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Cold City Audiobook

Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    ljlulu 05-12-15
    ljlulu 05-12-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Left in the lurch"

    I persevered through this twisted tale, optimistic for some tying up of loose ends at the conclusion but instead was met with NO resolution or indication of the outcomes of the various story lines. It was like "story Interruptus ", as though at a random point the author just decided he was tired of telling these stories and stopped, not giving a hoot about those of us who'd bought in with time and interest. Shame on him. If there's a sequel or a follow up it should be indicated. I'll give a cursory search for one but am peeved to have been left I. The lurch by this author. Darn it. Wished I'd never started

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 03-28-15
    Amy 03-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Waste of my time."

    Boring, rambling story and flat narration full of ethnic cliches. I was determined to hang till the end, wondering how the author would tie up the mess of story lines.

    He didn't. Everything was left for the next book. Unbelievable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MKaj 04-05-15
    MKaj 04-05-15
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    "A Tease!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Wish I had known before starting that the book would end with ALL of the plot lines still open and unresolved. I thought there had been a flaw in Audible's recording (actually, one chapter was repeated twice, so there was a flaw) until I went back and re-read the reviews, finally spotting one that gave a hint of the problem. The 30-50% of a novel that I did get to listen to was enjoyable throughout, if a strain on credulity at times.


    Would you be willing to try another book from F. Paul Wilson? Why or why not?

    Possibly, but only a full one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Abe, the sporting goods store owner, in it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not if it ended as this audiobook did.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible owes its listeners a warning if an audiobook is a come-on and will leave them hanging, looking for another installment in what is apparently a series of interconnected books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David A. Russ 04-01-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Very disappointed"

    I wanted to like this book but when it ended I was just irritated. Who knows how many separate story lines where started and I don't think any resolved. It is like the book was abandoned. I guess it picks up in the next book but I am not interested. I am pretty tolerant of content but I just found this book offensive at times. Narrator was great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Moore III Truckee, CA United States 06-04-16
    T. Moore III Truckee, CA United States 06-04-16
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    "Where's The Beef - a Series to Take Your Money"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Just finished Cold City and was wondering what the point was. I spent the last few days listening to Jack/Lonnie wondering through a new career of cigarette and child smuggling wondering where it was going. As I sat down to write this review, Audible indicates it is part of a series. This series is a cheap attempt by Mr. Wilson to milk you of your money rather than writing a complete, or even semi-complete, novel.


    What about Alexander Cendese’s performance did you like?

    Believable accents and good affectations brought the characters to life. Particularly knew Abe's background before it was brought forth.


    Any additional comments?

    While listening to Cold City, I had a hard time keeping track of the non-western characters. A number of characters to keep track of but with names that I couldn't make sense of. The non-western characters would have been easier to keep track while reading but were difficult to make sense of while listening.

    Would only recommend this book if you needed to keep yourself entertained driving cross-country. It is a light read, somewhat compelling, and would keep your brain somewhat entertained, but not nourished, during long drives or when exercising.

    Actually that may be the key: listen to this series while exercising when you do not have to pay that much attention to the plot and don't have the energy to learn something.

    "Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel" does not stand on its own. It remains to be seen if it is part of an acceptable pay-as-you-listen serial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Indiana, USA 06-16-15
    Loren Indiana, USA 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Half a book for the price of one."

    This is a review of “Cold City” and “Dark City”, books 1 and 2 in this series.

    Did this author intend to frustrate and anger his readers, or was that just the byproduct of creating a two-book series that requires you to buy the second one in order to finish the story?

    This book has NO ENDING! It leaves you hanging on every open issue/sub-plot. In order to get your questions answered you absolutely MUST buy the next book in this series, “Dark City”.

    Having said that, the two books together make a pretty good story, with the second book leaving only one or two issues hanging at the end, thereby forcing you to buy the third book. I’m not willing to do that, because I’m not willing to support an author who deliberately misleads his customers. Had this series been advertised and sold as a trilogy I would have expected what I got, but it wasn’t.

    The generally well-thought-out actions of our hero, Jack, are interesting and make sense later as the story develops. The second book had only a single episode of a miracle happening to get Jack out of a really bad situation and I’m willing to overlook that one, even if it really requires suspending disbelief to the extreme.

    I liked the story (the first TWO books) but I didn’t sign up for a continuing story when I bought the first book (this one) and resented having to buy the second in order to finish it. Having to use two credits to get a single book stinks. Wilson should be ashamed of himself, but he’s probably crying all the way to the bank.

    The only thing that raised the overall score to two-stars was the outstanding narration by Alexander Cendese. It was about the best I’ve ever heard. He had a different voice for every single character.

    – Loren

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scurjovgawd Torrington, Ct. USA 05-02-15
    Scurjovgawd Torrington, Ct. USA 05-02-15
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    "Could have wrapped it up in this book, but no."
    Would you try another book from F. Paul Wilson and/or Alexander Cendese?

    Perhaps, interested in the The Adversary Cycle. The narrator was good.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Could have wrapped it up in this book, but no.


    What three words best describe Alexander Cendese’s performance?

    Slightly stilted but he shows his skill at characterization and grew on me.


    Did Cold City inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is very good and vivid, no confusion about what is happening, but a bit less commonplace detail and a little more action would have made this a great book instead of a good to almost very good book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark S. Traub 03-09-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Thoroughly entertaining on all counts"
    If you could sum up Cold City in three words, what would they be?

    1990 New York


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abe is great. Alexander Cendese is perfect in his intonations and Abe is fully realized, a gem of a character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Thanksgiving dinner is very good, as is the ambush in Staten Island. Many great set pieces here.


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

    There are a lot of things going wrong in New York City in 1990, and Jack is going to fix some of them...permanently.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun and suspenseful, the book leaves you hanging for the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 02-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOL YARD"

    NEVER TRUST A MAN WHO WON'T HAVE A BEER WITH YOU
    I very much enjoyed this book. The miles went by very quickly as I listened. It is not great literature, the story ain't that complicated and there are not a whole lot of twists or turns. It was the characters that made this book. Every character in this book is that, a character, not your everyday Tom, Dick and Harry. Often they make you laugh. This was written in 2012, but it takes place in 1990 and has men with mullets, bag phones, etc.

    THE EARLY BIRD GETS BREAKFAST, BUT IT'S A ROUGH DAY FOR THE WORM
    This is about how the other half lives, no not that half, the underground half, the off the grid half. Some may have trouble with what these people do for a living. These are criminals, but they are criminals with morals. There are certain things they won't do and they police there own. I don't agree with how they live and I would never live such a life, but it was fun watching them do it. Fun is the best way to describe this book. So, put your BEER GOGGLES on and have fun.

    I don't think I have ever heard this narrator before, but he was great. Alexander Cendese, I must remember that name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don 02-26-15
    Don 02-26-15
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    "Repairman Jack good ."

    The lifestyle and action-packed adventures of this payback expert are enjoyable to read about for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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