Gateways (Repairman Jack)

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, inventive, and heroic champion of these whose difficulties nobody else can remedy. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is without doubt one of the most unusual and exciting characters to come up out of up to date fiction in a long time. His adventures are highly entertaining."

In Gateways, Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a motor vehicle coincidence in Florida. they have been at the outs, yet this is often his dad, so he heads south. within the medical institution he meets Anya, certainly one of his father's acquaintances. She's a unusual previous duck who turns out to understand a lot approximately his father, or even much approximately Jack.

Jack's arrival doesn't pass disregarded. a tender girl named Semelee, who has unusual skills and lives in an remoted quarter of the Everglades with a bunch of misshapen males, feels his presence. She senses that he is "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 is a ban on watering; every little 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 yr? And what are the "lights" Jack retains listening to about-? lighting fixtures that emanate two times a 12 months from a sinkhole deep within the Everglades . . . lighting from one other position, one other reality.

If he's to guard his father from changing into the subsequent 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.

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Exasperated, Jack begun waving his hands. “If you could inventory Sapporo Draft from the opposite aspect of the area, how come you can’t inventory whatever from the opposite facet of the kingdom? ” “Wait a minute,” the child stated. “Come to think about it…” He went over to the imported part, shuffled a few inventory round, and pulled out a six pack of Ybor Gold. He held it up, grinning. “Knew I’d obvious this someplace. ” “My hero,” Jack stated. “There’s yet one more again there. Do you—? ” “Sold! ” because the child positioned the 2 six packs within the cart, Jack passed him a five-dollar invoice. “Naw, that’s okay,” he acknowledged. “Just doing my task. ” Jack shoved it into the breast pocket of the kid’s blouse. “Yeah, yet you deserve a bring up. ” He hunted up Anya and her round as she picked out what she sought after. This concerned taking part in touchy-feely with virtually every bit of fruit within the shop. ultimately she was once performed they usually looked at. Jack certified for an convey Lane and cooled his heels by way of the door as her order was once rung up. Out within the parking zone, he was once loading every thing into the trunk whilst he noticed a battered purple pickup parked opposed to the a ways cut down part a block down. Anya and Oyv have been already within the vehicle; it used to be operating with the AC on. Jack leaned within the driving force door. “Can you spare a couple of minutes? ” he acknowledged. “I are looking to cost whatever out. ” She glanced at her watch. “Don’t be too lengthy. I’d prefer to cease in in your father sooner than we head domestic. ” That was once on Jack’s to-do checklist besides. yet first… He angled around the parking zone, then crossed the road. As he approached the truck—no query now that it used to be an identical one—he spotted a narrow younger girl with a dismal complexion and wild hair a startling silver white. She leaned opposed to a close-by wall. She wore white Levis and a decent black vest over a long-sleeved white blouse buttoned as much as the collar. He stared at her. anything generic approximately her. no longer the hair, yet that face, these black eyes… after which he knew. Stuff that hair lower than a black wig, placed her in a nurse’s uniform, and she’d be the secret girl who’d fled his father’s room the previous day. First she’s a brunette within the health center, now she’s white haired and striking out in the street. What the hell? subsequent to her stood a hulking guy Jack well-known because the one who’d ferried the secret nurse away the day past. The woman’s eyes met his and he observed an immediate of popularity there. She concealed it instantly and slid her gaze off him, yet he’d stuck it. Jack stepped again and edged towards the truck. the man with the bulging brow was once leaning opposed to it. Couldn’t put out of your mind him. He’d been riding whilst Jack’s tire used to be slashed. Had he been riding an hour in the past? Time to determine. Time to determine if he might impress a bit whatever out of this clown. Jack lidded his anger and sidled as much as him. The man’s misaligned eyes have been fastened at the crowd. Jack received his recognition by way of giving his correct shoulder a none-too-gentle shove. the fellow bumped opposed to the truck’s passenger door and whirled on Jack. “Hey! What—? ” no matter what he was once going to assert by no means received out. Jack observed his eyes widen with popularity and knew he had his guy.

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