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Secret Vengeance (Young Repairman Jack #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  641 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Everyone loves senior Carson Toliver, the captain and quarterback of the football team, heartthrob of South Burlington County Regional High—especially the girls. Even Jack's best friend Weezy has a crush on him. And unlike most of the popular kids at school, he's not stuck up. Jack even sees him defending a piney kid who is being bullied in the hall. Which is why Jack is s ...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published April 1st 2010)
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SECRET VENGEANCE is rather more straight-forward than the other two books in the trilogy, and it contains less of the bizarre, X-FILES-ish component that I enjoy so much. Mostly, this novel tells the story of how Jack exacts clever revenge on a schoolmate for besmirching his friend's public reputation. But, while the events of the book feel relatively mundane as far as Repairman Jack adventures go, Wilson did such a great job of using the previous books to lay the groundwork for this story that ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is 3rd in a series of young adult books which are part of the "Repairman Jack" saga--before Jack knew that he was special. I liked this one best of the young adult genre because it shows the beginnings of the development of Jack's talents and how he became the adult Repairman Jack. There are also appearances of characters which will become part of the main fabric of the later "Jack" novels. There are some supernatural overtones as with the later books--but all in all this is just a very ent ...more
Michael T Bradley
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, Good, F. Paul Wilson remembered how to write again with book three of this trilogy. Perhaps bordering on the outskirts of YA territory, this book starts off with Weezy barely escaping date rape from Carson Tolliver. This spurs young Jack into action, seeking revenge on Carson, but in a way that doesn't point back to himself or Weezy. It's pretty awesome seeing Jack's mind start to work in the ways it will later (although the "final," agonizing test he has to go through to beat Carson was som ...more
Sarah Mika
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The last book in the young adult trilogy about Jack's teenage years in Johnson, NJ. F. Paul Wilson clearly put a lot of thought into how Jack became into Repairman Jack. I like all the details, from how he learned to pick locks to his knack for earning money from unique jobs. The book has lots of inside jokes for people who have read the adult Repairman Jack series. Jack does several small fixes leading up to one big one, so the fun of the reveal happens again and again. Also, a favorite charact ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* rounded up. Another good read although not my favourite of the trilogy. This one was much more about young Jack and his development rather than the more out there, history of the world aspect. And now there are even MORE threads in this complex history which need to be gathered.
Eric Bauman
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is the third of Dr. Wilson’s “Repairman Jack as a teenager” books (following “Jack: Secret Histories” and “Jack: Secret Circles.” These three books show how Repairman Jack was as a teenager, and fills in some background as to how he became who he is in Dr. Wilson’s Adversary Cycle and the Repairman Jack series.

If you haven’t read the Repairman Jack books, get with it, man! Sorry, for those who don’t know who Repairman Jack is, he can’t fix your washer. He is the man you call if you have a p
Jeff Tate
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
I was skeptical that Wilson could make a YA series out of Repairman Jack, but I really enjoyed this third book. It is probably my favorite because it harkens back to the first few books in the adult Repairman Jack series, before everything got overtly supernatural. The majority of the novel is just seeing the first glimpses of how Jack became "Repairman Jack" in his pursuit of justice for his friend, Weezy. There is a bit of interesting supernatural here and there with some fun cameos from futur ...more
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The third entry in the Young Repairman Jack chronicles. These books showcase how Jack learns the skills and meets the people who mentor and aid him in his quest to aid people with no other recourse. And to learn he's not just an ordinary kid, though that's lesson it will take many more years to sink in.

Fourteen year old Jack's best friend Weezy reveals a terrible secret to him.She'd went on a secret date with senior Carson Toliver, quarterback and cock of the walk. He'd attacked the fifteen year
Critter Reyome
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Purportedly the final tale in the "young Repairman Jack" books aimed mainly at teens/pre-teens, this books is still very enjoyable for adults, especially with subject matter that is at times rather mature. Tough to choose between this and "Secret Circles" for the best of the Jack series, but you don't have to choose, read them all! And if you're reading the Repairman Jack saga (which you should), then you must read the Jack books to get the full story. For instance, you see exactly how and where ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
As I have mentioned elsewhere, Repairman Jack is probably my favorite fictional character. And these books about his teen life are just as fun to read as the later "adult" books. I'm only sad that this is the last of the planned trilogy of young Jack stories. I can only hope that Mr. Wilson will some day decide to go back and tell a few more.

