Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Random House/Bantam
Genre: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Fiction’s most relentless, resourceful new heroine—rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk, the country’s #1 fugitive—tracks an unthinkable conspiracy at the malign nexus of technology and power. “Gripping…The paranoia and mystery increase as the story unfolds…. Koontz rocks it again.”—Associated Press on the New York Times bestselling Jane Hawk novel, The Silent Corner.
“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.” These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others, in a shocking act of carnage. And when the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.
In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.
Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.
Story Locale: California, Kentucky, Texas—cross-country
Series Overview: FBI agent Jane Hawk, mother of a young son, grieving widow of a decorated Marine, uncovers a terrifying conspiracy behind the death of her husband and scores of other exemplary citizens, and becomes the #1 fugitive in the country as she goes off the grid to forge a trail to all those responsible…whatever it takes.
The Whispering Room is the second installment in Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series. As the story opens, Cora Gunderson, once Minnesota's teacher of the year, dreams of fire. Fire that will lead her to commit a horrific crime against humanity after hearing the words, “No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.” Cora's shocking action will lead Sheriff Luther Tillman to a world that is so dangerous, and so terrifying, that his own family might end up in the crossfire if he's not careful.
It will also send him on a journey what will have Tillman connecting with Jane Hawk who will change his life forever. For 7 years, Jane Hawk was a Special Agent at the FBI as a Critical Incident Response team member. Then her husband Nick wrote a suicide note saying, "I very much need to be dead." Shortly after Jane started digging into what really happened to Nick, a man threatened the life of Jane's 5-year old son Travis with so much depravity and violence that Jane chose to go on the run and send her son where he can be protected.
Since then, Jane, who is now being called a polymorphic virus, has uncovered a monstrous conspiracy by a group called Arcadian's. A conspiracy that has seen a spike in suicides around the country. A conspiracy that has not only taken the life of her husband, but people of talent and accomplishment. People who are admired, happy and of sound mind. People who have been declared dangerous to the Arcadian's Hamlet computer model for a utopian society in their image, as well as an entire town.
Jane uncovered that the Arcadian's are using nanotechnology to take over over the population and the man behind it may or may not be untouchable. Nanotechnology stripes away a person's personality and makes them susceptible to, "Play Manchurian with me." Jane's enemies will do anything to stop her from exposing their secrets. But, Jane isn't a pushover. Some may believe that Jane is a vigilante or cold blooded killer. I assure you, that is not the case. What is the case is that Mama Bear is protecting her cub at all costs. If she looses her life, there is some hope that her son will remain alive in an unknown locations off grid.
I like the crusader aspects of this series. Jane is hard core at times, but she really needs to be when she has the FBI, NSA, Homeland, and many others out to cut her off from exposing their nefarious plans for society. This story is also creepy. You really need to catch on to what the Whispering Room really is. ::chills:: I love this series. I adore Jane. She's a woman on a mission, and that mission has come with life or death circumstances for everyone around her. I loved the addition of Luther Tillman as one of Jane's allies. I love this conspiracy where you really can't trust anyone, yet there are those like Bernie who Jane meets along the way, that gives you hope for a peaceful resolution of the series. Can't wait until the third installment is released to see what happens next.