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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling
Dr. Alicia Clayton has inherited the family home -- a house she refuses to set foot in and wants no part of. There are other people, including her half-baked half brother, who want the house desperately and will do whatever it takes to ensure that Alicia doesn't sell it to strangers, give it away, or burn it down. People who try to help her with her real estate...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A JACK OF ALL TRADES
The Good Doctor, F. Paul Wilson has done what many others have done in film, books and television when their appeal seems to be waining...return to what they know best. Legacies marks the return of Repairman Jack, a vigilante with no last name who exacts swift justice on the criminal underworld. This novel starts off with a bang (literally) and moves along at...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling, 27. Januar 2000
Dr. Alicia Clayton has inherited the family home -- a house she refuses to set foot in and wants no part of. There are other people, including her half-baked half brother, who want the house desperately and will do whatever it takes to ensure that Alicia doesn't sell it to strangers, give it away, or burn it down. People who try to help her with her real estate problem have a nasty habit of turning up dead. And then she meets Repairman Jack when he recovers a stolen load of Christmas toys for her center for AIDS babies. The pace is fast and the action intense as Jack and Alicia try to figure out the secret of the house and who is so determined to wrest ownership from her. The doctor comes across at times as a weepy clinging violet but, to her credit, she finds her courage in the end. Repairman Jack, the shadow man with no legal identity who "fixes" otherwise irremediable problems, is a character we first met in "The Tomb." It's about time he was brought back! There is a lot of fast paced action, liberally laced with unavoidable violence, leading up to the exciting denouement. The good guys pull off a win by the skin of their teeth, leaving Alicia with a heavy decision to make which could affect civilization as we know it. I don't as a rule care much for violence and shootouts and car chases, but I loved this book and can't wait for Repairman Jack's next outing.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A thriller with heart., 23. August 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Legacies (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This was my first exposure to Wilson and I have to say simply, "Bravo." Mr. Wilson manages to make us care about his characters without getting bogged down as so many authors do in excessive detail on character background, origins, motives etc. So what if an uninitiated reader doesn't fully "understand" Repairman Jack. Let it suffice to say that he would make a fiercely loyal ally and a fearsome enemy. Mr. Wilson winds up the suspense to an almost unbearable level, all the while creating a pervasive feeling of dread and menace. Better yet, he does so while not ultimately cheating us ala Dean Koontz by invoking the Deus ex Machina of bizarre supernatural phenomena to explain everything. A couple of hair-splitting points, Tom Doherty Assoc. should be ashamed of printing a blurb on the back cover by "Steven King," a fact that should be somewhat disquieting to "Stephen King" the popular horror novelist. Also, when Jack and Alicia first enter the house, the word "carnage" is twice used to describe the wreckage they find. At the risk of sounding like a pedantic shrew (or shrewish pedant) I point to the word 'carnival' the latin roots of which translate roughly to "removal of meat," and more specifically was used in its old form to describe the ancient festival just prior to Lent which was marked by the slaughter of animals and the consumption of their flesh. It is then only a short jump to Webster's definition of 'carnage' as a "great and bloody slaughter." Since the characters clearly found no mangled bodies, human or otherwise, in the house, someone played a little too fast and loose with the vocabulary on this one.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great book for those already familiar with Repairman Jack, 6. August 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Legacies (Gebundene Ausgabe)
BEWARE! THE KIRKUS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
As Wilson mentions in the book's introduction, Legacies marks the second 'Repairman Jack' novel in roughly 15 years. Those who read and loved Jack in 'The Tomb' will find 'Legacies' no disappointment, although not quite as tightly written as his first novel. While 'The Tomb' relied on the occult as a backdrop, the mysteries in 'Legacies' are somewhat more mundane in nature. Who are the secret organizations after Jack's clients' house? Why do those powers find the house so important? What happened in the house to cause Jack's client to refuse to step foot inside even decades later?
As enjoyable as 'Legacies' was for the R.J. fan, I would imagine that readers new to the character would find him a little too 2-dimensional for comfort. Although Wilson attempts to walk a fine line between repeating character development covered in the first book and keeping the current plot moving forward, I think he tended to short-change rea! ders new to the character. While he makes an admirable effort at recapping points from 'The Tomb', a more subtle-yet-detailed approach may have proved more effective. The element most notably lacking for readers new to Repairman Jack is motive. Although we get a small taste of why RJ is the way he is, it's not enough to help the reader appreciate the character the same way we did in the first book. A stronger explaination of Jack's background and motives could have made a good book even better. In short, although this book is highly enjoyable on its own merits, readers unfamiliar with the Repairman Jack character will get much more from 'Legacies' if they read 'The Tomb' first.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A JACK OF ALL TRADES, 25. September 1999
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The Good Doctor, F. Paul Wilson has done what many others have done in film, books and television when their appeal seems to be waining...return to what they know best. Legacies marks the return of Repairman Jack, a vigilante with no last name who exacts swift justice on the criminal underworld. This novel starts off with a bang (literally) and moves along at breathtaking speed until the climactic ending. Wilson's style is hypnotizing and at times dizzying but never boring or listless.
