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Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel | [F. Paul Wilson]

Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.
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If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin.

It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

An interstate smuggling operation seems to fit the bill perfectly. But Jack’s initial foray into the trafficking of illicit goods carries greater risk than he bargained for, putting him afoul of a preteen slavery ring, a group of jihadists, and a pair of vigilante brothers. As if those problems weren’t enough, Jack is hunted by some machete-wielding maniacs, and his bartender Julio is harassed by the mob. How these things are linked, and what they have to do with the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in Manhattan’s East Side Marriott, is a mystery Jack cannot let go of.

Cold City is the first of three new novels revealing the early years of one of the most popular characters in contemporary fiction: a self-styled “fix-it” man who is no stranger to the macabre or the bizarre, hired by victimized people who have nowhere else to turn. This is where he begins the metamorphosis from a naïve New Jersey refugee into the urban mercenary known as Repairman Jack.

©2012 F. Paul Wilson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Cleaning Commando Fort Bragg, NC 12-02-12
    Cleaning Commando Fort Bragg, NC 12-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Cold City again? Why?

    Yes and I probably will! I love Repairman Jack novels. I enjoy the blend of fed-up normal guy willing to make things right and the slowly emerging supernatural, uber-scaries!


    If you’ve listened to books by F. Paul Wilson before, how does this one compare?

    Pretty great because it gives us a well deserved build on who and how RJ is!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scenes with Black and Blue.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I say "enough is enough" because FPW makes us wait for so long between audio novels! I love his works and can't wait for the next! BUT COME ON, PAUL...have mercy on us! Lets get a few more on audio! I travel a great deal for work and audio novels like this make my circumstance most tolerable! RJ / FPW... lets do this!!!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Lutz, FL, United States 01-27-13
    Mark Lutz, FL, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2005

    Markstoystuff

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    "Finally more Repairman Jack on audible"

    I searched for more Repairman Jack, but there were only a few recorded. I even broke down and read the 1st book of the series. I see finally there are more audiobooks with a different narrator( I hope they keep the same narrator for the rest of the series). This 1st book explains the beginning of how young Jack became "Repairman Jack". Jack who lives off the grid and lives by his wits to become the man who repairs problems only he can fix using questionable and sometimes violent methods. I am looking foreward to the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 01-17-14
    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 01-17-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun, as long you don't think too much"

    This a prequel and a good place to start for the series -- but understand that the series is all about the dark hero looking out for the powerless. The writing is technically good and the story moves along, but don't look for feasibility in the plot line, or plausibility in almost any aspect of the series. This book attempts to tell the early story of hour Repairman Jack (a sort of poor man's Jack Reacher) got started helping people, and maybe some of where his skills come from -- but really, it doesn't set up a plausible background for what the character is later in the series. The Reacher character from that series looks well researched and plausible compared to Repairman Jack. If you're looking for solid logic and well thought out long term series story arcs, go somewhere else. If you want to see a tough and mysterious hero beat up bad people this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John H. Kearly III Seoul, Korea 02-20-13
    John H. Kearly III Seoul, Korea 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold City to be better than the print version?

    Having bought the limited edition from Gauntlet Press, and the issue with the second running of Thanksgiving day, Chapter 3 in the Audio Version, I did prefer the print version. Alexander Cendese the new man doing the read has exceptional flexability in the voices. Each is distinctive and easily identifiable. Jack is my favorite character in print, by far; and this beginning shows how he started in his final chosen field. The introduction of many characters that will show up again and again and how he came to be associated with them was eye opening.I have already reserved the limited print of the second book and sincerely hope Paul will continue to have the books made available to Audible. The Print version is best, but I drive for 2 - 2 and a half hours each weekday. The Audible versions are my choice for travel listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abe Grossman, He adds a bit of humor to the entire story.


    Which character – as performed by Alexander Cendese – was your favorite?

    Abe Grossman, as done by Alexander Cendese. The switch from Jewish when he is in normal conversation, to the dropping of it when he is questioning Jack's comments was superb. Mr. Cendese does RJ and the associated characters outstanding. I'm looking for forward to the rest of the series by Mr. Cendese.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Every Repairman Jack book I have wanted to either read or listen to in one sitting. This one was no different. As the new Urban Mercenary, RJ is THE MAN! He has been since the publication of the Tomb.


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished the first four books and thought Christopher Price was exceptional. Mr. Cendese in the first Pre-RJ book is outstanding!!! The difference in age for the characters in the books makes the case for both readers. Both are exceptional! Read them all!! Keep Mr. Cendese for the three book series. I'll buy them all, print and Audible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niesa Farmers Branch, Texas, United States 02-14-13
    Niesa Farmers Branch, Texas, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed the plot and the narration. (As a matter of fact, the valet at a local restaurant told me he hated to give me my car back because he was so intrigued by the narrator.)
    I thought the plot was interesting, although, I'm not really sure what the plot was other than Jack getting caught up in events and his efforts to untangle them. Some of these entanglements he does not wind up. The book ends screaming sequel.
    Now that I think about it, the plot was ok, and I was interested in Jack, but I liked the narration the best. Candese truly made the book for me. He slipped from character to character with ease. He didn't go over the top; each character seemed to have the appropriate accent or tone or delivery that made it easy to discern which character was speaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't remember the character's name, but the guy who owned the sporting goods store--Abe?


    Which character – as performed by Alexander Cendese – was your favorite?

    The sporting goods store owner.


    Any additional comments?

    I will eagerly listen to any book read by Alexander Cendese.

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    Amazon Customer Ashaway, RI USA 12-19-13
    Amazon Customer Ashaway, RI USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2009

    Sneak past the dragon and slay the princess!

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    Where does Cold City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to, and I have listened to many! The narrator did an awesome job bringing life into the story. The story itself was incredible. I am so happy I stumbled onto this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What to say? This book was awesome! I typically read and review fantasy, so this was a break from the norm for me. Apparently this series delves into that genre later on, but there wasn’t any of it in here. I’m glad I read it though as everything about it I loved.

    I have never read a “Jack the Repairman” book by F. Paul Wilson before of which there are a lot already. This is the first of a prequel series to those other novels (which I will read). Consequently, I already knew Jack survived, but even without the fear of death on the plate, the book kept me captivated and rooting for our “hero”. Since I knew nothing of what comes after, everything was new to me. I look forward to lots of “ah-ha!” moments as I “catch up” with the series.

    The book takes place along the eastern seaboard of the US in the early/mid 1990s, but mostly within New York City. Our hero is a college dropout who is about off the radar as much as anyone can be. He lacks a social security number, a license, even a telephone. And that is exactly the way he wants it.

    Every single character is rich in personality. Each is unique and has their own desires. Dialogue is fantastic – not once did I think to myself “who would say that” – and the conversations all flowed fast and smooth. The attention to details the author took with the characters is something only those who read other people very well can manage. I was truly blown away by these aspects of the book. If you love great characterization, you will do flips for this book.

    The plot was amazing too. There were always four or five things going on at once between multiple factions. From the mob and jihadist terrorists, to Latin gangs and tobacco runners, you never knew what was going to happen next. There was mystery and suspense on almost every page with new clues that lead to more questions while providing the answers you wanted to know. I can’t forget to mention the love interest that came into play despite our hero’s reluctance or his mysterious best friend who owns a successful sporting shop yet never has any customers. I can’t give enough accolades for this book.


    Which character – as performed by Alexander Cendese – was your favorite?

    Jack of course. And Abe. And Julio. And...


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

    I don't write spoilers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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