Conspiracies (Repairman Jack Series #3)

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Repariman Jack, F. Paul Wilson's vigilante hero from 1984's New York Times bestseller The Tomb and 1998's Legacies, returns in a thriller that thrusts Jack back into the weird, supernatural world that he thrives in. Looking for clues to the mysterious disappearance of leading conspiracy theorist Melanie Ehler, Jack attends a convention of bizarre and avid conspiracy theorists. It's a place where aliens are real, the government is out to get you, and the world is hurtling toward an inevitable war of good versus ...
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Overview

Repariman Jack, F. Paul Wilson's vigilante hero from 1984's New York Times bestseller The Tomb and 1998's Legacies, returns in a thriller that thrusts Jack back into the weird, supernatural world that he thrives in. Looking for clues to the mysterious disappearance of leading conspiracy theorist Melanie Ehler, Jack attends a convention of bizarre and avid conspiracy theorists. It's a place where aliens are real, the government is out to get you, and the world is hurtling toward an inevitable war of good versus evil incarnate. Jack finds that nobody can be trusted—and that few people are what they seem. Worse yet, Jack's been having vivid dreams that make him wonder whether he's headed for a clash with his own past—maybe The Tomb's evil rakoshi bests aren't through with him quite yet.
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Fifteen years have passed since Repairman Jack debuted in Wilson’s novel The Tomb. Beginning with Legacies and now continuing with Conspiracies, we are once again swept up in a high-octane thriller that never ceases to let go of the reader. Repairman Jack is one part Travis McGee and one part the Saint, an enigmatic antihero without identity, working outside the system. Jack’s moral imperative is sometimes questionable but always leads him into the heart of darkness and beyond.

Repairman Jack is a Mr. Fix-It who isn’t afraid to break the law in order to help people who are willing to pay for his services. Jack sticks to his own code though, never trusting any of his clients without first perusing the situation for himself firsthand.

Jack is an everyman who makes sure nothing of his persona is memorable or stands out in any way -- not his looks, his dress, his car, or his demeanor. Now that Jack has his own home page he’s able to advertise his talents on the Internet while remaining out of sight. His latest case involves the missing Melanie Ehler, an "expert" on conspiracy theories who has vanished without a trace. She reappears only once over the television, her disembodied voice urging her husband, Lew, to find Repairman Jack because only "he would understand."

Actually, Jack doesn’t have a clue as to this latest puzzle, and though he’d prefer not to get involved with so strange a mystery, the fact that his name has come up compels him to accept. He attends a conspiracy conference with Lew and is immediately swept up in the bizarre world of paranoia, where every guest has a different theory as to the world’s woes: UFOs may be from outer space or the center of the earth, the government may be in league with aliens or may be covertly fighting them, or perhaps all our troubles are simply caused by Satan.

Before her disappearance, Melanie Ehler was working on GUT -- her Grand Unification Theory, one that would tie all unexplained machinations together under the umbrella concept of a chaotic force known as "The Otherness." Though Jack is amused by the usual eccentric conference attendees and their weird beliefs, he soon comes to realize that there is a supernatural evil at work here.

A demonic creature almost kills him in the hotel basement even while he’s being scrutinized by the leader of the conference, Professor Roma, who seems to know more about Jack than anyone alive should. Also thrown into the plot are the "men in black," who may be involved with a hideous mutilation murder on the premises or might be Jack’s only allies when the Otherness is finally unleashed. Repairman Jack’s craving for anonymity is perfectly juxtaposed by the personal life he can’t escape.

Though the reader is let in on little, we do ascertain that Jack loves his girlfriend, Gia, and her daughter, Vicky, and that Jack also is terrified over visiting his father after a long absence. Though we don’t learn the details of Jack’s guilt and personal familial fears, we discover just enough to make the story thread involving as it sheds new light on Jack’s cryptic character. Also giving us clues to Jack’s integrity is another case he’s working on, which involves a sadistic husband and an abused wife. Jack’s personal code comes into play here, especially when the situation doesn’t end quite the way he expected.

