The Night Window

The Night Window

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"Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk's resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the "Arcadian" conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the "adjusted" people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America's future, Jane will require all her resources--and more--as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power"--
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780525484707
Characteristics: 417 pages ;,25 cm.

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Shellie1_us
Jun 07, 2019

I consumed this book quickly, the end of the Jane Hawk series for now. I love Vikram the computer whiz, her new partner in bringing down the Arcadians. You have been Vikramized is his hacker taunt. I like how Koontz is not afraid to comment on the state of politics and totalitarians who wish to take away freedom of speech among other rights we now enjoy. The idea that the government or the ruling class could control people with a nano tech brain override is interesting. A excellent series.

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cnsreader
May 26, 2019

This is the last book in the Jane Hawk series. All the books were good, the idea of a nano, lace-like web that spreads over your brain taking away your free will is terrifying in and of itself! You become one of the “adjusted”! To me the ending was alittle anticlimactic! What actually happens was not that earth shattering! But that’s my opinion and the series is worth reading!

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maucarden
May 08, 2019

So this is it; the grand finale, the end of the wild ride, the whole enchilada, fini, -30-.
I am glass eyed from trying in one night to finish Dean Koontz’s The Night Window, the fifth and final Jane Hawk book. As much as I wanted to see much of what happened happen, I am really sorry to see this marvelous series end. Yeah, baby, parse that sentence.
Common wisdom says one should start this series from the beginning, but we aren’t all “adjusted” yet. A major villain, Warwick Hollister, the guy with so much money that he makes single-digit billionaires look like simple trash, does a great job in summarizing the previous books. Hollister makes this grand summary, demonstrates some of his power to a filmmaker and then sends the filmmaker on a run for his life. Ah, what fun the super rich must have. Other than for the expository pages I’m not sure why so much time is devoted to Hollister’s craziness and death chase of the filmmaker.
Former FBI Agent Jane Hawk has been fighting almost single handedly against a group called the Techno-Arcadians who have developed a means for widespread mind-control, through nano-technology; and therefore a new way to take control of the country, then the world.
Jane has been on the run ever since she discovered her beloved husband Nick’s suicide was not a suicide but part of the effort to eliminate anyone who might have the intelligence, the means, or the influence to fight the Techno-Arcadians. They just weren’t smart enough to include an enraged widow and fierce mother on their “Hamlet List”; the list of those slated as suicides for the same reasons and same method as Nick.
Jane is running out of steam and options. It seems as if every method she has used to escape detection is being eliminated. At the same time she is discovering there are people who don’t believe Jane Hawk is the beautiful, murderous monster that the Techno-Arcadians have turned her into via the corrupt media.
Jane is joined by a former co-worker from the FBI, Vikram Rangnekar, a computer genius who is willing to aid Jane, along with the surprising help of his family.
Travis, Jane’s five year old son is still under the protection of a man in his eighties and a younger man who is severely on the spectrum. At one point they encounter a woman with a secret basement who spent most of WWII hiding in a comparable basement. This is a true moment of grace and remembrance in this book, of what can really happen with an out of control government.
I love this series for the excitement, for the thought-provoking moments, for Koontz’s masterful storytelling.
The ending ofThe Night Window caught me totally by surprise. So shocking, yet made so much sense. Did I mention shocking?
I’m really not sure what to write now. This is Dean Koontz, the master, the original; the Dean Koontz who writes books that readers still talk about twenty years after reading them So I will just sadly say good bye to Jane, Travis, Vikram, and all of the brave souls who helped Jane. I’ll miss y’all.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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DickKling
Apr 24, 2019

The Koontz Jane Hawk series is very entertaining, technically challenging, and exciting, making the books very hard to put down. They are captivating to the point of one easily believing the technologies he has invented and the capabilities of the characters within the framework of the progress of the overall theme he has developed and continues to modify throughout the series. Everything is believable and a little frightening when one thinks about where we are in a rapidly developing technological world - could something like this really happen? If it does, we readers of the series will have an advantage in that we have 'been there before"......!
The final novel continues the saga started and pursued throughout the series, but is a little anti climatic in that the heroin, Jane Hawk, never confronts the master mind of the nano technology meant to enslave the world population to his envisioned "better world". The use of the nano-tech itself to bring it all down is a brilliant end to the series by Dean Koontz. Although I wished for more heroics from Jane Hawk - the indomitable and clever pursuer of the misguided perpetrators, the end was very satisfying.

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mwlove1951
Feb 24, 2019

Love the Jane Hawk series.

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