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When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner. “We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.” She was one of the FBI’s top age When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner. “We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.” She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills—and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice—Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal. But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her running to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now. As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives—against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door. Don’t miss any of Dean Koontz’s gripping Jane Hawk thrillers: THE SILENT CORNER • THE WHISPERING ROOM • THE CROOKED STAIRCASE • THE FORBIDDEN DOOR • THE NIGHT WINDOW (Coming Soon!)


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When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner. “We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.” She was one of the FBI’s top age When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner. “We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.” She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills—and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice—Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal. But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her running to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now. As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives—against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door. Don’t miss any of Dean Koontz’s gripping Jane Hawk thrillers: THE SILENT CORNER • THE WHISPERING ROOM • THE CROOKED STAIRCASE • THE FORBIDDEN DOOR • THE NIGHT WINDOW (Coming Soon!)

30 review for The Forbidden Door

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    This is book four of the Jane Hawk series. I’m normally one to start at the beginning of a series in anticipation of getting the most out of it. But truly, with this series, each book leans heavily on the last. I can’t imagine reading this series out of order. Jane Hawk has been on the run (for her life) from the Arcadians. A powerful group who pose a threat to the country and more importantly, to humanity. With the use of nanotechnology this group is imprisoning anyone they feel could be a threa This is book four of the Jane Hawk series. I’m normally one to start at the beginning of a series in anticipation of getting the most out of it. But truly, with this series, each book leans heavily on the last. I can’t imagine reading this series out of order. Jane Hawk has been on the run (for her life) from the Arcadians. A powerful group who pose a threat to the country and more importantly, to humanity. With the use of nanotechnology this group is imprisoning anyone they feel could be a threat to their cause. What’s their end-game you ask? Simple. Take over all of humanity. To manipulate all of mankind to serve their own twisted vision. The Arcadians now have Jane in their cross-hairs as the biggest threat to bring them down. They need to capture her, or better yet just kill her. Somehow, she has managed to stay one step ahead and out of their reach. Their newest strategy is to go after those she loves. Well...bring it on! “Hell hath no fury...” This latest addition to the series is an all-out race with nonstop action! Short chapters keep you flying through the pages. This series just gets better and better. Can’t imagine where Dean Koontz is going to take it from here, but I’m already standing in line for his next release! Thank you to Goodreads giveaways 🌸

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    I’m gonna start with a secret. For long time readers there is some exquisite satisfaction to be found in The Forbidden Door. No, to casual readers of this review-I did not mean porn type. To interested readers of this review, the book could be read as a standalone if you like heart racing action; but why not quadruple your pleasure and read all of the Jane Hawk books? It is a bit unwieldy to keep referring to the bad guy elites as the techno Arcadians. Let’s simplify and refer them as the Mauve t I’m gonna start with a secret. For long time readers there is some exquisite satisfaction to be found in The Forbidden Door. No, to casual readers of this review-I did not mean porn type. To interested readers of this review, the book could be read as a standalone if you like heart racing action; but why not quadruple your pleasure and read all of the Jane Hawk books? It is a bit unwieldy to keep referring to the bad guy elites as the techno Arcadians. Let’s simplify and refer them as the Mauve team. The Mauves are mostly made up of the well educated, moneyed people who are often in the tech, media, financial, law enforcement and intelligence fields. Let’s call Jane Hawk, the rogue FBI agent, her amazing friends and the good people of America, the Teal Team. The Mauve Team is aiming for world domination by injecting the Red Team with nanoconstructs that cross the blood/brain barrier and changes people into willing slaves. I would say some are now turning into violent zombies, but that would give zombies a bad name. As a hint to the horror of this adjustment, the first two triggers for these “adjusted people were “Let’s play Manchurian candidate”, then after Jane discovered the first trigger, “Uncle Ira is not Uncle Ira”. Before the Mauves started their plans, a computer composed the Hamlet list picking people who showed potential for future greatness and leadership; they were consequently injected with the nanoconstructs and ordered to commit suicide. Jane Hawk’s husband, Nick, was among these people. This terrible tragedy launched Jane into a crusade to bring down the Mauve team. The tension of this book never lets up. There were some heartbreaking losses in the third book. In The Forbidden Door, Jane’s beloved five year old son, Travis, is staying with an autistic genius, Cornell. He is the resident and designer of a library and bunker in case of an “apocagedden” –one of the best portmanteau words ever. The Mauve Team knows Travis is in the area and launches a full scale effort to find him. Jane, with the help of two Teal friends, launches her own clever plan to rescue him. There is also a secondary story line concerning the relentless search by a Mauve nihilist to find and “adjust” Nick Hawk’s parents. Maybe, parts of this story line were dragged on too long. I am also irritated that Jane did not search for GPS tracking devices as a matter of basic counter-surveillance. I am fascinated as always, either by Koontz’s knowledge of or imagination concerning his surveillance and counter surveillance technologies. I wish he had an afterward on which is which. Dean Koontz is an outstanding writer. He has never gotten stale or repetitive. I know more people who will mention one of his books as being on their personal top ten lists than just about any other writer. The Forbidden Door belongs amongst his best; his characters are better developed, his descriptions more complete, and his plotting more intricate and careful. As to his villains and heroes; they are what I have come to expect from Koontz. Hey, I wonder if there will be a new Orange hero in the final book. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for this fair and honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    So what do you get when you mix the Matrix, Jason Bourne and your scariest roller coaster ride all in one? You get Dean Koontz’s latest thriller, The Forbidden Door. The newest installment in the Jane Hawk series (#4) is 480 pages of non-stop action, adventure and a wish that not only the book but the entire series never ends. The book picks up right where the previous one left off and continues rolling right along. The Forbidden Door just never lets up with the action to the point where you feel So what do you get when you mix the Matrix, Jason Bourne and your scariest roller coaster ride all in one? You get Dean Koontz’s latest thriller, The Forbidden Door. The newest installment in the Jane Hawk series (#4) is 480 pages of non-stop action, adventure and a wish that not only the book but the entire series never ends. The book picks up right where the previous one left off and continues rolling right along. The Forbidden Door just never lets up with the action to the point where you feel you can’t catch your breath. As Jane Hawk, once a top FBI agent, is now the Nation’s most wanted fugitive, is on the run from a group of extremists who want to takeover the world and all of humanity. Without asking for the role, Jane is cast in the ultimate cat and mouse game to save herself, her family, and oh by the way, the world. This book reminded me of what it was like years ago riding Space Mountain. As you are catapulted into total darkness, the thrill of not knowing where you are going is both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. Every page was like that ride as Koontz had multiple stories all happening at the same time. He is one of the few writers that can juggle multiple stories at once without confusing the reader. Not sure where each chapter is going to take you is the fun of this book. The only negative to this book is the fact that I finished it and the next book isn’t out yet. Jane Hawk is one of the most cunning, resourceful, determined, strong, relentless heroines that uses all of her attributes along with a few more to battle the unrelenting evil forces. I am already excited for the next installment in the series, The Night Window. I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. #NetGalley #TheForbiddenDoor

