The Night Window (Jane Hawk Series #5)

The Night Window (Jane Hawk Series #5)

by Dean Koontz

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Overview

Jane Hawk’s one-woman war comes to an explosive climax as the rogue FBI agent gambles everything against a terrifying conspiracy, for vengeance, for justice, and for humanity’s freedom—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.
 
“Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created. . . . Simply put, wow.”—Associated Press
 
A visionary young filmmaker hunted for sport across a vast Colorado ranch by the celebrated billionaire at the heart of a monstrous cabal . . .
 
A brilliant computer hacker slipping through top-secret databases a whisper ahead of security trackers, gathering the facts to fight the all-powerful perpetrators of mass murder . . .
 
A pair of brutal operators, methodically shadowing their targets with every cutting-edge tool in the arsenal of today’s surveillance state . . .
 
A sequence of quiet heroes—everyday citizens—stepping up, stepping forward, intent on countering the advancing darkness . . .
 
A Vegas mob boss teamed with a homicidal sociopath, circling a beloved boy and his protectors, aiming to secure him as leverage against his fugitive mother . . .
 
And that fugitive mother herself, ex-agent Jane Hawk, closing in on the malevolent architects of ruin she has stalked as they stalk her, prepared to sacrifice herself to finally bring them down.
 
These are the people and circumstances of The Night Window, the thrilling new novel in Dean Koontz’s acclaimed Jane Hawk series. Replete—and then some—with the ingenious twists, the spellbinding action, the resonant themes, the sheer heart that have characterized Jane’s journey from the start, The Night Window follows its extraordinary heroine to her long-sought objective, in a stunning, unforgettable finale. 
 
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
 
“The spectacular finale to Jane’s story . . . will hit series fans with all the impact of a carefully calibrated hammer blow.”Booklist (starred review)
 
“The best installment in the series since the first . . . [Koontz] revs it up with entertaining encounters and offbeat humor.”Kirkus Reviews
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525484707
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Series: Jane Hawk Series , #5
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 38
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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.

Hometown:

Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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The triple-pane floor-to-ceiling windows of Hollister’s study frame the rising plain to the west, the foothills, and the distant Rocky Mountains that were long ago born from the earth in cataclysm, now dark and majestic against a sullen sky. It is a view to match the man who stands at this wall of glass. The word cataclysm is a synonym for disaster or upheaval but also for revolution, and he is the leader of the greatest revolution in history. The greatest and the last. The end of history is near, after which his vision of a pacified world will endure forever.

Meanwhile, there are mundane tasks to perform, obligations to address. For one thing, there is someone who needs to be killed.

In a few hours, when a late-season storm descends on these high plains east of Denver, the hunt will begin, and one of two men will die at the hands of the other, a fact Wainwright Warwick Hollister finds neither exhilarating nor frightening. Of profound importance to Hollister is that he avoid the character weaknesses of his father, Orenthal Hollister, and at all times comport himself in a more formidable and responsible manner than had his old man. Among other things, this means that when someone needs to be eliminated, the killing can’t always be done by a hireling. If a man is too finicky to get blood on his hands once in a while, or if he lacks the courage to put himself at physical risk, then he can’t claim to be a leader in this world of wolves, nor even a member of the pack, but is instead only a sheep in wolf’s clothing.

The hunt will occur here, on Crystal Creek Ranch, Hollister’s twelve-thousand-acre spread, unto itself a world of pine forests and rolling meadows. The chase will not be fair, because Hollister does not believe in fairness, which exists nowhere either in nature or in the human sphere. Fairness is an illusion of the weak and ignorant; it is the insincere promise made by those who manipulate the masses for gain.

The quarry, however, will have a chance to survive. A very slim one, but a chance. Although Hollister’s father, Orenthal, had been a powerful man physically as well as financially, his heart had been that of a coward. If ever he had decided that he couldn’t farm out all the violence required for the furtherance of his business, if he’d seen the moral need for every prince to be also a warrior, he wouldn’t have given the quarry any chance whatsoever. The hunt would have been an empty ritual with only one possible end: the triumph of Orenthal and the death of his prey.

Now the security system, which always knows Hollister’s location in this forty-six-thousand-square-foot residence, speaks in a soft, feminine voice. “Thomas Buckle has arrived in the library.

