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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz (*NetGalley)

The Forbidden Door (Jane Hawk, #4)
The Forbidden Door
       A Jane Hawk Novel (#4)
written by Dean Koontz
480 pages
October 2018

Published by Bantam
   A division of Penguin Randomhouse

Bantam Press

My Review:
Jane Hawk is a strong female protagonist that has gone from highly respected FBI agent to the star of America's Most Wanted. Charged with espionage, murder, and treason Jane is on the run, off the grid, and in way, way over her head.
The Arcadians intend to enslave the population with a mind control substance they call nanoconstructs. This ungodly injection gives a handful of diabolical people God-like power. Able to deem who is worthy of life and who is not. Robotic humans acting on the whims of mad-men, sound crazy? Well, Jane Hawk is the only person that stands in the way of an Arcadian takeover.  Total world domination is within their grasp. Heartless and drunk with power they will do whatever it takes to get Jane. The Arcadians have access to literally every conceivable form of weaponry in existence today and a laundry-list of smart stuff that the most discerning of sci-fi lovers would appreciate. This is where readers have to suspend reality and let Koontz make you believe Jane could defeat this powerful entity.
Dean Koontz has a unique voice that sets his stories apart from similar books. All the characters have depth and fullness. They feel genuine.  Unlike many writers whose secondary characters are nothing more than filler, Koontz's supporting cast are thought-out, feel real, and add something of value to the story. Then there's the believability factor. I can only suspend reality so far, past that and the story begins to border on the ridiculous. To believe that one woman, worried about the safety of her child, mourning the loss of her husband, on the run, and wanted by every law enforcement agency on the planet is actually a threat to The Arcadians requires a lot of suspending.
The Forbidden Door is a good read. The weaponry is impressive, the crimes are horrific, and the ultimate goal of the Arcadians is unthinkable. I definitely recommend reading the previous books
first. While you could enjoy the action and understand the bare basics, the real "meat and potatoes" comes from the continuation of the story. Start with book one, The Silent Corner. You'll be glad you did. This series reads like a 2000 page novel divided into (at present) five chapters. I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. I am anxious to read The Night Window. I love the super-woman protagonist as much as anyone, but I really hope book five takes the story in a new direction.
Happy Reading,

The Forbidden Door (Jane Hawk, #4)
Jane Hawk--rogue FBI agent and the country's #1 fugitive--confronts her worst nightmare when her enemies strike shockingly close to home in the explosive new thriller from Dean Koontz, bestselling author of The Silent Corner.

Jane Hawk thinks her precious five-year-old son is hidden safely away, with vigilant, indomitable friends. But the malice and resources of her powerful adversaries are boundless and their hunters are circling ever closer to the boy, hoping to draw his mother into their trap. Jane's courage, wits, discipline, and skill will be tested as never before, as she searches for a way through an ever-contracting labyrinth of terror.

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Coming 5.14.19
Dean Koontz The Night Window (Book #5 Jane Hawk series)

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