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The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack Series #6)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    Great intro to Jack's World

    As my first introduction into the the Repairman Jack Series, this book didn't disappoint. As a native Astorian, I loved my hometown being highlighted even if some areas were changed to protect their identity! I'd like to go back to the beginning and read the entire series, Jack is not someone you can put down after just one case.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    A (semi)real (semi)hero

    This book is buy far one of the most intersting and original peices of its genre, creating a world that is plosibe and absurd at the same time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2003

    A Great Book but a Lousy Hardover Edition (tine print)

    This is vintage Paul Wilson. All his books are a great read, especially the Repairman Jack series. So the story deserves five stars. But I think prospective buyers should be informed that the hardcover edition is a painful read. The print size is very, very small. It is even smaller than the average print size of a pocketbook. This is unacceptable. I don't see any point in paying an extra 11 dollars to have a less confortable read than a mass market paperback. I would give Zero Star for the publisher (Tom Doherty Publisher, Forge Boooks) if I could. So this is my advice. If your eyes are good enough to read 410 pages of tiny print, go for it. If not, stay away from Forge books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    REPAIRMAN JACK IS BACK IN ACTION!!!!!!!!

    THE HAUNTED AIR by F. Paul Wilson¿author of THE KEEP, THE TOMB, ALL THE RAGE, and HOSTS¿is the sixth ¿Repairman Jack¿ novel in this utterly fantastic series about one man¿s attempt to protect himself and the people he loves from an evil supernatural phenomenon known simply at the ¿Otherness.¿ This novel is certainly a lot longer (415pp. of very small print) than the previous books in the series, and I would probably have to say that it¿s also the best, which is a mouthful, considering how well written most the other novels are. This time around, the story centers on two brothers, Lyle and Charlie Kenton, whom Jack develops a close relationship with. The brothers are two psychic scam artists who have the perfect setup with their supposedly haunted house in a suburb of Queens, giving mystical readings to the rich wives and widows who want answers about the their impending future. Except for threats and gunshot warnings from some of the local psychic competitors, everything is going fairly good for the brothers until Jack and his girlfriend, Gia, show up one night with friends who want a reading from them. A mild earthquake takes place as soon as Jack and Gia start to enter the house. This cracks open the concrete floor in the basement, releasing the spirit of a murdered girl that now wants revenge against the people who killed her. Jack, who¿s still recovering from the death of his sister (see HOSTS), suddenly finds himself caught up in the brothers¿ dilemma as he attempts to find out who¿s been threatening them and as another case he¿s working on begins to tie in with the death of the little girl. While all of this is going on, Gia finds out that she¿s pregnant with Jack¿s baby and begins to worry that he may not want to give up his secret life in order to become an actual parent for the child. What neither one of them realizes is that the ¿Otherness¿ is back and wants the unborn baby for its own obscene purposes. As my mama used to say¿when it rains, it pours! In THE HAUNTED AIR, the author delves more deeply into the personality of Repairman Jack as the character is forced to make an important decision about his life and the lives of the people closest to him. Jack¿s not even sure it¿s possible for him to become a citizen without facing heavy fines for tax evasion and jail time for breaking the law. Gia also has to make a life-changing decision with regards to her feelings for Jack and what having his child may mean to her own goals and desires. Mr. Wilson makes these two characters appear more human and their choices in life more complex. Another thing that interested me was the discussions throughout the book on the nature of faith, religion, The Bible, God, and the essence of ¿good¿ and ¿evil.¿ It helped me to clarify some of my own thoughts in relation to these subjects. One thing to keep in mind about the ¿Repairman Jack¿ novels is that all of them take place during the mid-eighties within a fifteen-month time frame, though some of the technology is present day and references are made to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centers, and the murdered child was supposedly killed in the late eighties. And let¿s not forget all of the references to current music. This can get pretty confusing if you allow yourself to even think about it for a moment. The best thing to do is simply enjoy the ride for what it is. There¿s also a connection within this book to Mr. Wilson¿s first novel, THE KEEP (the stone blocks from Romania). Finally, a really nice addition to this series is the introduction of the Kenton brothers. These are two guys that kind of grow on you as the book moves along, and you find yourself hoping that the author will bring them back in a future novel, or at least one of them. With prose that¿s razor sharp, a more intricate plot, and stronger character development, F. Paul Wilson has written what is possibly the best novel in an already great series! I know his legions of fans will grow even larger after reading THE

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Strong haunted house Repairman Jack Tale

    The Kenton brothers are posing as mediums in Astoria, Queens siphoning off customers from other charlatan psychics. One of the scam artists is trying to drive Charlie and Lyle out of business using some dangerous methods. It is only luck that Repairman Jack crosses their path. <P>Jack, Gia and Gia¿s friend are visiting Menalus Manor, home of the Kentons when a small earthquake hits leaving a wide crack going the length of the cellar. While Repairman Jack is trying to get the Kentons¿ competitors to leave the siblings alone, Charlie and Lyle are starting to experience signs that their house is haunted. Jack finds that the haunting is linked to another case he¿s working, involving a cult snatching a young child every year as a sacrifice. Jack and those he loves are in danger unless a miracle occurs. <P>F. Paul Wilson does for haunted houses what Anne Rice has done for vampires. THE HAUNTED AIR is linked to other Repairman Jack novels as the recurring characters add a sense of continuity to the story line. Repairman Jack is mellower and less prone to high risk ventures than he has been in the past, which is a good thing because in nine months his life will change dramatically. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    Will Jack be back?

    All in all it's an entertaining ride for fans of Jack and would also be a good read for people new to the series since it doesn't play so much on previous adventures. By getting roped into giving a friend of his girlfriend, the lovely Gia, a lift to her psychic, Jack becomes involved with a team of brothers/grifters from Detroit and winds up doing one of his 'fixits' for them. Ah, but there's more than he bargained for here since it seems that the so called psychic's are living in a house that is haunted by an unknown evil. While all this is going on, Jack is hired by an old Irish gentleman to 'watch his brother and make sure he doesn't hurt anyone'. Throw in the fact that Jack is considering becoming a 'citizen' for Gia's sake....... As the story continues, you'll begin to wonder how this will all come together but, of course, F. Paul does it up in grand style. I ordered this book WAY before it was released so I was able to get one of the first printings and I was dismayed by the poor editing in the way of typos, missing words, and grammatical errors the publisher missed.

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