Thomas Buckle is a houseguest from L.A. The sole passenger on Hollister’s Gulfstream V, he landed two hours earlier, at eleven o’clock this morning, on Crystal Creek’s six-thousand-foot airstrip, was driven 1.6 miles from the hangar to the main house in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, and settled in a guest suite on the main floor.

He will most likely be dead by dawn.

The house is a sleek ultramodern masterpiece of native stone, glass, and stainless steel, with floors of limestone on which ornately figured antique Persian carpets float like lush warm islands on a cold pale sea.

The library contains twenty-five thousand volumes that Hollister inherited from his father. The old man was a lifelong reader of novels. But his son has no use for fiction. Wainwright Warwick Hollister is a realist from his epidermis to his marrow. Orenthal also read many works of philosophy, forever searching for the meaning of life. His son has no use for philosophy because he already knows the two words that give life its meaning: money and power. Only money and power can defend against the chaos of this world and ensure a life of pleasure. Those people whom he can’t buy, Hollister can destroy. People are tools, unless they decline to be used, whereupon they become merely obstructions that must be broken and quickly swept aside—or eliminated entirely.

With no need for his father’s books, he had considered donating the collection to a charity or university but instead moved them to this place as a reminder of the old man’s fatal weakness.

Now, at one o’clock, as Hollister enters the library, Thomas Buckle turns from the shelves and says, “What a magnificent collection. First editions of everything from Ray Bradbury to Tom Wolfe. Hammett and Hemingway. Stark and Steinbeck. Such eclectic taste.”

Buckle is twenty-six, handsome enough to be an actor, though he dreams of a career as a famous film director. He has already made two low-budget movies acclaimed by some critics, but box-office success has eluded him. He is at a crucial juncture, an ambitious young man of considerable talent whose philosophy and vision are at odds with the common wisdom that currently prevails in Hollywood, which he has begun to discover will limit his opportunities.

He has come here in response to a personal phone call from Wainwright Hollister, who expressed admiration for the young man’s work and a desire to discuss a business proposal involving film production. This is a lie. However, as people are tools, so lies are nothing more than the various grips that one must apply to make them perform as wanted.

Upon the director’s arrival, Hollister had briefly greeted him; now there is no need for the formalities of introduction. A smile is all he requires when he says, “Perhaps you would like to select one of these novels that’s never been filmed and make it our first project together.”

Although he is the least sentimental of men and although he has no capacity for the more tender emotions, Wainwright Hollister is graced with a broad, almost supernaturally pleasant face that can produce a smile with as many charming permutations as that of any courtesan in history, and he can use it to bewitch both women and men. They see compassion when in fact he regards them with icy contempt, see mercy when they should see cruelty, see humility when he views them with condescension. He is universally thought to be a most amiable man with a singular capacity for friendship, though in his heart he views everyone as a stranger too unknowable ever to be a friend. He uses his supple, glorious smile as if it were a farmer’s seeding machine, planting kernels of deceit deep in everyone he meets.

Having been flown to Colorado in high style and having been treated like a prodigal son, Thomas Buckle takes seriously the offer to select any book in this library to translate to film. He looks around wonderingly at the shelves of material. “Oh, well, I sure wouldn’t want to make that choice lightly, sir. I’d want to have a better idea of what’s here.”

“You’ll have plenty of time to pore through the collection later,” Hollister lies. “Let’s have lunch. And please dispense with the ‘sir.’ I haven’t been knighted. Just call me Wayne. ‘Wainwright’ is a mouthful, and ‘Warwick’ sounds like the villain in some superhero movie.”

Thomas Buckle is an honest young man. His father is a tailor, a salaried employee of a dry-cleaning shop, and his mother works as a department store seamstress. Although his parents struggled to contribute to his film school tuition, Thomas paid for most of it, having worked part-time jobs since his freshman year in high school. On his two movies, he cut his fees for writing and directing, in order to increase the budget for actors and scene setups. He’s too naïve to realize that his producing partner on those projects cleverly siphoned off some of the studio’s money, which Hollister discovered from the exhaustive investigation he commissioned of Buckle’s affairs. As the child of honest people, as an earnest artist and a striver in the all-American tradition, the young man has an abundance of hope and determination, but a serious deficit of street smarts; much to learn and no time left to learn it.

As they make their way from the library to the dining room, Tom Buckle can’t restrain himself from commenting on the grandeur of the house and the high pedigree of the paintings on the walls—Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst. . . . He is a poor boy enchanted by Hollister’s great wealth, much as the sorcerer’s apprentice might be captivated by the mystery of his master during the first day on the job.

