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The Golden City (Fourth Realm #3)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  2,689 ratings  ·  288 reviews
A riveting blend of high-tech thriller and fast-paced adventure. Packed with knife-edge tension, intriguing characters, and startling plot twists that will keep you turning the pages.

In the Fourth Realm trilogy, John Twelve Hawks introduces readers to a dangerous fantasy world inspired by modern technology that monitors our lives. The suspense series concludes in this pow...more
paperback, 400 pages
Published by Random House, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Martin
The first part - The Traveller - is truly a masterpiece. I had mixed feelings about the second part, but there is hardly a novel I've been more eager to recieve than this one - with the probable exception of Harry Potter 7, I guess. Anyway - there are enough good reviews about the content. I was...well.. maybe I've read it too fast, rushed on too much, but I had the feeling that everything was just too easy in the end, things fell to easily in place.
John Twelve Hawks wanted to make a point, and...more
Jennifer
Sep 28, 2009 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody with high standards
If this hadn't been a library book, I would have thrown it against a wall very hard. I was so disappointed by the "end" of this trilogy. The Traveler was great, a truly wonderful book. The Dark River was a logical carry-on of The Traveler, and from the beginning of The Traveler, the reader is told that it's a trilogy so you kind of expect a red-headed stepchild of a book as the 2nd in the trilogy, which is what The Dark River was. Some parts were heartbreaking, captivating....but bottom line, Th...more
Teghan
The conclusion to a BRILLIANT trilogy, The Golden City was my least favourite of the series.

The first two were breathtakingly brilliant and this one was just okay.

There are two and a half reason why this one did not match up to the first two:

1) The story was not told from Maya's perspective nearly as much. The first two were told almost 90% from Maya's perspective and this one takes Maya almost out of the narrative and it is told from the perspective of the two brothers. Why this was done make...more
Shannon
What a disappointment this third book in the Fourth Realm series was. The Traveler, the first in the series was a great thriller. It had a quick paced plot, intriguing characters and a story line that drew me in. While the second book, The Dark River, wasn't as great as the first, I find that is often true for the second in a trilogy and had hopes that the third book would cement this series as a favorite. Alas, it was not to be.

The Golden City finds our characters scattered around the globe, st...more
Kathryn
This book is the ending of a trilogy that began with The Traveler (4 stars) and continued with The Dark River (3 stars). Obviously, I feel this series began much better than it finished.

I'm already having difficulty remembering the entire thing, it was so forgettable. I hadn't liked the characters since the beginning, even those who I sympathized with. This series is "tell-it-like-it-is" material, which means everything is explained to the reader and to make it worse, it's explained in overly s...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I was a little torn on how to rate this book...I liked the first 2 volumes of this trilogy. The ideas in it are relevant to the world we live in and their discussion appealed to me. Like many I see individual liberties being eroded as "we" individuals give our freedom away so we can be "protected" and "taken care of"...("They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin). I am someone who believes strongly in every...more
Melanie
Great Book for me. Exciting,albeit a little bit violent, but a very thought provoking book.
Favorite Quote from book
" Freedom is the ability to think, act, and express our views. IN a free society, our rights are respected as long as they don't harm others. A political system that allows freedom has validity no matter how you view mankind.
" If you believe that humanity is greedy, violent, and intolerant, then free thought challenges bad leaders and corrupt institutions. If you have a positive...more
Michelle
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Emily
***This is a review of the series as a whole****

I really wanted to love these books. I like a good liberal rant against the erosion of civil liberties and the corporate takeover of the world as much as the next person, actually probably quite a lot more. But when the author writes nonsense comparing something to "a chrysalis emerging from it's cocoon," it's pretty indicative of the level of the writing an the quality of the research in the books. (For those not up on their butterfly science, tha...more
Joshua
John Twelve Hawks' ultra-paranoid thriller trilogy finally loses some of its steam in part three. It's still enjoyable but Hawks replaces some of the breathless action scenes with events that are needed to put the story to an end. This includes lots and lots of speeches and long scenes in another conscious realm. The actual writing is probably better in this than the other two books but since it's less action focused, it doesn't have the same "page-turning" quality the others had.

Maybe I'm just...more
Jane
I was at Barnes and Noble this weekend, and spotted this on the shelf, much to my surprise (considering it wasn't supposed to be released until today -- don't know how I managed to get an advanced copy). Anyway, the book is very similar to the other two in pace and theme, but it didn't feel like the completion of a trilogy. It didn't tie up many loose ends and ended on something of a question. I suppose the nature of the struggle against the Vast Machine means that there can't ever really be an...more
Kathryn
The concluding book to a trilogy that was weaker that the first two books. In fact it did not feel like a conclusion at all so perhaps there will be more. The plot and characters did not feel very developed in this book at all. It was like an episode in an ongoing TV show. Still entertaining but not very satisfying.
Roxanne
Aside from being a bit pedantic and obvious with the messages - it was still a good, fast, un-put-downable book. I recommend the trilogy and the first of the series was the best for me - but after that you must read the final two. I really enjoyed it.
Nick
This final volume in the 'third realm' series winds down somewhat, does not have the level of closure you would have hoped (no spoilers).

So, who is John Twelve Hawks? My vote is Dean Koontz.

