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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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"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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    Elena Dallas, TX 07-15-09
    Elena Dallas, TX 07-15-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Pretty good story"

    I bought this book because I read that the Repairman Jack series is similar to Lee Child's series. Well, I can see the similarities, and looking forward to reading further books in the series (when Audible makes them available). I don't think the plot is as good as in lee Child's books, though. It became pretty clear how everything will turn out a few hours before the end of the book. Still, the action sequences are good and Repairman Jack character is quite appealing.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-11
    Cheryl Chicago, IL, United States 01-03-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved the story - the excitement and mystery"

    Ienjoyed this book. It was my first F. Paul Wilson book and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the Repairman Jack series. Very exciting and moved well. Hurry Audible --- get the rest recorded! :)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Onsted, MI, USA 03-11-10
    Matt Onsted, MI, USA 03-11-10
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    "good fun read"

    this is an enjoyable book with a gritty likable anti-hero as the lead character. Fun and fantastic twists and turns keeps you interested. Very good reading as well

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ventzi Zhechev Neuchâtel, Switzerland 10-24-11
    Ventzi Zhechev Neuchâtel, Switzerland 10-24-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Definitely worth a listen"

    A fascinating story in an unexpected setting???the author does a good job tying an old Hindu curse to modern day New York.
    Even though some of the retrospective chapters might get a bit boring, there is enough action to keep the listener engaged and on edge.

    It???s only a pity that the next stories in the series are not available on Audible, as I really wanted to listen to more of Repairman Jack???s adventures.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Atlanta Russ Atlanta, Ga United States 03-19-13
    Atlanta Russ Atlanta, Ga United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Solid start to what looks to be a great series!"

    Not sure how I missed this series, but glad a friend recommended it recently! Good story, well developed characters (that you can actually care about), and very well paced, never a dull moment! Won't give anything away, other than to say I give this book my highest recommendation! Also worthy of note is the excellent narration by Joe Barrett - he may be my favorite narrator now, very reminiscent of the late, great, Frank Muller - and that is the highest praise I could give any narrator! Can't wait to start the next book, though I see Mr. Barrett is not the narrator this time around, too bad - will be listening to some of his other work in the near future!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 11-12-13
    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Fascinating"
    Where does The Tomb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the top ten. So high up on my list that I have decided to purchase all the Repairman Jack books. Jack is an amazing guy. I feel like he is about to become one of my best friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is fiction based on past events. I am old enough to remember most of what happens in his book.


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

    Neither but then I am not too emotional.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle PENSACOLA, FL, United States 01-26-13
    Michelle PENSACOLA, FL, United States 01-26-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Great read, kept me entertained!!!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tomb?

    The most memorable moments of The Tomb was when Jack was on the ship getting vicki back.


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

    YES!!!! This book was so good I couldnt fall asleep because I wanted to listen to more of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is in the same caliber as the dresden files! And I loved the dresden files!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. United States 12-19-12
    Dr. United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Kept my ears wanting more!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Tomb the most enjoyable?

    Great story, well written, fast paced, and characters I came to care about.


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

    The plot, while fiction and rather "dark," was just realistic enough to be mesmerizing. I loved how over the course of the story we learn just enough about "Jack," to root for him when he needed it most! Jack is a "soft," "tough" guy -- as you listen to the story you'll understand this description of him better. I had never heard about this author or his series of books about Repairman Man Jack, by luck of the draw I decided to give this book a try. I assure you I will be listening to every one of his books in this series. I LOVED it.


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

    This is my first time hearing of both this story and it's narrator Mr. Joe Barrett. Mr. Barrett is great and I think his performance contributed significantly to the "life" and "feel," of the characters and the overall story.


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

    Repairman Jack is not for your ordinary tinkering: extraordinary repairs only need apply.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this, will definitely listen to all the books related to Repairman Jack. I love this series as much as I did the "Oregon Files."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 2009

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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 Santa Barbara, CA United States 06-08-14
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2009
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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