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 nobody else can resolve. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is among the most unusual and exciting 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 twist of fate in Florida. they have been at the outs, yet this is often his dad, so he heads south. within the clinic he meets Anya, one in every of his father's friends. She's a peculiar outdated duck who turns out to grasp a whole lot approximately his father, or even much approximately Jack.
Jack's arrival doesn't pass omitted. a tender lady named Semelee, who has unusual skills and lives in an remoted quarter of the Everglades with a gaggle 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 hot unusual deaths of Gateways residents-killed through birds, spiders, and snakes-during the earlier 12 months? And what are the "lights" Jack retains listening to about-? lighting that emanate two times a yr 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 following fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack needs to resolution, secrets and techniques he needs to discover. secrets and techniques . . . Jack has lots of his personal, and alongside the best way he learns that even his father has secrets.
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He laid a hand on Carl’s shoulder. “Forget it, Carl. appears like we’re staying awhile. ” “Long time, no see, Carl,” stated the massive man Jack had run into on the town. His grin used to be feral. “I knew you’d be again sometime. ” “Hey, Luke,” Carl stated in a faint voice. His shoulders slumped. He appeared defeated. Jack checked the comforting weight of the Glock on the small of his again. no longer the ideal time to bare what he used to be sporting, in particular after they have been such sitting geese out the following at the water. larger to attend and notice what occurred, wait until eventually those men bought nearer, or issues acquired gruesome. Who knew? probably he wouldn’t want artillery. might be he’d even come away with a few solutions. Like, what do you may have opposed to my father? Or, who employed you to kill him? “Knew I shouldn’ta come,” Carl muttered. His stable eye veered correct and left like a apprehensive rabbit at the run. “Easy,” Jack whispered. “I promised I’d get you again in your trailer, and that i will. Let’s simply waft right here for a piece. ” “Don’t see’s we bought a lot selection. ” Luke pointed to the row of canoes at the financial institution. “Why dontcha seashore it over there with the others,” he known as, “and we’ll all get actual pleasant like. ” Jack all started paddling. “Let’s do just like the guy says. ” Carl hesitated a couple of heartbeats—he appeared frozen in place—then shook himself and joined in. five once they reached the a ways financial institution, many of the males from the Bull-ship helped pull its nostril onto the airborne dirt and dust. Jack well-known the flat-bottomed motorboat he’d obvious Semelee experience away in—the Chicken-ship. subsequent to it was once a canoe classified No-ship. an individual within the extended family was once a standard Shecky eco-friendly. He controlled to step ashore with out resoaking his shoes, yet Carl obtained out and waded. all of them looked as if it would comprehend Carl. a couple of acted really completely happy to determine him yet so much have been standoffish, a few even antagonistic. As Jack and Carl stood jointly and waited for the Horse-ship to be poled over, Jack seemed round. pack up, the plants regarded much more demented. again from the banks, possibly 100 ft, stood part a dozen hutlike buildings with open facets. each one little greater than part a dozen wobbly poles, 3 to an aspect, crowned by way of a pitched roof of dried palm fronds. A small fireplace smoldered among of the closest. after they weren’t at the boats, Jack guessed they lived there. Crooked males in crooked homes. He had little question that every contained at the very least one crooked mouse. “Old Indian huts,” Carl stated, following his gaze. “Been there ceaselessly. ” whilst the smaller boat arrived, Semelee used to be the 1st to step off, by way of Luke, bulge-browed Corley, and the remainder. quickly the full extended family used to be assembled at the back of her, dealing with Jack and Carl in a semicircle. Circe and her pigs. A unmarried lady with—Jack had made a rapid count—eighteen males. One frightening taking a look bunch, Jack proposal, eyeing their misshapen heads, mismatched limbs, and twisted our bodies. gave the impression of they’d suffered an algae bloom of their gene pool. yet he knew that, like the bushes, it has to be a result of nexus aspect. The bushes had no selection approximately the place they grew, yet those folks…why did they remain?