Book Review – Cold City by @fpaulwilson

What to say? This book was awesome! I typically read and review fantasy, so this was a break from the norm for me. Apparently this series delves into that genre later on, but there wasn’t any of it in here. I’m glad I read it though as everything about it I loved.

Cold City

I have never read a “Jack the Repairman” book by F. Paul Wilson before of which there are a lot already. This is the first of a prequel series to those other novels (which I will read). Consequently, I already knew Jack survived, but even without the fear of death on the plate, the book kept me captivated and rooting for our “hero”. Since I knew nothing of what comes after, everything was new to me. I look forward to lots of “ah-ha!” moments as I “catch up” with the series.

The book takes place along the eastern seaboard of the US in the early/mid 1990s, but mostly within New York City. Our hero is a college dropout who is about off the radar as much as anyone can be. He lacks a social security number, a license, even a telephone. And that is exactly the way he wants it.

Every single character is rich in personality. Each is unique and has their own desires. Dialogue is fantastic – not once did I think to myself “who would say that” – and the conversations all flowed fast and smooth. The attention to details the author took with the characters is something only those who read other people very well can manage. I was truly blown away by these aspects of the book. If you love great characterization, you will do flips for this book.

The plot was amazing too. There were always four or five things going on at once between multiple factions. From the mob and jihadist terrorists, to Latin gangs and tobacco runners, you never knew what was going to happen next. There was mystery and suspense on almost every page with new clues that lead to more questions while providing the answers you wanted to know. I can’t forget to mention the love interest that came into play despite our hero’s reluctance or his mysterious best friend who owns a successful sporting shop yet never has any customers. I can’t give enough accolades for this book.

I rate this book a stunning 5 out of 5 stars. If you like mystery and thrillers you will devour this novel.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Greg says:

    Oh, my friend, you are in for a treat! I’ve been reading the Repairman Jack series for years now. Not only do you have the fantastic original series to go through, but there’s even a trilogy of young adult books featuring a young Jack. You’re going to love this series! :)

    1. Nate says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I think I’m going to weave a Jack story in between every other book I read, that way I know I’ll always be reading something I’m gonna love for some time.

  2. Jack’s story is part of a larger story called the Adversary series or something like that. The whole list is at that back of Cold City. F Paul Wilson kept getting better so some of the earlier ones are not quite as good. Also publication order is different than story order so there are some odd continuity problems particularly in the later books as characters all of a sudden lose access to cell phones and the internet.

    I would recommend that you read the Keep a non-Jack book then the Tomb, the first of Jack in publication order and then go back to the early stories and read in story order although it will be a while before you see Jack again,

    The way Wilson weaves it all together in the end is amazing.

    1. Nate says:

      Thanks for the recommendations. I was wondering what next to read. I think I’m going to read Dark City next as it follows Cold City. Then I’ll probably read the regular series in the order you suggested. Finally, I’ll humor myself with the YA series and by then the prequel series will be finished for me to complete. Yay! So glad I picked this up.

    2. Nate says:

      Just browsed your own review blogs. Nice job! If I need some tax advice, I’m coming to you! I didn’t read in much depth as I don’t want to spoil anything, but I liked where you were going. Thanks for stopping by and the recommendations!


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