F. Paul Wilson has given us another immensely readable and highly enjoyable novel that literally speeds along without a snag anywhere. Although Jack doesn’t need to exert his cleverness or skill quite so much in Conspiracies as in previous stories, he still faces incredible odds of the supernatural variety. Fans will delight in the return of Repairman Jack even while this novel conspires to garner F. Paul Wilson even more legions of wildly fanatic followers.

—Tom Piccirilli

Edward Bryant
This is a novel in which the author trowels on another layer of weirdness whenever the action threatens to flag...[C]learly structured to pave the way for at least one sequel. That's not wholly satisfying from a dramatic stance, but it is encouraging to know that Jack'll return for at least one more outing.
Locus
Charles DeLint
…an entertaining read, with engaging characters and a plot that twists and turns…
Fantasy & Science Fiction
San Francisco Chronicle
Wilson strolls into X-Files territory and makes it his own, keeping the action brisk and the level of suspense steadily rising.
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"Wilson strolls in X-Files territory and makes it his own, keeping the action brisk and the level of suspense steadily rising."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Repairman Jack is a wonderful character, ultracompetent but still vulnerable. While there's plenty of violence in Conspiracies, there's also a lot of humor."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages....Hugely entertaining."--Dean Koontz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765361370
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Repairman Jack Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 393,422
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Paul Wilson, a New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between, is a practicing physician who resides in Wall, New Jersey.

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Conspiracies


By Wilson, F. Paul

Tor Books

Copyright © 2000 Wilson, F. Paul
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780812566994

I
 
 
Jack looked around the front room of his apartment and figured he was either going to have to move to a bigger place, or stop buying stuff. He had nowhere to put his new Daddy Warbucks lamp.
Well, not new exactly. It had been made sometime in the 1940s, but it was in great shape. The base was a glazed plaster cast of Daddy from the waist up, his hand gripping a lapel of his tuxedo, a tiny rhinestone in place of his diamond stick pin. He was grinning, and his pupilless eyes showed not the slightest trace of concern about the lamp stem and socket shell emerging from his bald pate.
Jack had found it in a Soho nostalgia shop, and talked the owner down to eighty-five dollars for it. He would have paid twice that. The apartment didn't need another lamp, but Jack needed this one. Warbucks was such a stand-up guy. No way Jack could pass it up. No bulb or lampshade, but that was easily remedied. Problem was, where to put it?
He did a slow turn. His home was the third floor of a brownstone in the West Eighties, and smelled of old wood. Not surprising since the place was crammed with Victorian golden oak furniture. The walls and shelves were cluttered with memorabilia and tchotchkes from the thirties and forties. Everything in sight except for the computer monitor existed before he was born. Even the Cartoon Network--he could see the large-screen TV in the extra bedroom--wasplaying a toon from the thirties with a big-eyed owlet crooning how he loved "to sign-a, about the moon-a anna June-a anna spring-a...." And here in the front room, not a single empty horizontal surface left...
Except for the computer monitor.
Jack placed the Daddy Warbucks lamp on top of the monitor, which sat atop Jack's antique oak rolltop desk. The processor sat on the floor in the kneehole, and the keyboard hid under the rolltop. The monitor didn't look comfortable perched up there, but then, the computer didn't really fit anywhere in the room--a plastic iceberg adrift in a sea of wavy-grained oak.
But you couldn't be in business these days without one. Jack didn't understand all that much about computers, but he loved the anonymity they afforded in communications.
He hadn't checked his email since this morning, so he lit up the monitor and rolled up the tambour top to reveal his keyboard. He logged on through one of his ISPs--jack had multiple accounts under various names with a number of Internet service providers, and maintained a Web site through one of them. Everything he'd read said that people were increasingly looking to the Internet to solve all sorts of problems, so Jack figured he might as well make himself available to folks searching there for his kind of solution.
Half a dozen emails from the Web site waited, but only one seemed worth answering, and that barely:
Jack--
I need your help. It's about my wife. Please call me or email me back, but =please= get back to me.
It was signed "Lewis Ehler" and he'd left two numbers, one in Brooklyn, the other on Long Island.
It's about my wife--not some guy who wanted to know if she was cheating, he hoped. Marital problems weren't in Jack's line.
He had another job just starting up, but that promised to be mostly night work. Which meant his days would be free.
He wrote down the numbers, then headed out to make the call.
 
Copyright 2000 by F. Paul Wilson


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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Good, but so far my least favorite of any F. Paul Wilson novel I

    Good, but so far my least favorite of any F. Paul Wilson novel I have read. I found it a little difficult to follow at times. Not sure why the itineraries for SESOUP were given, especially the Sunday one at the end. The only thing I can think of for the Sunday one to be listed at the end would be to indicate that the story didn't end with Conspiracies. That it would continue in a different book. The different conspiracy theories were interesting, bizarre, but interesting. I found too many unanswered questions. For instance, who killed Olive? Why? Why was her body mutilated so badly and was she still alive when it happened? What happened to the computer disks that Melanie gave her and what was on them? And who the hell are the MIB Twins? What is up with the sunglasses that didn't have lenses? If they weren't from the "Otherness", then where did they come from, who sent them, and what is their agenda? Why did the hole close up when they fell into it? What kind of "torch" did the one twin pass onto Jack? Not to mention, what kind of creatures are they anyway? What exactly happened in 1968 to cause the infant mutations and who was responsible for it? I just found parts of this book vague and disjointed. Which was strange considering the detail Wilson went into describing the different conspiracy theories.



    I have loved all the other F. Paul Wilson novels I have read, but this one was a little disappointing. Where the others were "complete", with a beginning, middle and end, I felt that Conspiracies only had a beginning and middle, no conclusion or ending. Maybe the answers to my questions will be found in other Repairman Jack novels. I intend to read all of them because I love the character. How can you not love Repairman Jack?

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

    One of the better books in the series. Not as good as Hosts but

    One of the better books in the series. Not as good as Hosts but this one's pretty awesome! The ending was a shocker. Didn't see that one coming. This is a treat for any science fiction or horror fans out there. Great read. Couldn't put it down. Read VERY carefully about the ending. I missed something that was essencial to the plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Plot to Seize the White House

    If you like reading about conspiracies, you'll love the true story of how radicals tried to overthrow FDR! It's a historical even almost completely forgotten, but you can read about it in Jules Archer's The Plot to Seize the Whitehouse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    A good diversion overall

    It's been a while since I read 'The Tomb' and I didn't realize that it was actually turned into a series of books. I haven't read 'Legacies' and might should have before reading this book. However, this is a good book and I actually enjoyed the variety of conspiracy theories that are put forth. There are parts where it seems a little disjointed and I will agree with another reviewer that the SESOUP Sunday schedule being placed on the last page is a bit odd and could be an editorial error. However, I consider that a minor issue. Bottom line, if you enjoy books that are a little far-out, you should enjoy this one. I can definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Hell of a book!!!!

    This book was great from the beginning to the end! I was so into it, I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in a couple of days! This is the first Repairman Jack book that I have read, but now that I have read this, I'am going to get the other ones!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    REPAIRMAN JACK IS BACK IN ACTION!

