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Harbingers (Repairman Jack #10)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,725 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
It starts off so simply: Jack, still feeling down after the tragic events of Infernal, is hanging in Julio's when a regular named Timmy asks him for help. His teenage niece has been missing since this morning; the police say it's too early to worry, but Timmy knows something bad has happened. Jack says he'll put the word out on the street. This innocent request triggers a ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by Forge Books (first published April 1st 2006)
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Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
5 Stars

Harbingers, Repairman Jack #10 is another fantastic installment of one of my favorite on going series. F. Paul Wilson has created a special series led by a main character in Jack that always walks the line between good and bad. The Repairman Jack series has developed into one of my favorite series out there and I can never seem to get enough. Wilson does an amazing job at making each book work as a standalone while at the same time never neglecting the overall story arc. We the reader no
Mike (the Paladin)
"Hot dog" we're back on track with this one. I like the Repairman Jack series but have to point out that the individual novels can run hot and cold. The one I read just before this was possibly/probably the weakest of the series. I was almost bored with it and while it does fill in some gaps in the overall story was simply slow and had major holes in it's "interest level".

Not so here. From the weak book we launch into a major jump forward in the story (probably baring out some things you've susp
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I've finally calmed down from the free-fall that is Harbingers. A roller-coaster ride that had me wrought with emotion throughout most of it. Increasingly this series has gotten more harrowing, more personal, and more emotional with the systematic picking off of Jack's family and the advancing horror of the Otherness. There are some serious twists and turns in this novel as Jack gets closer to revealing the reasons behind his role in the battle between evil and not so evil or is it evil and ...more
Grant Howard
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started my review of "Crisscross" with "These get darker and darker". I had no idea! This one really puts you through the ringer. More of The Ally is revealed than ever before too.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some crazy revelations in this one! A lot of stuff is starting to come together.
May 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a spear has no branches
Michael T Bradley
After the double whammy of the last book, Jack is feeling appropriately glum. He's not even taking on new jobs at this point because of his high glum rating. But, of course, someone at the bar makes a special request, and Jack feels sorry for him, and hijinks ensue.

The opening gambit is really just a way for Wilson to introduce the main story here, of course, which involves explaining a lot of the lingering questions that have come up through the first nine books of the series. This is probably
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Repairman Jack at his best, and at his worst. Screw with the few he cares for and see how Jack comes for you. Jack is meticulous, inventive, and can anticipate your moves better that you can. You cannot prepare yourself for the measures he will take against you. Be warned.

I'm scared for Jack's future, the future that the Ally is sculpting by ripping all of his loved ones away. I didn't like the parts of the story where I thought that he had ignored his personal code to seek out vengeance. But, t
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves 4 and three quarter stars really. With a compact plot ie less meandering and less plugging plot holes as an afterthought, this book gets the series back on track. It's almost a reboot of sorts. Or at the very least mr Wilson applied the defibrillator to his overall story just in the nick of time. Questions answered, reasons given and the perennially 'how can you be so thick' jack finally gets a clue. Maybe we're just back where we started? But at least we know why!
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, winter2018
I'm not sure how much more Jack can take at this point. I'm curious to know where the story goes from here. If you are a new reader to the series, I wouldn't start with this book, go back to the beginning.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoying this series.
Cheryl Pierce
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
This book finally answered some of the burning questions
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"a Spear with no Branches", Best one yet! Thanks FPW.
I'm starting to find the casual Islamophobia of the characters in this series a bit much to take. If F. Paul Wilson doesn't control it better, his books will soon look like Andrew Klavan's.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Benjamin Thomas
This tenth novel of the Repairman Jack series has firmly cemented the series as one of my all-time favorite series, (all genres included), although I think I could say that beginning with book 3 or 4 as well. All of the novels read like chapters in one long novel, taking place over just a few years. And it seems that the closer we get to the end the less time lapses between each novel. For those that have yet to try Repairman Jack, think of these novels as exciting thriller novels embedded insid ...more
David Agranoff
Wow, just wow. RMJ #10 is no doubt my favorite in the series. Harbingers is a dark and Brutal twist in the Repairman Jack saga. I saw this book coming, but I felt like I was frozen on a train track as a speeding locomotive was coming to crush me while reading this book. As much as I think this is the best in the series I can see that many will not dig this entry in the series. I also think this book will lack power if you are not already read the previous books.