Legacies pins Jack against a more volitile enemy than Rossalom or the Rakoshi. The enemy this time around is of the human species, but never-the-less maniacal, and they want something(not going to elaborate to prevent spoiling the plot)and heaven help the people they have to eliminate to get it. Legacies is a tour-de-force mind trip that will have you guessing with each turn of the page. Legacies mixes hi-tech heroism with classic film noir personalities. The Hero, the damsal in distress, the budding romance of the hero and his girlfriend, a child in peril, and the pursuit of answers and unrelenting justice...served cold with out a chaser. Legacies puts Jack back where he belongs. In hardcover.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wilson scores big again with Jack, 24. Dezember 1998
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I can't tell you how happy I was when I saw Legacies in the store. I have been reading F. Paul Wilson for wuite some time and proudly admit that he is my favorite writer. Ever since I picked up Reborn, I have been buying his books. Legacies brought back one of my fvaorite charecters, Repairman Jack (who was also featured in The Tomb). For those of you not familiar with Jack, picture Bruce Willis from the Die Hard movies but as a man that you can turn to to "fix" a problem you might have with someone. Legacies is wrote very well and keeps you turning the pages. Wilson keeps you wondering what will happen next and what deep, dark secrets are hiding at the end. Wilson also adds a little humor in how Jack handles a few of the problems that arise during the book. Legacies was very hard to put down and I was sad to see the book come to an end. I beg F. Paul Wilson to not make us wait another 10 years before we hear from Repairman Jack again.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A deftly modern treatment of an enjoyable pulp-like concept, 4. August 1998
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Wilson has a wonderful ability to maintain a light touch even while dealing with serious themes in a sensitive manner. Several forms of child abuse add poignancy to this tale. And yet Wilson makes that potentially bleak theme blend right in to a story that, in concept, seems right out of the pulps. The hero, Repairman Jack, is a man who lives a life of action-packed mystery in a world with no record of his existence. His client is the daughter of a reknowned deceased scientist who has left her an inheritance of which nothing is known except that powerful forces are out to steal it from her by any means possible. And yet somehow, Wilson pulls it all off as believable! He does it by maintaining a fast pace, a sense of humor, and by giving his protagonist just enough vulnerability, eccentricity and fallibility to create a feeling of authenticity. The result is as much fun for today's adult reader as Doc Savage or The Shadow ever was for yesteryears teens.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Thriller, 31. Mai 2000
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I saw this book and saw it was a sequel so decided to buy The Tomb to start the series out from the beginning (which you don't need to do).
I was disappointed that the supernatural element wasn't in this book -- I think when you start the series off with a supernature theme to it, the expectation is that it might remain there. However, this book stands on it's own even still.
I was also disappointed that the relationship between Jack and Gia wasn't explored as in the first book -- Jack is more of the "fix it" man in this book against nasty characters of the Arab world.
The book is good -- not just as good as the first one. I think the author spent too much time away from the characters and this book didn't come off as intimate with the characters as the first.
I plan to read the reveiws of the 3rd and see if it's more like the first and if so, will continue on in the series.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fitting sequel to THE TOMB, 26. August 1998
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I never thought Wilson could equal THE TOMB, but LEGACIES comes awfully close. In some ways it's even better. The prose is leaner and meaner, and the tone is lighter. Some parts even gave me grins. Jack has lightened up some, but he's still a dude full of contradictions. He can be such a softie with Gia and Vicky, then go out and cold-bloodedly kill somebody, and I believe him both ways.
The plot in LEGACIES is more along the lines of a mystery than THE TOMB, and it kept me guessing all the way. The heroine, Alicia, is a real tough cookie, but you eventually come to know why, and you really feel for her. (As a bonus, I think I found a link to SIBS, one of Wilson's other novels.)
If I have a quibble, I'd say I would have preferred a supernatural element in the story, but that's just a personal thing. All in all, I haven't enjoyed a novel this much in a long time. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Repairman Jack Is Back in a big way!!!!!, 23. September 1998
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LEGACIES brings back one of my favorite characters, Repairman Jack. Jack "fixes" problems for people. He does not exist. A vigillante for hire. In this novel, Jack runs up against an Arab Nation looking to get it's hands on something in Alicia's fathers' house. Trouble is, Alicia's father dies in a plane wreck and she has no intention of ever going back into the house due to some past torment...enter Repairman Jack. After he helps Alicia out on a smaller job, she confides in him that people all around her are dying. There are at least 3 subplots working at all times here and all 3, when connected, make for a supreme read. F. Paul Wilson has outdone himself with great characters, a moving action-filled plot and a few surprises on the way. High Recommendation
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clever, unpredictable mystery/thriller, 15. März 2000
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~ I stopped reading thrillers for the most part, because I found most ofthe characters in them to be cookie-cutter characters, I found theplots to be predictable, and I found the dialogue to be artificial and contrived. This book doesn't have that, as a rule. I think the lead characters are interesting, different, and even "compelling", the plot kept me guessing, and the dialogue, while not exactly snappy or crackling, was realistic, i.e. the characters said what real people would say in these situations. I hate to resort to hackneyed phrases, but I found this book to be unputdownable and refreshing. END
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