By F. Paul Wilson
Following final year's winning The Haunted Air, F. Paul Wilson returns with one other riveting episode within the saga of Repairman Jack, the secretive, creative, and heroic champion of these whose difficulties not anyone else can remedy. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is likely one of the most unusual and exciting characters to come up out of up to date fiction in a while. His adventures are highly entertaining."
In Gateways, Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a vehicle twist of fate in Florida. They've been at the outs, yet this can be his dad, so he heads south. within the medical institution he meets Anya, one in every of his father's associates. She's a peculiar outdated duck who turns out to grasp lots approximately his father, or even much approximately Jack.
Jack's arrival doesn't move ignored. a tender lady named Semelee, who has unusual abilities and lives in an remoted quarter of the Everglades with a gaggle of misshapen males, feels his presence. She senses that he's "special," like her.
Anya takes Jack again to Dad's senior group, Gateways South, which borders at the Everglades. Florida goes via an strange drought. There's a ban on watering; every thing is brown and wilting, yet Anya's garden is a deep eco-friendly.
Who is Anya? who's Semelee, and what's her connection to the new unusual deaths of Gateways residents-killed via birds, spiders, and snakes-during the previous 12 months? And what are the "lights" Jack retains listening to about-? lighting that emanate two times a yr from a sinkhole deep within the Everglades . . . lighting fixtures from one other position, one other reality.
If he's to guard his father from changing into the following fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack needs to resolution, secrets and techniques he needs to discover. secrets and techniques . . . Jack has lots of his personal, and alongside the best way he learns that even his father has secrets and techniques.
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5 I would have loved a more complete description of the creature. Unfortunately, Hendrix died in 1970, long before the book was written, and he was no longer available to confirm, deny, or elaborate upon his former bandmate’s story. Whatever the entity was—alien, angel, Mothman, or carbon monoxide–induced dream bird—it unfurled large wings as it circled the stranded vehicle, somehow melting the snow to free the stuck car and very likely saving the lives of all the band members. One can only wish that Point Pleasant’s Mothman had been able to do as much for the people who died in the collapse of that town’s doomed bridge.
The other takes a path northward along the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, crosses diagonally over Pennsylvania and New York toward the northeast and finally ends up near Canada. Hall notes that although the birds themselves may be unusual, “the distribution of these birds is not unusual [emphasis mine] and the habits they exhibit are what would be expected of birds of this kind. The habits that are indicated by the known reports and the Indian lore are those of a migratory bird of prey.
Gateways (Repairman Jack, Book 7) by F. Paul Wilson