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    So what do you get when you mix the Matrix, Jason Bourne and your scariest roller coaster ride all in one? You get Dean Koontz’s latest thriller, The Forbidden Door. The newest installment in the Jane Hawk series (#4) is 480 pages of non-stop action, adventure and a wish that not only the book but the entire series never ends. The book picks up right where the previous one left off and continues rolling right along. The Forbidden Door just never lets up with the action to the point where you feel So what do you get when you mix the Matrix, Jason Bourne and your scariest roller coaster ride all in one? You get Dean Koontz’s latest thriller, The Forbidden Door. The newest installment in the Jane Hawk series (#4) is 480 pages of non-stop action, adventure and a wish that not only the book but the entire series never ends. The book picks up right where the previous one left off and continues rolling right along. The Forbidden Door just never lets up with the action to the point where you feel you can’t catch your breath. As Jane Hawk, once a top FBI agent, is now the Nation’s most wanted fugitive, is on the run from a group of extremists who want to takeover the world and all of humanity. Without asking for the role, Jane is cast in the ultimate cat and mouse game to save herself, her family, and oh by the way, the world. This book reminded me of what it was like years ago riding Space Mountain. As you are catapulted into total darkness, the thrill of not knowing where you are going is both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. Every page was like that ride as Koontz had multiple stories all happening at the same time. He is one of the few writers that can juggle multiple stories at once without confusing the reader. Not sure where each chapter is going to take you is the fun of this book. The only negative to this book is the fact that I finished it and the next book isn’t out yet. Jane Hawk is one of the most cunning, resourceful, determined, strong, relentless heroines that uses all of her attributes along with a few more to battle the unrelenting evil forces. I am already excited for the next installment in the series, The Night Window. I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. #NetGalley #TheForbiddenDoor