There is no envy in his manner, no evidence of greed. Rather, as a filmmaker, he is besotted with the visuals. The drama of the house appeals to him as a story setting, and he is spinning some private narrative in his mind. Perhaps he imagines a biographical film of his own life, with this scene as the turning point between failure and phenomenal success.

Hollister enjoys answering questions about the architecture and the art, telling anecdotes of construction and acquisition. Only when he senses Tom Buckle has been drawn into his host’s orbit, and then with great calculation, does Hollister put one arm around the young director’s shoulders in the manner of a doting uncle.

This familiarity is received without the slightest stiffening or surprise. Honest men from honest families are at a disadvantage in this world of lies. The poor fool is as good as dead already.

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The Night Window (Jane Hawk Series #5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Not really a Dean Koontz reader, but I couldn't resist this five-book saga of Jane Hawk's battle. NOT TO BE MISSED!
Anonymous less than 1 minute ago
Highly recommend this series. Jane Hawk is a badass and smart as well. I’m sorry to see this series end but loved the ending. I love Mr. Koontz melodious writing style. I’ve read all his books but this is my favorite series.
Anonymous 11 hours ago
Awesome, Kept me on the edge of my seat through the whole series, The realism of the technology and the characters put a shiver down my spine!!
Anonymous 2 days ago
Excellent+book+and+a+fitting+ending+for+the+Jane+Hawk+series.+Loved+it%21
Momma_Becky 3 days ago
What started as one woman's determination to prove that her husband didn't commit suicide comes to a gripping conclusion in The Night Window. We're five books in at this point, and I'll admit that this series has been up and down for me - mostly up, but it has had its moments where I wasn't sure how much further these characters could go. As it turns out, Koontz proves once again that he knows his stuff. Jane is still as fierce and intelligent as she's been from the beginning, but we get to glimpse her softer side here as she gets some help she didn't expect and finds allies in unlikely places. At points in the series, I had some doubt about just how human Jane actually was, she was beginning to come across as almost machine-like, almost invincible, so I enjoyed seeing her a little vulnerable as she goes for broke and makes her final moves. The story is lengthy, and of course it's filled with a bit more colorful prose than absolutely necessary, but this is Dean Koontz after all. It's also not a book I would consider as a standalone. So many things had to happen to get to the events in The Night Window, so I would definitely recommend reading the series in order. That said, the whole series a story well-worth the reading time, especially if you enjoy techno-thrillers. All in all, Jane Hawk's story is another great in a long line of greats from this author.
scambra 4 days ago
The Night Window by Dean Koontz is the final installment of the Jane Hawk series. I have been enthralled with Jane Hawk and this series from the start. This eerily plausible conspiracy has kept me turning the pages and wanting more. Even thought the ending was perfect, I am sad to see Jane go. This is one thrill ride from start to finish. I highly recommend this series.
Anonymous 6 days ago
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mweinreich 7 days ago
I have loved this series and am very sad to see it come to a close. It was thrilling, "unputdownable", and I always looked forward to the next installment featuring the brave, strong, and courageous Jane Hawk. It is truly an amazing feat by this author to have kept this series constantly fascinating and awesome. Jane Hawk again is battling the evil forces of the Arcadians, a group that wants domination so badly that they inject nanoparticles into people so that they can control them. Triggered by a phrase, the controlled group will acquiesce to the command of the speaker, and wreck havoc if they are instructed to do so, even to the point of their own suicide. It is mind control carried to the ultimate. It's a way to achieve domination and with every telling of the story, Dean Kootnz has created such amazingly vile and horrendous villains, as well as people who are valiant and stalwart. In Jane, the author gives the reader an extremely strong brilliant protagonist, one that will go the ends of a earth to protect her son and the people she loves. Jane possesses that resiliency that have made her such a heroine and one that has propelled these five books into something special and fascinating. Mr Koontz has been able to carry this story with his uncanny ability to present both the dark side of humanity contrasting with all that is good and noble in society. I am sad to see this series end as I could always look forward to a story that I knew would never disappoint me. I definitely recommend this book and the preceding ones to all of those readers who love being mesmerized and fascinated. Jane, you will be missed.
Anonymous 7 days ago
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Anonymous 8 days ago
