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N deadly danger His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons Jack 45 starsThis book was fun super entertaining and easy to readThe Tomb is the first book in the Repairman Jack series It's got great characters supernatural elements and the action is fantastic While reading this I felt at times that I was eating popcorn and watching an action movieThe Tomb was written back in 1984 so it's got a great 80s feel to the book It didn't feel dated to me so kudos to F Paul Wilson for writing something that can be relatable in 2020Jack is a fixer He's not a private investigator but he's not a hitman either He's somewhere in the middle with a strong set of moral codes that he goes byThe Tomb starts off with Jack getting a recommendation from a United Nations diplomat The man in need is Kusum Bahkti and he's looking for a stolen necklace that was taken from his grandma Jack takes the case to find the necklace but it only gets weird dangerous and complicated from thereIf you're a fan of Preston Child books like the Pendergast series I think you would really enjoy this seriesIt's got a strong main character tons of action and supernatural elementsI really enjoyed The Tomb and can't wait to read books in this series

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Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend Gia Repairman Jack doesn’t deal with electronic appliances he fixes situations for people often putting himself i This novel has a lot of modern 80's thriller sensibilities with a can do 'fixer' focused mainly on character study and definition mostly in the same way that horror novels do it Righting wrongs giving up close and personal Justice to those who escape the lawWith a supernatural twist Hindu RakashasIt sounds pretty cool actually but my personal expectations were along the lines of a proto modern UF and it is It just happens to be MORE focused on character study and interpersonal dynamics Good for what it is and if you prefer that kind of thing It's a decent horror I suppose but it happens to be perfectly average as one unless you give bonus points for using the idea of Rakashas as the primary storyI've read a lot of things like this however I enjoyed the exploration of Kali and Hindu mythos well but I might want to point at Dan Simmon's Song of Kali as a bit horrific and fascinatingThis one however is a modern thriller and should have a lot of ongoing appeal I'll continue the series to see if it continues to evolve There's a number of books behind this one Final grade? Above average Solid

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Is used to danger but this time Gia’s daughter Vicky is threatened Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home The Tomb by F Paul Wilson is the SECOND book in his Adversary Cycle series and the FIRST book in his Repairman Jack seriesThis novel introduces New Yorker Repairman Jack a man with no permanent last name it varies with the ID he's carrying at the time and no records of his existence he either had them erased or doesn't reference them at all any His job is to fix things that the police can't or won't fix Sometimes this involves hurting or killing people which is why his ex girlfriend Gia dumped himI wouldn't think of Repairman Jack as a hired thug or assassin He's like The Eualizer from that old TV series only he's not an ex spyhe has no formal training to speak of He only kills when there's no other option and he only handles cases that the police can't handle He does this for moneyThe PlotRepairman Jack gets two contracts One from his ex girlfriend Gia whose sister in law has gone missing and one from an Indian cultural attache' working for the UN who has lost an important necklaceOf course these two plots intersect and monsters are involvedThe GoodAs a character I liked Repairman Jack I can definitely see why there's an entire series of books based on him He's an intriguing characterThe book is also well plotted The pace is just right Sometimes a novel will conclude and tie up all its loose ends in the last 20 pages This one is deliberate in its pacing and it doesn't lag in the middle like so many of these types of books seem to doThere was a scene in the book where the monsters are holding chunks of bloody flesh that was once human a character in the book This scene was genuinely creepyThe main antagonist was a sympathetic one I like this moral ambiguity in my reads because no one is ALL good or ALL badThe BadThe characters in the book besides the protagonist Jack and the main antagonist are pretty one dimensional There is a child Vicky in the book who is written to be so sweet she'd turn Satan into a diabetic Shirley Temple on her best day has got nothing on this kidThe monsters were kind of nondescript I didn't get any real sense of foreboding or threat from them It seems to me with a few slight changes the monsters could be excised from the story entirely and you'd still have the same overall plotThere was also no real connection between this and the previous book The Keep which makes me think that perhaps calling it a part of the Adversary Cycle was a way to increase sales Another reviewer said it was Lovecraftian but I really didn't get that out of the book at all There is mention of the Old Gods who created the monsters of the book as a parody of humanity but that's pretty much it Even that seemed tacked on as an afterthought and maybe that small fact was the connection between this book and the previous book The Keep I'm not surePerhaps I'm not very astute in the literary sense but I still don't get the title The Tomb To me The Necklace would have been a apt titleConclusionIt's a good read Wilson didn't knock the ball out of the park as he did with The Keep but it's a book worth reading for the character of Repairman Jack alone Hopefully the ancillary characters in the Repairman Jack series get interesting as the series progresses As far as the Adversary Cycle goes this is a dubious addition to it I hope that the reason that this book is in the Adversary Cycle will become apparent as I read the later books in the series

