Cold City : Repairman Jack

  • by F. Paul Wilson
  • Narrated by Alexander Cendese
  • Series: Repairman Jack
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you've never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin.
It's 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan's rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he'll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.
An interstate smuggling operation seems to fit the bill perfectly. But Jack's initial foray into the trafficking of illicit goods carries greater risk than he bargained for, putting him afoul of a preteen slavery ring, a group of jihadists, and a pair of vigilante brothers. As if those problems weren't enough, Jack is hunted by some machete-wielding maniacs, and his bartender Julio is harassed by the mob. How these things are linked, and what they have to do with the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in Manhattan's East Side Marriott, is a mystery Jack cannot let go of.
Cold City is the first of three new novels revealing the early years of one of the most popular characters in contemporary fiction: a self-styled "fix-it" man who is no stranger to the macabre or the bizarre, hired by victimized people who have nowhere else to turn. This is where he begins the metamorphosis from a naïve New Jersey refugee into the urban mercenary known as Repairman Jack.


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Fun, as long you don't think too much

This a prequel and a good place to start for the series -- but understand that the series is all about the dark hero looking out for the powerless. The writing is technically good and the story moves along, but don't look for feasibility in the plot line, or plausibility in almost any aspect of the series. This book attempts to tell the early story of hour Repairman Jack (a sort of poor man's Jack Reacher) got started helping people, and maybe some of where his skills come from -- but really, it doesn't set up a plausible background for what the character is later in the series. The Reacher character from that series looks well researched and plausible compared to Repairman Jack. If you're looking for solid logic and well thought out long term series story arcs, go somewhere else. If you want to see a tough and mysterious hero beat up bad people this is for you.
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- Andrew Pollack

A book for guys

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I listened to the book almost straight thru.

Most important is once I listened for about 1 hour I was sucked into the book and the action. I look for books that hold my attention.

If you liked this book and want to read other books that have a bit of action here are a few books that I recommend you also listen to:

01) "The Lion's Game"

02) "The Cleaner"

03) "A Clean Kill in Tokyo"

04) "The Butcher's Boy"

05) "The Hunter (Victor the Assassin #1)"

06) "Beat the Reaper" THRILLER, non-stop action.

07) "The Gray Man"

08) "Dead I may well be"

09) "Sharpe's Tiger"

10) "Killing Floor"

11) "The English Assassin"

12) "American Assassin "

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- Andrew Stone

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-27-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio