Gateways (Repairman Jack)

By F. Paul Wilson

Following final year's profitable 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 not anyone else can remedy. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is among the most unusual and fascinating characters to come up out of latest fiction in a while. His adventures are highly entertaining."

In Gateways, Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a vehicle coincidence in Florida. they have been at the outs, yet this is often his dad, so he heads south. within the sanatorium he meets Anya, one in every of his father's pals. She's a unusual outdated duck who turns out to grasp plenty approximately his father, or even much approximately Jack.

Jack's arrival doesn't pass neglected. a tender lady 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 neighborhood, Gateways South, which borders at the Everglades. Florida goes via an strange drought. there is a ban on watering; every 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 by way of birds, spiders, and snakes-during the prior 12 months? And what are the "lights" Jack retains listening to about-? lighting that emanate two times a 12 months from a sinkhole deep within the Everglades . . . lighting fixtures 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 solution, secrets and techniques he needs to discover. secrets and techniques . . . Jack has lots of his personal, and alongside the way in which he learns that even his father has secrets.

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Dad’s eyes narrowed. “You shoot? ” Jack shrugged. “A little. commonly variety stuff. ” “Mostly? ” “Mostly. ” He didn’t are looking to get into that. “Grains? ” “One-seventy-five aspect 5. ” Jack whistled. “Yeah,” Dad acknowledged, nodding. “Penetrated 11 inches of oak. great little accuracy radius. I enjoyed that around. ” “Don’t imagine I’m morbid, but…how many did you kill? ” Dad closed his eyes and shook his head. “I don’t recognize. i finished counting at fifty. ” Fifty-plus kills…jeez. “I notion i used to be scorching stuff,” Dad acknowledged, “really creating a distinction within the combating, so I stored count number in the beginning. yet by the point I reached fifty or so it stopped mattering. I simply desired to cross domestic. ” “How lengthy have been you there? ” “Not extraordinarily long—most of the latter 1/2 1950. i used to be shipped into Pusan in August and what an immense screw-up that used to be, ordinarily as the military devices didn’t do their task. Mid September i used to be shipped to Inchon the place I landed with the 5th Regiment. via the top of the month we’d fought via to Seoul, recaptured it, and passed it again to the South Koreans. We notion that used to be it. We’d freed up the rustic, kicked these NK commies again above the thirty-eighth parallel. activity performed, time to head domestic. yet no. ” Dad drew out that final observe in a manner that reminded Jack of John Belushi. He rubbed a hand throughout his face to conceal a grin. “No, MacArthur had the brilliant proposal of pushing into North Korea so lets reunite the rustic. And there we chanced on ourselves dealing with the crimson chinese language. What a number of crazies they have been. No appreciate for all times, their very own or a person else’s, simply hurling themselves at us in human waves. ” “Maybe what was once dealing with them on the rear in the event that they didn’t do as ordered used to be worse than charging you men. ” “Maybe,” Dad acknowledged softly. “Maybe. ” He looked as if it would shiver within his cardigan. “If there’s a chillier position on the earth than the mountains of North Korea, I don’t need to know approximately it. It used to be cold in October, but if November rolled around…temperatures within the days will be within the thirties yet at evening it's going to drop to minus-ten with a howling thirty-to forty-mile-an-hour wind. You couldn’t get hot. So rattling chilly the grease that lubricated your gun may freeze up and also you couldn’t shoot. hands and ft and noses have been falling off left and correct from frostbite. ” He seemed up at Jack. “Maybe that’s the deep mental cause I moved down right here: so I’d by no means be chilly back. ” Christ, it gave the impression of a nightmare. Jack may see this speak used to be traumatic his father, yet he wanted solutions to some extra questions. He pointed to the medal case resting within the backside of the field. “What’s in there? ” Dad seemed embarrassed. “Nothing. ” Jack reached in and snatched up the case. “Then you won’t brain if I open it. ” He did, after which held up the 2 medals. “Where’d you get those? ” Dad sighed. “The comparable time and position: November twenty eighth, 1950, on the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. The chinese language commies have been knocking the crap out folks. There appeared no finish to the boys they have been throwing our manner. I had a superb place while what appeared like a few businesses of reds made a flanking stream at the 5th.

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