Having read the "last" Repairman Jack novel, "Night World", I was thrilled to find that Wilson had done this trilogy about the younger years of Jack's life. I read this one and just ordered the other two - as well as "Cold City" (Jack's first years in Manhattan) and "Quick Fixes" (R.J. short stories). "Secret Histories" is lots of fun for a fan of this marvelous character Jack, and I would recommend it for young readers as well. I am so happy that Wilson gave us these added treats to the saga of Repairman Jack.
When I start a new R.J. book I am so happy - and if the time comes where there are just no more new ones to read - I will just pull out the first from the series and start all over again. Not many authors write books that are worthy of a second read - but I have actually run out of new books to read, and while waiting for my new order to arrive I have already pulled out older R.J.s and read them again. I enjoyed them just...
"Secret Histories" is a fun read for the rabid, Repairman Jack fan base, but it would be very, very hard to understand and appreciate for a new reader.
The central feature in most Repairman Jack novels is a series of secular, mundane items to be fixed with a central mystery involving the "Otherness."
In this novel, Mr. Wilson buries the mystery in a nostalgic retrospective of events yet to occur according to where this novel takes place in the time line.
There are writing sins of omission and commission when it comes to mysteries. The writing can reveal too much, or the writer can reveal too little. The original Sherlock Holmes novels generally reveal too little. There is almost no way that a reader could actually figure out what the solution to the mystery is without Holmes' brilliant explanation (that almost always involves introducing entirely new, hitherto unknown facts).
In "Secret Histories" F. Paul Wilson takes glee in stuffing in...
There's a commercial for snacks that begins, "bet 'cha can't eat one". For me, reading F. Paul Wilson fiction (especially Repairman Jack), the slogan should read, "bet 'cha can't Read One"! Each book is unique, yet connected. You can read them in order or not but the key is to read and enjoy this wonderful series of books with the fascinating main character that is Repairman Jack. The Secret Histories comprised of three books takes us back to the early days of Jack as a teenager living in New Jersey with his parents. Each book in the series is great and I would recommend them to any fan of this series written by Wilson. I have loved the adventures, the characters that emerge in these books and all that is a part of the continued development of Jack and his destiny.
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