Ground Zero: A Repairman Jack Novel
F. Paul Wilson
Tor, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
at the beginning of
informs fans that they '
hold the pen-penultimate Repairman Jack novel
' - and he continues to explain that '
Two more Repairman Jack novels remain, the last ending just before
' with still '
a lot of wonder, terror, and tragedy ahead.
s might be expected from the title,
opens with someone wicked watching the twin towers burn from New York harbor. What's the link? You'll have to read the novel to find out, but it postulates a second attack on the towers after the planes hit, as part of a nefarious plan. Next, young
, that warns of
's awakening. And Dawn Pickering continues to fret over her pregnancy and luxurious imprisonment.
ut the best part of
for me is the reappearance in it of Jack's close childhood friend, Louise '
' Connell (the young genius from
Jack: Secret Histories
). As paranoid as ever, she's been investigating the truth behind 9/11 and its relationship to the
. When her work attracts the wrong kind of attention and she ends up in hospital, a note at her house asks her brother Eddie to contact Jack (whom neither has seen since high school).
ack has been keeping tabs on the Kickers (led by Hank Thompson) and spending time with Gia, Vicky, and his friend Abe. After he links up with Weezy they dodge assassins and continue her research. Jack gets Weezy up to speed on the Conflict that's been fueling the
, while she adjusts to how quickly he can turn into a cold-eyed killer, and they both see their childhood experiences through new eyes.
hompson's aide Darryl is manipulated by Ernst Drexler and the One into facilitiating the
's emergence. No one, good or evil, knows what to expect after it achieves its dreadful goal, and all are surprised. As this episode in the epic conflict closes, those on the side of the Ally are left dangerously vulnerable, raising the stakes for the next
adventure. I can't wait.
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