Jack: Secret Histories (Young Repairman Jack Series #1)

Jack: Secret Histories (Young Repairman Jack Series #1)

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by F. Paul Wilson
     
 

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Ever come across a situation that simply wasn't right—where someone was getting the dirty end of the stick and you wished you could make things right but didn't know how? Fourteen-year-old Jack knows how. Or rather he's learning how. He's discovering that he has a knack for fixing things. Not bikes or toys or appliances—situations….

It all starts

Overview

Ever come across a situation that simply wasn't right—where someone was getting the dirty end of the stick and you wished you could make things right but didn't know how? Fourteen-year-old Jack knows how. Or rather he's learning how. He's discovering that he has a knack for fixing things. Not bikes or toys or appliances—situations….

It all starts when Jack and his best friends, Weezy and Eddie, discover a rotting corpse—the victim of ritual murder—in the fabled New Jersey Pine Barrens. Beside the body is an ancient artifact carved with strange designs. What is its secret? What is the secret of the corpse? What other mysteries hide in the dark, timeless Pine Barrens? And who doesn't want them revealed?

Jack's town, the surrounding Barrens, his friends, even Jack himself…they all have…Secret Histories.

Editorial Reviews

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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
Kirkus Reviews
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)
Dean Koontz
Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages.
Janet Maslin
The most welcome discovery, for readers new to the thriller universe, is F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765358110
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
12/29/2009
Series:
Young Repairman Jack Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
767,064
Product dimensions:
5.03(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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.

“Got something!”

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.

Meet the Author

F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. His books include the Repairman Jack novels, including Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error; the Adversary cycle, including The Keep; and the young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.

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Jack 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Claudia Moskal More than 1 year ago
i am usually picky with the books i read, and this was an impulse purchse. i was shocked how much i loved this book. it was definetly a page turner and i highley recomend it to anyone
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1983 New Jersey, teenager Jack enjoys playing Atari games with his friends, siblings Eddie and Weezy his other pastime is riding his bike. Jack prefers to stay away from his home as his parents are pests, his older sister demanding and his older brother an abusive jerk.------------- Jack and his two buddies are biking in the Pine Barrens when they find an ancient burial site. Unable to resist they search for hidden treasure only to find a more modern but rotted corpse and an odd looking black box with arcane symbols etched on it. Neither Weezy nor Eddie can open it only Jack can. They soon learn the victim was a member of the elite Ancient Septimus Fraternal Order. Not long afterward other members are murdered. Jack investigates the enigmatic box and the serial killings of the Order.------------- Repairman Jack teenage sleuth is an enjoyable whodunit as fans obtain a look at the strange hero¿s early life in suburbia. The story line starts a bit slow especially for those who know Jack as F. Paul Wilson methodically sets time and place more so for older followers of the series. Once we know Jack, the plot takes off as he makes inquiries that places him in jeopardy, but sets him on his future life¿s path. JACK: SECRET HISTORIES is a wonderful refreshingly different entry that targets young adults, but series readers will relish young Jack in action.------------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been a pond time since I've I read any "Repairmen Jack" stories. These young adult stories of his life make a good place to start. I will have to start over and read them over. Really enjoyed it!
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