• The Tomb

  • Repairman Jack #1
  • By: F. Paul Wilson
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,424 ratings)

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The Tomb

By: F. Paul Wilson
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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Publisher's Summary

Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger.

His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

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©1998 F. Paul Wilson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"F. Paul Wilson weaves spells with words." (Dean Koontz)
"A riveting combination of detective story and horror fiction....This thriller is fast-action fun!" ( Publishers Weekly)
100 Must-Read Thrillers (International Thriller Writers)

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Pretty good story

I bought this book because I read that the Repairman Jack series is similar to Lee Child's series. Well, I can see the similarities, and looking forward to reading further books in the series (when Audible makes them available). I don't think the plot is as good as in lee Child's books, though. It became pretty clear how everything will turn out a few hours before the end of the book. Still, the action sequences are good and Repairman Jack character is quite appealing.

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Definitely worth a listen

A fascinating story in an unexpected setting???the author does a good job tying an old Hindu curse to modern day New York.
Even though some of the retrospective chapters might get a bit boring, there is enough action to keep the listener engaged and on edge.

It???s only a pity that the next stories in the series are not available on Audible, as I really wanted to listen to more of Repairman Jack???s adventures.

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Loved the story - the excitement and mystery

Ienjoyed this book. It was my first F. Paul Wilson book and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the Repairman Jack series. Very exciting and moved well. Hurry Audible --- get the rest recorded! :)

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I think that I am going to like this series!

I am just beginning to listen to F.P. Wilson's Repairman Jack series for the first time (I have now reached #3: "Conspiracies"); and, so far, I love it. "The Tomb" starts it all off with a bang, and leaves you hungry for more of Jack's adventures. If you like true thrillers -- with just a soupçon of the supernatural -- then you will enjoy "The Tomb." I liked Wilson's incorporation of the (alleged, but probably apocryphal) pre-Vedic humanoid monsters called Rakoshi into the story. These Rakoshi -- governed by the Hindu goddess Kali -- embody all of the evil and malevolence of humankind, with none of the good. Jack must overcome these virtually invincible demons with only his wits (Jack has lots of wits), since not much can harm them. Very personal incentives motivate him to succeed, or to die trying. Other reviewers have rightly compared Repairman Jack with Lee Child's protagonist, Jack Reacher ... except with that added touch of the supernatural. Like Jack Reacher, Repairman Jack lives outside the laws and conventions of society -- for instance, he has no last name and no Social Security number -- while still fighting for the good, against wickedness. Unlike Reacher, however, Repairman Jack stays put in NYC, pretty much. Author F. P. Wilson -- whom, I understand, has an M.D., and still practices medicine -- writes beautifully and intelligently. Narrator Joe Barrett does an excellent job of reading "The Tomb," harnessing many different voices and accents (including the difficult Hindi accent) to clearly distinguish all the characters from one another. It disappointed me to discover that the audiobook publishers did not employ Mr. Barrett to narrate the rest of the Repairman Jack series. (The subsequent narrator, Christopher Price, does okay, but not as well as Mr. Barrett.) In short, I highly recommend "The Tomb" to all thriller-lovers who aren't put off by a touch of the supernatural.

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good fun read

this is an enjoyable book with a gritty likable anti-hero as the lead character. Fun and fantastic twists and turns keeps you interested. Very good reading as well

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Solid start to what looks to be a great series!

Not sure how I missed this series, but glad a friend recommended it recently! Good story, well developed characters (that you can actually care about), and very well paced, never a dull moment! Won't give anything away, other than to say I give this book my highest recommendation! Also worthy of note is the excellent narration by Joe Barrett - he may be my favorite narrator now, very reminiscent of the late, great, Frank Muller - and that is the highest praise I could give any narrator! Can't wait to start the next book, though I see Mr. Barrett is not the narrator this time around, too bad - will be listening to some of his other work in the near future!

