not always quite the same as for the rest of us, but that is understandable. He does what needs to be done, fixes what needs to be fixed, and kicks the evil of this world in the proverbial butt, regardless the cost. He does get paid for his services though, unlike most common superheros. But that is only fair, his risks are greater than that of Superman for example, after all, Jack is not bulletproof.
► Writing and Story. The storytelling is masterful and the pace is perfect. This story has awesome suspense, adventure, mystery, danger, horror, romance, humour, a great ending, and superb characters. What else could anyone ask for?
I will certainly be reaching for the next Repairman Jack novel. Thank you, Ben, for telling me about this series!
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Simon R. Green’s Nightside series, or Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles. ...more