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cody | codysbookshelf

    The Jane Hawk novels seem to be following the pattern set by the Odd Thomas series: first book, excellent; second book, terrible; third book, surprisingly great; fourth book, an overlong slog. I’m beginning to notice a pattern in the Jane Hawk novels, too: the ones padded out with chapter upon chapter decidedly not focused on Hawk tend to be weak. For long stretches of time, The Forbidden Door is not about Hawk at all, or even her son, but random agents that are amongst Koontz’s wackiest and grat The Jane Hawk novels seem to be following the pattern set by the Odd Thomas series: first book, excellent; second book, terrible; third book, surprisingly great; fourth book, an overlong slog. I’m beginning to notice a pattern in the Jane Hawk novels, too: the ones padded out with chapter upon chapter decidedly not focused on Hawk tend to be weak. For long stretches of time, The Forbidden Door is not about Hawk at all, or even her son, but random agents that are amongst Koontz’s wackiest and grating. One of them is a nihilist, which Koontz takes pains to remind his reader of every other paragraph. “Nothing matters,” the character repeatedly says. “Nothing is real, nothing matters.” It reads like an author in his seventies trying to write an edgy character . . . it fails. And I hope you Jane Hawk fans were impressed with the finale of the third book, because we don’t progress far beyond that. The end of that book had me dying to get my hands on this — I had to find out what happened next! — But Koontz squanders that momentum, instead focusing on poorly developed characters straight out old b-movies, all while giving Jane Hawk almost nothing to do, aside from drive from place to place. This one is so action-packed that I felt exhausted halfway through. Character development? Forget about it. This is Koontz, yeah, but the character work is substandard, even for him. The Forbidden Door is a boring, bloated do-nothing novel that adds little of substance to this series as a whole. This is an aging, out of touch author working on autopilot. Thanks to Bantam Books and Random House Publishing for the ARC.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This series gets more and more intense! This is the fourth book in the Jane Hawk series and they are all good. Jane is a hero - a character to love and respect and root for. In this episode her son is in grave danger and she must rescue him before the Techno-Arcadians get him. This is no easy task and she has to make quick decisions, obtain assistance from people she trusts, and hope for the best. The tension builds edge-of-your-seat style. There is quite a bit of violence in this book so if you This series gets more and more intense! This is the fourth book in the Jane Hawk series and they are all good. Jane is a hero - a character to love and respect and root for. In this episode her son is in grave danger and she must rescue him before the Techno-Arcadians get him. This is no easy task and she has to make quick decisions, obtain assistance from people she trusts, and hope for the best. The tension builds edge-of-your-seat style. There is quite a bit of violence in this book so if you are squeamish you might not enjoy it. Anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. Thanks to Dean Koontz and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A creative and frightening story of a evil conspiracy using nanotechnology and one woman’s fight to save her son. SUMMARY She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nations most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by the Techno Arcadians and their terrifying mine-control nanotechnology. Jane has struck major blows against this powerful secret society in the past, but now they are going to make her come back to them. They ar A creative and frightening story of a evil conspiracy using nanotechnology and one woman’s fight to save her son. SUMMARY She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nations most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by the Techno Arcadians and their terrifying mine-control nanotechnology. Jane has struck major blows against this powerful secret society in the past, but now they are going to make her come back to them. They are going after her five-year-old son, Travis, to use him as bait. The Techno Arcadians have brain-altered an entire neighborhood and programmed them to find Travis. Jane must battle her way back across the country to reach her son who she thought was safely hidden away. But something went wrong with the neighbors who were injected with the nanotechnology, and now they are each going violently insane. With the madness spreading, Jane must use all of few resources available to her to reach her son. REVIEW Jane Hawks is a fabulously strong female character, and she comes alive on the pages of The Forbidden Door. I wanted even more of her , as she out-thinks and out-fights those trying to capture her. This story focuses on the hunt by the army of Arcadians and adjusted neighbors who are trying to find Travis and lure Jane into their trap. Each chapter is told from alternating perspectives and if I wasn’t paying close attention I’d loose track of which of the many bad guys were taking the lead. The story is creative and frightening and DEAN KOONTZ’s writing is both haunting and action-packed. One of my favorite parts of the book is the relationship that the sweet and brave 5-year-old Travis develops with a brilliant but panicked autistic recluse. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Publisher Bantam Books Published September 11, 2018 Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marialyce

    This has become for me a seriously addicting series. Although it is what might be considered a long book, the pages fly by and one is totally immersed in Jane Hawk's quest to undo evil and protect her beloved son, Travis. In this book, the fourth of the series, Jane is once again battling the evil members of the Arcadian group who through the ability of nanotechnology are able to infiltrate one's brain literally doing away with free will and putting the recipients in the total power of the Arcadi This has become for me a seriously addicting series. Although it is what might be considered a long book, the pages fly by and one is totally immersed in Jane Hawk's quest to undo evil and protect her beloved son, Travis. In this book, the fourth of the series, Jane is once again battling the evil members of the Arcadian group who through the ability of nanotechnology are able to infiltrate one's brain literally doing away with free will and putting the recipients in the total power of the Arcadians. This diabolical group has infiltrated all levels of government, business, having successfully succeeded in painting our heroine Jane appear as a serial killer. Of course Jane is on every wanted list imaginable, and the Arcadians's goal is to stop her and find her son in order to do so. Jane is a masterful character. She is astute, cunning, and has all the makings of a terrific female lead character. She is searching for the leader of this organization who is able to enslave people with just an injection. You find yourself cheering Jane on as she battles, with the help of a few wonderful friends, this evil organization. There are some topnotch additions to the series with the characters of Bernie Riggowitz, the Auschwitz survivor, Cornell Jasperson, app inventor with a touch of autism and Luther Tillman, ex-cop and freedom fighter. If you enjoy a book that combines a touch of humor, horror, suspense, and reading into the middle of the night, this series comes highly recommended. So looking forward to the next in the series. Until then, this reader will be pulling for Jane and waiting for her to cut the head off the snake who is leader the Arcadians. Thank you to Dean Koontz, Berkley, and NetGalley for providing me with many hours of riveting reading. My reviews can be seen here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Random House and the author. This is the fourth book of the Jane Hawk series. Even though this is the fourth book it can be read as a stand alone novel. At the end of the third novel Jane learned that her son might be in trouble. This book tells of Jane's journey to get to her son and rescue him. This series by Dean Koontz has been really enjoyable even though I thought the third book was a step back (I I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Random House and the author. This is the fourth book of the Jane Hawk series. Even though this is the fourth book it can be read as a stand alone novel. At the end of the third novel Jane learned that her son might be in trouble. This book tells of Jane's journey to get to her son and rescue him. This series by Dean Koontz has been really enjoyable even though I thought the third book was a step back (IMO it was more filler). This book gets things back on track. This series puts the thrill in thriller and this continues with this book. The pace is perfect. There is constant progress and action and it does not overwhelm the connection with the characters. Out of all the books from this series, I had the best connection with the characters. Jane was her usual self and I love that we get to see her use her wits in extreme situations. I felt connected to the minor characters even the ones that I am suppose to root against. We get the development of a new bond between two characters and layers to characters that I thought were one dimensional. The action scenes were terrific in this book. I am not sure if this series is ever going to be adapted to the screen. I hope it does and I hope it gets to this point in the series because there were a couple of scenes I would love to see visually. I enjoyed this latest offering from this series and this series has been consistently good throughout. I had one minor quibble with a sub plot and that is why I could not give this book a five star rating. That being said, everything else is spot on in this book. There is a terrific mix of action, character growth, and plot development to keep the reader more than interested.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Crazy little brown owl

