Secret Histories

Secret Histories THE FIRST OF A TRILOGY OF REPAIRMAN JACK PREQUELS Read for the first time Jack s formative years You ll meet his mother and father big sister Kate and his bully of a brother Tom While aimed for young

  • Title: Secret Histories
  • Author: F. Paul Wilson
  • ISBN: 9781934267028
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Hardcover
  • THE FIRST OF A TRILOGY OF REPAIRMAN JACK PREQUELS Read for the first time Jack s formative years You ll meet his mother and father, big sister Kate and his bully of a brother Tom While aimed for young adults, F Paul Wilson doesn t write down and the book is as enjoyable for adults as it is for teens And, as you can see from the above description there s plenty of foresTHE FIRST OF A TRILOGY OF REPAIRMAN JACK PREQUELS Read for the first time Jack s formative years You ll meet his mother and father, big sister Kate and his bully of a brother Tom While aimed for young adults, F Paul Wilson doesn t write down and the book is as enjoyable for adults as it is for teens And, as you can see from the above description there s plenty of foreshadowing of events that were to overtake Jack as an adult i.e An old woman with a dog making herself known to Jack when he s just fourteen

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    1. I’ve been reading Repairman Jack books since I was in Junior High…like the character Jack is in this book. In fact, I started reading F Paul Wilson books IN 1983 which is the year in which this book is set (creeepy). If you are into slightly supernatural, mysterious adventure books & you haven’t read any Repairman Jack books (no matter whether you are a “young” adult or just act like one when no one’s looking) this is a series you ought to investigate. Wilson is a master at const [...]

    2. As far as boys' adventure stories go, this one is top-notch. Adults will probably prefer something a little more sophisticated, but REPAIRKID JACK: SECRET HISTORIES is sneaky in the way it steadily engrosses you despite its obvious YA limitations and contrivances. F. Paul Wilson does a fantastic job of simplifying his writing style for young readers while still respecting their intelligence. My only real complaint is that the constant stream of references to '80s American culture becomes grating [...]

    3. This is F. Paul Wilson's first young adult novel. This is also our introduction to the young Jack who will become the famous, or infamous, Repairman Jack. Part supernatural thriller, part mystery; Repairman Jack and the stories of the secret history of mankind form the structure of Nelson's epic. I was pleased to see that this YA novel would stand on its own and that it works terrifically as a teen mystery. The story also hints at the supernatural "secret histories" behind Wilson's novels and in [...]

    4. I avoid young adult literature as a rule. I grew up on some of it but I mostly grew up on Stephen King and thriller stories aimed at adults because I don't particularly enjoy child characters and I've never been a fan of dumbed down stories sans action, cursing, and all the things I came to expect from my adult novels. As I'm older, I still have a hard time picking up kids books because they seem substanceless in many cases, leaving me reading something I can't connect with. Secret Histories is [...]

    5. Who knew there was a YA Repairman Jack novel? (Actually there are three-I learned something new today.) F Paul Wilson is a talented author and it is fun to see him setting Jack on the path his life will follow in Secret Histories. The action takes place in and around the New Jersey Pine Barrens, which is a great and spooky setting. I think Wilson won me over when he has Jack reading an old issue of The Spider, and when his father mentions The Shadow and Doc Savage. Just call me sentimental.

    6. I'm not usually into YA but this was an engaging read and did contribute ti the secret history of the world development. 4.5 stars

    7. Today's post is on 'Jack: Secret Histories' by F. Paul Wilson. It is 304 pages including a reading order for all his books at the end. It is published by TOR. The cover has two boys in silhouette with a bone arm out reached to them. It also has the opening line of the book on the cover which is 'They discovered the body on a rainy afternoon'. The intended reader is young men but it is part of Wilson's Secret History of the World Series so anyone who likes/reads that will get something out of thi [...]

    8. Weirdly, F. Paul Wilson's super straightforward style works GREAT as YA fiction. I'm a little frustrated because, as I recall, The Tomb gives us the story of when Jack realized he was good at revenge, and it had to do with him cutting grass, NOT the stuff he pulls off in this tale. Oh well. I don't mind a few rewrites here and there, and I COULD be misremembering. Anyway, there are tons of plot spinning in this tale. Jack and his friends Weezy & her brother Eddie find a SEVERED HEAD out in t [...]