Confession time: I had to rush and read the fourth book in the series to get to this reviewed title. And I’m so glad I did since THE NIGHT WINDOW is without a doubt one page-turning experience I’m likely to forget. Say what you want about Dean Koontz but he still amazes me. Indeed, with THE NIGHT WINDOW he has written another thrilling tale of conspiracy in our government and the woman—a former FBI agent on the run—who wants to shut them down at any cost, huh well, almost at any cost (I won’t get too much into that). THE NIGHT WINDOW is the fifth and final book in the series and it goes out with a bang with Jane finally having the confrontation she desperately wants with the bad guys—or should I say guy—The Arcadians. But before we come to this ultimate showdown, which I found myself cringing with excitement at the intensity of it (intensity, get it?), the reader will expectedly get non-stop action, well-developed characters, top-notched narrative, and even some funny situations, despite the seriousness of the subject (suicide, or what appears to be suicide). All in all a great finale to a series that I would gladly re-read one of these days. If you're an all-time Koontz fan like I am, you'll dig it all. If you're new to his words, you'll probably want to read the first four books to get yourself even more comfortable. My thanks yet again to Net Galley and the publishers for this amazing ARC.
3no7 9 days ago
“The Night Window” by Dean Koontz is the fifth and final book in the “Jane Hawk” series. In a masterpiece of construction, Koontz structures a story within the story to familiarize new readers with the good, the bad, and the Hamlet List. However, the series really explodes when read in order. All five books take place over a little less than a month, so the pace is intense, the action powerful, and the suspense penetrating. Koontz wraps up the series with intense action on every page. With technology advancing at a remarkable pace, Jane Hawk finds that nowhere is safe. Descriptions hint at the impending chaos. “People are dazzled by high tech, but there’s a dark side, dark and darker. What horror isn’t possible today … it’ll be possible tomorrow.” The title “The Night Window” provides a subtle undercurrent everywhere. “The triple-pane floor-to-ceiling windows of Hollister’s study frame the rising plain to the west, the foothills, and the distant Rocky Mountains that were long ago born from the earth in cataclysm, now dark and majestic against a sullen sky. It is a view to match the man who stands at this wall of glass.” Koontz is a master of word use and illustration, and his writing has a unique lyrical quality. After all, who but Koontz could describe a library as “The wisdom of millennia and numerous cultures was stacked on a grid maze of shelves flanking dimly lighted aisles in which no one searched for knowledge, all as quiet as an undiscovered pharaoh’s tomb in a pyramid drifted over by a thousand feet of sand.” Readers are never far from the tension, and cannot forget trauma to come. “Meanwhile, there are mundane tasks to perform, obligations to address. For one thing, there is someone who needs to be killed.” Meticulously chosen words draw visual pictures that pull readers into the action, drama, and peril that surrounds Jane Hawk. Alternating points of view follow characters through the mundane and the murderous. As each character is introduced readers, get background information and character descriptions to allow an initial evaluation of each one’s participation, however, roles can change dramatically. “The Night Window” brings to a close this saga of Jane Hawk, and readers eagerly wait for the next drama to begin. Even Koontz’s characters speak to his creative process “Life is a tapestry of tragedy and comedy, terror and fortitude, despair and joy, and it’s routinely more colorful and crazy than anything I— or anyone— could invent.” The Jane Hawk books tend to be long, but every word has function, purpose, and beauty. I received a copy of “The Night Window” from Dean Koontz, Random House, and NetGalley. I recommend the entire series.
VWilliams 9 days ago
What a stunner of a finale! Book 5, the conclusion in the Jane Hawk series was inarguably the best. Don't get me wrong--I really enjoyed the previous installments--couldn't wait for the next and not unexpectedly leaves you breathless, spent, with a major book hangover. If you started this series from Book 1, kudos! But even if you didn't, this would still function well as a standalone. Jane Hawk is an amazing young woman, cunning, intelligent, and capable who has a spectacular background in the FBI. But something went criminally wrong and she went rogue. Now she is desperately trying to save her son as well as expose the Techno-Arcadians whose nano-technology mission is to contain and control the population. The author has a way of painting the good people very good. They are real, enormously empathetic, and you'd love to meet them in real life, including the ex-FBI guy Vikram Rangnekar. He is a white hat genius hacker. Then the other side, darker than dark, evil ego-maniac billionaire Wainwright Warwick Hollister. You begin rooting for Tom Buckle immediately, heart in your throat, he's an innocent for heaven's sake! The chapters skip between scenarios with Hollister, Weatherwax, Jane and Vikram. In her mad dash to reveal and destroy the Arcadians, Jane had garnered somewhat of a sympathetic, independent following who are distrusting of the news and social media. Mustafa al-Yamani and Charles Douglas Weatherwax