    Thank you to Random House/Bantam for sending me an advance copy of The Forbidden Door. Jane Hawk has quickly become my favorite Dean Koontz series. The scariest thing about this fictional series is the believable possibility. Cautionary tales have been told time and time again. Honesty and Integrity must start with each of us individually in order to transform the society we live in. Some Favorite Passages: The wind brought the dark, and the dark brought a chill, but the sea of stars was a work Thank you to Random House/Bantam for sending me an advance copy of The Forbidden Door. Jane Hawk has quickly become my favorite Dean Koontz series. The scariest thing about this fictional series is the believable possibility. Cautionary tales have been told time and time again. Honesty and Integrity must start with each of us individually in order to transform the society we live in. Some Favorite Passages: The wind brought the dark, and the dark brought a chill, but the sea of stars was a work of wonder and a source of solace. _____ They possess no warrants, but a lie is not a lie when there's no such thing as truth. Words are merely words, used like tools. _____ There is no regret in doing right. _____ "We'll make much noise and shine the light of justice on you." _____ "Don't bite or claw me, please and thank you."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    If it's possible to have a love-hate relationship with a book, this is it. On the one hand, the writing is almost exquisite, virtually ensuring my reluctance to put it down. Conversely, wading through page after page hoping that yet another important character won't bite the dust - probably in a most horrific way - is borderline unbearable. Characters I adore; other characters so loathesome that I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemies. Oh, what a happy conundrum! This is the fourth book in the se If it's possible to have a love-hate relationship with a book, this is it. On the one hand, the writing is almost exquisite, virtually ensuring my reluctance to put it down. Conversely, wading through page after page hoping that yet another important character won't bite the dust - probably in a most horrific way - is borderline unbearable. Characters I adore; other characters so loathesome that I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemies. Oh, what a happy conundrum! This is the fourth book in the series featuring former FBI agent now-fugitive Jane Hawk; the other three are excellent as well. And for the record, although each of the books can stand alone, I daresay I've derived much greater understanding and enjoyment by having read them in order from the beginning (and I recommend this to anyone who's new to this series). At this point, Jane has been indicted for espionage, treason and seven counts of murder - many of the charges trumped up because she's fighting a nasty group called the Techno Arcadians, who are intent on changing society by injecting select humans (including Jane's late husband) with mind-control drugs. These "adjusted" folks, whose numbers are growing day by day, then can be programmed to do the bidding of the Arcadians - with the possibilities ranging from sweeping floors to murder to committing suicide. All of the above are fast zeroing in on Jane, her young son Travis and her in-laws Clare and Ancel Hawk; torturing or killing the latter three would, in their opinion, bring Jane to her knees. In the previous book, the couple Jane entrusted with hiding Travis were found and dealt with, so he's now living with a slightly autistic but sweet recluse named Cornell. Scared and lonesome, Travis calls his mother, who promises she'll come to get him. At least that's her intent - but we all know what happens to best-laid plans. Most of us, happily, won't run into fake FBI and Homeland Security officers with murder on their minds nor mind-controlled folks who have been ordered to be on the lookout for us - but Jane isn't so fortunate. And since the brain-altered folks look and act just like they did in their previous everyday lives, who can Jane trust? The answer is almost no one, thus complicating her attempts to get to Travis and keep both of them out of the hands that would do them wrong. There are several narrow misses (involving some pretty grisly scenes and salty language, for those who may be bothered by that stuff}. And just when you think Jane, Travis and their trusted friends may make it, the nanotechnology begins to go awry; one by one, the recently injected people begin to psychologically regress - euphemistically falling through "the forbidden door" and turning into insatiable killing machines. I'd love to say there's a happily-ever-after ending, but that's just not the case (well, except that Jane lives to see another day, which one would expect of any character without whom there wouldn't be a series). It's certainly a wild ride, though, and once again I thank the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy. Another winner that has me chomping at the bit for the next installment (The Night Window). Bring it on, please!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Reisz

    Andrew bought this for me. Picked it up and read it in two days. Once I start a Koontz book, I just can't stop. The man knows what he's doing!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen’s Library

