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The Forbidden Door

(Jane Hawk #4)

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“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

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Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Bantam (first published September 11th 2018)
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Julie
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, overdrive, thrillers
The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz is a 2018 Bantam publication.

Full throttle thrill ride- sans Jane Hawk- well, mostly…

This fourth installment in the Jane Hawk series brings on even more tension- if that’s possible- and a seismic shift in direction as the weight of the world has become nearly too heavy for Jane to carry, but carry it she must, for the sake of her son, Travis... And all of America.

As the story begins, Travis is in more danger than ever before, and Jane is trying to make her wa
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Kaceey
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary Beth
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the Jane Hawk Series and you really would want to read these in order. Mainly this series is about Jane, who is on a search to find out why her husband was killed and who did it. His death was set up to believe that he committed suicide but Jane knows better. She is hiding for her life depends on it as she is hunted by some government officials, who have a way to find their enemy. Jane used her intelligence to outsmart the enemy. She is an ex F.B.I. agent and is a want ...more
Matthew
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: techno-action-suspense-chase-horror-thriller fans
Recommended to Matthew by: Dustin Crazy little brown owl
More action!

More suspense!

Now, Koontz has brought a little bit of horror into the Jane Hawk mix!

This series is pretty darn good. Each book is a breakneck thrill ride – and the rate at which he is releasing them I am guessing he sat down one day and the words just started pouring out. The intensity and speed with which they poured out have translated very vividly into the delivery. Each time I start reading I take a big breath because I know I am going to be holding it until I finish.

I am pretty
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Maureen Carden
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Jenny
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Phrynne
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For some reason I thought this was going to be the final book and I went into it expecting all sorts of things to happen, none of which did of course. I am now wondering if #5 is the last book or not.

Anyway plenty of other things happened, just nothing that actually advanced the story. Koontz had his favourite fun with plenty of really nasty stuff which even included 'zombies'. Jane Hawk was masterful - she has some quite amazing talents - but she came and went in short bursts throughout the boo
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Cody | CodysBookshelf
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dean-koontz
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
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Tim
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first 2/3 of this story is decent before the last 1/3 descends over a cliff. Earning perhaps a too generous 4 of 10 stars
Jenny
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Marialyce
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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
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Adrienne
As usual I am in awe of Dean Koontz' writing abilities. He puts such beautiful sentences together. Often I have to stop and re-read a sentence or a paragraph. Just to admire and appreciate not only the emotion or physical description it reveals. But the words he uses.
This book was no exception. Probably I noticed the prose more because the story was so slow moving . Jane Hawke travels to collect her son Travis. Pursued by the Techno Arcadians.
I love the Jane Hawke series.
As a lover of technolo
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Lisa
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
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 ...more
Judy
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Fred
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Koontzland Group Read - September/October 2018
I was lucky with the Koontzland group giving me a 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
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Lisa
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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
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Jim C
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Karen’s Library
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Monnie
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Pat
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm at a loss for superlatives for this book. This was so scary and suspenseful, shudder, but I loved it.

I won't say too much. Jane knows where her son is but she also knows that the forces arrayed against her are monumental so she can't just rock up and grab him. She calls on a like-minded compatriot in the form of Luther Tillman but she needs one more person. I won't let this cat out of the bag but its kind of cute and provides one of the few lighter moments. Still, the odds are massively agai
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Kristie
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, thriller
This volume (and indeed the last) delved into an area that I (in general) don't care for. I mean I saw it coming from the time I started the series...but it's a plot point or plot device I tend to hate, or at least strongly dislike.

Yeah, our protagonist has a child, a built in Achilles' Heel. Sooner or later the evil overlords of the story were going to move heaven and earth to track down the kid. It was totally inevitable. So we get that as part of the last volume and this one (no spoiler there
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Dave
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Peggy Geiger
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jean
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Forbidden Door is the 4rth book in the Jane Hawk series. You definitely need to read the books in order.

It feels like we take a pause in Jane's fight to bring down the Arcadians as she makes a detour to go save her son. There's a lot going on with many different storylines. However, the book was fast-paced and action-packed. The pages were just flying by.

I highly recommend this series if you are looking for an intense, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Thank you t
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Maureen Carden
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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OutlawPoet
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Karen R
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
ChopinFC
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cia-thriller, series
The Forbidden Door is another stellar entry to the series in the Jane Hawk saga!


After finishing this fourth installment in the Jane Hawk series, I now know what to expect about Dean Koontz's writing: pure packed adrenaline thrill ride! I was really impressed with this latest entry in the adventure of Jane Hawk. Those who've read the first 3 entries know, that Jane Hawk'is a rogue FBI agent, who becomes a victim of a high-technological nefarious society called the 'Arcadia'. Arcadia have manipul
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