doggedly track Jane while Mustafa is being counseled by Weatherwax on the proper manners and accruements of the population of Long Island. Brooding about the proper after-shave among other upper-crust conundrums adds a bit of comical spice that cuts somewhat the horror of these two agents. Koontz balances the hate with love, the evil with good while discussing technology fascinatingly sinister and mind-blowingly mesmerizing. It can sound all too real. And then the shocking conclusion, the only way Jane could see to expose something this massive, this evil. I couldn't believe what I was reading! It was brilliant and devastating. Koontz is the man. The master storyteller. Loved this series! It moves at a remarkable pace. I'm a grateful recipient of an uncorrected digital ebook download and loved the opportunity to read and review. Totally recommended.
Anonymous 10 days ago
The Night Window by Dean Koontz – 5-Stars Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Bantam ISBN: 9780525484707 Jane Hawk is inspiring. We all have too much government or individuals/groups infiltrating our space. If you read the first 4 books in the series, you are quite aware that a corrupt cabal of individuals has decided to impose havoc on the world by controlling the minds of high-level individuals to satisfy their desires. Four long books led us to book five, the climax. I’d like to say I read every word from this masterful author, but I’d be lying since a lot of this novel is material repeated from the previous books. This is necessary to guarantee it can stand alone. But, the extra words certainly adds page after page of repetitious text. I appreciate an author who can utilize words, analogies, descriptions, etc. to clearly express an environment or situation. However, I would be remiss not to point out that this can sometimes be overdone. My advice: just skim over the repetitions and enjoy the book. All my expectations for this last book in the series were met: exciting, suspenseful, twists, just the right amount of combative actions, characters that are memorable. I’ll always remember Jane for her perseverance despite the numbers and the power of her adversaries. Her lessons to us are to never-give-up and to always think and plan as best you can! Then there was Cornell with his quirkiness, who struggled, but conquered his personality faults to reach out and contribute to a cause. A third, Vikram, is new to us in this book and shows us guys how to treat a off-limit lady despite absolutely adoring her. Well, Vikram, is a computer hacker, who gives far more than he receives to assure the cabal is defeated. A clever last-step plan when Jane and Vikram are up against insurmountable odds saves the team. But, will everybody live happily ever after? Reviewer: Rich
SheTreadsSoftly 10 days ago
The Night Window by Dean Koontz is a very highly recommended fifth and final book in the Jane Hawk series of thrillers. Jane is an amazing character and this is an extremely satisfying end to the series. The Night Window follows several characters in two main narratives in the plot, as well as several additional story lines in the sub-plots. In the first, Warwick Hollister, the billionaire behind the Techno Arcadians, invites a young filmmaker to his Colorado retreat where he tells the young man everything - and then, as a snow storm moves in, he sets out to hunt him for sport. In the ongoing story of Jane's attempt to keep Travis hidden from the bad guys as she tries to expose the Techno Arcadians, she is joined by Vikram Rangnekar, a brilliant former FBI coder who has left back doors into many key agencies and is acquiring proof of the conspiracy, including names of those involved and those on their kill list. Additionally there are all sorts of other complications and heart-pounding threats. Obviously, when you reach book five of a series, you know these characters as the ongoing characters were previously introduced and established in earlier books. Vikram is a remarkable new character and I liked him very much. I also love the down-to-earth common-sense characters encountered along the way that aren't gullible or easily led and have their own thoughts and suspicions about what is going on. Koontz's storytelling and writing is pitch-perfect and he provides a great conclusion to an exciting series! I was glued to the pages and simply couldn't read fast enough. When I was nearing the end of the book, I didn't see an end in sight and was sure that there was going to be a book six to wrap it all up, so the clever, resourceful, and twisty ending took me completely by surprise. And it was awesome! Additionally there are some words of wisdom along the way that could behoove all of us to ponder in the current media possessed cultural atmosphere. The series contains: The Silent Corner; The Whispering Room; The Crooked Staircase; The Forbidden Door; and The Night Window. While you could start with this final, stunning conclusion, I would suggest reading the whole series in order. Some installments are stronger than others, but together they are an outstanding series. And don't let the page count intimidate you - you will fly through these books. They are all truly "just-one-more-chapter" un-put-down-able books and since Koontz provides short chapters, you will be saying it repeatedly. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Random House.
bookluvr35SL 10 days ago
