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“Wilson deftly keeps interest high with well-drawn characterizations, modulating the thrills with details of day-to-day life in the early 1980s. Cracking good fun for teens.” Kirkus Reviews
“Fast paced and wonderfully crafted, this is a great book for both adult fans of Jack, and a wonderful new series for young adults. If you haven't read Wilson yet, this is a good place to start.” Crimespree Magazine
“After 11 Repairman Jack novels for adults, most of which have strong elements of science fiction and fantasy, Mr. Wilson has written Jack: Secret Histories, his first for teenagers… It's easy to see why Stephen King describes himself as the president of the Repairman Jack Fan Club.” New York Sun
Children's Literature - Jennifer Mitchell
Jack is a typical teenager of the 1980s, or so he thinks. He is the youngest of three children. He is pestered by his older sister and his parents and tormented by his brother. Jack's normal existence is threatened, however, when his friends Weezy and Eddie stumble upon a mysterious object and a dead body with a gruesome secret. He and Weezy must decide quickly whom to trust, because many of the adults in their lives suddenly develop unspeakable secrets. As they work to solve the mystery of the hieroglyphics on the pyramid, people in their small town begin to drop dead. They discover that this is the work of a mythical creature and a secret organization. Jack, Eddie, and Weezy must act quickly to determine the reasons for the deaths before they become the next victims. Jack must use all his intelligence and new found lock picking skills in order to stay one step ahead of the murderer. This is a fun and exciting read that will appeal to all audiences. It is a must have for any library. It is a great book for general entertainment, and it will take many adults on a nostalgic journey to their teen years. Reviewer: Jennifer Mitchell
The bestselling author of the Repairman Jack thriller series moves into the young-adult market with a prequel about the teenage Jack, who is just discovering his talents. At age 14, Jack's interests focus on his friends, especially his friend Eddie's sister, black-clad Weezy. The trio find a body and a mysterious black cube in the forest, both connected to a secret society of possibly ancient origin. Although Wilson drops a tinge of the supernatural into the book, he hews to a basic detective-story plot, with plenty of suspense to keep readers charging ahead. Despite the unrealistic premise, the text makes it easy for readers to suspend disbelief as Jack learns that he has a talent for figuring his way out of difficult situations. Wilson deftly keeps interest high with well-drawn characterizations, modulating the thrills with details of day-to-day life in the early 1980s. Cracking good fun for teens. (Fiction. YA)
Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages.
The most welcome discovery, for readers new to the thriller universe, is F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack.
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From Jack: Secret Histories
Weezy laid the object on the ground between them and began to examine it.
Jack knelt opposite her. “What do you think it is?”
She shook her head, looking as baffled as he felt. “I don’t know. Some kind of stone—onyx, maybe? It’s got no writing on it, but I get this feeling it’s . . . old.” She looked up at him. “Know what I mean?”
Jack couldn’t say why, but he knew exactly what she meant.
“Yeah. Very old.”
“And where there’s one there’s probably others.” Her eyes were wide with wonder and excitement. “Help me, Jack?”
“Try and stop me.”
He wanted one of those cubes for himself.
So they started digging—not easy in the wet sand. But they kept coming up empty. Frustration was beginning to nibble at Jack when his fingertips scraped against a hard surface.
He dug his fingers down on each side of whatever it was and pulled it up.
And found himself looking into the empty eye sockets of a rotting human head.
He stared in mute, open-mouthed, grossed-out shock. Beside him, Weezy screamed.