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Hosts

(2001)
(The fifth book in the Repairman Jack series)
A novel by

 
 
Wilson's latest Repairman Jack thriller (after All the Rage) shows the long-running series still creatively malleable and full of surprises. Each begins with the identity of the latest person to seek the urban mercenary's unorthodox skills: his beloved sister Kate, who's unaware at first it's her younger brother's job to "fix" problems and injustices that fall outside the usual legal boundaries. Kate asks Jack to investigate an apparent cult that her lover, Jeannette, has fallen in with while recovering from experimental viral treatment for a brain tumor, and Jack finds that the virus, tainted with a contaminant that has made it sentient, is organizing infected human hosts into "the Unity," a hive consciousness single-mindedly devoted to spreading itself throughout the world. Though the Unity's insidious ramblings about the joys of collectivism recall classic SF parables of communist mind control, Wilson swathes Unity's rhetoric around several interlocking subplots Kate's coming out as a lesbian, Jack's avoidance of a crusading reporter whose efforts to lionize him in print would destroy his anonymity to leaven the fantastical intrigue with provocative observations on the roles that individuality, privacy, self-interest and self-sacrifice play in our society. Wilson's fans, who know to expect nonstop action and a hero who can seem a "cryptofascist comic book character," will no doubt be pleased by the more humanized Jack on display here, as well as an ending that packs an emotional wallop even as it sets the stage for his next eagerly anticipated adventure.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Genre: Horror

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Hardback Editions

October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hosts
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 0-312-87866-4 / 978-0-312-87866-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Forge Books
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June 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson, Harry Morris
ISBN: 1-887368-39-6 / 978-1-887368-39-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gauntlet
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April 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hosts
Author(s): F Paul Wilson, Harry O Morris
ISBN: 1-887368-46-9 / 978-1-887368-46-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gauntlet, Incorporated
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Paperback Editions

August 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Hosts: A Repairman Jack Novel
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 0-8125-6166-X / 978-0-8125-6166-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

September 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack Series)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 1-5012-9544-6 / 978-1-5012-9544-7 (USA edition)
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March 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack Series)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 1-4692-6712-8 / 978-1-4692-6712-8 (USA edition)
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March 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack Series)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 1-4692-6197-9 / 978-1-4692-6197-3 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack Series)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 1-4692-6707-1 / 978-1-4692-6707-4 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack Series)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 1-4692-6711-X / 978-1-4692-6711-1 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack Series)
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ISBN: 1-4692-6708-X / 978-1-4692-6708-1 (USA edition)
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March 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Hosts (Repairman Jack Series)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
ISBN: 1-4692-6709-8 / 978-1-4692-6709-8 (USA edition)
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February 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hosts: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 5
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Hosts: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 5
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hosts: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 5
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hosts: A Repairman Jack Novel, Book 5
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hosts (Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack Book 5)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
Publisher: Wilsongs
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April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hosts: A Repairman Jack Novel (Adversary Cycle/Repairman Jack Book 5)
Author(s): F Paul Wilson
Publisher: Forge Books
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