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The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1 | [F. Paul Wilson]

The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?
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Publisher's Summary

Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger.

His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

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©1998 F. Paul Wilson; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"F. Paul Wilson weaves spells with words." (Dean Koontz)
"A riveting combination of detective story and horror fiction....This thriller is fast-action fun!" (Publishers Weekly)

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    M. G. Smith Oxford, PA, United States 10-14-12
    M. G. Smith Oxford, PA, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2013

    Mike

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    "Excellent listen, great characters, good reader"
    If you could sum up The Tomb in three words, what would they be?

    Marlowe meets Dresden


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

    The story had few lulls and those were necessary to flesh out the characters, I found myself wanting to warn the characters to be careful. It was fun to hear the banter between protagonist and antagonist and Wilson did not leave the "villain" 2 dimensional but gave us peeks of a man doing what he thought was right regardles of the consequences.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Joe Barrett did an excellent job in presenting Repariman Jack


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

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 06-08-14
    Snoodely 06-08-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I think that I am going to like this series!"

    I am just beginning to listen to F.P. Wilson's Repairman Jack series for the first time (I have now reached #3: "Conspiracies"); and, so far, I love it. "The Tomb" starts it all off with a bang, and leaves you hungry for more of Jack's adventures. If you like true thrillers -- with just a soupçon of the supernatural -- then you will enjoy "The Tomb." I liked Wilson's incorporation of the (alleged, but probably apocryphal) pre-Vedic humanoid monsters called Rakoshi into the story. These Rakoshi -- governed by the Hindu goddess Kali -- embody all of the evil and malevolence of humankind, with none of the good. Jack must overcome these virtually invincible demons with only his wits (Jack has lots of wits), since not much can harm them. Very personal incentives motivate him to succeed, or to die trying. Other reviewers have rightly compared Repairman Jack with Lee Child's protagonist, Jack Reacher ... except with that added touch of the supernatural. Like Jack Reacher, Repairman Jack lives outside the laws and conventions of society -- for instance, he has no last name and no Social Security number -- while still fighting for the good, against wickedness. Unlike Reacher, however, Repairman Jack stays put in NYC, pretty much. Author F. P. Wilson -- whom, I understand, has an M.D., and still practices medicine -- writes beautifully and intelligently. Narrator Joe Barrett does an excellent job of reading "The Tomb," harnessing many different voices and accents (including the difficult Hindi accent) to clearly distinguish all the characters from one another. It disappointed me to discover that the audiobook publishers did not employ Mr. Barrett to narrate the rest of the Repairman Jack series. (The subsequent narrator, Christopher Price, does okay, but not as well as Mr. Barrett.) In short, I highly recommend "The Tomb" to all thriller-lovers who aren't put off by a touch of the supernatural.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 05-13-14
    Dan 05-13-14
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    "This is some good stuff!"
    Any additional comments?

    Wilson does an excellent job here of creating a hero who feels pulled in two directions. He readily admits who and what he is, but is hurt by others' rejection of that. The pace was steady, the characters were well-developed, the story was fantastic, but well grounded in both modern day settings and well-researched folklore. I will definitely be listening to more by this author.

    1 of 1 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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    "Joe Pitt, Joe Ledger and now Repairman Jack"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tomb to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book, only listened to the audio. I find some stories more intriguing when the characters can be heard through the narrator. Some books I prefer to read but not this series as the narrator is excellent. I have actually missed out on some good reads due to poor narration.


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

    I actually got into this series by accident. I received the new Kindle for Mothers day and they offered free books. I downloaded one called the Last Rakosh and wanted more!!
    Edge of my seat may be pushing it a bit but all in all it is a great series, well written and does offer some surprises, for sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The alligator and the dog of course: Dynamite comes in small packages...right?


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

    I was saddened when the pup was considered dead. Still hoping he is not as I have a few chapters left.
    Also when Jack and his Father have a discussion and realize they missed out on so much and really did not know eachother at all


    Any additional comments?

    I started most of by favorite reads by accident or dumb luck, but The Joe Pitt Series (Charlie Huston) was the first real "Can NOT put it down " series I read. Then I got into Joe Ledger series, by Jonathon Maberry not to mention the amazing series by Peter Brett which started with The Warded Man!! (again dumb luck, but one of the best reads I have ever had) The other series by Mr. Wilson which seems to offer just as much excitement or more and supernatural oddities as the Repairman Jack Books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Fort Belvoir, VA, United States 09-09-13
    Michael Fort Belvoir, VA, United States 09-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Kinda like Leverage meets Supernatural"
    If you could sum up The Tomb in three words, what would they be?

    Cerebral, Action, Drama


    What other book might you compare The Tomb to and why?

    Jim Butcher's: Dresdin Files, Simon R. Green: Secret Histories, Simon R. Green: Nightside Series


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

    Mr. Barrett does and excellent job developing each characters voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't have one.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book to a great series. I highly recommend. I remember reading the Keep years and years ago. I was surprised to learn that the stories where connected. The Keep takes place durring WWII (I think). The Tomb starts in the present. Each book in this series builds on earlier books. This is the first in the series; hence, it is a great place to start. Nonetheless, the author has done such a good job that the reader could pick it up in the middle and still enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Mary 07-09-15
    Dr. Mary 07-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "New kind of read for me."

    This book was interesting for me. Kind of a different read. It was narrated well. There were a few surprises that I did not expect. Enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-08-15
    Bill Kailua Kona, HI, United States 07-08-15 Member Since 2009

    The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.

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    "So Disappointing"

    The Early Years promised so much.

    A battered young "equalizer" determined to set right some of the wrongs suffered by good people. Jack is creative. His skills develop. There is a metropolis of opportunity for his type of repairs.

    Ah, but before Jack has even started to combat the ordinary evil of which ordinary men are capable, Paul Wilson gives us The Tomb. Now Jack can battle near-invulnerable creatures, shaped by ancient gods to vanquish mankind. He can cavort with magically-enhanced courtesans. He can fight to save India from a depraved politician. Sigh.

    I am sure there are many readers who will suspend disbelief to enjoy this fanciful tale. The reviews here seem to prove that so. Maybe I could have, too. But the Early Years novels spoiled me. They held the promise of a more real-world champion confronting more believable challenges.

    Wilson gave us the equivalent of a comic book, instead. Sure, there's a place for comic book heroes battling supernatural evils. I just wish this weren't one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jermain 07-04-15
    Jermain 07-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    the narrator did a very decent job at bringing this story alive. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how one person did so many characters and different voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Jarvis Miami, OK, US 05-20-15
    Chad Jarvis Miami, OK, US 05-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ending....WHAT? WHAT??? WHAT????????"
    Would you listen to The Tomb again? Why?

    Great book, along the lines of Jack Reacher meets the Supernatural. Held my attention the whole time.


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

    Awesome Story except the Ending...As I heard the ending, I was like..."WHAT???" Seriously..Talk about Cliffhanger! You have to listen to book 2 to find out. (Didn't like being forced to get book 2 right away just to have closure)


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book, Story was riveting, Character was awesomely refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Forrest valrico, FL, United States 04-13-15
    Forrest valrico, FL, United States 04-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very engaging"

    I read repairman jack the early years series and liked it, the tomb was an interesting tack into the weird/ semi supernatural. Very good story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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