    With this 4th installment in the Jane Hawk series, protagonist Jane has solidified as my favorite character ever of Dean Koontz, and I'm pretty sure I've read most of his books. Once again, I inhaled this book and couldn't stop reading tonight until I finished. And yes, it's about 1:30 am. The action never seems to let up as Jane rushes to get her son back before he can be captured by the evil Techno Arcadians after his guardians are killed. A new character is brought in and once again, I absolu With this 4th installment in the Jane Hawk series, protagonist Jane has solidified as my favorite character ever of Dean Koontz, and I'm pretty sure I've read most of his books. Once again, I inhaled this book and couldn't stop reading tonight until I finished. And yes, it's about 1:30 am. The action never seems to let up as Jane rushes to get her son back before he can be captured by the evil Techno Arcadians after his guardians are killed. A new character is brought in and once again, I absolutely love him. Cornell is strange but he and Travis have bonded deeply and can't be separated. And, yes! Koontz also brings back two other beloved characters from past installments. This is why I love Koontz so much. As horror filled as his books are, they are always balanced by the most pure of heart characters. And just when I'm positive that the craziness of the Manchurian Candidate type of mind takeover couldn't be any worse, Koontz comes up with an even scarier side effect that take some of those injected through "the forbidden door". I can't even fathom how Koontz is going to wind up this series. Although I must have the next book, The Night Window, as soon as possible, I don't want this series to end. *Thank you so much to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for an advance copy of this book!*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Koontzland Group Read - September/October 2018 I was lucky with the Koontzland group given me ARC copy..... Jane Hawk continues to be a beautiful heroine, x-FBI admired with courage & strong to defeat any problem thrown her way. She lives thru memories of her husband's suicide, Lt.Col. Nick Hawk, that were disturbing her mind & life. Angel & Clare (Nick's parents) enter the story to protect Travis, her 5 year old son, from the Jane & "villians" chase. Jane is the nation’s "most-w Koontzland Group Read - September/October 2018 I was lucky with the Koontzland group given me ARC copy..... Jane Hawk continues to be a beautiful heroine, x-FBI admired with courage & strong to defeat any problem thrown her way. She lives thru memories of her husband's suicide, Lt.Col. Nick Hawk, that were disturbing her mind & life. Angel & Clare (Nick's parents) enter the story to protect Travis, her 5 year old son, from the Jane & "villians" chase. Jane is the nation’s "most-wanted" fugitive, chased by Dept. of Home Security "villains", Egon Gottfrey & Ivan Pert. Her goal is top stop "brain" altered insane people & defeat a lethal terror behind "The Forbidden Door".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    I think this was the best of the series so far. It was a little different from the others as it focused on Jane trying to rescue her son instead of going after the Arcadians. A few of our favorite characters make an appearance and we meet some new people that do not mess around. I love the way some of the regular people band together in different situations and it was good to see the Arcadians looking less indomitable at times. The story had some interesting twists and I'm looking forward to the I think this was the best of the series so far. It was a little different from the others as it focused on Jane trying to rescue her son instead of going after the Arcadians. A few of our favorite characters make an appearance and we meet some new people that do not mess around. I love the way some of the regular people band together in different situations and it was good to see the Arcadians looking less indomitable at times. The story had some interesting twists and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. So far, this series has been a consistent 4 star read for me. It is one long story with each book starting where the last ended. I have greatly enjoyed the series, but I have had concerns about the story being dragged out too long and becoming repetitive. However, the last book, The Crooked Staircase, definitely took some different turns and I'm happy that this book had a bit of a different feel from the others, so it kept it fresh. I'm still going with 4 stars, but this one was close to 5 for me. Series to date: The Bone Farm (An audio novella prequel) - to read soon The Silent Corner 4★ The Whispering Room 4★ The Crooked Staircase 4★ The Forbidden Door - 4★ The Night Window - release 2019 Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Geiger

    This is the fourth book in the exciting Jane Hawk series. Previously in the series, former FBI top agent Jane Hawk's husband was believed to have committed suicide. Jane did not believe the official FBI story and investigated on her own. She has discovered American citizens are being injected with nano-technology enabling the helpless victims to be downloaded with commands. To protect Travis, her small five year old, from danger Jane has secreted him with friends at an undisclosed location. He h This is the fourth book in the exciting Jane Hawk series. Previously in the series, former FBI top agent Jane Hawk's husband was believed to have committed suicide. Jane did not believe the official FBI story and investigated on her own. She has discovered American citizens are being injected with nano-technology enabling the helpless victims to be downloaded with commands. To protect Travis, her small five year old, from danger Jane has secreted him with friends at an undisclosed location. He has called to let her know his guardians have not returned from a small town shopping trip. Jane needs to rescue him before he is taken for hostage. To complicate matters further, the mind controlled victims are beginning to go violently insane and the insanity is spreading like a virus. I highly recommend this Dean Koontz thriller to all lovers of mystery and horror. Enjoy!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cleveland

