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 nobody else can resolve. As Dean Koontz says, "Repairman Jack is without doubt one of the most unique and interesting characters to come up out of up to date fiction in a long time. 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 sanatorium he meets Anya, one in every of his father's pals. She's a unusual previous duck who turns out to grasp plenty approximately his father, or even much approximately Jack.
Jack's arrival doesn't move disregarded. a tender girl named Semelee, who has unusual skills and lives in an remoted zone of the Everglades with a bunch of misshapen males, feels his presence. She senses that he is "special," like her.
Anya takes Jack again to Dad's senior neighborhood, 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 previous yr? And what are the "lights" Jack retains listening to about-? lighting that emanate two times a 12 months from a sinkhole deep within the Everglades . . . lighting fixtures from one other position, one other reality.
If he's to guard his father from turning into the following 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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