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The Dark River (Fourth Realm #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  4,528 ratings  ·  359 reviews
A brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, The Traveler, The Dark River follows the Harlequin, Maya, and the Traveler, Gabriel Corrigan, on their search for Gabriel’s lost father.

In his first novel, John Twelve Hawks introduced the world of two brothers, Gabriel and Michael Corrigan, who learned they were Travelers, a line of prophets through history who are a
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 10th 2007 by Doubleday Canada
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Aug 17, 2007 Starshine rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who want to know what happened after "The Traveler"
I absolutely LOVED "The Traveler", as can be seen by my 5-Star rating. I couldn't put it down, and I was actually greatly torn between going on to "The Dark River", or reading Book 7 of Harry Potter. Yes, that's how good "The Traveler" was. Harry Potter won out, naturally, but as soon as I put it down (and recovered), I picked up "The Dark River".

I have to say, I was let down. The story no longer felt as compelling, the pace seemed to slow, and there didn't seem to be a lot of new information. I
Alex Telander
THE DARK RIVER BY JOHN TWELVE HAWKS: John Twelve Hawks returns with The Dark River, the second of the trilogy, after The Traveler, in the Fourth Realm series. We last left off with Gabriel on the run from the Tabula with his Harlequin, Maya, having just sabotaged the Tabula’s quantum computer system which was part of the Virtual Panopticon: the Tabula’s effort to create a worldwide system to watch and know what everyone is doing all the time. The Dark River continues the story of this dystopia i ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Carolyn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Age Conspiracy Theorist Privacy Advocates
Shelves: fantasy, 2009-read
Ugh, an interesting premise falls flat on it's face.
Lots of descriptions of black leather, weapons & automobiles, but stiff wooden characters, the author has a painfully obvious agenda.
Spiritualism = good
Materialism = bad
Technology is evil because it's being used by the soulless evil Illuminati, I mean the "Tabula", to control the mindless masses of the Matrix, I mean of the current day cellphone/GPS/twittering population. Only a mystic who can cross over to the 'light' and bring back spiri
I am completely fascinated by this series. It has such a dark paranoid feel to some ways, a flashback to my mentality in college and previous career. I'd say the series is well worth reading, if only because anything that talks about ubiquitous monitoring of our lives (ie, police cameras in Baltimore and London, ATM cameras, store cameras) as well as parkour deserves to be read by more people. The fact that the author is anonymous, and that Neal Stephenson and Stephen Hawking have been ...more
Julie H.
So, book 2 of the Fourth Realm Trilogy was pretty interesting. A good deal more disconcerting given the story's basis in rebel forces trying to combat the Brethren, a Ludlumesque global conspiracy in support of controlling the populace through a culture of fear, never-ending data mining, and access to way too much information about citizens' lives--much of it made available by the citizens themselves. (Yes, thank you, I do see the irony in posting this review on line given the message of the boo ...more
I enjoyed The Traveler, despite its cliches, but with The Dark River, I sometimes found myself embarrassed to be reading it. This was most acute when the story suddenly turned into The Da Vinci Code. Look, I'm not above reading fluff, obviously, but I do draw the line in some places, which is why I've never read The Da Vinci Code or Twilight, so I felt kind of betrayed when my fluff turned into "that other" fluff out of the blue. Some other issues:
1. Vicki went out like a bitch. She was a good c
Mike (the Paladin)
This is not your run of the mill story... Conspiracies everywhere and Hindu worlds of the dead to boot.

This one picks up not long after The Traveler...and builds on the Maya & Gabriel relationship as it sweeps around the world, seeks to tie any and every religious event, icon or idea into a sort of over all Buddhist cosmology. It's a good to fair read. i didn't get drawn in as thoroughly as I was in Traveler but than I stated about that book that I found the semi-religious part of the book a
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Deborah Carroll
I liked the first one better. This one was very well-done, too, though :)
What is a guilty-pleasure read when it is not pleasurable? Why didn't I get off my ass and procure a book I would enjoy more? Why do I find myself compelled to read the third volume of this trilogy? What dark powers, John Twelve Hawks, are you using that I find myself opening up your novel, written at a sixth-grade reading level, the story a cheap rip off of The Divinci Code meets the Matrix ? I guess it's easy, like in ordering-off-the-dollar-menu-at-McDonald's easy rather than firing up the wo ...more
John Hardin
The author has presented an interesting world view and created a fascinating world in which his characters play out their drama. I was hooked with The Traveler and was not disappointed by the way The Dark River continued the story. This book is very much a chapter in a continuing story. I found it satisfying, but it leaves the characters in a fix you will have to wait for the next book to resolve.
Cat Foster
Really, the only reason I'm reading this series is because the story line is pretty interesting, and I always love the idea of kick ass females - and there's plenty of them in this series. But the actual writing leaves something to be desired. John Twelve Hawks uses a lot of passive voice (maybe just a preference thing, but it bugs me), and doesn't really get into making the reader FEEL anything. He uses statements like "It was obvious so-and-so loved each other." Okay, great. HOW is it obvious? ...more
This sequel was a long time in coming. And for all the wait, its too short, more like a 'chapter' in the story rather than the next adventure. While this series has never 'traveled' in the direction I'd like it to go, its still oddly intriguing and I'm interested enough to wait around for the third installment.
This is the sequal to the Traveler. I loved this book as much as the first one. It really made me think about the furture for people and I also wonder how much of this is actually going on. The end of the story has me dying to read the next book.
Not as good as The Time Traveller but I wouldn't have missed it. Can't wait for the next one.
I didn't read the first book, but this one set the story up enough that it wasn't a problem. While reading, I kept realizing how much the scenario could be playing out right now, except for the travelers part. With all this technology, and people clamoring for smart phones that do everything, it makes one wonder how much we are being spied on and categorized. This book makes me want to become Amish. It's a technological horror story. While reading, I wasn't planning on finishing the trilogy and ...more
While not a stunning literary achievement, "The Dark River," the second in the Fourth Realm series, is a worthwhile read and decent follow-up to John Twelve Hawks first book, "The Traveler." Twelve Hawks raises intriguing questions about the growing ubiquity of digital devices and the ability of governments and corporations to track the lives and activities of every day people while exploiting the info they collect, mostly for for highly questionable purposes. Twelve Hawks manages to all this wi ...more
Shilpi Goel
After reading The Traveler - book one of the Fourth Realm trilogy, The Dark River was a let-down. One of the things that I really liked about The Traveler - the absence of loose-ends that lend a book that is part of a series the ability to stand-alone - is missing in this book two of the trilogy. The loose ends keep you dangling and they are like an abrupt and irritating turn on an otherwise straight road.