    As usual, Mr. Koontz is very wordy! It took me around 50 pages or so to get over my exasperation with him. But, I ended up truly loving this book. The characters are all indeed characters. Lovable, funny, intelligent and caring. I even enjoyed the bad guys, mostly. The nihilist was an odd duck. Very odd. The Princeton hillbilly is definitely one of my favorite bad guys ever. I was never rooting for him, but he sure made me laugh! This book didn't advance the storyline much, but I think it may be As usual, Mr. Koontz is very wordy! It took me around 50 pages or so to get over my exasperation with him. But, I ended up truly loving this book. The characters are all indeed characters. Lovable, funny, intelligent and caring. I even enjoyed the bad guys, mostly. The nihilist was an odd duck. Very odd. The Princeton hillbilly is definitely one of my favorite bad guys ever. I was never rooting for him, but he sure made me laugh! This book didn't advance the storyline much, but I think it may be my favorite out of the 4 books. My thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the e-arc. Recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Koontz has created a world where a dark shadowy group called Techno Arcadians, has a secret plan to control society and is going about implementing this plan by infiltrating Homeland Security, the FBI, and other institutions. More importantly, they are injecting people with a control mechanism that can be enacted at any time and makes people mindless tools or savage monsters doing the bidding of the secret society. Few people know what’s really going on behind the scenes, except former FBI Agent Koontz has created a world where a dark shadowy group called Techno Arcadians, has a secret plan to control society and is going about implementing this plan by infiltrating Homeland Security, the FBI, and other institutions. More importantly, they are injecting people with a control mechanism that can be enacted at any time and makes people mindless tools or savage monsters doing the bidding of the secret society. Few people know what’s really going on behind the scenes, except former FBI Agent Jane Hawk and a few others who are either on the run or holed up in doomsday boltholes. This is the fourth book in the series - with a fifth already in the works— and Koontz begins the book with a quick summary of where we are at now, but the first three books are recommended reading for a full fleshing out of the story. This book is a touch less compelling than the others and doesn’t move the story forward too much even given all the gunfire and explosions and narrow escapes. The focus here is not always on Jane’s point of view, but on some odd Arcadian characters, often without their heads screwed on quite right. Cornell is also developed far more firmly as an oddball in his own right, hidden in his little bolt hole in the desert. And, the moves against the Hawk in-laws in Texas leads to some interesting stories and characters. Overall, it is quite a compelling read. Looking forward to volume five.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I am giving this one 3.5 out of 5 stars. I am enjoying the series as a whole but there were some parts of the book that were a little long and and not as intense. This book starts off where The Crooked Staircase left off. There is a lot going on in this book and jumping back and forth between different characters and places. I don’t think we get to see as much of Jane Hawk in this book as the others. The parts with the evil Arcadians seem to take up a lot of the book and sometimes it was more of I am giving this one 3.5 out of 5 stars. I am enjoying the series as a whole but there were some parts of the book that were a little long and and not as intense. This book starts off where The Crooked Staircase left off. There is a lot going on in this book and jumping back and forth between different characters and places. I don’t think we get to see as much of Jane Hawk in this book as the others. The parts with the evil Arcadians seem to take up a lot of the book and sometimes it was more of a slog to read so that is why I took off half a star for this installment. We get to see Luther come back in this book, but I wish we got to see more of him. The beginning and the last quarter of the book when Jane confronts the Arcadians was intense and more like the other books. I am curious how this will end and look forward to the next book in the series. I received an andvance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    *A copy of this novel was received through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* This was an excellent installment in the Jane Hawk series. It picks up right where the previous book left off, with Jane racing against the clock, fighting the evil that threatens to annihilate everything she loves. There are wonderfully good characters in this story and wonderfully bad ones. We get to see a lot more of the bad ones in this portion of the story, which will make sense once you start reading. An *A copy of this novel was received through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* This was an excellent installment in the Jane Hawk series. It picks up right where the previous book left off, with Jane racing against the clock, fighting the evil that threatens to annihilate everything she loves. There are wonderfully good characters in this story and wonderfully bad ones. We get to see a lot more of the bad ones in this portion of the story, which will make sense once you start reading. And they each bring their own kind of crazy to the table. The Crooked Staircase had a rather bleak ending, The Forbidden Door left us with hope. There is still much for Jane to face, but she is pointed toward her next goal. I just hope we don't actually have to wait until May of 2019 to see where the next phase of the journey takes her.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    I’m gonna start with a secret. For long time readers there is some exquisite satisfaction to be found in The Forbidden Door. No, to casual readers of this review-this is not porn. To interested readers of this review, the book could be read as a standalone if you like heart racing action; but why not quadruple your pleasure and read all of the Jane Hawk books? It is a bit unwieldy to keep referring to the bad guy elites as the techno Arcadians. Let’s simplify and refer them as the Blues. The Blue I’m gonna start with a secret. For long time readers there is some exquisite satisfaction to be found in The Forbidden Door. No, to casual readers of this review-this is not porn. To interested readers of this review, the book could be read as a standalone if you like heart racing action; but why not quadruple your pleasure and read all of the Jane Hawk books? It is a bit unwieldy to keep referring to the bad guy elites as the techno Arcadians. Let’s simplify and refer them as the Blues. The Blues are mostly made up of the well educated, moneyed people who are often in the tech, media, financial, law enforcement and intelligence fields. Let’s call Jane Hawk, the rogue FBI agent, her amazing friends and the good people of America, the Red Team. The Blue Team is aiming for world domination by injecting the Red Team with nanoconstructs that cross the blood/brain barrier and changes people into willing slaves. I would say some are now turning into violent zombies, but that would give zombies a bad name. As a hint to the horror of this adjustment, the first two triggers for these “adjusted people were “Let’s play Manchurian candidate”, then after Jane discovered it, “Uncle Ira is not Uncle Ira”. Before the Blues started their plans, a computer composed the Hamlet list picking people who showed potential for future greatness and leadership; they were consequently injected with the nanoconstructs and ordered to commit suicide. Jane Hawk’s husband, Nick, was among these people. This terrible tragedy launched Jane into a crusade to bring down the Blue team. The tension of this book never lets up. There were some heartbreaking losses in the third book. In The Forbidden Door, Jane’s beloved five year old son, Travis, is staying with an autistic genius, Cornell. He is the resident and designer of a library and bunker in case of an “apocagedden” –one of the best portmanteau words evah. The Blue Team knows Travis is in the area and launches a full scale effort to find him. Jane, with the help of two friends launches her own clever plan to rescue him. There is also a secondary story line concerning the relentless search by a Blue nihilist to find and “adjust” Nick Hawk’s parents. Maybe, parts of this story line were dragged on too long. I am also irritated that Jane did not search for GPS tracking devices as a matter of basic counter-surveillance. I am fascinated as always, either by Koontz’s knowledge of or imagination concerning his surveillance and counter surveillance technologies. I wish he had an afterward on which is which. Some I know from experience, I used to watch vehicle surveillances via trackers from 200 miles away. It was an interesting experience. Dean Koontz is an outstanding writer. He has never gotten stale or repetitive. I know more people who will mention one of his books as being on their personal top ten lists. The Forbidden Door belongs amongst his best; his characters are better developed, his descriptions more complete, and his plotting more intricate and careful. As to his villains and heroes; they are what I have come to expect from Koontz. Hey, I wonder if there will be a new Orange hero in the final book. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for this fair and honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Jane Hawk is back! I was eagerly awaiting this latest installment of this spy thriller series involving kick-ass rogue special agent Jane Hawk. Although it felt a bit drawn out in parts - too much filler and I skimmed, there was plenty of suspense, evil villains, and high-tech gadgetry to keep me engrossed. Jane is a character I cheer for at every turn and look forward to the next book in the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cleveland

