Rico must have become royally pissed that he couldn't get a rise. So pissed he hauled off and sucker-punched Jack in the face. As his headphones went flying and pain exploded in his cheek, Jack felt something snap. Not physically, but mentally, emotionally. A darkness enveloped him. He'd felt it surge up in him before, but never like this. He took martial arts classes but whatever he'd learned was lost in an explosive rush of uncontrollable rage. Usually he fought it, but this time he embraced it. A dark joy filled him as he leaped at Rico with an animal howl.
He pounded his face, feeling his nose snap beneath his knuckles, his lips shred against his teeth. Rico reeled back, and Jack quarter-spun his body as he aimed a kick at his left knee. His boot heel connected with the outside of the knee, caving it inward. Even over the roaring in his ears he could hear the ligaments snap. As Rico went down, Jack stomped on the knee, then kicked him in the ribs, once, twice. As Rico clutched his chest and rolled onto his side, Jack picked up a bowling-ball-size rock from the garden border and raised it to smash his head.
A pair of powerful arms encircled him and wrenched him around. He lost his grip on the rock and it landed on the grass, denting the turf.
Giovanni's voice was shouting close behind his left ear. The darkness receded, Jack's vision cleared, and he saw Rico on the ground, his face bloodied, wailing as one arm clutched his ribs and another his knee. Carlos, Juan, and Ramon stood in a semicircle behind Rico, their gazes shifting from Jack to their fallen roommate, their expressions alternating between fear and anger. Damn right, you lost it! Jack felt a new surge of anger, but nothing like before. I was the guy who was minding his own business when he —". He ain't walking anywhere after the way you fucked up his knee.
I know these guys. They're thick like brothers.
Repairman Jack - the Teen Trilogy by F. Paul Wilson
You stick around you're gonna find some hedge trimmers chewing up your face. Or a shovel flattening the back of your head. They'll cool down if you're not around. He got off the F at the 42nd Street stop with his cheek throbbing, his right hand swollen and tender, the knuckles scraped and purpling. He'd cooled off but was still angry at Giovanni for sending him home. Yeah, well, what else was new?
You’re ending Repairman Jack? Really?
He'd spent most of the year angry at something. He'd got off a good ways from what he called home these days — a tiny apartment he'd found over a flower shop down in the West Twenties. But he didn't want to go there. He didn't hate the place, but didn't much like it either. Two rooms, good for sleeping and reading and little else. Except maybe watching TV — if he'd had a TV. He didn't know what to do with himself. Free time? What was that? Here it was October and he hadn't had a day off since hiring on with Two Paisanos back in July.
He came up to street level in front of Bryant Park, which wasn't much of a park at the moment. The city had rimmed it with boards and a high chain-link fence, closing it for "renovation," whatever that meant. A black guy in a crisp blue Windbreaker and jeans saw him looking and stopped. Jack glanced at him. Didn't look like a dealer. Had to admit, a little oblivion might ease the pain, but he'd never got into that.
Tried weed in Rutgers but found beer more to his liking. Sure as hell tasted better. Jack looked around. He saw the back of the New York Public Library. He could walk up to Fifth Avenue, pass between the stone lions guarding the entrance, find a book, and read. He crossed Sixth and started walking west on 42nd.
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Halfway along the block the porn shops began to appear. Not exclusively. The XXX peep shows competed with delis and a pizza place and an electronics shop, and of course the ever-present souvenir stores offering the tacky cast-metal Empire State Buildings, World Trade Center towers, and sickly green Statues of Liberty. All made in China. Dinkins had been mayor for close to a year now and was threatening to clean up the Times Square area. Jack didn't know how he felt about that. I read a whole bunch of Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta series out of order and it really screwed with me, so I swore I'd read these in proper order.
They pretty much all make references earlier books. User Info: MegamanXfan21xx. There's also a trilogy of young adult books starring a teenage Jack and his two childhood friends who make a re-appearance in Ground Zero. I thought that would be the answer Do I need to read that before starting with jack? User Info: PeteyParker.
No you don't, although The Keep the first book in the Adversary Cycle with the first Jack book being the second book is awesome and definitely worth a read. What I'm trying to say is.. Oasis rules! User Info: ZoraPrincess. I've only read The Tomb and loved it. Few books are able to keep me addicted like that. It was H. Open Preview See a Problem? Paul Wilson. Details if other :.
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