By F. Paul Wilson
Following final year's winning The Haunted Air, F. Paul Wilson returns with one other riveting episode within the saga of Repairman Jack, the secretive, creative, and heroic champion of these whose difficulties not anyone else can remedy. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is among the most unusual and fascinating characters to come up out of latest fiction in a while. His adventures are highly entertaining."
In Gateways, Jack learns that his father is in a coma after a automobile coincidence in Florida. they have been at the outs, yet this is often his dad, so he heads south. within the medical institution he meets Anya, one in all his father's pals. She's a unusual previous duck who turns out to grasp a whole lot approximately his father, or even much approximately Jack.
Jack's arrival doesn't pass overlooked. a tender girl named Semelee, who has unusual skills and lives in an remoted sector of the Everglades with a gaggle of misshapen males, feels his presence. She senses that he is "special," like her.
Anya takes Jack again to Dad's senior group, Gateways South, which borders at the Everglades. Florida goes via an strange drought. there is a ban on watering; every thing is brown and wilting, yet Anya's garden is a deep eco-friendly.
Who is Anya? who's Semelee, and what's her connection to the new unusual deaths of Gateways residents-killed through birds, spiders, and snakes-during the earlier yr? And what are the "lights" Jack retains listening to about-? lighting fixtures that emanate two times a 12 months from a sinkhole deep within the Everglades . . . lighting from one other position, one other reality.
If he's to guard his father from turning into the subsequent fatality at Gateways, there are questions Jack needs to solution, secrets and techniques he needs to discover. secrets and techniques . . . Jack has lots of his personal, and alongside the best way he learns that even his father has secrets.
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Jack was hoping it wouldn’t be priceless, but when worse got here to worst, he may have use for the quarry. He Carl’s instructions, turning this manner and that, heading in a in general northwest path. alongside the best way he observed a black chook with a pink head pecking at anything at the part of the line. “Christ, that’s an unpleasant poultry. ” “That’s a turkey vulture—‘TV,’ for brief. correct homely, aren’t they. advantage of them is that they freshen up roadkill. They do this kind of solid activity that around the following we name roadkill ‘TV dinners. ’” He snickered. “‘TV dinners. ’ Get it? ” “I get it, Carl. ” The plants grew to become reedier as they rolled alongside. eventually Carl pointed to a small construction with an enormous AIR BOATS signal. one other, smaller sign—not even more than a slender board with a handwritten message—had been tacked to the ground. CLOSED DO TO DROWT. Jack questioned what the proprietors have been doing with all this additional spare time. enjoying Scrabble perhaps? “We’re happening an air boat? ” He’d obvious them whizzing around the Everglades in videos and nature exhibits and had regularly desired to experience one. “Cool. ” “Can’t use no air boats whilst it’s this dry. There’s adequate water within the large channels, however the little ones—forget it. ” Jack Carl round to the rear of the shack the place a beached canoe waited at the dust. “That’s our boat? ” “That’s her,” Carl acknowledged with a smile. “She ain’t too pan-o-ramic, yet she’s obtained a motor. ” Jack checked out the tiny, odd-shaped hunk of metal clamped to the appropriate rear stern. “You name motor? I’ve noticeable larger eggbeaters. ” “Don’t knock it. It’s better’n paddlin the full manner. ” Carl stepped into the water and pulled the canoe off the dust. He hopped into the strict seat and used the paddle jutting from his correct sleeve to regular the boat. Jack had no selection yet to wade in, shoes and all, after him. “Didn’t you carry no boots? ” “Ain’t bought no boots. ” There i'm going, speaking like him back. Jack used to be calf excessive in water prior to he reached the canoe and eased himself onto the ahead bench. Carl primed the motor, then: a few fast pulls at the wire, a cloud of smoke, a effervescent clatter, and—hi-yo, Silver—they have been off. Jack seemed down on the sodden legs of his denims, and his as soon as white shoes, now tinted brown with dust. His toes squished and squeaked within them. Swell. “This channel’s frequently rather a lot deeper and wider this time of 12 months. And so much of this observed grass is part underwater. ” He shook his head. “Man, we actually desire us a few rain. ” Jack seemed up. A lid of clouds had moved in, hiding the sunlight and the sky, yet none of them gave the impression of rain clouds. “What you would like down right here, Carl, is a huge hurricane, a typhoon to offload a load of water. might be Elvis will look after your drought. ” “I’d opt for a tropical hurricane, ok. You know—thirty-five-or forty-mile-an-hour winds and a ton of rain. i'll deal with that. yet no storm, thanks. i used to be the following whilst Andrew got here via and that i don’t by no means are looking to see the likes of that back. ” As they slid alongside, Jack heard a decision and reaction of throaty roars from both sides.