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The Forbidden Door

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Bantam and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Forbidden Door.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

As if Jane Hawk's life was not destroyed enough, the enemies at her back are exploiting the tenuous connections she has with her loved ones, in order to bring her into the open.  Will the safeguards that Jane has put in place be enough?  Will her crumbling world eventually shatter into a million pieces?

Jane Hawk, former FBI agent turned most wanted fugitive is back in The Forbidden Door.  With her mad skills, killer instincts, and razor-sharp reflexes, Jane is a force to be reckoned with.  I did have some issues with certain plot points, especially in regards to Jane's supposed security measures.  For someone so worried about staying off the grid and out of the authorities' hands, it does not seem likely that Jane would not have safety procedures in place that she must follow.  Without spoiling the plot, all I can say is that the Jane readers have come to know throughout the series would be infinitely more careful than she is at the beginning of the book.

Despite topping out at nearly 500 pages, The Forbidden Door is engaging throughout, allowing the reader to go on Jane's quest with the help of her loved ones.  I would definitely recommend the entire series to readers and I look forward to reading more by accomplished author Dean Koontz in the future.
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On the run after losing her husband, rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk knows too much to allow her to live. A secret society has infiltrated the highest echelon of the government and vows to take over by allowing only the elite to continue to exist.They are hunting down Jane and her family and they vow to take down anyone who stands in their way. A small injection of a mind controlling capsule and anyone becomes enslaved for live- anyone. And Jane is next. Dean Koontz writes in a style that captivates and really sets my mind to wondering… what if??? #TheForbiddenDoor #NetGalley
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I think this book would have been more enjoyable if I had read the entire series.  I somehow felt I was missing out coming into this in book four.  I didn't realize that each book relied so much on the previous books so I felt a little lost in this book.   It did take a me a while to get warmed up this.  I did pick it up and put it down several times because the beginning of the book had me a little confused.  

This book was about the "Techno Arcadians", the bad guys who are a part of a elite secret society.  Jane Hawke is a rogue FBI agent on the run with her 5 year old son.  The book is very detailed and sometimes it felt drawn out in my opinion.  It was a good conspiracy theory book and I have read Dean Koontz books in the past and loved them, this one just wasn't for me.  I can normally read a book in a day or two max, and this one took me two weeks to get through.   Not that is was a bad book, it was just a difficult book for me to get into.
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Jane Hawk is relentless in her pursuit of her adversaries and determined to protect her young son.  It doesn't matter that, once a top FBI agent, she is now the most-wanted criminal in America and a fugitive. She is determined to stop the powerful Arcardians, who have already infiltrated all branches of government and some of the nation's most critically needed agencies, from implementing their mind-control technology. Tragically, she didn't realize what was happening and was unable to save her husband. But she continues to employ her tactical skills to survive. 

The character of Jane Hawk is universally empathetic because of her motives: the anger, outrage, a broken heart, and maternal instinct. She also has a deeply ingrained sense of right and wrong, a moral code from which she will not stray, that fuels her quest for justice. In Koontz's capable hands, Jane's internal emotional struggles are fully developed and explored, and keep readers cheering her on.

In the three previous installments in the series, The Silent Corner, The Whispering Room, and The Crooked Staircase, Jane eliminates some of her most powerful enemies, while her five-year-old son is safely tucked away with trusted friends. And her in-laws are also secure. But her enemies know that the way to bring Jane to submission is to strike those she loves and they are determined to use both her son and her in-laws as bait in order to do just that. And as The Forbidden Door opens, both her son and her in-laws are in grave peril. Jane must act quickly and stealthily if she is to save them.

As Jane battles her way across country to her son's side, she encounters growing numbers of victims of the evil mind-control technology, all programmed to wreak violence and stop her. Both Jane and her adversaries are in a fight for their lives. And the forbidden door unleashes unimaginable terror and mayhem. 

The Forbidden Door is, like the first three installments, fast-paced and pulse-pounding. But it is even more terrifying because of the magnitude of the threats Jane faces, and the fact that Koontz has brought five-year-old Travis and Jane's in-laws to the forefront of the story.  Jane's inventiveness, wit, and sheer will to save those she loves propel her to nerve-wracking confrontations with Arcadians that keep readers turning the pages until . . . alas, the story is not over and readers must wait for the next book in the series, The Night Window, to see what happens next.
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I have not read any of the other parts of this series.  I have always enjoyed Dean Koontz.  I love the short chapters.  Makes it seem like you are getting a lot farther faster in the story.  This story is non-stop action and adventure.
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I wish I could stop reading these, but as much as i dont seem to enjoy them I still look forward to the next one.
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very good book suspenseful and acton packed lookforward to the end of this serie would make great movie or tv serie
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Mr. Koontz has me hooked!  Can't wait for the next one.  I love this series, and I will go back and re-read them all when the series is finished.  Like his Odd Thomas books, I feel like I have gotten to know the characters personally.  Mr. Koontz is a master at drawing you in!
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This latest installment in the story of Jane Hawk had me closing my eyes and catching my breath.  The words on the page created pictures that I couldn’t un-see, and I couldn’t stop reading this very emotional revealing of the life that has become Jane’s. Dean Koontz has never written a better character, and I am so looking forward to the continuation of this drama.
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Excellent installment in the Jane Hawk saga.  I thought I would have been tired of Jane by now, this being the fourth book in the series, but find that I still love the books and can't wait for the next one.  Koontz is doing a great job of stringing us along but keeping the action and intrigue going at a pace that leaves us turning the pages as quickly as we can until the very last page.  As a long time reader of his books, I think this series is his best work..
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Suspenseful and engaging. I couldn’t put this book down! The characters are engaging and the story keeps you guessing and turning to the next page anxiously. This is a truly great read!
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If you are reading this review for book 4 in a series, I am going to assume that you have read the other 3 books first.  Warning for spoilers from the previous books.  I do highly recommend that you read this series in order.

I have been reading Dean Koontz books since high school and he is one of my favorite authors.  I loved the Odd Thomas series and was excited for the Jane Hawk series.  This one relies much less on the supernatural and more on technology.  Forbidden Door especially reminded me of some of the themes of one of his earlier books, Midnight (also a good read).  This book also felt more personal than some of the others because of the family's life on the line. In the other books, Travis was safely ensconced with her friends in Southern California.  In this book, it was focused on her getting to him and making sure he was safe.  The suspense because a five-year-old's life is on the line is insane, especially when things start to go wrong.   

There were many of the same characters that carried forward from previous books, including one of my favorites, Bernie.  In some instances, they talk about how much time has passed across all of the books and it seems like such a short period of time that it is surprising.  Because Jane was so focused on Travis in this book, it doesn't feel like any progress was made on the true leaders of the Tech Arcadians.  It will be interesting to see how that all wraps up in the final book.  

Side notes:
- The relationship between Dubose and Jergen was a little different than the previous book.  It felt that Jergen had more admiration for Dubose than before.  Based on what Dubose could do, I kind of felt the same way.
- I was not a big fan of the Unknown Playwright.  It is a very strange philosophy that agent (Egon Gottfrey) had.  It could be that I just don't understand it but it felt contrived.

Now the wait begins for the final book in the series, it is going to be a long six months!

Provided by NetGalley, thanks!
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This is the first Jane Hawk series,I've read.I would suggest that you read the novels before this,for more information and background. The book started off slow and  didn't get interesting until towards the end of the book..Once was a FBI top agent,now the nation most wanted fugitive, Jane Hawk knows to much about the secret society mind control technology, people injected with the solution have no free will,no ability to think or reason,some turns  into out of control insane killers.Jane is trying to stay ahead of the Aricadians and their mind control assassinations,to get to her son.Jane noe acting like a ex- a top agent in the FBI,she is making mistakes not checking her surroundings, not keeping a low profile, which she almost dies for,this book was a continuation from the previous books that I haven't read,maybe if I read them I would've rated it different. Who knows?
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The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz is the very highly recommended fourth thriller in the Jane Hawk series.

