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Once in a while, my inner conspiracist gets the best of me and I feel the need to read about shadowy folks and such. So when I came across The Network and its synopsis (on the cover) I could not help myself. So enough with the blah-blah-blah and other such pleasantries and let’s get on with the bloody review.
Jack Logan is an investigative reporter living in New York. One late night, his life is interrupted by a US Senator named Malcolm Phillips. Phillips is a wee bit bat-shit crazy and panicky as he swears that his life is in danger and makes Jack promise to protect his wife Taylor and to find someone named Jeremy. Ah yes, Jack and Taylor was an item in the past. At first, Jack did not know what to grasp from that strange late night visit until Phillips is found dead in a Micronesian hotel room; an apparent victim of an allergy attack. Right. And everything goes full throttle from this point. As Taylor and Jack work together to find Jeremy, they find themselves being pursued by some very formidable and efficient assailants that are not exactly in the mood for tea and scones. Leading the pursuit is the enigmatic Damon Crosse, the head of shadowy firm known as the Institute, that has indoctrinated a generation of countless political and media power players that has basically turned the world upside down with shitty offerings such as reality TV. I’ve always suspected as much. Unknown to Taylor and Jack, Damon’s pursuit is aimed at capturing Taylor, for she is the key to finding some Biblical treasure that is capable of wielding untold power to the one that knows its true value.
About 400 pages long, Network is a thrilling ride to be sucked into (especially when you’re stuck at home during a bleedy pandemic) where Jack and Taylor is in a literal fight of good versus evil. Think Jason Bourne meets Davinci Code meets Tomb Raider (sort of) meets Constantine (yes, the Keanu Reeves movie). If you are a slow reader, you’ll find your pace slightly quickened as you race towards the end of each page to see what awaits you on the next page. There are some Judeo-Christian themes appears throughout the story that adds greatly to moments of redemption and mercy. Yes, sometimes no matter how far you’ve traveled down those dark paths in life, you can still make u-turns. Damon Crosse is a terrifying villain to the point that I’ll have to admit that the ending is going to be quite a doozy that’ll send some folks reeling. And yes, it might give you some sleepless nights as you try to figure out who’s really pulling the strings in this world. But until then, enjoy the read and sleep tight.

P.S. Hope to read MORE (wink, wink), Miss Shaw.

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It is a new year. 2019. Bloody hell, and it has already started off with some fireworks , aside from what we may have experienced on New Year’s Eve depending where you were on this planet (for me it was a rainy New Year’s eve in NYC … joy). So to all my mates that drop and read this humble blog (in the tradition of “better late than never” and it is almost a month late) let me say: Happy New Year. Hope everyone had a great start to the new year.

And now a confession: I’ve been bad … nay, I’ve been naughty. I mean, spanking-without-access-to-a-safe-word naughty. Too much information? Dreadfully sorry. But here goes. Yes, I’ve been reading a great series that I’ve NEGLECTED to tell you mates about. Well for one I thought it was a trilogy and I was hoping that it would have ended sooner to present it in all its glory to you so you can indulge in a bit of binge reading. Alas, it turned into what “seemed” like a quadrology, but is really a pentalogy (well, according to the synopsis they mention words like “climactic conclusion”, so yes, it is safe to assume the series is coming to an end this summer. The first four (in sequence) are as follows: The Silent Corner, The Whispering Room, The Crooked Staircase, and The Forbidden Door. Coming in May (the climactic conclusion): The Open Window.

So what’s this all about? Ah, in other words , enough with the bollocks and let’s get this review going. Well, I don’t see why not. Yeah?

Jane Hawk could easily be a Victoria Secret model, but she is actually a tough-as-nails FBI agent that knows and does her job well. When a bunch of exemplary individuals across the country, inexplicably, start staging mass murder suicide or just plain suicide, Ms. Hawk is intrigued and wants to investigate. Things get dicey when her own husband, a war veteran, inexplicably commits suicide in the most goriest fashion which not only leaves Jane stunned, but now very suspicious and even more intrigued … and thirsting for some revenge. Then there is pressure from the top to cease her investigations into the suicides. And to make things better, someone threatens her about kidnapping her son, Travis, and selling him into an overseas sex trafficking auction. Yes, that would make most people back down. But this is Jane Hawk (think Agent Scully meets Sarah Connor with a hint Benecio Del Toro’s Sicario character) who simply replies by going off grid, hiding her son, and start hunting down leads. What she finds is a conspiracy led by tech wizards and members of national security that is bent on literally turning people into everyday Manchurian candidates … on global level. Hint: let’s just say if you’re paranoid about vaccines now, these books aren’t going to help ease that inner conspiracy theorist in you any better. And yes, the science is very possible. The Jane Hawk series (thus far) is suspense on steroids and never a dull page. Every page turn feels like you’re navigating in a large, dark mansion as you’re being stalked by killer with ninja skills … wielding machetes … and wearing night vision goggles. You’ll root for Jane as she dismantles the conspiracy, one cell at time along with the help of ragtag “resistance” : an Eastern European chain-smoking, female document forger, two wounded military veterans (that are Travis’s guardians), a no-nonsense sheriff from Minnesota that has personal stake in this, an amorous (and equally vicious) cartel bigwig that specializes in untraceable cars/weapons , and an autistic software designer and his two Dobermans. The bad guys are vile and so strategic that you’ll admire their brilliance and hate them with equal passion because some of the things that these wankers do are so dark and disturbing … that it might give some folks a ton of sleepless nights. But then again, our reality is not exactly giving us any sleep as of lately (yes, I’ll spare you the political blah blah blah and other such bollocks). A bit of a warning: don’t get too attached to characters BOTH good AND bad. Yes, the good guys get their share, but when the bad guys get theirs it such a delight, and in some case down right hilarious.

The Jane Hawk series feels like Stephen King, Robert Ludlum and Robin Cook had a strange ménage-a-trois and this was the love child (please try not to imagine that …PLEASE). Koontz spares little and most readers will find themselves basically inhaling the entire series only to find themselves “jonesing” for that quick fix that is going to come … in MAY (dear sweet heaven, why, WHY !!!). There is mention on the net that there is talks about a TV adaptation of this series. I’m guessing a toss-up between Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix (please let it be Netflix). Or heaven forbid, HBO or Showtime (in which case I’ll wait till it trickles down to DVD or Netflix … I’m patient). But in the meanwhile, you can beat the networks and simply binge read the books. Happy New Year, mates.

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