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  • The Tomb
  • F. Paul Wilson
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 9780812580372

About the Author: F. Paul Wilson

Francis Paul Wilson is an author born in Jersey City New Jersey He writes novels and short stories primarily in the science fiction and horror genres His debut novel was Healer Wilson is also a part time practicing family physician He made his first sales in to Analog and continued to write science fiction throughout the seventies In he ventured into the horror genre with t.



10 thoughts on “The Tomb

  1. says:

    All she could do was stand there and screamIndeed This book has a good number of things going for it I particularly enjoyed the characterization of Repairman Jack There are also some Lovecraftian references that fans will recognize Striding down the dark passage like the avatar of a vengeful god came JackI can imagine that followers of the Agent Pendergast series Relic the Charlie Parker series Every Dead Thing or the Harry Dresden series Storm Front would enjoy this especially considering that The Tomb predates all of these by than a decade It is the first novel in a horror supernatural series so don’t go into this expecting crime fiction There will be beasties and there will be blood blood blood there were rustling and scraping and grunting sounds coming from the darkness beyond that doorIt’s an enjoyable enough romp with some interesting twists Some I saw coming Some I did not Not too much I can say about The Tomb It isn’t subtle and it isn’t fancy but it gets the job done I will certainly be reading the other books in this series She glanced up over the hood and froze in horror at the sight of a dark dripping glistening form rising out of the bayIndeed

  2. says:

    YES A great series like the Dresden Files Simon Green's Nightside etc A nice break from all the romance y stuff I've been reading lately Really great lead interesting protagonist and storyline I really love this series and will read many

  3. says:

    This novel has a lot of modern 80's thriller sensibilities with a can do 'fixer' focused mainly on character study and definition mostly in the same way that horror novels do it Righting wrongs giving up close and personal Justice to those who escape the lawWith a supernatural twist Hindu RakashasIt sounds pretty cool actually but my personal expectations were along the lines of a proto modern UF and it is It just happens to be MORE focused on character study and interpersonal dynamics Good for what it is and if you prefer that kind of thing It's a decent horror I suppose but it happens to be perfectly average as one unless you give bonus points for using the idea of Rakashas as the primary storyI've read a lot of things like this however I enjoyed the exploration of Kali and Hindu mythos well but I might want to point at Dan Simmon's Song of Kali as a bit horrific and fascinatingThis one however is a modern thriller and should have a lot of ongoing appeal I'll continue the series to see if it continues to evolve There's a number of books behind this one Final grade? Above average Solid

  4. says:

    45 starsThis book was fun super entertaining and easy to readThe Tomb is the first book in the Repairman Jack series It's got great characters supernatural elements and the action is fantastic While reading this I felt at times that I was eating popcorn and watching an action movieThe Tomb was written back in 1984 so it's got a great 80s feel to the book It didn't feel dated to me so kudos to F Paul Wilson for writing something that can be relatable in 2020Jack is a fixer He's not a private investigator but he's not a hitman either He's somewhere in the middle with a strong set of moral codes that he goes byThe Tomb starts off with Jack getting a recommendation from a United Nations diplomat The man in need is Kusum Bahkti and he's looking for a stolen necklace that was taken from his grandma Jack takes the case to find the necklace but it only gets weird dangerous and complicated from thereIf you're a fan of Preston Child books like the Pendergast series I think you would really enjoy this seriesIt's got a strong main character tons of action and supernatural elementsI really enjoyed The Tomb and can't wait to read books in this series

