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The Dark River (Fourth Realm #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,038 Ratings  ·  388 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
Published March 15th 2012 by Seal Books (first published July 10th 2007)
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Aug 17, 2007 Starshine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 15, 2016 Elizabeta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great sequel of The Traveler.
Jul 19, 2015 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first encounter with Twelve Hawks was through Spark, which I found pretty darned awesome, enough so that I decided to try another of his works. My library doesn't have the first in the Fourth Realm trilogy, so I decided to try my luck with the second.

Unfortunately, the book's pair of forewords gave our relationship a rocky start. In the first foreword, Twelve Hawks praises the people who took the message of his book seriously and started fighting the "Vast Machine." In the second, he recaps w
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 did not like it  ·  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
May 13, 2008 Topher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernfantasy, sci-fi
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.
Jun 03, 2009 Julie H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Jun 03, 2012 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2011 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Deborah Carroll
Nov 03, 2014 Deborah Carroll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I liked the first one better. This one was very well-done, too, though :)
Jul 09, 2009 Duke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2016 Silvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: utopie-dystopie

Dark River - Das Duell der Traveler ist die Fortsetzung von John Twelve Hawks Buch "Traveler". Dass es ein Fortsetzungsroman ist, ist mir nur insofern aufgefallen dass zwar auf frühere Geschehnisse angespielt worden ist, diese dann aber kurz und schlüssig erklärt wurden, sodass ich ohne Vorkenntnisse das Buch problemlos verstanden habe.
Ebenso wird es meines erachtens auch einen 3. Band geben (ich hatte Recht!), da das Ende dieses Band ein wirklich sehr offenes Ende ist.
Die Idee dieser Geschichte
I loved the first book in this trilogy, THE TRAVELLER, when I read it several years ago. I kept my copy on the Keeper Shelf, something I rarely do. I was happy to see the audio version of book one and two available from Recorded Books/Simply Audio and added them to my wishlist. Both arrived in the mail at the same time. I wanted to see what the second one would sound like before re-reading (listening) to the first one. I might shoulda not done so. I didnt' enjoy book two nearly as much. I don't ...more
John Hardin
Aug 05, 2007 John Hardin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 15, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gregory Dilcox
Jun 09, 2016 Gregory Dilcox rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was the weak link in the trilogy. A lot of set up with Michael and Gabriel as they really develop their separate paths while discovering their powers as Travels to cross dimensions. Still an okay story but the other two novels work as standalone novels but this one is more dependant on the other two.
Jul 19, 2009 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction, i-own
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.
Feb 04, 2014 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicholas Lefevre
I was intrigued enough by the first book in this series to read this second. I will not read the third. As I said in my first review, it's biggest weakness is that its main premise, that the Travelers are a threat to the established order, is not supported by anything in the book. The second book fails to advance the premise at all. What I liked about the 1st book, the semi-dystopian Vast Machine, is almost absent here. Instead this focuses on the Realms which are really quite silly, stereotypic ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Shauna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2011 Shilpi Goel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Feb 20, 2011 Dave Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old
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
Jan 05, 2012 Ricky Ganci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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