The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack Series #6)

The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack Series #6)

by F. Paul Wilson
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The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack Series #6) by F. Paul Wilson

F. Paul Wilson's engaging, self-employed, off-the-books fixer, Repairman Jack, returns for another intense, action-packed adventure just a little over the border into the weird, in The Haunted Air. First introduced years ago in the bestseller The Tomb, Jack has been the hero of a series of exciting novels set in and around New York City, including Legacies, Conspiracies, All the Rage, and Hosts. "Repairman Jack is a wonderful character, ultracompetent but still vulnerable. Wilson strolls into X-Files territory and makes it his own, keeping the action brisk and the level of suspense steadily rising," said the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle.

Repairman Jack doesn't believe a house can be haunted. But he's about to change that tune . . .

It started off as a lark, a late-night jaunt from a boring party to the home of a psychic medium, with Jack dragged along as a reluctant participant. But as soon as Jack and Gia step across the threshold, the house and the earth itself shake to the accompaniment of a tortured scream.

Menelaus Manor sits atop a major geologic fault known as Cameron's Line. But that's not it's only problem. The house has a horrific history. Its original owner died of cancer; his son blew his brains out in the basement; the couple that bought it next were found dead in their bed with their throats slashed; shortly thereafter a child was horribly mutilated in an upstairs bedroom.

The current owners, Lyle and Charlie Kenton, clever practitioners of spiritualist hocus-pocus, use high-tech tricks to dupe their marks. Perhaps they're too good: they've lured too many clients from other mediums and are now under attack. Unable to go to the police for fear of exposing their own scams, they hire Repairman Jack to fix their problem.

Jack takes the job, figuring he'll straighten out the situation by engaging in one of his favorite pastimes: scamming a scammer. But soon he learns that this fix-it involves more than professional jealousy in the spook trade. The earthquake marked the awakening of something in Menelaus Manor, something that used to be someone, an entity full of rage and brought back for a specific purpose.

But this entity has an agenda all its own . . .

Before he's finished Jack will travel from the seamy world of psychic scams to the inner circle of a well-connected murder cult, and finally into the dark heart of madness where he must strike a deal with a rage-filed entity returned from the dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812557312
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/19/2004
Series: Repairman Jack Series , #6
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)

About 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 a 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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The Haunted Air (Repairman Jack Series #6) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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