This is the final installment in the Jane Hawk series. In this final book, Jane has teamed up with a former colleague, who is a computer genius. He has built backdoors into all sorts of of government agencies and has used that to appropriate funds for their mission, and to get as much information on the Arcadians and those they are controlling in hopes of bringing all this information to light. This book was a non-stop thrill ride. I had to force myself to put it down. This has been the most enjoyable series I have ever read, and I have my fingers crossed that we may see Jane Hawk in a future book down the road. I do suggest you start with the first book, just so that you can get the full scope of the craziness that is being unleashed. I highly recommend this book and this series!
diane92345 10 days ago
It’s time for Jane Hawk to finally get some payback for her husband’s death and so much more in Night Window. The Techno-Arcadians have chased former FBI Agent Jane Hawk through four books already. Jane is trying to bring to light a massive conspiracy of billionaires. The Arcadians inserted a nanobot into Jane’s husband’s brain. When activated, he was forced to kill himself. In previous books, the nanobots were used to create both assassins and sex slaves. Protecting her young son Travis is Jane’s highest priority as well proving her husband’s innocence. However, Jane’s ultimate goal is to expose the Arcadian’s evil plan to the public. This time she has some help from a former colleague, computer hacker Vikram. I have been lucky enough to acquire the entire Jane Hawk series as Advanced Reader Copies. While Night Window can be read as a standalone, it is rather like reading the last chapter in a book. You would be cheating yourself out of a suspenseful ride. The conclusion is definitely worth the wait. The author’s writing style is not for everyone. Mr. Koontz has never met an adjective he didn’t like. While effective in horror, it feels rather out of place in a thriller. It does rather slow down the pace. However, the use of such detailed imagery intensifies the atmosphere and allows a closer connection with the series’ characters. The plot, over the entire series, is engaging enough to compel the reader through each book. Overall, an excellent conclusion to an outstanding series. 5 stars! Now, please Mr. Koontz, write another excellent paranormal thriller like Watchers. Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 11 days ago
What a deliciously satisfying - if a bit deus ex machina-reliant - conclusion to this incredible series! I've reviewed each of the titles, if you're curious - you can find all of the reviews via my GR page. I loved Jane Hawk from the moment I met her. Her willingness to fight the good fight against absolutely impossible odds was endearing and the way she always managed to find someone - often at the least likely but most opportune time - willing to do battle with her gave me hope for the ability of light to defeat dark even when such defeat seems not only improbably but nigh on impossible. The books got steadily darker and more gruesome and I have to admit that I was not a huge fan of the previous installment (The Forbidden Door) for precisely that reason. It felt like things were being drawn out past believability for the story and into the grounds of sensationalism purely to keep readers reading. When this final book was announced I was a little on edge - uncertain whether things would be able to tidy themselves into any kind of satisfying resolution given the taste in my mouth after TFD. I should have trusted Dean Koontz, of course, because he did what he always does - found a way through the dark that felt possible, probable, and credible even in its most bizarre moments. There is still a heavy brush of darkness here. There would have to be, given the build up and the point of the series. But there are enough moments of hope and optimism, even if offered only as a candle flicker on a pitch-black night, that when things all came together in the end, it felt right. I mentioned a deus ex machina (god in the machine). To me, there is a major character in this book (I don't want to name him/her for spoiler effect) who felt like the DEM in this series. He/She was introduced early on but largely fell off the radar. His/her appearance here felt a little too convenient, particularly given the skill set and possibilities that were brought into play by the reappearance. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it all play out and frankly can't imagine how on earth Koontz could have pulled it all together in the end without said reappearance, so it worked for me on the whole. This was a very satisfying and high-octane ending to a generally marvelously creepy, horrifying, and ultimately uplifting story about the battle between good and evil... Thanks to NetGalley for my review copy of this book.
Texgal54 11 days ago
