5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Repairman Jack novels I have read.
Everythings's here, pacing, fast read, exciting and a great and interesting plot which also touches a little bit on the metaplot too. Great stuff.
Published on Oct. 12 2008 by Terence Tan Co
3.0 out of 5 stars Ticked off
A mix of reality and fantasy makes this a page turner. Some sloppy editing and an ending that feels like a handshake at the end of the third date detract from the desire to read the earlier episodes. But I'll probably give them a try. It is good to see Ozymandias Prather and his Oddities again. ( See the anthology "Freak Show")
Published on Jan. 13 2001 by John Bowes
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Repairman Jack novels I have read.,
This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)Everythings's here, pacing, fast read, exciting and a great and interesting plot which also touches a little bit on the metaplot too. Great stuff.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Sequel to 'The Tomb'...,
This review is from: All the Rage (Hardcover)I just finished 'All the Rage' and enjoyed it thoroughly. Jack is one of the most unique characters in modern literature, and his adventures are the sort that keeps you reading long into the night.
Jack is a poor man's James Bond who makes his living providing 'repair' work for people who need help, but can't go through standard law enforcement for it. Throughout the many Repairman Jack stories, the author has established Jack as someone who knows how to deal with natural and supernatural problems alike. In Jack's first book, The Tomb, he encountered a vengeful Bengali named Kusum with his army of unearthly creatures known as the Rakoshi. By the end of The Tomb, Jack thinks he's dealt with all of these creatures. But at the beginning of 'All the Rage', the reader sees that one has survived. The blood of this creature is being synthesized into a powerful street drug known as Berzerk. This drug grants a feeling of total euphoria, and also sends the user into fits of homicidal rage (thus the title).
Jack is hired by a young researcher because she sees her boss being bullied by a known underworld figure. She wants Jack to protect her boss, Dr. Monnet, from Dragovic, the head of a major criminal cartel. As the story unfolds, Jack connects Monnet and Dragovic as the creators and distributors of Berzerk, and also learns of the survival of the last Rakosh. His efforts to stop this drug ring, as well as deal with the last remaining Rakosh are immense fun to read.
For me, Jack's solutions are always the best part of the story, and in this one we see some of his most creative ones yet. The way he brings Dragovic and Monnet down is classic! And then later, his confrontation with the Rakosh is equally compelling. I honestly couldn't put it down.
But readers of this book should beware. This isn't simply a sequel to another book. All of the Repairman Jack stories are intimately tied into the larger "Adversary Cycle" written by F. Paul Wilson. In fact, a number of conversations and events referenced in this book wouldn't make sense unless you had also read 'Conspiracies' in addition to 'The Tomb'. And 'Conspiracies' only makes sense if you've read the rest of the Adversary Cycle. The primary books in this cycle are: The Keep, The Tomb, The Touch, Reborn, Reprisal, and Nightworld.
One final note to make...The Ozymandius Prather Oddity Emporium, taken from the pages of 'Freak Show' and authored by Thomas Monteleone and Steven Spruill, is one of the very best things about this book. I thought they fit very well into the overall story, and I got a real sense of the "Otherness" when reading about them.
If you've not read any Repairman Jack stories, don't start here. Start with The Tomb. But definitely keep reading until you get here. It's impossible to be disappointed by one of these novels.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Otherness Isn't Through With Jack Just Yet.......,
This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)All The Rage, F. Paul Wilson's fourth Repairman Jack novel, continues Jack's descent into the shadowy world of The Otherness, which he previously encountered in The Tomb & Conspiracies.