    9. More for the middle school reader, this book was really good. I remember riding bikes and having adventures at the same age as the characters in this book and intend to read the others of the set. I can see this book starting young adults into a love of reading.

    10. Great YA novel by F. Paul Wilson, who continues to impress me with his excellent mega-series called The Secret History of the World. If I could do it over, I would've saved this novel for later. Chronologically, it occurs before the Repairman Jack series, and Wilson seems to recommend this reading by timeline. However, when he mentions characters, it seems to be done with the implication that you're familiar with the rest of the series, and that these references are more to induce the reaction, [...]

    11. Young Jack and his friends discover a dead body and some mysterious artifacts in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and soon they are enmeshed in a mystery concerning more murders and a secret society that may be older than anyone suspects.This fast-paced novel has many pleasures but frustrations abound as well. As this slim YA novel neared its conclusion, it became increasingly apparent that the most intriguing plot threads were not going to be resolved until later in the trilogy--probably not until [...]

    12. Young Jack and his friends discover a dead body and some mysterious artifacts in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and soon they are enmeshed in a mystery concerning more murders and a secret society that may be older than anyone suspects.This fast-paced novel has many pleasures but frustrations abound as well. As this slim YA novel neared its conclusion, it became increasingly apparent that the most intriguing plot threads were not going to be resolved until later in the trilogy--probably not until [...]

    13. Even though this is a young adult novel, Wilson doesn't dumb it down for a younger audience. In fact, I didn't see much difference in terms of style, vocabulary, and complexity between this novel and the Early Years Trilogy; I think the only aspect of this book that really sets it apart from the EY Trilogy is the supernatural element to the storyline, which actually makes it more similar to some of the more supernatural RJ novels. So this novel is appropriate for younger and older adults alike, [...]

    14. As I was reading the first page of this one, I thought, "Waitdidn't I just read something with a character named Weezy?" I did just read a short story by the author and he returned to the setting for this book. Unfortunately, what I really liked about the short story--the mysterious Pineys--weren't really in the full-length book. Jack, the main character, was, but I really liked the idea of the vigilante justice of the backwoods inbreeds. :)The mysterious Lodge in the New Jersey town is intertwi [...]

    15. This was a well written and clean read. It was very easy to read and I breezed right through it. It the first in a trilogy of Young Adult stories about Jack - F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack charcater, but as a young boy. So I guess this is how it all started. And it started when Jack was a young teenager, and how he came across a dead body with a mysterious black box. Jack, and his friend "Weezy", a girl, suddenly become detective types trying to figure out why there was a dead body, and what's [...]

    16. If you like Repairman Jack, then you should like young Jack in The Secret Histories. The story flows well, and - depending on how much of the regular series you have read - you can pick out the 'foreshadowing' of things to come in Jack's future. The book also lets fans know that at one time Jack was just a normal kid with friends, a family, and a regular life.While the book is written for a younger audience, I never felt like the story was dumbed down or silly. The characters and situations felt [...]

    17. There's nothing wrong with this book. It's fine. It's not quite what I was hoping for. Honestly, I read it only because I'm trying to read the "Secret History of the World" books.This is a young adult novel. It deals with Jack as a teenager with all of the uncertainties that come with that. At least he's a realistic teen. He and his friends have real issues to go along with their teenaged angst. I appreciated the effort that it took to do this.The story wasn't actually that bad. However, it stop [...]

    18. F Paul Wilson has decided to go back and give us the story of Repairman Jack as a teenager. Wilson can be a bit heavy on the references, though. For the first third of the book he couldn't let a page go by without blatantly trying to remind us that the story is set in 1983.Which is also the biggest issue I have with the book. It takes place in Wilson's revised universe. So while the version of the Repairman Jack books I read in college feature him as being in his late 20s early 30s during the 80 [...]

