Cold City (Repairman Jack: The Early Years Trilogy #1)

Cold City (Repairman Jack: The Early Years Trilogy #1)

by F. Paul Wilson
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Cold City 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Sigh. I adore Repairman Jack and, along with all his other fans, I hate that his story has come to an end. Sort of. Being a kind man, F. Paul Wilson took pity after the final story, Nightworld, and has a three-part prequel for us telling how Repairman Jack got to be…well, Repairman Jack. Cold City is the first of that trilogy. I’ve “known” Jack for years, since I first discovered The Tomb along about 1996. That book actually came out in 1984 but I was behind the times. (My introduction to Mr. Wilson‘s work was The Keep, first in another series which also includes The Tomb, but don’t let me confuse you.) The Repairman Jack series relies heavily on the supernatural and that is what sets Cold City apart. This book is essentially a straight crime novel, something new and different for Jack fans, and it works beautifully. Jack is a young man who has just dropped out of college and headed to Manhattan where he plans to lose himself, to become invisible, and he manages to do so surprisingly well. Unfortunately, under-the-table jobs that pay decently are hard to come by so, when he loses the one he had, he finds himself at loose ends. Agreeing to drive trucks full of contraband cigarettes starts him off on a path of collision with a variety of less-than-stellar factions and the fun begins. And fun it is amongst all the bad stuff that can happen in a crime novel. We see Jack becoming a man who wants to fix things for other people, a trait that will be at his core for years to come. Jack appeals to that small part of so many readers who revel just a little in retribution and vigilante justice. He’s the one who takes care of things when other people are vulnerable and we love him for this. Getting to watch Jack grow into this man is not only entertaining; Cold City takes us on the beginning of a fascinating journey. I envy all the new readers who will find Repairman Jack for the first time but this is an excellent place to begin and you’ll have lots of books to enjoy after this one. P.S. I had the good fortune to meet Paul Wilson when he agreed to do a signing at our bookstore, Creatures ‘n Crooks Bookshoppe, on Black Friday 2001 (I think I’ve got the year right). I found that he is not only a really good writer—he’s also a very nice person. I really appreciate it when those two elements come together, don’t you?
karlpov More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book to rate. Yes, it's a fine chunk of Wilson writing and plotting adventures of our favorite vigilante, Repairman Jack. However, be warned that it is the first book in a trilogy in the same sense as The Fellowship of the Ring, to wit it is not a self-contained novel but just a part of a larger novel which it was convenient to publish in three parts. There are half a dozen storylines initiated here, and none of them is satisfactorily resolved. I presume they will be in the next couple volumes and that I will rate the whole experience with five stars, but I must withhold a star from this beginning because it is missing a conclusion.
Lwing More than 1 year ago
If you are a RJ fan, you have wondered how his close associations were built to be so solid and dedicated. This book will be the beginning of understanding all of RJ's relationships. Not Gia yet, but Abe and Julio and the scary brothers who back him up over the years. It gives you a beginning of understand how our beloved hero got to where he ended with the last RJ book. The young adult books showed you the young man who grew into Jack, this book gives you Jack in the beginning. I loved every page, but I always do with F. Paul Wilson. The bad guys were truly disgusting and their troubles caused by Jack were wonderful to read, but even there, the seeds are showing of future troubles. You never go wrong with Repairman Jack and this is no exception. I don't know what I'll do when the last prequel is done, I'm hoping for a new great book by Wilson to lighten my sadness at losing Jack.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
This is the start to Repairman Jack. He is a 21 year old that has just moved to New York after dropping out of college. He lives off the grid and is just getting into the business. You can see how Jack is stumbling into his calling and just starting to use the black rages. I have yet to start the Repairman Jack series although I do have the first book. It was recommended that I start with these first so I have a foundation for Jack. I fell in love with him. He’s tough, no nonsense, and takes care of business. I got sucked into the story and was up late trying to finish it. I can’t wait to see where Jack goes from here but I’m glad that I started with these books before getting into the Repairman Jack series. I can’t wait to get started on Dark City. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Sammy Beware of spoilers! This is my first book in the Repairman Jack series, I was completely caught off guard because in the synopsis it says ” contemporary dark fantasy” and in the book there were only a couple of times that even gave a tiny hint at anything out of the ordinary, with the darkness overtaking Jack. Other than that this story was more like a crime drama/suspense/thriller. I have read The Keep, which was a dark fantasy horror/thriller novel. But, am clearly unsure why “dark fantasy” was added in the description of this particular book. There were a lot of threads in this story, so if a person doesn’t care for one, they can find something else to pull them into the story. At times it was difficult to keep all the characters straight and which faction they belonged to. Even with all the things going on, it was very impressive how the author overlapped them in interesting round about ways. The story is written about the 1990′s and has many prejudices and racial slurs written in the book, at times it made me extremely uncomfortable, especially with how things are in the world today. It did make sense within the story because that is how a person would have spoken and no one would have thought anything about it back then. My favorite quote: “There are certain things I will not abide in my sight“ How great would it be if we all lived like that, oh not with a baseball bat lol , but making sure when things are wrong we do something. I really enjoyed learning about guns, the difference between a pistol and a handgun. Loved that the author used the word nomenclature more than once and then put it in a fabulous sentence: “Hey, you’re the self-proclaimed nomenclature nerd.” And of course learning how use the words schlemiel and schlimazel? Wonderful! I found Jack to be very naive and yet insightful an interesting combination, even though it was super difficult to buy that it took him until page 234 to figure out about Abe and his gun selling, perhaps because he was family of sorts??? Later in the book when Abe says to Jack that he is like a chameleon it was a perfect way to describe Jack, because that’s how he came across in this story being able to fit in, in all different circumstance. Overall I really liked this story and all the threads, what really brought down the rating was how it ended, or should I say not ended. Virtually nothing was resolved in this book, it left the reader hanging. Yes, I understood it was a trilogy, but something more could have been finished. I will read the rest of this series after all three books are out, clearly I don’t like to be left dangling from a cliff. I usually will not continue reading a story that ends in that way, but this story is well written and has a lot going for it and I want to find out what happens. I would recommend this book for young adults as well as adults who enjoyed the The Sopranos, Criminal Minds and Numbers etc…, and obviously fans of the Repairman Jack series. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
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Sorry - not for me. I never put a book down unfinished - almost did with this one.
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Bur t the Jack characterr is just a jackass. Can't like a bookwhen I despise the protagonist. The idiots who compare him to Jack Reacher need to learn how to read.