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May 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an average outing for F. Paul Wilson in the Repairman Jack series. On the good side, the "meta-plot" which has been threading through the series becomes a lot clearer in "Harbingers". A lot is explained about The Ally, The Otherness, and my favorites, the Ladies With the Dogs! The downside is that it occurs in a book without a really compelling plot or much drama.
The tone of the series is getting steadily darker. That may or may not be a bad thing, depending on the reader. What I had l
F. Paul Wilson has written better. While I found this entertaining, it was also vaguely unsatisfying. My main problem was that, while the protagonist Repairman Jack is interesting, he isn't especially well developed as a character (at least in this book). He keeps telling us how much he cares about the people in his life, but they're just words. I never sensed any depth in his feelings. As such, when he goes on his campaign of vengeance against the men who hurt his loved ones, it just seems grat ...more
In the tenth Repairman Jack book we find ourselves, as readers, in a position to figure out exactly what the hell is going on! There are no more coincidences in life seems to be the mantra of this book, as it explains the series of familial deaths. Jack struggles to understand the dynamics between the Ally and the Adversary as he comes to terms with his own crisis and the mystery behind a group of warrior men called yeniceri.

This was a decent come-back after the groan-fest that comprised Book 9
Sep 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack is Back !!!!! I was a bit worried when I read the 9th installment of the Repairman Jack series,to put it mildly sucked. Needless to say I was a bit leary to pick up # 10 of the series,even though 1-8 were awesome,# 9 just was not good....... at all. Then came the fateful day,while perusing Borders I saw that Harbingers was out in paperback. After a few minutes of arguing with myself whether I wanted to continue the series or not,I picked it up. It found it's way home with me that ni ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The tenth chapter in the Repairman Jack saga (and the books really are like chapters of one enormous novel; Wilson rarely takes the time to explain past events, but refers to them only obliquely). This time, Jack meets the yeneçari, a loyal army of men trained from birth to serve the Oculus, people who get messages from the Ally. Jack is now formally identified as the Heir to the previous Sentinel, but when he realizes that the Ally is making him into a spear by culling everyone he’s ever loved, ...more
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Jack lost the last of his family in the previous novel in this series, I was thinking the books would pick up again. Both Hosts and Infernal were a bit subpar in terms of action, but this one corrects this by looking at one of the more ignored aspects of the series, the inaccurately-named cosmic entity "The Ally" and its forces, men in black. The novel gave some more background for Jack, including him telling what he would have done had he not gone into his current "line of work". Jack get ...more
Andrea Yargeau
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel very much. I had been wanting to get it for my kindle and then happened to run across it in the library. I had forgotten some of the previous novels, but I remembered enough about the ally and adversary stuff that it was not necessary to go back and reread. Wilson is however starting to tie in more of his "Secret Histories of the World," bringing in the Adversary Cycle and building up to end the world with "Nightworld" which does seem to spoil reading the rest of the Repairm ...more
I really enjoyed this Repairman Jack novel; it was a terrific story integrating all the elements of the fantasy part of the Repairman Jack saga as well as introducing some new elements, filling in some more prehistory, and raising new questions. The concept of Ally and Adversary reflect one interpretation of the chaotic yet ordered universe. Gia, Jack's love interest plays a significant role here, but once again seems somewhat out of place. Jack's relationship with Gia always seems off, and is t ...more
In Harbingers, Jack works a case in a classic action thriller. A friend at Julio's needs help. His niece has come up missing. It's too early to involve the cops, so of course Jack is his 'go to' man. This very soon leads to characters working for The Ally called the 'Yeniceri'. They are a group of devout followers willing to do anything The Ally wants of them, all commanded through the visions, or 'alarms', of the Oculus. There's just one problem: The Oculus gets alarms commanding the Yeniceri t ...more
Brent Ecenbarger
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Repairman Jack novel. It'll probably be my last. This is another book where the title seems to have no relation to the book itself. This is one in a series, and the individual book did not stand well alone. The author repeatedly referred to things that had happened in previous books without explaining them. Some of the assumptions just didn't make sense. Lots of violence. This is a world where the only way to deal with problems is to kill everyone. Without remorse or second tho ...more
The Cats Mother
Book ten in the Repairman Jack series, this follows closely on from the events of the previous book. Jack is depressed about losing successive members of his family, but doesn't know yet how much worse things can get. A regular at Julio's asks him to find his niece, and the rescue introduces him to the Yeniceri, a group of underworld soldiers who exist to protect the Oculus, a hereditary oracle. Of course everything is connected to previous events in Jack's life and his purpose in the battle bet ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where it all really comes together and begins to hurtle towards the final showdown. There have been tons of connections between the books in this series up to this point, but they were all still pretty much able to be read as standalones, with plotlines that would resolve by the time you closed the back cover. This is probably the last book that you could say that about, and it's questionable whether or not you would to begin with. Jack (and we as readers) finally start to get answers to ...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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