Thanks to Random House Publishing, Ballantine, Bantam and Netgalley for this ARC. This fifth book in the Jane Hawke series definitely did Mr. Koontz proud. I was actually a bit worried if he would be able to pull off a plausible ending and he did. One thing about the Koontz books is that no matter how evil the evil is in a story the good is always stronger. You always know good will triumph in the end. Having said that, with this techno-thriller that could surely be happening today, yesterday or tomorrow, I was not sure. The main character, "kickass, rogue FBI agent Jane" skirted so close to the evil that It made me wonder who would come out on top. Would we in the US remain free or be totally controlled by a few power-mad psychopaths at the top. I was nervous until the ending which I found brave and daring and brought out the best in friendship and love of all kinds. The spiritual bit and comments on free will were something to return to and admire and ponder. As usual, Mr. Koontz brought so many characters alive in this series---Some to love, some to admire, some to grieve, some to laugh with and of course some to hate and despise. The series also had so many different settings that had you traveling up, down and across the country. City, country, ranches, basements and even motorhomes....all so real. I had to go off track a little. I don't think you can really write a review of The Night Window without it being a part of the series. In my opinion, this is not a stand-alone book and the series needs to be read in order. Thanks again Mr. Koontz for a wild ride and confidence in the good and the nobility that can be found in the least likely people. (less)
iiiireader 11 days ago
I started this series with book 2 (of 4) and was enthralled. I read book 3 and then, recently, went back to read book 1 in preparation for this book. Book 4, “The Night Window”, is the final book in the Jane Hawk series. It is a psychological thriller filled with suspense about a near-future science fiction premise. The book is set in our time and present a frightening look at what can happen when a group of individuals decides it can and will shape the future of the human race. They have decided that they know best. They can decide who wins and who loses and, more to the point, who can live. Jane Hawk is ex-FBI. She has been on the run since shortly after her husband’s suicide in Book 1. She is trying to keep her young son safe and, at the same time, expose the frightening web of deceit and evil doings of those responsible for her husband’s death. While I started with the second book, I highly recommend starting with the first one. That way, the events unfold as they do for Jane and those around her who either for her or against her. I expected an explosive conclusion and I was not disappointed. The way the author set the end in motion from the beginning becomes evident once you finish. While the end is surprising in many ways, I see where each element began in the prior books. I am more than happy with the ending and am only sorry to see the end of the series knowing I will not be reading about Jane Hawk et al in the future. However, I will be reading more books by this author. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
LauraMHartman 11 days ago
Wainwright Hollister is a man who always gets what he wants by whatever means he has to employ. Now he is the ringmaster of sorts for the adjusted people rightly named the Techno Arcadians. After an injection that alters their brains, Hollister can control their actions. They are puppets playing to his grand plan of taking over the United States – then most likely the world. Jane Hawk has been on his trail since the senseless suicide of her husband at Hollister’s hand. But the stakes are high. She no longer works within the law enforcement community. She had to go rogue since Arcadians have infiltrated all forms of government from local cops to the highest political offices. She is relentlessly searching for a way to stop them before they ruin the country and closer to home, the rest of her family. Jane will do anything to save her son. In this fifth book of the Jane Hawk series, she teams up with an unlikely ally, computer geek Vikram Rangnekar. She doesn’t ask for or want his help, but she needs him. Rangnekar has been working in the background for some time unbeknownst to Jane setting up what could be the only way to infiltrate Hollister’s army from within. With grave reservations, she puts her trust in Rangnekar and the two of them begin what will either be the end of the Techno Arcadians or the end of Jane and possibly the world as we know it. The Night Window is the fifth book in the Jane Hawk series. I have read two of the previous books, and have always felt I knew enough of the background provided in each of them to understand exactly what was going on. Koontz is one of my favorite authors, his characters and plots have a depth that most authors only aspire to. But that being said, his books read like the page-turning thrillers that they are. Sometimes I need to slow myself down to appreciate his beautiful analogies and turns of phrase. He is the Michelangelo of prose, painting masterpieces with his words. For example, here is how he creates the vision of snow in the reader’s mind: “Snow raveled now in countless skeins through the loom of the day and formed a pristine fabric”. So be sure to take your time, even though the pace is fast, enjoy the sheer beauty of the writing. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman
ledLD 11 days ago
Wow! An amazing, twisted read. Loved this last Jane Hawk novel. The web of deceit spins out across the country, including congress, alphabet agency’s and down. The conclusion is not an easy one and leaves us with a few of the “bad” guys still in circulation. This is a fast paced story, keeping the reader on edge until the very end. An excellent read, do not miss this one.