Vivian
Good book but not as good as the first two. Seems to set us up for a new trilogy due to the lack of resolution for some characters.
Monk
A colossal disappointment. Enough that the entire series is headed for Half Price Books. I became worried early on that the book didn't seem to be building to any type of climax, and then when I was 40 pages from the end and nothing important had happened, I realized that this was going to be a disastrous ending.
No real tension in this thing. There are so few contacts between Michael and Gabriel that you never feel that there is going to be some grand conflict between them. And there isn't. The...more
Matt
A big let down for me. I loved the Traveler and was really looking forward to this but it really didn't read like the climax of a trilogy -especially one that ha taken so long to be published. I have been reading a lot of epic fantasy recently and perhaps I was expecting too much for a contemporary thriller like this but there was no real progression of plot or characters from previous novels.

I have been patiently waiting for for a big climax and loads of travelling between the various realms bu...more
Enrique028
And there it came the last chapter in the Corrigan Brothers saga. I must say I agree with many reviews stating how good the first book THE TRAVELLER is. Perhaps it was a bit down to novelty but it was real good. Then DARK RIVER went down a little bit, or a lot, depending how you want to see it and now the last part THE GOLDEN CITY regained much of that first book magic, however it fails in many places, especially when coming to give some sort of closure to the story. The pace is very good, bette...more
Barbara Martin
Although The Golden City is listed as a fiction book, in truth, it has multiple genres: fantasy with religious tones, science fiction, adventure, and thriller elements. The story involves a complex plot and setting with intriguing plot twists.

Gabriel Corrigan, a Traveler, has opted out of the government system that keeps tabs on him by working with the Resistance. His vulnerability lies in Maya, the Harlequin, who has sworn to protect him. His twin, Michael Corrigan, has joined the Bretheren, w...more
Patrick Nichol
Wow, what a satisfying end to an incredible trilogy.

When I started reading The Traveller, I called John Twelve Hawks' masterpiece Orwell meets The Matrix.

Think of it. A world where your entire virtual life is monitored by a secret corporation bent on controlling personal freedom.

A secret society of mercenaries who protect travellers - people who travel between dimensions.

Add a conflict between two brothers - one good the other evil - and the last of the travellers.

The Golden City sets the stage...more
Ash
Extremely disappointed with the last book of the trilogy. This trilogy reminds me of the Matrix trilogy. First one was awesome, second one was okay at best, and the third one was: eh...

John Twelve Hawks tries in vain to be a "real" author by putting in pages of descriptions: the streets, the nights, the room, etc. After a while, it becomes too tedious to read the boring descriptions. You need the story to move forward, and unfortunately, it doesn't.

The whole "someone is watching" sounded good in...more
Jim
The conclusion to the Traveler trilogy builds on the framework set up in the first two books. The story takes place in a world secretly controlled by the Brethren who use an ever-growing electronic network of surveillance and data collection to monitor and manipulate the population. Most people live in ignorance, but a small group has noticed what is going and fights against the Brethren, the Resistance.

Two brothers, Michael and Gabriel, are at the center of the story. They are part of a tiny un...more
Clay
John Twelve Hawks’ unhappy vision is much more immediate, as he describes a contemporary world that, without much stretching, could be our own. All the surveillance cameras, for example, are linked so that the Vast Machine, as he calls it, can track the movements of every individual – and of course, credit cards, cell phones and computers already permit a great deal of oversight by those with the means to tap into the existing systems.

“The Golden City” (Doubleday, $25.95, 358 pages) concludes a...more
Jennifer Hughes
The three books in this series were really hard to put down. I read The Traveler in one day. One day! I can't think of the last time I did that! I think the best book of the series is The Dark River, which is unfortunate since it's the middle book.

I enjoyed this novel but was looking for more of a show-down between the brothers, which ends up being very anticlimactic. The ending is also left too wide open, since the author's note at the beginning says he is done with the series, thank-you-very-...more
Elise
That was a pretty lame ending.

So... (view spoiler)...more
Kristen
What a disappointment.

The final book in The Fourth Realm Trilogy leaves much to be desired. The first book in the series, The Traveler, was an amazing read and really sets up what should have been an epic story. The story is set in an alternate (or maybe not so alternate...) version of our reality where an organization called the Tabula keeps track of humans in a high tech big brother is watching you fashion. The two main characters, Gabriel (a "prophet" also called a traveler who can escape to...more
Lauren
The word that best encapsulates my feelings about this book would have to be disappointment. It's not that it's bad, per se, in fact it's still one of the better books I've ever read, but it's just that The Traveler was such an unprecedented masterpiece. The Dark River took the series in a direction I didn't expect, focusing more on the personal development of the characters and starting to bring in the romance angle, but it still felt like it brought back most of the things I liked about the fi...more
Hans
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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...more
CekMoNSter
Reading through the last book of this series, I felt a certain feeling of satisfaction.It`s still bothers me
that even after the end of reading, I can`t stop thinking to myself how hard it will be for a group of people to
fight for truth against the people of powers. The story itself was closely related to our concept of ideal life as proposed by The Bethren.
I`m going to review this book open-minded as a mere fiction, and a source of entertainments.
IT`s hard not to laugh whenever Mother blessi...more
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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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