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The Dark at the End (Repairman Jack #15)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,551 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Bound by his promise to Glaeken, Jack has refrained from making direct moves against Rasalom, but there’s nothing holding him in check any longer…and Glaeken’s time is almost up. The stage is set for Jack’s massive assault on Rasalom, and he’s got just one shot. But it’s not just a matter of taking out Rasalom: he also must safely retrieve Dawn’s child and minimize collate ...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published (first published July 15th 2011)
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Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Secret History of The World is winding down and it will mean the end of civilization as we know it.

THE TOMB is the first Repairman Jack novel. It was the second of a six book sequence called The Adversary Cycle. Jack also appeared briefly in the sixth book, NIGHTWORLD.

Then fifteen years after publication of THE TOMB(1984), it became a series itself. Wilson revised the book, updating cultural references to the late nineties, and began a line of fifteen more novels covering only a three year p
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Annoying. Frustrating. Depressing. All in all a very disappointing end to a series that started out so great. I would recommend reading the first half of the 15 book series and drop it there.

Why I hated this book:

As boring as watching paint dry. It was just poorly written and the pacing was so bad that I had to force myself to keep reading. The story just was not there for me. No substance. I might have quit but as I had already invested this much time in the series I wanted to see th
Benjamin Thomas
The fifteenth and “final” Repairman Jack novel and I have very mixed emotions. I have read these books over several years and I was both excited and saddened to see it all coming to an end. I will write nothing of the plot of this novel for it is nearly impossible without spoilers. Suffice it to say that all of the secrets and puzzles and all of my questions would finally be answered with this volume. Not.

A lot had to happen in this one to wrap everything up. The last several volumes in this ser
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. Fucking. No.
Joe Jones
The last Repairman Jack book. It is like saying goodbye to an old friend. 15 books is quite an investment between the author and the reader. True, Jack will make an appearance in next years finale to the Adversary Cycle (NightWorld) and will also appear in some prequels. Was it a fitting finish? Hard to say. I am still trying to decide. There were parts I liked as well as some I didn't. I guess I can say that about the whole series. Especially the last several books, some of which almost seemed ...more
Mark Taylor
Wrapping up his series about a Lovecraftian supernatural apocalypse. F Paul's books are a quick read, heavily plot-driven and transparently written. You won't find yourself re-reading sentences to savor their beauty, but you will find yourself rushing along to see how it all ends. I mean that in a good way.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically this is the final Repairman Jack book. But _Nightworld_ came out with the "Repairman Jack novel!" blazon on the cover, just like all the others, so we'll say "penultimate" and move on.

I dunno, I expected more oomph of a penultimate book. Tension-wise this series has been cruising along at about 3-out-of-10 for the last couple of books, and now the author has ratcheted it up to a 5.

This is not to say nothing happens -- stuff *happens*; but it's not strikingly apocalyptic. Jack goes af
Shawn Davis
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The End is coming.

Actually, it's been coming for several novels, as we've watched the changes and experiences mold Repairman Jack into The Heir. Jack can fix anything, except the fate of the world.

At this point, The Lady can be killed forever. Glaeken is nearing the end of his very long life. Dawn is desperate for news about her baby. Weezy is trying to get The Compendium to reveal its secrets. And the world is teetering on the brink.

The Dark at the End is a fitting end to the Repairman Jack s
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Several years ago I remembered a really good short story I had read and looked up the author. Turned out to be someone named F. Paul Wilson. I remembered his name from when I worked in a bookstore and decided I should try some of his novels. If his short story was so memorable, I imagined what one of his novels might be like.

