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.
Please Note: While it goes without saying that most of the books I review in the Mystery, Thriller & Suspense genre contain content that may be disturbing to some, The Forbidden Door contains themes that may be especially triggering - specifically rape and/or sexual abuse. Please read at your own discretion.
The fourth installment in the Jane Hawk series, I have been hanging out for The Forbidden Door since the whopping cliffhanger The Crooked Staircase left us on. And, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, this one offered more closure than it’s predecessor, but still gave us the wild ride we’ve come to expect from Dean Koontz.
Badass Mama Bear, Jane Hawk has learned her best friends, tasked with taking care of her five-year-old son, have been killed. It’s up to her to travel to Borrego Springs, where The Arcadians, a group indulged in a conspiracy to take over the world, are no doubt waiting for her. She has to rescue Travis, who has been left in the care of autistic loner, Cornell, and bring him once more to safety. She enlists the help of a couple of characters we’ve met before, even if they seem a very unlikely group of aides, and springs into action.
Of course, it doesn’t all go according to plan. In Texas, her in-laws are being hunted, and in Borrego Springs, a batch of newly adjusted people have gone bat-shit crazy and Jane, along with former lawman Luther and adorably hysterical grandfather Bernie, must deal with the unexpected.
The Forbidden Door is written from a few viewpoints and focuses on more than a couple of characters. And that’s where Mr. Koontz really shows his mastery, flitting in and out of each complex, occasionally dark and often seriously disturbing personality with ease. I have no clue how he does it, but I’m a true fan. He keeps up a hectic pace, alternating between the plains of Texas and the Mojave Desert. Having spent a wedding anniversary riding my motorcycle to the Anza-Borrego State Park just outside of Borrego Springs, I could actually picture the places where some of the events took place, which added a terrifying element of reality to the whole thing and the short preview of the next in the series automatically threw me in to “I want it now” mode!
Once again, if you’re into strong female characters and fast-paced thrilling action with a heaping helping of conspiracy, the Jane Hawk series is a must for you.
And I’m still off digging that bunker I started a while ago…
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