New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

BOOK REPORT

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library.

Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you.

“The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel” (Jane Hawk #5) by Dean Koontz

Shippensburg University graduate Dean Koontz has a new dystopian title out, “The Night Windo,” in which the ruthless enemy, called the Techno Arcadians, have been scrubbing people of their memories and their identities with nanotech implants and turning many of them into robotic servants and sex slaves. To keep Travis safe while she goes after them, doing all she can to evade their sophisticated surveillance systems, Hawk has hidden him with friends in Arizona. Beautiful, brilliant, and super tough, she gains a valuable running partner in lovable pal Vikram Rangnekar, a recently resigned FBI employee who has acquired a pile of government secrets with his “back door” hacking skills. While they pursue the baddies, Jane in her latest disguise, the billionaire behind the conspiracy hunts a young filmmaker he has enticed to his Colorado spread for sport, ala “The Most Dangerous Game,” only on snowmobiles. The crowded plot also features an Arcadian “missionary for the truth of random cruelty,” who is after Vikram and a mob-connected misfit who has his own reasons for going after Travis. The book could stand to lose one of its narratives (and stay more with Hawk), and Koontz tends to take too long to do something with a plot point. But this is still the best installment in the series since the first. Vikram, who has an impossible crush on Hawk, is a very good addition. And there are some neat gadgets to ponder, including camera-operated facial recognition eyeglasses. You can find this book in our New Adult Fiction section.

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Here are some quick book recommendations that include star ratings I give them or whether you should skip it, borrow it, or buy it.

“The Never Game,” by Jeffery Deaver (3 stars)

“My Fourth of July,” by Jerry Spinelli (4 stars)

“The Accomplice,” by John Grisham (3 stars)

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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