The plot, basically, has not developed any further than it had in The Traveler. The Dark Ri
Dave Brown
Remember when Michael Jordan retired? I mean, the first time? He made that amazing, game-winning shot, and left at the top of his game. When he returned from retirement, I was disappointed. I felt it would be almost impossible for him to improve on his amazing success.

John Twelve Hawks' first book in the Fourth Realm Trilogy, The Traveler, was suggested to me by a friend and fellow science-fiction lover. I was immediately impressed with the freshness of the idea, and completely plausible near-f
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Laura Broder
So, all the other reviews are true. I didn't want to believe it! But the sad fact is, it's just not as good as the first book (The Traveler). I thought maybe comparing it to the first book, having high expectations based on how good the first book was, was coloring the reviews of this book. But really, as a stand-alone book (forgetting there even was a first book) it's just not that good.

The characters lack the richness needed for the book to stand alone. All the major characters are from the fi
John Twelve Hawks keeps on going with his metaphysical thriller series, taking us along for the ride. This series is one of my favourites, and while The Dark River is not as carefully considered as The Traveler in my opinion, what it loses in subtext it makes up for in character development.

In this novel, we get to know Maya, Gabriel, and Michael more deeply. We also get to explore more fully the other realms and the shrouded-in-secrecy Brethren tradition. It's an amazing experience, getting to
Ricky Ganci
What a place to end a book! This was, by far, the most abrupt ending of a book that I've read in a long time. I'm amazed at the terseness and hopelessness of the last two pages, even though I was expecting a cliffhanger. But this was much more than that--it was a chapter ending in which the next chapter is the beginning of the next book. Maya takes center stage, and her continuing modification of her own values proceeds through this middle part of the story. She is a Harlequin, and she can't rej ...more
Bruce Henderson
Jul 28, 2008 Bruce Henderson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in tech thrillers.
I found this seond book of the author's Fourth Realm trilogy to be as interesting as the first. The Corrigan brothers, both Travelers but following different paths, are both searching for their father, who disappeared and was presumed dead when their isolated ranch was attacked by the Tabula. One brother reluctantly accepts his role as Traveler and focuses on following clues that he may be alive in Europe. The other brother is firmly ensconsed within the Tabula and actively assists in finding br ...more
Boris Limpopo
Twelve Hawks , John (2005). The Traveller. London: Corgi Books. 2006. ISBN 9781407071886. Pagine 498. 12,86 $

Twelve Hawks , John (2007). The Dark River. London: Corgi Books. 2008. ISBN 9781407038032. Pagine 515. 11,55 $

Twelve Hawks , John (2009). The Golden City. London: Transworld. 2010. ISBN 9781407056746. Pagine 370. 17,69 $

The Fourth Realm Trilogy

Un’altra recensione tardiva. Sono 3 libri che ho letto nell’estate del 2010, dopo essermi imbattuto nel primo della serie perché incuriosito da una
I really shouldn’t be reading depressing books. For some reason I’m having a predilection for tending towards melancholy…and this series’ bleak outlook on life is not really what I need right now.

Nonetheless, I picked up book two and blew through it, leaving the half-read history of Ethiopia book languishing for attention in my bag. Don’t worry little history book…soon I shall get to you too. But there was more meat here.

Sort of. This is a rather direct, simple book for “technological thriller”/
I'll admit it's been a while since I read the first in this series and remembered thinking it had promise, but from what I am getting from this book, I am not sure I even remember it that clearly. So, the Travelers can bring enlightenment by traveling to other realms...but the realms aren't exactly where I would think you could find enlightenment. For example going into a realm that is essentially what is understood to be hell doesn't exactly seem as if it will change the world. And if I can be ...more
If privacy had a gravestone it might read: 'Don't Worry. This Was for Your Own Good.' (p. 362)
I'm a bit confused. I'm not quite sure what I think about this book and I find it very different from The Traveler, the first book in the trilogy.
Whereas The Traveler had action, it also had some thought behind the action. It went into details with John Twelve Hawks' thoughts on privacy, surveillance and the world we live in. This book has none of that - except a short speech by Gabriel. When you start
The heroes of the first book “The Travellers” are back for new adventures against the Brethen/Tabula - the organization that wants to control the world.

Both factions go through 509 pages of various ups and downs. Sadly, once the very first scene is gone, it takes about 200 pages to read some real action and reach a faster pace. Before that, the story plods along between America, England and Germany.

On the plus side, the splicers (a cross between a baboon and a dog), the Harlequin culture (as irr
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John Twelve Hawks aka J12H/JXIIH.

His real identity is unknown. He communicates using the internet and an untraceable phone and has never met his editor.

Several guesses have been made regarding his identity: that he was Thomas Pynchon, Dan Brown, or Steve Hawking among others...
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