  5. says:

    I have a new best friend and his name is Repairman JackWith a style reminiscent of Travanian or John D MacDonald F Paul Wilson describes the urban fantasy euivalent of his off the grid anti hero Wilson also demonstrates his libertarian values in a protagonist that would make Poul Anderson or Heinlein proudWhile this can be seen as a far out version of a Travis McGee adventure urban and contemporary fantasy fans will be drawn to its supernatural ualities Jack is on the trail of an ancient Indian evil that is threatening paying clients the girl he loves and his own hide in this very enjoyable 1984 publication that could also be considered in the genres of horror thriller or science fictionWhatever label a reader chooses I think we can all agree that this is a fast moving and fun speculative fiction page turner Jack “fixes” things and we’re not talking about electric toasters or smoothie blenders Jack handles problems related to human interactions As in the old Goodfellas line “Hey Vinny d’you fix that ting?” “Yeah Paulie that problem is solved” But he’s not an organized mobster he’s an independent contractor As a matter of fact in many ways Jack departed from modern day society years ago he lives outside of civilization but in plain sight he pays no taxes deals only in cash has no legitimate identity besides the succinctly stated although evasive moniker “Repairman Jack” Or just JackWilson’s prose is clean and fast this moves like a fast runner lithe and smooth I’ll be returning for fun with Jack

  6. says:

    Harry Dresden without magic and violent and Horror than Urban Fantasy Repairman Jack takes on jobs that reuire vigilante justice fixing problems in a way that the usual law enforcement and judiciary can'tExcellent pacing Believableish story Scary monsters Some genuine suspenseful moments A step up from book one The Keep4 StarsPS I don't know why this book is called The Tomb There is no Tomb

  7. says:

    Fun is the best descriptor I can come up with to describe my experience with this read With an 80's feel to it this horroraction thriller was filled with excitement and great characters Especially Jack who is an easy favorite The story was good and had a good resolution leaving me excited to read the next Repairman Jack adventure I'm surprised this didn't end up as an '80's horror movie honestly 4550 stars

  8. says:

    The only book I have read in the Repairman Jack series and I think the lastRepairman Jack is a below the radar fixit guy that repairs problems for people Although he's supposed to be cool and dangerous he comes across as kind of an idiot man child to me He has all these ridiculous methods for keeping his identity secret yet he invites a strange woman up to his apartment early on in the book He goes to the same bar every single time to interview clients and shops at the same store near his house Not exactly below the radar in my bookJack watches old movies late into the night in an apartment filled with odd pieces of furniture old toys and antiue kitsch In the morning he wakes up and eats several bowls of some kind of cold cereal kids eat Except for the cold blooded killer part he sounds like Tom Hanks' character in BigThis book is chock full of all the conventional characters you know the uirky weapons dealer that can get the hero his flame thrower in the middle of the night the friendly bar owner that allows Jack to use a private booth for business the love interest that is repulsed by what Jack does for a living but just can't keep herself from falling for himSo the only remotely unconventional thing about this book is that it is an odd pairing of mediocre examples of two different genres the detectivethriller and horror Jack has to fight some nearly immortal Indian demons and a one armed disciple of Kali Not a good book and I wish I had those hours back

  9. says:

    The Tomb by F Paul Wilson is the SECOND book in his Adversary Cycle series and the FIRST book in his Repairman Jack seriesThis novel introduces New Yorker Repairman Jack a man with no permanent last name it varies with the ID he's carrying at the time and no records of his existence he either had them erased or doesn't reference them at all any His job is to fix things that the police can't or won't fix Sometimes this involves hurting or killing people which is why his ex girlfriend Gia dumped himI wouldn't think of Repairman Jack as a hired thug or assassin He's like The Eualizer from that old TV series only he's not an ex spyhe has no formal training to speak of He only kills when there's no other option and he only handles cases that the police can't handle He does this for moneyThe PlotRepairman Jack gets two contracts One from his ex girlfriend Gia whose sister in law has gone missing and one from an Indian cultural attache' working for the UN who has lost an important necklaceOf course these two plots intersect and monsters are involvedThe GoodAs a character I liked Repairman Jack I can definitely see why there's an entire series of books based on him He's an intriguing characterThe book is also well plotted The pace is just right Sometimes a novel will conclude and tie up all its loose ends in the last 20 pages This one is deliberate in its pacing and it doesn't lag in the middle like so many of these types of books seem to doThere was a scene in the book where the monsters are holding chunks of bloody flesh that was once human a character in the book This scene was genuinely creepyThe main antagonist was a sympathetic one I like this moral ambiguity in my reads because no one is ALL good or ALL badThe BadThe characters in the book besides the protagonist Jack and the main antagonist are pretty one dimensional There is a child Vicky in the book who is written to be so sweet she'd turn Satan into a diabetic Shirley Temple on her best day has got nothing on this kidThe monsters were kind of nondescript I didn't get any real sense of foreboding or threat from them It seems to me with a few slight changes the monsters could be excised from the story entirely and you'd still have the same overall plotThere was also no real connection between this and the previous book The Keep which makes me think that perhaps calling it a part of the Adversary Cycle was a way to increase sales Another reviewer said it was Lovecraftian but I really didn't get that out of the book at all There is mention of the Old Gods who created the monsters of the book as a parody of humanity but that's pretty much it Even that seemed tacked on as an afterthought and maybe that small fact was the connection between this book and the previous book The Keep I'm not surePerhaps I'm not very astute in the literary sense but I still don't get the title The Tomb To me The Necklace would have been a apt titleConclusionIt's a good read Wilson didn't knock the ball out of the park as he did with The Keep but it's a book worth reading for the character of Repairman Jack alone Hopefully the ancillary characters in the Repairman Jack series get interesting as the series progresses As far as the Adversary Cycle goes this is a dubious addition to it I hope that the reason that this book is in the Adversary Cycle will become apparent as I read the later books in the series

  10. says:

    I was going to give this three stars but I realize it deserves I think I heard it raved about so much that I expected to like it Had I gone into The Tomb with lower expectations I would have no hesitation in rating it higher That is why I hate to read books after they are so hyped It just spoils the experienceRepairman Jack is just an awesome character He is a person who exists outside of the system He simply dropped off the 'grid' He doesn't pay taxes and he doesn't feel like he owes the system anything That doesn't mean he doesn't have a sense of ethics or morals He just believes in doing things his way He is lead by his extremely strong sense of justice regardless of the cost because of how his mother was killed I really admired his character for his ability to be his own person I think Mr Wilson did a good job of creating this character He's a fun guy to follow around as he goes about his work of fixing the unfixable situation When this story starts it's clear that supernatural situations aren't really his forte but after this book I think Jack will have his feet wet in supernatural mattersI liked the Indian folklore using the rakoshi which is an Indian demonic entity that can be called up via a curse It was funny because I read two books within a short period of time with rakoshi this and Ghosts of Albion Accursed that incorporated these creatures I liked that Jack had an Indian love interest who was easily as complicated as he was The villain was also conflicted and layered This story is one in which you can see many sides of the euation although you know which side you're on Repairman Jack's Mr Wilson really does a great job of showing the backstory to the Indian aspect of this story heavily tied into the cult of Kali the destroyer This is a much an action thriller as it is horror What a great combination I love action and I like a good horror story that relies on suspense and genuine fear inspiring storytelling and less on gore There are a few bloody moments but this wasn't a gory book in my opinion I was glad I read this book and I do look forward to reading of Jack's adventures

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