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Too many emotional side stories

I only made it a few hours into this book. I'm not a fan of a lot of personal backstory, especially when it involves yearning for exes and emotional duress. If you appreciate that kind of character, though, I think this would be a good book.

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Fascinating

Where does The Tomb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

On the top ten. So high up on my list that I have decided to purchase all the Repairman Jack books. Jack is an amazing guy. I feel like he is about to become one of my best friends.

What did you like best about this story?

It is fiction based on past events. I am old enough to remember most of what happens in his book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither but then I am not too emotional.

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The Librarians & Warehouse 13 Meet jack Reacher

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

NO not really. I was intrigued at first. Other listeners were comparing Repairman Jack to jack Reacher who stayed in one place. Then entered Indian (not native american but country of India) mythology. Now I like mythology when I want to about it. I thought this was a basic suspense thriller. I was surprised when the creatures showed up and magic necklaces that heal and keep you young. I contacted the author to ask if this mythology type stuff is in every book-and he said "the larger arcs def have a fantastic / mythic element" . I may check out the 2nd in the series when and if it comes on sale but I won't a credit on it

What do you think your next listen will be?

Back to my usual crime suspense thrillers Like Joe Pickett, Harry Bosch, Longmire, Kay Scarpetta, Harry Hole, Dept Q, King & Maxwell, Authors: Stuart Neville, Adrian McKinty, Karin Slaughter, Tana French

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I never listened to anything he has read before I would like to in the future, He was great at swtiching voices, good inflection, pleasing tone

Was The Tomb worth the listening time?

not in my opinion. other reviews made a comment I agree with: don't think too much. Very true. There were many flaws, meaning you are just getting to know Repairman Jack and you are pretty sure how he is going to react to something and he totally misses it-doesnt even occur to him-like he had a brain fart or senior moment. And you find yourself talking to book- Definitely don't think about it-its not worth your effort.

Any additional comments?

It might make an interesting TV movie like on the SyFy channel but not big screen.

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Relieved when it was over

I downloaded this book because a review compared the main character to Jack Reacher, the hero in Lee Child's series. I want to set the record straight, in no possible way is this book and Lee Childs books in the same catagory, in no way is the hero of "The Tomb" comparable in any way to the Jack Reacher character, compared to the Lee Childs series this is a childrens book. Primary difference, Lee Child can write.
This book has the constant edge of sounding like a book written for a 2nd grade audience, the main character spends most of his time in a cluttered, small apartment drinking beer and watching old movies, there is no indication that he has aquired skills to make him dangerous beyond this. His "girlfriend" who he is estranged from is horrified that he owns a gun, -?- what world does this author live in, I mean, who dosn't own one anymore. This book is silly and fine for someone in junior high except for the sex scenes, and that, oh yeah, every beautiful woman this guy comes across wants to sleep with him.
I would recommend that you do not waste your time, this book was probably written in crayon.

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  • BeeBopTallulah
  • 09-17-21

entertaining enough

Narrator was good, except forthe female child's voice, that was extremely grating . Story was engaging but would have been twice as good if it had been half as long. Went on and on.

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  • AJR
  • 01-06-21

Amazing book/story

No wonder I've read this a few times. Nice to hear it this time. How I love the Adversary Cycle. Made me want to listen to all the Repairman Jack books now as well! That's my year sorted on Audio then! Onwards to the Touch.

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  • Simon Lee
  • 02-20-17

A tale of mystery, suspense, revenge, etc...

I absolutely loved this story and I cannot wait to listen to the next Repairman Jack audio books. I just wish The Keep was on here because I would love to get stuck into the Adversary cycle too. 10/10, 5 star all the way. I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is in to mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror and even action.

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  • Darren - UK
  • 12-13-14

I love and will read the whole series.

This book is an instant favorite with me and I intend to read the complete series all 15 books. Jack is an instantly likeable character and I like the supernatural theme in these books.

F. Paul Wilson has a writing style I really enjoy and the narration was very good.