    19. Fast paced and action packed, Jack and his two friends discover a dead body in the woods, and then become involved in solving the mystery as other bodies begin to show up. I guess this is supposed to be the background arc on Wilson's adult series, but it did not start well. I really felt like I should have been familiar with the characters before reading this, and by not knowing them, that I was missing something. Also although I get that the adult series is set in current times and therefore by [...]

    20. A great, quick read that may or may not have you on the edge of your seat. My one issue with this book is that there are so many breaks from the mystery that are so long, it gets a little boring. Some breaks are good, and establish new characters, or have humor (pistachios), but these scenes are dragged out for too long and lost my attention. But other than that, it's a great mystery concept, with some really great characters. Oh, and it has a proper cliffhanger (if you could call it that),with [...]

    21. Jack as a teenager, while his mother is still alive, and he has his first encounter with the Otherness, in the form of a secret cult and a mysterious object dug in the pine barrens of New Jersey. Nicely told YA book, with his first fix-its, including getting even in a completely fair way with his jerk brother Tom who steals his shelled pistachios. The Others part of the story is well-done in an ominous, but never explicit way, like the best of the X-Files episodes. The endless references to the [...]

    22. Excellent prequel to the superlative Repairman Jack/Secret History of the World/Adversary Cycle (yes, there's that much to it!) series. This one is aimed mainly at teens/pre-teens, but don't let that dissuade you; like the Harry Potter books it's still very enjoyable for all ages, just creepy enough to be entertaining but not so much as to be disturbing. Gives background a completist will want before tackling the last two books of the Repairman Jack saga. A bit simplistic compared to the other t [...]

    23. Since I don't know anything about the Repairman Jack series, I don't really have a base for this character. It was okay, kind of an X-files for young adults type story. I think the author is explaining a lot of skills/thought processes that come up for this character as an adult, so it might help give some back story to followers of Jack. The constant 80s references became annoying--like he made a list of all the pop culture blips of the era, and crammed as many into the book as possible. I woul [...]

    24. I read this a while ago - don't remember details, but I remember enjoying the story!I have never read any of the Repairman Jack books, so I had no back story. I didn't feel like I was missing anything from the storyline, but I did recognize some things that were obviously weighted for people who *have* read the other stories.I vaguely remember a portion on the "secret histories" and it made me feel a little icky. Like, a feeling that there are probably people who whole heartedly believe some of [...]

    25. This is a fun young adult book. And it provides some insight into Jack's early life. I would recommend it to all Repairman Jack fans and to any young adult who may have an interest in conspiracy and semi mystery stories. The best thing about it is the appendix at the end of the book that explains most of the Repairman Jack series takes place in a three year period and that the end of hte word is upon us. Check it out. F Paul also claims there will be a total of something like 16 books in the ser [...]

    26. I had a blast reading this. It takes place in 1983 or 84 and brought me right back to my childhood with all of the pop culture references. Even though it was written for a younger audience, there were PLENTY of references in there that only adults would understand. Having read the complete Repairman Jack series, it was also fun to see some of the characters earlier influences and the foreshadowing of certain events.

    27. What a fun book. A young Repairman Jack gets involved in a mystery that has a supernatural element. He and his friends Weezy and Eddie find a dead body and a mysterious black cube in the Pine Barrens near their town. An ancient secret society, somewhat like the Masons, has a lodge in town, and Jack keeps running into them.I loved the "fixes" Jack puts on his older brother Tom, with the pistachio nuts and the bucket. I loved what he did when they were imprisoned in the police car.

    28. This was a fun book and I'm handing it over to my 15yr old son.I loved the Advisory and Jack books. Secret Histories starts off a little hokie as Wilson goes out of his way to make sure you know that this is the 80s. There again, it's a reflection of Wilson's hokie sense of humour that sneaks it's way into the darkest of narratives.I enjoyed the young Jack series, so will you, so will your kids.

    29. I really enjoyed this book! I have only just started on the Repairman Jack series and when I saw this was a prequel decided to start with it. I am glad I did because I enjoyed it a lot. I am reading the Keep and starting on The Tomb. I would recommend this to my anyone who enjoys young adult, conspiracy theory and just a good, fast read that keeps you on your toes.

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