Jane Hawk is still on the run from the Techno Arcadians, a secret widespread secret group whose nefarious plans include enslavement of most of society through mind-controlling nanotechnology. They have killed her husband and others. They have enslaved even more. Jane is using all her skills to escape capture by them. Now her son Travis is in danger of being captured by them and she has to save him.

For those reading the series, it is a given that you will want to continue it to find out what happens next. Jane herself is not quite in the forefront as much in this novel, but we are introduced to some new characters. The bad guys are terrifyingly evil and their reach is widespread. Those Jane can trust and the people who are fighting for the truth are wonderfully heroic. The crossing into the forbidden door is a ghastly and horrifying event. The heart-pounding action is non-stop and relentless, ensuring that you will read this at a fast pace since it will be difficult to set it down.

The series now includes: The Silent Corner; The Whispering Room; The Crooked Staircase; The Forbidden Door. While this fourth book in the series isn't quite as strong as the previous three, it is an essential bridge novel that is likely setting up the series for an explosive fifth installment, The Night Window. The Jane Hawk series is a winner!

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Random House.
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I never thought I would give a Dean Koontz book a three-star rating but this one let me down. It is the 4th in the Jane Hawke series and yet there seemed to be very little of Jane Hawke, Some of her allies from the 2nd book reappear but this time there is not the slightest bit of humor. I did not understand that because Koontz always throws a bit of humor and spirituality into the story. Some of the characters were interesting but only for a little while and then they became predictable...stale. There also were too many "bad" guys and towards the end of the book, it became a horror story. Too gross for me. Her husbands' parents flee in the beginning so if Jane did manage to capture her son Travis, she would have a safe place to bring him. They then disappear from the book. I thought this one was disjointed and a little bit tiresome. I continued reading it because it was Koontz and he is one of my favorite authors. Sad to say how disappointed I was.
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Dean Koontz is the best. The last two Jane Hawk books have been so hard to put down! Another great installment of a great story.
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When we last saw Jane, she was still confident her son was safe.  We knew better and knew there would be a reckoning when she found out.  The technology used by her enemies, the Arcadians, has advanced to the point that no one can be trusted.  Dean Koontz is known for writing stories that seem to be outside the norm, but writing in such a manner to make you wonder.  This book/ series is no exception.  Nanobots and trigger words...…
Jane is a very strong character, waging war against a vast enemy who has so far remained outside the public awareness.  While Jane is trying to combat this evil, she has lost her husband and friends.  All she has left is her son and she will do anything to save him.  While the story might not be completely believable, Jane's battle to save her son is as old as the bible.  This is book 4 of the series.  It will make a huge difference to your reading experience if you read the first three before this one.  Looking forward to the next installment.
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The Forbidden Door is book 4 of the Jane Hawk series.  This novel was a rather quick read as we see young Travis depend on Cornell, as he gets comfortable with Travis enough to divulge his family history and why he's alone.  We see everyone around Borrego Valley get implants and they struggle to find Travis' grandparents.  Jane has a plan to get Travis to safety before the Arcadians find him.  Let's hope she does before it's too late.
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New to the Jane Hawk series, but was terrified of the concept Koontz puts forth. It's a suspenseful journey for Jane Hawk and she comes across as a take no holds character. Really fell in love with her plight. The other characters in the book are intriguing and bewildering with the way they think and act. Definitely got to go back and read the series from the beginning! Highly recommend it if a psychological thriller is what you're after.
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What a thrilling edition to the Jane Hawk series!  Action packed from beginning to end and sometimes this reader had to take a quick break just to catch my breath!  Jane is my hero and I can’t wait to see how Mr. Koontz wraps up this heart stopping series!
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