Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mr. Fixit

Fear City – Repairman Jack: The Early Years – F. Paul Wilson (TOR)

It’s the dead of winter 1993 and we are dragged back into history courtesy of author F. Paul Wilson’s fixer extraordinaire, Repairman Jack as he unknowingly finds himself mixed up with a band of malcontented Islamists who are hell bent on wrecking destruction on the United States.

Fear City drops Jack right into the heart of the 1993 plot to blow up the World Trade Center. A mysterious shadow organization tries to steer the terrorists away from the Trade Center and aim them in the direction of the United Nations. Wilson does a masterful job of mixing unrelated circumstances; the brutal murder of Jack’s former girlfriend, who earns a living as a high priced call girl, with the real characters involved with the Trade Center plot.

Jack and friends cross paths with dirt bag Islamist terrorists like  Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, and Yousef’s Uncle, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed who would play mastermind to the 9/11 attacks. Wilson also mixes in CIA Langley shooter Mir Aimal Kasi who gunned down CIA employees just weeks prior to the WTC bombings.

Wilson does his usual masterful job of balancing multiple storylines which pick up speed as the inevitably crash together at breakneck speed to a powerful conclusion.


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