Well, one book led to another and another and I quickly devoured most of his library. Needless to say, after reading The Tomb, I fell in love with his Repairman Jack charact
Brian Wilson
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flippin love Repairman Jack and F.Paul Wilson! There has not been one single book I have read of his that I have not absolutely loved, and that statement holds true yet again. The last book in the epic Repairman Jack series, and damn am I sad to see it go. What I love is that it is not so filled with the Supernatural that it bogs it down as a hardcore Sci-Fi, and it has such amazing plots and characters and different happenings that have all finally come together and he has just done a tremendou ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am the biggest Jack fan ever and looked forward to this book with mixed feelings. I love a new Jack book but this was to be the last in the series. Oh the thrill of how it would all end was going to be sooooo good. This was probably the lamest book of the lot and I was very disappointed. Paul Wilson set us up with no satisfying end to the greatest anti-hero ever. Just a lead in to another book or books. Jack deserved to end in some kind of blaze of glory not fade into some other era. Very disa ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to read this, but now that I have finished it... eh. Don't get me wrong, it was good. I was just expecting something else. I was prepared for certain things to happen by the end this installment, and they didn't. Now I am all the more impatient to read Nightworld. I've been holding off waiting to read the revised version first, but I'm not sure I can wait for it's release in May!
David Pollison
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
IT is sad to think that this is the last true Repairman Jack novel. But it is certainly as great as all of the previous ones. Now I can't wait to read the new revised & reprinted version of F. Paul Wilson's NIGHT WORLD. I guess in the mean time I can always read The wonder Years of Repairman Jack.
Sommer Marsden
A bit ambivalent about this book. I've followed the RJ series from day one. And maybe the author is right when he says in the intro "I need to move on." Maybe it should have been a book or two ago.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great way to wrap up previous stories, combining many into a ramp-up toward the end of a great series. Willson's Secret History stories are absolutely amazing, incorporating the Adversary Cycle and Repairman Jack arcs, with some seemingly unrelated stories interspersed. I've gone back to the beginning and reread many in the intended order, and it's an amazing experience. Absolutely one of the best collections of fiction I've ever read, and I can't recommend it enough.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really awkward to read the first six books in a series and then skip to the fifteenth book. I usually refuse to continue reading a series when I have to skip over even one book. But this was ridiculous - skipping from The Haunted Air to this book, in publication order the last novel in the Repairman Jack series. I caught on pretty well once things got moving, though I still feel a sharp need to catch up on Gateways, Crisscross, Infernal, Harbingers, Bloodline, By the Sword, Ground Zero and ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Dark at the End" is a solid outing by F. Paul Wilson. He is very ready to "kill his darlings" in this book, and it adds to the drama and the plot. Upon reading it it occurred to me that this would be a very difficult book to just pick up at a book store and read. It references all of the books that came before it in the "Repairman Jack" series, and also is heavy with references to, I assume, the three young adult books that Wilson has written as prequels. Haven't read those. The series has ...more
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok overall I liked this book. I put off reading it because I knew it was the last in the repairman jack series and I didn't want it to end. All of the elements of a good repairman jack novel are there, however, you know right from the beginning that this isn't going to work out well, Jack isn't going to save the world from the Otherness etcetc, and you know this because the next book along is Nightworld, which pretty much says everything doesn't it. So because I had figured out that this was goi ...more
Brent Ecenbarger
I had looked up the Repairman Jack chronology on Wikipedia back when I started reading F. Paul Wilson’s series of books back around 2012. At that time, I saw that “The Dark at the End” was the last book in the series but that there was another book called “Nightworld” that Jack appeared in and took place well after the series. That book also concluded its own series called the Adversary Cycle. As a result of all that, while reading “The Dark at the End” (and to a lesser extent, “Fatal Error”) I ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The fifteenth and last (except for the inevitable at least three prequels!) Repairman Jack book. Following immediately after Fatal Error, Jack and Weezy (and the Lady, and Glaeken) seek out clues in the Compendium of Srem, a book full of information about the Otherness, and in their old hometown of Johnson, New Jersey. But Rasalom has corrupted the book, and also has plans that involve Dawn Pickering and her mutate baby. This leads to a couple of high-adrenaline, high risk plans, in which Jack a ...more
Eric Kibler
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last Repairman Jack book. I hesitate to call it a novel, since for the past six or seven books, the RJ saga resembles less a series of novels and more a continuing saga, each book ending in a cliffhanger. This book ends in a cliffhanger, too, and the saga will dovetail into Wilson's "Adversary Cycle". The final book of the Adversary Cycle came out in 1992, but a new revision of it will be coming out in a few months, and will cap the storylines.