    As usual, Mr. Koontz is very wordy! It took me around 50 pages or so to get over my exasperation with him. But, I ended up truly loving this book. The characters are all indeed characters. Lovable, funny, intelligent and caring. I even enjoyed the bad guys, mostly. The nihilist was an odd duck. Very odd. The Princeton hillbilly is definitely one of my favorite bad guys ever. I was never rooting for him, but he sure made me laugh! This book didn't advance the storyline much, but I think it may be As usual, Mr. Koontz is very wordy! It took me around 50 pages or so to get over my exasperation with him. But, I ended up truly loving this book. The characters are all indeed characters. Lovable, funny, intelligent and caring. I even enjoyed the bad guys, mostly. The nihilist was an odd duck. Very odd. The Princeton hillbilly is definitely one of my favorite bad guys ever. I was never rooting for him, but he sure made me laugh! This book didn't advance the storyline much, but I think it may be my favorite out of the 4 books. My thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the e-arc. Recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    While I love Jane Hawk, the last book in this series only got 3 stars from me. I felt a little like Koontz had spent a large portion of the book teasing something that never panned out for the reader. Well, I’m happy to say that with The Forbidden Door, Koontz is back on track and Jane is Butt-Kickingly Fabulous! Our story line is tight, tense, and INTENSE. I was on tenterhooks, so concerned about my favorite characters! And Koontz does the reader the favor of bringing back some beloved characters While I love Jane Hawk, the last book in this series only got 3 stars from me. I felt a little like Koontz had spent a large portion of the book teasing something that never panned out for the reader. Well, I’m happy to say that with The Forbidden Door, Koontz is back on track and Jane is Butt-Kickingly Fabulous! Our story line is tight, tense, and INTENSE. I was on tenterhooks, so concerned about my favorite characters! And Koontz does the reader the favor of bringing back some beloved characters for this one. Yes, there’s more to come – you knew there was! I wish the next book was available right now. Five well deserved stars. *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Kaufman

    Predictable. Koontz can't write a clunker, but its time to bring this series to a close.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    The Jane Hawk series finally hits its stride with its fourth entry, The Forbidden Room. The Techno Arcadians are upping their game by accusing Jane on a 60 Minutes-style show of murdering her beloved husband Matt and faking his suicide. The Arcadians set in motion a plan to kidnap or kill everyone dear to Jane. Ancel and Clare Hawk, Jane’s in-laws, must flee their farm. Jane and Matt’s five-year-old son, Travis, must flee across the desert. Even Jane is tracked by one of the Techno Arcadians as t The Jane Hawk series finally hits its stride with its fourth entry, The Forbidden Room. The Techno Arcadians are upping their game by accusing Jane on a 60 Minutes-style show of murdering her beloved husband Matt and faking his suicide. The Arcadians set in motion a plan to kidnap or kill everyone dear to Jane. Ancel and Clare Hawk, Jane’s in-laws, must flee their farm. Jane and Matt’s five-year-old son, Travis, must flee across the desert. Even Jane is tracked by one of the Techno Arcadians as the net around Jane and all her loved ones is slowly tightened. The villain this time is Egon Gottfrey. Egon believes in radical philosophical nihilism. Nothing is real. Only his mind exists guided by an Unknown Playwright. Why is he scarier than most villains? Because he has no fear of death. “Gottfrey has no objection to a shootout. His physical existence is an illusion; he can’t be killed.” Egon is also a vicious killer, who kills total strangers for fun. All without a nanobot implant. He is a world-class antagonist and the perfect foil to Jane’s over-the-top bada$$ery. It is hard not to see the extremes of good and evil plus Jane’s incredible skills as a superhero tale. Finally, a Joker has been set against Jane’s Batman. This entry in the series is definitely the best so far. I would even recommend just reading this one rather than beginning with the first in the series. It is perfect for thriller fans. However, it would also work for superhero comic fans too. The Forbidden Room would make a great movie. Hopefully, it has already been optioned by someone. 5 stars! Thanks to Bantam Books and NetGalley for an advance copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Geiger

