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Author: F. Paul Wilson Narrator: Alexander Cendese Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Repairman Jack Early Years Trilogy Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469261768
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Wilson expertly evokes Manhattan in all its gritty glory in the early ‘90s…This valentine to Jack’s legion of fans still packs a wallop that whets the appetite for his next early adventure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “If fans want to know how Repairman Jack became the champion of the victimized, they’ve got to pick up Cold City. It’s a one-night read that will keep the lights burning. Gritty, harsh and often funny, it takes readers back to Jack’s early days, tosses him in with colorful characters and lets readers see his basic decency even as he breaks the law.”

    RT Book Reviews

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abbey | 1/24/2014

    " Sorry but just couldn't get into this one - and this from the author who wrote what I think was the scariest book I ever read, The Keep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 1/21/2014

    " Another great story, can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/20/2014

    " Gotta love Repairman Jack and his battle against evil! This prequel gives us insight into what made Jack the man he is today. Jack wants to believe in the goodness of humanity, but what he faces makes that difficult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronika | 1/17/2014

    " The first of the Repairman Jack early years trilogy and I loved it. The later part of the RJ series got so enmeshed in the supernatural I missed the original fixits. This books brings that back and it's nice to read about him getting his start, his beginnings with Abe and Julio. If you like this series, well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 1/12/2014

    " my new favorite character. read it in 2 sittings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Viccy | 1/12/2014

    " This book is everything I love about Repairman Jack, but he isn't really Repairman Jack yet. F. Paul Wilson has taken the reader back to Jack's beginnings and we find out the hows and whys of Repairman Jack. We find out why he has chosen to live off the grid and how his mother died and what he did to avenge her. We see his attachment to his friends and how be discovers what he wants to do and be in his life. No mysterious "The Other," no weird aliens, this is just pure adrenaline with some philosophical musings thrown in for discussion's sake. We meet Abe for the first time and find out how Jack came to depend upon him. Highly recommended for all Repairman Jack fans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/4/2014

    " The first book of a trilogy that does not have its own ending. It's like watching a TV show, only to get "To Be Continued" at the end. That was aggravating, but otherwise it's a light, entertaining read of the origins of an interesting character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bethe | 12/17/2013

    " I have read and enjoyed all the Repairman Jack books in order. I am sad to admit that I couldn't finish this one. I know what Jack becomes and found I wasn't interested in going back in time to the beginning of his fix it career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 11/23/2013

    " Loved it. Was great to learn how jack became jack. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 9/24/2013

    " Good, entertaining book, but it didn't really culminate into any real climax or resolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 9/20/2013

    " Having read all the Repairman Jack books this read was a fun experience. This origin story was fast paced, funny and involving. Looking forward to his next edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 8/18/2013

    " The storyline was good but the end of the book just stopped in the middle. Several issues were not resolved. Not a fan of that F.Paul Wilson!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 5/3/2013

    " Enjoyed the first of this trilogy. I was expecting a bit more closure at the end of the book, but it gives me something to look forward to in the next. Liked meeting old friends as they became new friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/10/2013

    " Would have rated higher if it was something like a complete book rather than the first third of one. Still very good, and I enjoyed it a lot. "

About the Author

F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. He is perhaps best known for the Repairman Jack series, which includes Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error. He is also the author of the Adversary cycle, including The Keep, and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic-Con, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.

About the Narrator

Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor and narrator whose credits include roles on and off Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.