Update Saturday, Dec. 9 - Dec. 15, 2017
Jane Hawk returns in
Koontz’s ‘The Whispering Room’
Jane Hawk, the
compelling heroine of “The Silent Corner,” returns in another terrifying
Dean Koontz conspiracy thriller, “The Whispering Room.”
Jane knows her
husband didn’t commit suicide but proving it has been a challenge. She
uncovered an evil plot to brainwash people to commit horrific acts, but
her attempt to destroy the villain behind everything came with a
horrible cost. She no longer has her job at the FBI and is a wanted
fugitive. She keeps her son stashed away to protect him. Jane now roams
the country to derail the mastermind and his nefarious plans.
schoolteacher on leave due to migraines is the latest to fall under the
vicious mind games. She has dreams of walking through fire, and one
afternoon she sets her vehicle on fire and drives through a hotel lobby.
A sheriff uncovers her journals and sees a woman crying for help. When
Jane learns of the incident, she knows the people she’s trying to
eliminate are responsible. She has already gone rogue, and knowing her
son is safe, she has nothing to lose by going after the culprits.
When one of her
targets tells her, “You’re dead already. They’ll all know about you in
the whispering room,” Jane knows she has to learn what his cryptic
phrase means even though it obviously will be a trap to take her out of
The character of
Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created. Knowledge
of “The Silent Corner” helps put some of the narrative in perspective,
but it’s not necessary to fall under the author’s spell. It’s clear that
another story featuring her quest for ultimate justice is on the
horizon, and hopefully there will be even more after that.
Simply put, wow.
Update Saturday, Dec. 2 - Dec. 8, 2017
Author Weir takes readers to the moon in ‘Artemis’
Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,”
takes readers to another desolate world, but instead of the Red Planet it’s
the moon, in his new novel, “Artemis.”
Weir takes readers on an exploration of
the colonization of Earth’s nearest neighbor in outer space, and it’s not
too far into the future. Most everything needed for the modules of the city
of Artemis can be reasonably manufactured on the surface, along with the
occasional supply and tourist runs from home. Each living habitat is named
for a prominent member of the original Apollo programs, but each has
distinct features associated with it, whether it is for the affluent or
those barely able to scrape by and survive.
Living in the poorer end of Artemis is
Jasmine Bashara, aka Jazz. She has talent and is quite intelligent but
chooses to skate by. She works as a porter for the tourists and the citizens
who sometimes want their packages from Earth handled discreetly. She blows a
field test that would have gotten her a job taking tourists in EVA suits to
explore the area around the original landing site of Apollo 11. Upset and
not thinking clearly, Jazz receives an offer that promises more money than
she can imagine if she can successfully pull off a dangerous assignment. She
has the skills and the knowledge, but does she have the luck and equipment
necessary to keep her in the clear when damage control begins?
Jazz is a compelling character, both
clever and sharp. Weir has created a realistic and fascinating future
society on the moon, and every detail feels authentic and scientifically
Weir knows how to make cutting-edge
science sexy and relevant without losing the story.
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