Repaiman Jack is a resourceful guy who l
Bob Jr.
I enjoyed the book - I like Wilson's writing style and always enjoy the character of Jack - but this felt ultimately unsatisfying, especially as a conclusion to the series. I know that Nightworld is the last book in The Secret History, and that in the revised version Jack plays a larger part, but this is the last standalone Repairman Jack novel, and as such it should have felt more... finished, I guess. Or at least refer to long-time characters (Gia and Vickie - barely in it, Abe - one scene) mo ...more
Michael Parrish
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 15th installment of the Repairman Jack series pays off handsomely for the careful planning F. Paul Wilson laid out from the beginning of the "Jack" series 'The Tomb' and continued on through 13 more books that followed, detailing the cosmic conflict between two entities where the Earth is the spoils for the victor. Great pacing, action sequences, dialogue and tight plotting abound in this book as we've come to expect with all his previous RJ tales. All the major players appear and plot threa ...more
Tim Nordstrom
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it
The Dark at the End is a necessary book to bridge between the Repairman Jack series and the Adversary Cycle and tie it all together, but 'necessary' is probably the best way to describe it. It does the job of getting to Nightworld, but on its own, it isn't great. For me, the "Secret History of the World" subplots in the Repairman Jack books worked great as just that -- subplots. Moved to the main event, they struggle to be interesting. It also feels like the character of Repairman Jack is lost h ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the "Adversary Cycle" back in the mid 1990's. 6 books, and it was great. Parts of it still give me nightmares-no lie.
Well, Wilson decided to expand the story of "Repairman Jack"(Who is in The Tomb and Nightworld in The Adversary Cycle), and wrote 14 more novels----set in-between the events in the "Adversary Cycle". AND he also wrote 3 Young Adult novels about Jack. (He drops tibits about Jack's childhood, as if he hopes you will pick up the YA novels.)
While I love Wilson and Repairman Ja
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last book in the Repairman Jack saga, at least as far as the timeline goes. There will be a reworked "Nightworld" coming out in 2012, which will perhaps (I hope!) provide a little more closure to this story. F. Paul Wilson also plans on writing some interim Jack novels to flesh out a little more in the whole story.

It's a little hard to explain Jack's story. He's sort of a "fixer," a champion of good people who have gotten themselves into bad trouble. However, there is much more to the story,
Brian Palmer
I read this immediately following its predecessor; I think I liked Fatal Error more than it actually deserved because it held the promise of catching a lot of balls up in the air, particularly with the mentions that the series was coming to a conclusion.

This book was a decent thriller but failed to catch more than a few of the balls. In fairness, apparently some of the events were portrayed in another of the author's series, but that excuse is tailor made for comic books. Where the "Defender" we
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, f-paul-wilson
If you are a Repairman Jack fan then you will enjoy this book. It's really hard for me to review this book without mentioning a spoiler. Things happen in this book that make me mad and I want to scream them out. But I won't. I don't want to ruin it for anybody. Out of the whole Secret History of World Series, this isn't my favorite but still a good book. I think I'm a little sad because this series is drawing to a close. I want to read NightWorld but don't want to because then that's it. So, I'm ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Repairman Jack fans
This is the final book in a fictional series I have been reading for years, Repairman Jack. I had requested it from the library, and unfortunately, it came at a time when I am solidly immersed in far more interesting non-fiction books. I wanted to like it, I really did, but honestly, I was just bored out of my skull. read the first 30-40 pages (treadmill reading), skimmed the rest fairly quickly, and then skipped to the last few pages to see how it all ends. Wilson had been telling his readers f ...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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Other Books in the Series

Repairman Jack (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Tomb (Repairman Jack, #1; Adversary Cycle, #2; The Secret History of the World)
  • Legacies  (Repairman Jack, #2)
  • Conspiracies (Repairman Jack, #3)
  • All the Rage (Repairman Jack, #4)
  • Hosts (Repairman Jack, #5)
  • The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack, #6)
  • Gateways (Repairman Jack, #7)
  • Crisscross (Repairman Jack, #8)
  • Infernal (Repairman Jack, #9)
  • Harbingers (Repairman Jack, #10)

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