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The Forbidden Door
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The Forbidden Door
Jane Hawk Series, Book 4
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in this thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.

“Koontz continues the incredible saga of the robust character of Jane Hawk, and it’s as terrific as the others in the series.”—Associated Press

“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
Praise for The Forbidden Door

“Compelling and enthralling.”New York Journal of Books
“Mind-blowing. . . [a] gripping series . . .  a thrill ride. [Dean Koontz is] able to distract you for hours.”Bookreporter 
“Koontz is on another roll with a new series that boasts a juicy premise and a compelling star. . . . Pure gold.”Booklist 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in this thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.

“Koontz continues the incredible saga of the robust character of Jane Hawk, and it’s as terrific as the others in the series.”—Associated Press

“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
Praise for The Forbidden Door

“Compelling and enthralling.”New York Journal of Books
“Mind-blowing. . . [a] gripping series . . .  a thrill ride. [Dean Koontz is] able to distract you for hours.”Bookreporter 
“Koontz is on another roll with a new series that boasts a juicy premise and a compelling star. . . . Pure gold.”Booklist 
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    At first the breeze was no more than a long sigh, breathing through the Texas high country as though expressing some sadness attendant to Nature herself.

    They were sitting in the fresh air, in the late-­afternoon light, because they assumed that the house was bugged, that anything they said within its rooms would be monitored in real time.

    Likewise, they trusted neither the porches nor the barn, nor the horse stables.

    When they had something important to discuss, they retreated to the redwood lawn chairs under the massive oak tree in the backyard, facing a flatness of grassland that rolled on to the distant horizon and, for all that the eye could tell, continued to eternity.

    As Sunday afternoon became evening, Ancel and Clare Hawk sat in those chairs, she with a martini, he with Macallan Scotch over ice, steeling themselves for an upcoming television program they didn't want to watch but that might change their lives.

    "What bombshell can they be talking about?" Clare wondered.

    "It's TV news," Ancel said. "They pitch most every story like it'll shake the foundations of the world. It's how they sell soap."

    Clare watched him as he stared out at the deep, trembling grass and the vastness of sky as if he never tired of them and saw some new meaning in them every time he gave them his attention. A big man with a weathered face and work-­scarred hands, he looked as if his heart might be as hard as bone, though she'd never known one more tender.

    After thirty-­four years of marriage, they had endured hardships and shared many successes. But now—­and perhaps for as long as they yet might have together—­their lives were defined by one blessing and one unbearable loss, the birth of their only child, Nick, and his death at the age of thirty-­two, the previous November.

    Clare said, "I'm feeling like it's more than selling soap, like it's some vicious damn twist of the knife."

    Ancel reached out with his left hand, which she held tightly. "We thought it all out, Clare. We have plans. We're ready for whatever."

    "I'm not ready to lose Jane, too. I'll never be ready."

    "It won't happen. They're who they are, she's who she is, and I'd put my money on her every time."

    Just when the faded-­denim sky began to darkle toward sapphire overhead and took upon itself a glossy sheen, the breeze quickened and set the oak tree to whispering.

    Their daughter-­in-­law, Jane Hawk, who was as close to them as any real daughter might have been, had recently been indicted for espionage, treason, and seven counts of murder, crimes that she hadn't committed. She would be the sole subject of this evening's Sunday Magazine, a one-­hour TV program that rarely devoted more than ten minutes to a profile of anyone, either president or pop singer. The most-­wanted fugitive in America and a media sensation, Jane was labeled "the beautiful monster" by the tabloids, a cognomen used in promos for the forthcoming special edition of Sunday Magazine.

    Ancel said, "Her indictment by some misled grand jury, now this TV show, all the noise about it . . . ​you realize what it must mean?"

    "Nothing good."

    "Well, but I think she's got evidence that'll destroy the sons of bitches, and they know she's got it. They're desperate. If she finds a reporter or someone in the Bureau who maybe she can trust—­"

    "She tried before. The bigger the story, the fewer people she can trust. And this is as big as a story gets."

    "They're desperate," Ancel insisted. "They're throwin' all they got at her, tryin' to turn...
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  • DEAN KOONTZ, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.
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  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2018
    With evil forces closing in on her hidden-away little boy as a way of getting to her, disgraced former FBI agent Jane Hawk (The Crooked Staircase, 2018, etc.) intensifies her one-woman campaign against a full-blown mind-control conspiracy.Still traumatized by the death of her husband, a war veteran who was programmed to kill himself, Jane has stashed her 5-year-old, Travis, with friends in Southern California's Orange County. With her super fighting and undercover skills, she has out-thought and out-fought the malevolent Techno Arcadians, whose plans for remaking the world include enslaving innocents by injecting them with nanoconstructs. Wrongfully indicted for espionage, treason, and murder and demonized by the media, Jane, America's most wanted fugitive, is forced to alter her stealth strategies to save her son. Her ardent foes include Egon Gottfrey, an imbalanced agent with a Homeland Security background who follows the orders of the Unknown Playwright, and Ivan Petro, "a hit team all by himself." But though this is "a Jane Hawk novel," our heroine spends much of the book offstage. And when she is in action, the once dominating Jane can seem as programmed as any of the living victims. ("It's all like one big video game," says Gottfrey, perhaps speaking to us as the book's Unknown Critic.) The best scenes are reserved for a plucky 12-year-old girl named Laurie, who is in the clutches of a sadistic, brain-altered female FBI agent, and sweet young Travis, whose emergency Plan B has him and his dogs staying with a kindly, autistic recluse who made millions developing apps.Having begun so impressively with The Silent Corner (2016), Koontz's four-title series still has its share of excitement but seems to have run out of ideas for its cagey heroine.

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