This time, Urban Mercenary Jack has been hired by Dr. Nadia Radzminsky to protect her boss, Dr. Luc Monnet, from SERIOUSLY off-kilter Bosnian drug-kingpin Milos Dragovic. Nadia suspects that Luc is the victim of an extortion scheme, but the truth is a little more sinister. But what else would you expect from one of Jack's cases...? Soon Jack is up to his eyeballs in murder, revenge, and a designer drug called Berzerk, which amplifies the users latent hostility to the Nth degree. The real treat for longtime fans of Repairman Jack is just WHERE the drug is coming from, which sends the book to a thrilling conclusion in the Jersey Pine Barrens. Familiar faces abound, from the usual suspects (Abe, Julio, Gia & Vicky) to the decidedly UNusual (The omnipresent "Sal Roma", and The Ozymandias Prather Oddity Emporium, which was introduced in Freak Show, an anthology by The Horror Writers of America, Edited by F. Paul Wilson. I loved these characters so much I went right out and snapped up a copy of Freak Show online.) The book is a satisfying read in and of itself, but it also manages to advance the ongoing Sal Roma/Otherness storyline, and sheds new light on Jack's personal life. For my money, All The Rage ties Conspiracies for best Repairman Jack novel. And that's saying A LOT! Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Rage is right!,
This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)This book is appropriately named, it is simply terrific. Wilson has always been a great writer and he gave ficiton readers a blessing by creating Repairman Jack twenty years ago. He is the Harry Potter of bad-assery!
4.0 out of 5 stars As Good As Ever,
This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)Jack was hired by researcher Nadia to find out the relation between her boss, Dr Monnet and notorious Dragovic. While Nadia was convinced that Dr Monnet might be an unwilling partner to Dragovic's illegal activites, Jack was not so sure. When his investigation revealed a spectrum of activities beyond his expectations, it would need all of Jack's wit, courage and strength to survive this round.
As in all of Repairman Jack's stories, the author has a way of stringing together the supernatural and suspense together to make a wonderful story which can keep the reader glued to the book
2.0 out of 5 stars slow pace, little action,
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This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)This is the first Repairman Jack book I've ever read, but I'd heard many good things about them. It was pretty disappointing. The pace seemed very slow and the story never picks up; it just seems to trudge along to an unfulfilling ending. With a supernatural designer drug and a giant land shark, I'm amazed at how... boring... the story was. I'd like to think that maybe I need to read some of his other stories to enjoy this one more, but based on this book, it will be a while before I pick up another Repairman Jack novel.
4.0 out of 5 stars another almost winner,
This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)Wilson has almost done it again..." All the Rage" is a very good read. The plot is somewhat determined by the upcoming book "hosts" so you know the ending. ( at least you could imagine it ).Other books I would recommend.."The Touch". "Sibs" "The Tomb"
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst of an excelent series, but still good.,
This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)This was an extremely fun read except in the times the story began to wander. Then it went down to just fun, but it was still good. I wouldn't suggest reading it without reading the to books that come before this: The Tomb, Conspiracies, and Legacies. Since I am trying to convince you to read others in the series I should define it for you. These are suspense, science fiction, fantasy, mystery with a very dark element to them. And a main Character: Repair Man Jack who fixes problems for people usually in an illegal manor. He has a good heart and really cares for the people he helps, but a violent streak that he is constantly trying to rein in. The books are very gripping. Try The Tomb first.
4.0 out of 5 stars That's The Fact, Jack,
This review is from: All the Rage (Hardcover)What makes Repairman Jack run? For a hero that is usually mercenary, Jack is enduringly colorful, entertaining and just plain fun. His background is murky, to say the least. His description is, umm, nondescript. In a world where everyone has a paper trail the size of your average phone directory, Jack does not exist. I like that. Maybe I'm a bit envious. When faced with adversity, Jack is not adverse to hiding and/or running away. But when he's backed into a corner, the sparks fly.
All the Rage is actually a departure from previous Jack novels as the monsters in this book are violence and greed, albeit with a cameo appearance by an old nonhuman adversary. What makes the book truly enjoyable is Wilson's portrayal of characters, multifaceted, and his concise, but not tedious expositions. Sprinkle some eclectic, screwball humor and you've got the makings of a wonderful read.
Ignore the cheesy cover. Get the book. Enjoy Jack. And, by the way, although this is a series, you can start anywhere. After all, do we really know Jack?
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Funny!,
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This review is from: All the Rage (Mass Market Paperback)I've been a Repairman Jack fan for a few years, and am delighted that each time I read one of his stories the character comes more alive. In this particular novel, F. Paul Wilson shows his sense of humor...not only in the dialogue but in the hilarious scenes he describes to us. I highly recommend readers to read The Tomb before this one, it will make some parts of the story easier to understand. If you can squeeze Conspiracies in too, I would suggest it, but it's more important to read The Tomb.
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All the Rage by F. Paul Wilson (Mass Market Paperback - Oct. 14 2001)
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