    This is the fourth book in the exciting and suspenseful Jane Hawk series. Previously in the series, former FBI top agent Jane Hawk's husband, Nick, was believed to have committed suicide. Jane did not believe the official FBI story and investigated on her own. Now considered a wanted and rogue agent, she has discovered American citizens are being injected with nano-technology enabling the helpless victims to be downloaded with commands. To protect Travis, her small five year old from danger, Jan This is the fourth book in the exciting and suspenseful Jane Hawk series. Previously in the series, former FBI top agent Jane Hawk's husband, Nick, was believed to have committed suicide. Jane did not believe the official FBI story and investigated on her own. Now considered a wanted and rogue agent, she has discovered American citizens are being injected with nano-technology enabling the helpless victims to be downloaded with commands. To protect Travis, her small five year old from danger, Jane has secreted him with friends at an undisclosed location. He has called to let her know his guardians have not returned from a small town shopping trip. Jane needs to rescue him before he is taken hostage. To complicate matters further, the mind controlled victims are beginning to go violently insane and the insanity is spreading like a virus. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, "The Night Window". I highly recommend this Dean Koontz thriller to all lovers of mystery and horror. Enjoy!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    If you like detailed descriptions of weapons, tactics, and specialized soldiers… If you like multiple points of view: the protagonist, the deadly terrorists, and the innocents… If you like fast-paced action, a likable hero, and the takedown of government infiltration… This series is for you. For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/08/29/th... For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charissa Wilkinson

    I received this book courtesy of Random House/Bantam and the Koontzland Group for the purpose of a fair review. Overview: Jane is in an even bigger mess than she feared. The Techno-Arcadians seem to have somehow weaseled out just who was taking care of Travis. Jane’s fight to bring the Arcadians down is going to have to take a back seat for a little while she gets to the last precious gift she has left. Dislikes: The Arcadians’ lack of empathy, common decency, or whatever you wish to call it, mak I received this book courtesy of Random House/Bantam and the Koontzland Group for the purpose of a fair review. Overview: Jane is in an even bigger mess than she feared. The Techno-Arcadians seem to have somehow weaseled out just who was taking care of Travis. Jane’s fight to bring the Arcadians down is going to have to take a back seat for a little while she gets to the last precious gift she has left. Dislikes: The Arcadians’ lack of empathy, common decency, or whatever you wish to call it, makes them people to never want at your back. There were a couple of chapters that were unsettling for me. Yes, this means that they were well written, but still, unsettling. Likes: Cornell Jasperson was brave. Anyone who is willing to face his/her biggest fear, has to be considered such. Bernie and Luther are back. These guys were fun the first time around. Oh, the whole entire Texas side story was fun. Conclusion: This was a terrific story. Now it’s time to wait for “The Night Window.” Enjoy the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bam

    The fourth book in the Jane Hawk series seems a little different in its focus: we learn more about the individual members in the teams who carry out the directives of the 'visionaries' conducting the secret Techno Arcadian revolution. One such person is Egon Gottfrey who believes that 'the Techno Arcadians will change the world. They will pacify contentious humanity, end poverty, create Utopia through technology.' He and his team have been instructed to go to Texas and take Ancel and Clare Hawk, The fourth book in the Jane Hawk series seems a little different in its focus: we learn more about the individual members in the teams who carry out the directives of the 'visionaries' conducting the secret Techno Arcadian revolution. One such person is Egon Gottfrey who believes that 'the Techno Arcadians will change the world. They will pacify contentious humanity, end poverty, create Utopia through technology.' He and his team have been instructed to go to Texas and take Ancel and Clare Hawk, Jane's in-laws, into custody and inoculate them with the nanotechnology that will take over their minds. Hopefully then they will reveal where Jane and her son Travis can be found. Are these warriors in the revolution evil, psychotic or just misguided? Gottfrey has embraced 'radical philosophical nihilism' since his college days--he thinks it's the only thing that makes sense of this otherwise chaotic world. His belief is that 'there is no objective basis for truth, that nothing can be proved either by science or math, or by religion. All is illusion.' He believes all that really exists is his Mind and the script provided by an Unknown Playwright to test him. When the Hawks cannot be found on their ranch, the frustrated crew of eight goes after the Longrin family, neighbors and friends of the Hawks. There, a psychotic team member named Janis Dern zeroes in on the Longrin's sassy twelve-year-old daughter Laurie who reminds Janis too much of her own abusive sisters. Will she get her revenge? Meanwhile, Jane herself is pursued by a mad, cold-blooded killer named Ivan Petro who is hoping success in this personal hunt will get him promoted to a leadership role in the Arcadians. The search for Jane's son Travis is concentrated on the town of Borrego Springs in the Anza-Borrego Desert and is lead by the team of Carter Jergen, a snobbish Boston Brahmin, and Radley Dubose, a huge hillbilly who is much smarter than his partner believes. They inoculate a group of 50 residents to help in the search for the boy but something goes terribly wrong and they enter 'the forbidden door.' This book is quite exciting but be forewarned that there is some extremely gruesome violence depicted in the last half of the book. Koontz moves the plot on quite a bit and, at last, we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel for our heroes. The next book in the series is entitled The Night Window. Can't wait! I received an arc of this latest installment in the Jane Hawk series from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review. Many thanks!

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