I can still remember several years ago when I first decided to jump into reading F. Paul Wilson and told my wife about "Repairman Jack". She laughed at such
Brooklyn Teen-central
In the book there is a boy named Jack who gets a letter in his locker saying there will be a murder with one of his friends and he has 48 hoursto find which friend before the 48 hours is over. So he stays up late looking forwhich friend it is so he looks in the gym and he finds a hintabout it saying that it is his next door neighbor. When he checks if he is there it turns out he is gone.
Next day he finds the neighbor in his garage it turns out it was a trick well thought out to capture Jack. T
Kevin Lucia
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent end to the YA series, tons of Easter Eggs for loyal fans, but enough open spaces to invite new readers. Upon finishing the first book, all my students were insistent on tracking down every other Jack book written, and were intrigued with the idea of an adult Jack. Consider the YA series the "gateway" drug to the Repairman Jack universe.

Also, this series is one ANY teacher or adult would feel comfortable recommending for just about anyone. Jack is a real, believable kid - not a goody tw
Seth Tucker
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great end to a fantastic young adult series. With this entry, you see Jack's thoughts focusing on the future and where his choices will ultimately lead him to be the man we discovered in Wilson's The Tomb. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have come to love the characters. Even if you have not read Wilson's Repairman Jack novels this book is still a great read and I would recommend this series for anyone looking to purchase books for a young adult, where intelligence and cleverness ar ...more
David Marshall
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, as the concluding part of the YA trilogy, it did manage to complete the line-up of the cast necessary for the rest of the series to make sense with the first view of Mr Foster, and confirmation of the circumstances surrounding Jack's birth is significant. But I feel it's not quite as good as Secret Circles. Good as a YA novel and a must for Repairman Jack readers.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
The final part of the Young Jack trilogy is at least as good as the two previous books. The bulk of this book is consumed with Jack's mission to harass and discredit the school's most popular student, who attacked Jack's friend Weezy and already spread vicious rumors making her look worse. It's wonderful how he escalates the tension as he goes. Excellent tie-in to the Secret History of the World series.
Veronika Levine
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the end of this young adult trilogy and am sad that the books are over. Now of course, I've read all the adult books and they are even better, but I was really growing to like Young Jack and wanted more. If you have never read F. Paul Wilson, stop what you are doing and get his book the Tomb. You'll be hooked!
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
The final book in the young Jack trilogy, and it's a good one. Jack is well on his way towards the man he will become, and the forces that will toy with him are already in place. I enjoyed his classroom discussions with Mr. Kressy about finding a guiding principle. Jack comprehends that he owns his one else does. Already he's learning to "do the right thing."
Tim Healy
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is, by far, the best of these "Young Repairman Jack" novels. It has a sense of joy in pointing the way to how Jack became the person he is as an adult. It also has the tightest plot of the three, remaining focused on one storyline and its subplots. Glad I read these for continuity, but this one is best.
Michael Mcnally
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jack rocks, even as a teenager. All three "Young Jack" books are solid, even under repeat readings (this was my second time reading Secret Vengeance). Wilson is a master of pacing and suspense, and Secret Vengeance delivers with "fixes" galore and plenty of tie ins to Wilson's "Secret History" timeline. Read this now!!!
Axel Tshimanga
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book about secrecy, lies, revenge, and all happens in high school, its basically about this teenager getting revenge on a very popular football jock who supposedly raped his best friend, she doesn't want anyone to know about this situation, but he decides to go behind her back and get revenge in secret.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good conclusion to the Young Repairman Jack Trilogy, if not as full of supernatural adventure as the previous two installments. Most of the remaining questions were answered with enough mystery to draw you back.
I enjoyed this book immensely, although reading it was bittersweet--I have now read every "Repairman Jack" book and short story. Sigh. At some point, I will start over and read them all again, but I will miss not having any new adventures from Jack, Abe, and everyone else.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although the weakest of the stories that make up this trilogy, Secret Vengeance does tie up some loose ends that sets the stage for the boy-who- would-be Repairman Jack. I imagine that there are some unresolved plot lines, i.e. the Pineys, in case Wilson decides to revisit this era.
Carol Bailey
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Out of the 3 books in this series, I think that this one is my favorite.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really great book shows us how love is great and worth to die for
Chris P.
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The best one of the young Jack books
Mar 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the 3rd in a YA series. I rated this 3 stars because I like the characters, but this was the worst in the series so far. If the next one is this bad, I'll likely give up on these.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This one is definitely the best of the young Jack series. I really enjoyed this one about Jack getting even for a friend. Excellent!
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juv-ya, ghosts
I think this was the best of the three books.

I loved lowly freshman Jack pranking the Senior Jock. I also love the tie in parts to the rest of "The Secret History of the World" 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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