    Though not as good as THE TOMB and LEGACIES, the newest 'Repairman Jack' novel, CONSPIRACIES, by F. Paul Wilson, is still a fun read. This time Jack is hired to search for a missing wife, Melanie Ehler, who was in the process of finishing her 'Grand Unification Theory when she suddenly vanishes. Her theory will shed light on what is actually going on in the world with regards to conspiracies, proving some and disproving others. Melanie was supposed to present her new theory at the national SESOUP (The Society for the Exposure of Secret Organizations and Unacknowledged Phenomena) conference, but disappeared just before the start of it. The question is whether or not her disappearance was voluntary. Jack cleverly infiltrates the conference of paranoid people, hoping to find out if any of its members were involved in the disappearance of Melanie. It isn't long before Jack finds out that basically everyone at the conference is a little nuts, and that there is a conspiracy of major proportions in the works. He suspects that Dr. Salvatore Roma, the founder of SESOUP, may be behind the strange happenings. Of course, Jack is right in his suspicions. Dr. Roma and his little monkey, Mauricio, are determined to unleash the 'Otherness' upon the unsuspecting world, thereby creating unimaginable calamity and chaos. It also isn't long before Jack realizes that Dr. Roma is connected to Melanie's disappearance in some way, and that it may be up to our reluctant hero to save the world when push comes to shove. CONSPIRACIES had a number of good things about it. Beside having a great character in Repairman Jack, the story line also offered a somewhat detailed look at the major conspiracies floating around out there (UFOs, little gray aliens abducting humans for experiments, the Men in Black, and the global Kabal taking economic control over the world). My own theory is that where there's a little bit of smoke, there's bound to be some fire. Well, the arguments presented for the above conspiracy theories certainly sound plausible enough to me. Even Jack begins to question his on beliefs after just a few days at the conference. He even starts to see his own paranoid self mirrored in many of the participants at the conference. I mean, who's more paranoid about the U.S. government than our Repairman Jack. The rakoshi creatures from THE TOMB return, at least in Jack's dreams, and Mr. Wilson does go into some detail concerning their origins, as well as their relationship to the 'Otherness.' The ending of the book is a little far-fetched, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the novel. One thing the reader should be aware of is that CONSPIRACIES takes place roughly seven months after THE TOMB (circa 1985/86), but Mr. Wilson throws in a large number of things that only recently happened, so just ignore the inconsistencies. Jack is definitely a wonderful character to hang out with for a day, and that is what makes the novels so much fun to read. These books are pure popcorn entertainment and are not to be taken too seriously. Buy the novel, read it, and have a great day of fun and relaxations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Repairman Jack Rocks!!!

    I can't get enough Jack! Full of action/adventure and plenty of humor. Jack will have you grinning, smiling and laughing out loud! I am an aspiring writer having trouble with books keeping my attention. F. Paul Wilson's The Select and one of his Repairman Jack novella's got me hooked! I can't put his books down! Don't wish to take my word for it?, ask the President of the Jack Fan Club; Stephen King. Go out and buy The Tomb, Legacies, or Conspiracies today

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Repairman Jack is back

    No database contains information on Repairman Jack, who applies unorthodox methods to fix problems for people. Jack blends so well into the scenery, no one notices him, let alone remembers seeing him. Though a pragmatic person anchored into the material plane, Jack has battled some supernatural creatures in his time. <P>Jack¿s latest case comes to him via his home page on the Internet, which allows the Repairman to advertise, but remain invisible. Lewis Ehlers desperately wants to find his missing spouse Melanie. She appeared on his TV screen while he watched the Weather Channel and appealed to him to obtain the services of Jack. The Repairman accepts the case and soon attends a conspiracy buff conference where Melanie is scheduled to make an appearance. Jack meets the usual crazies, but also senses a malignant supernatural essence trying to crash the barrier into this world. Only Jack can hope to stop the creature from succeeding, but his odds of surviving the counter is slim. <P>Anyone who has ever read a Repairman Jack tale wonders what makes the man tick? He appears to be a normal person just by the nature of his conversations with his friends, but the average individual does not spend an inordinate amount of time making sure no trace exists of his ever being anywhere. Thus, Jack remains one of the most enigmatic characters around as readers realize they don¿t know Jack. Placing this puzzling protagonist inside a non-stop, action-packed thriller like CONSPIRACIES leave the audience wanting more novels starring Jack. As with his TOMB AND LEGACIES, F. Paul Wilson provides the audience with a triumphant tale starring a quirky hero who deserves wide fan attention. <P>Harriet Klausner

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