A-S 11 days ago
In “The Night Window,” the fifth installment of Jane Hawk’s war against the Arcadians and their brain-control mechanisms, a filmmaker who winds up on the Hamlet list (the list of those ruled dangerous to society because of their free-thinking ways and targeted for brain implants) is lured into a trap he can’t escape from, the hunt for Jane heats up even as she is joined by a genius hacker with a crush who is able to gather data about the vast Arcadian network of operative and handlers, and various evil henchmen attempt to secure the control over others and take care of any loose ends—including those associated with Jane, once and for all. The story was told from different narratives of the numerous characters and their own agendas. I do think the narratives could have been pared down to focus on fewer characters but in a more detailed way, though the overall story kept me turning the pages. As usual with Koontz, I found the prose to be beautiful and some passages to be philosophical in nature, providing the otherwise action-heavy book with depth. The ending was particularly poignant and made for a fitting conclusion, though it was also unexpected. I wish the character in question had a different fate. Alas, I will miss this series.
MargoKelly 11 days ago
THE NIGHT WINDOW by Dean Koontz provides a mesmerizing and satisfying end to the Jane Hawk series. Of the five book series, there were a couple of installments that left me less than satisfied as Jane Hawk's point of view became less and less of a focal point. So, understandably, I was concerned going into this finale that I would be disappointed with the series' end. Thankfully, Koontz wrapped up the series wonderfully by giving less time to the evil Arcadians' warped minds and more time to the heroes of the story. And there were multiple heroes. Jane did not save the day by herself. Don't worry, I won't spoil the story for you. I do wish Jane had managed to find a way to save the day on her own, but she needed help, and it was terrific to see good people band together to fight off the bad people. And there were plenty of bad people - practicing "random acts of cruelty," misogyny, sexual impropriety, murder, and so much more. (Yuck.) But I love how Koontz makes sure that in his books, good wins over evil in the end. A few of my favorite lines from the book: "Hollister turns in his chair to watch the first snowflakes, the size of quarters and half dollars, spiraling out of the low clouds like some jackpot disgorged by a celestial slot machine." "Evil is always stupid." "The wealth of stars conjured in her imagination an evil, glimmering constellation of junction points in a nanoweb secreted in the darkness of a skull, and thinking of the mission ahead sent cold tremors through her." [I received a free advanced copy from the publisher via Net Galley, which in no way influenced my opinion.]
wvteddy 11 days ago
Wow! Can I give this book 10 stars? Dean Koontz is at his mellifluous best, entertaining us, frightening us, and showing us a little humor in this final installment of the Jane Hawk series. There is nothing paranormal in this book, just "normal" people using technology to their benefit, and that is REALLY scary. This book by itself is a great story but it will definitely have more of an impact if you have read the first 3 books in the series. Book 3 had a lot of characters and focused a lot on them. This book, while having a lot of characters with chapters on each of them, is mostly about Jane and her new sidekick Vikram. He is great! A computer geek who knew Jane in the FBI and has adored her from afar, Vikram wants to atone for the harm he has done when the FBI had him set up back door programs in many government databases, his wicked little babies. You are with them every step of the way, cheering when things seem to be going right and groaning, indeed shouting warnings to them when it seems capture must be on the next page. While adding Vikram to the cast of good guys, it brings back many of those who have helped Jane in the past, including Bernie and Cornell. Among the memorable new characters are Warwick Hollister, THE multi-billionaire bad guy; Charlie Weatherwax, who enjoys performing random acts of cruelty; Tom Buckle , the young director who finds himself caught in his own version of The Naked Prey (only since it is winter he is not naked). I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book early. I would have read it anyway and reviewed it just as glowingly since Dean Koontz is my favorite author.I have read most of his books and this is one of the best ones.
MicheleReader 11 days ago
Back in 2017 we were introduced to Jane Hawk in The Silent Corner. And now with the highly awaited fifth and final installment, #TheNightWindow, we find out how it all ends. Wow! What a ride. Glad to finally know how everything gets wrapped up yet somewhat sad to see this action-packed, couldn’t put it down journey come to its exciting conclusion. Jane, a former FBI Agent, is trying to save the world from the Arcadians’ mind controlling nano technology. Invasion of the Body Snatchers was always a favorite movie so this story line had me hooked from the start. The entertaining cast of characters, both heroes and bad guys, made for an enjoyable adventure. Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an unbiased review.