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Gateways | [F. Paul Wilson]

Gateways

Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a car accident in Florida. They’ve been on the outs, but this is his dad, so he heads south to Gateways, a retirement community on the Everglades. The woman Semelee, who has strange talents and lives in an isolated area of the Everglades with a group of misshapen men, feels his presence. She senses that he’s “special,” like her. To protect his father from becoming the next fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack must answer, secrets he must uncover.
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Publisher's Summary

F. Paul Wilson returns with another riveting episode in the saga of Repairman Jack, the secretive, ingenious, and heroic champion of those whose problems no one else can fix. As Dean Koontz says, “Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventures are hugely entertaining.”

Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a car accident in Florida. They’ve been on the outs, but this is his dad, so he heads south to Gateways, a retirement community on the Everglades. The woman Semelee, who has strange talents and lives in an isolated area of the Everglades with a group of misshapen men, feels his presence. She senses that he’s “special,” like her. To protect his father from becoming the next fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack must answer, secrets he must uncover.

©2013 F. Paul Wilson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Call a plumber when the sink is clogged, the cops when you’ve been robbed, but when the you-know-what hits the fan, it’s time to call Repairman Jack.” (New York Daily News)

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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 01-22-15
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 01-22-15

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "So Far My Favorite R.J. story"

    I'm packing to move and have had Repairman Jack running on my iPad for over a week now, one after the other. So far this is, in my opinion, the best story of the first 7. Including The Early Years---this series has kept me interested and helped m not be bored while packing....Don't know what I'm going to do when I get to Book 15!

    Recommended, but it's best to read/listen in order.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 01-22-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 01-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the Best Repairman Jack books"
    Would you listen to Gateways again? Why?

    Probably would listen to again if I didn't have anything new to listen to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This one had a good plot. Outcome somewhat predictable but getting there not so much. This goes into details about Jack's relationship with his father and just goes to show when you think you know someone (especially one's own parent) there are things you'll never know or may be very surprised to learn.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Price’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Christopher Price did a great job as usual.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-04-14
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Keep them coming"
    If you could sum up Gateways in three words, what would they be?

    A great "Hump Book: for this series. I am mid way through and thsi one livened up the score a bit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gateways?

    I accidentally wrote this on The Tomb review thinking of thsi book. The Dog and Alligator incident


    What does Christopher Price bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christopher Price is an excellent narrator, I have given up on books that are supposed to be excellent due to poor narration so if I am already on the 8th book, that must say something. He has many talents which I have only seen in three narrators so far. This is over the course of 4 or 5 years now.
    I am not very forgiving with poor narration so Christopher Price is one of the best. His characters each have specific tones, accents or shall I say Identities, which make it easy to identify who is in play.

    I will look for books strictly for the narrator and hope they are my style..If the narratoer is so so, then what is the point of listening to the book.

    One of the best


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jack and his Dad had a discussion and realized they really had more in common then ever assumed. Also the dog and gator, gotta love that!!


    Any additional comments?

    See my notes on "The Tomb" review

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Sausalito, CA, United States 08-21-13
    David Sausalito, CA, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Why aren't these books more popular?"
    Where does Gateways rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it in the top ten which is pretty damn good. I haven't heard every book in the "repairman jack" series but from the books I've heard so far this is one of the best series ever!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, that would probably be Semelee because she reminds me of my sister. Semelee started out sweet but she changed as she got older. Semelee turned evil because of the way she was treated by people...especially boys.


    What about Christopher Price’s performance did you like?

    Well, I guess I like pretty much everything about Christopher Price's performance. He did a fine job with the accents and his speaking pace kept my mind from wandering. He did a fine job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I did not have an extreme reaction, good or bad. Sorry.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one the best series of books ever written and I don't understand why the "repairman Jack" series isn't more popular. It's strange. If you're into mystery-suspense with some supernatural tossed in than you can't go wrong with "Repairman Jack". It's an amazing series...trust me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Palmer 05-10-15
    Jim Palmer 05-10-15 Member Since 2009
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    "The Author has lost imagination"
    Would you try another book from F. Paul Wilson and/or Christopher Price?

    I would be very cautious.


    Has Gateways turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Most likely


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did the best he could with what he had to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No complaints about the Narator.


    Any additional comments?

    The author lost his way and just filled pages with exhausting details of how everyone feels, and dwells on and on about days gone by. The story could have been better told and enjoyed if about fifty percent of the filler were cut out.
    This was my second book in the series. The first book in the series (.05) was very enjoyable and prompted me to get another. Maybe I will rethink this before wasting my time and money on anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "The 'Lady' steals the show"

    Jack and his Father are reunited after many years when Jack is called to his Father's hospital bed after a serious car accident, needless to say, Daddy lives.

    We are then introduced to the mysterious 'Lady Anya' and her amazing, alligator destroying dog 'Oyv' and I could not help but fall in love in both of them, they are integral parts of this novel and the dog is just astounding, his Mistress too. The semi-antagonist Semelee, is equally intriguing, she makes a strong character for whom I had a lot of admiration.

    The storyline is par for the course as far as Jack goes, all yummy goodness there, but we also have weird portals and creepy 'Inbred' characters to deal with so you can guess where it goes from there, I hate spoilers so please forgive me the lack of detail.

    I love this instalment in this fantastic series, I will go so far as to say that it is my favourite thus far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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