The Traveler (Fourth Realm #1)
(Longtime followers of my creative projects know that in general I don't like publishing bad reviews; that for the most part I see it as a waste of both my time and yours, in that I could be spending that time instead pointing out great artists you may have never heard of. However, since one of the things this website is dedicated to is honest artistic criticism, I also feel it's important to acknowledge books t...more
“In London, a young woman uses cutting-edge technology to elude detection by the thousands of surveillance cameras that watch the city. In New York, a secret shadow organization uses a victim’s own GPS to hunt him down and kill him. In Los Angeles, a motorcycle messenger with a haunted past takes pains to live “off the Grid” – free of credit cards and government IDs. Welcome to the world of The Traveler – a world frighteningly like our own.”
My initial interest in this book was tweake...more
The author raised tons of important points regarding "big brother" and how easily our every move can be monitored by the "vast machine." I am not an alarmist but it is a little scary how easily our movements could be traced through seemingly little things such as grocery store discount cards and security cameras in ATM's.
I loved Maya's character the female harlequ...more
John Twelve Hawks lives "off the grid" and his novel, "The Traveler" is a warning to the rest of us consider doing the same. We may not know it, but our world is just one of many realms, though only a special few people can break the barriers from one realm to another. These people are called Travelers and they've apparently been at war with a group called the Tabula for years. The...more
I'm still deciding if I can finish this book. Its pure summer fluff, but it is sooo bad I almost can keep reading . . .
I can't take it any more -- there are so many other good books, sci-fi or not, that I could be reading. I just can't waste my time on this crap. It's a bit of the Matrix, a bit of Highlander, with a lot of John Woo thrown in for good measure. This book has every cliche known to man (or rahter, known to 12 year old fan-boys) tossed together into one badly written me...more
Those flaws: the plot is extremely straightforward, the characters aren't much developed, and anyone who's not a "citizen" or a "drone" in this CCTV-happy, consumerism-driven society will greet you by asking...more
As I see it, the major flaw in this book is the underdevelopment of the characters. They were flat and one-dementional. Towards the end of the book I just wanted it to get through it so I could start a new novel. I just didn't care anymore.
The other problem...more
Essentially, there exists a group of people with special powers to cross over to other dimensions. Then there are a group of people who are sworn to protect them. Then there are a group of people working to hunt them down. All this takes place in a very near future dystopian surveillence society (future as in....like a month from now). Its ba...more
Oh, yes, the plot: Maya should be a Harlequin. Harlequins protect Travelle...more
In the book people with spiritual and psychic abilities are hunted down whilst the Harlequins who are off gridders are in place to protect them.
The first part of the Fourth Realm trilogy is an exciting and paranoid novel with a taste of Enemy of the State that takes the reader on a Pullman style ride through various realities and...more
"Il viaggiatore" è un ottimo romanzo di nuova fantascienza, che rielabora temi canonici in un prodotto altamente originale, e che si presta a diversi livelli di lettura. Uno è senza dubbio metaforico: la sfida dei Viaggiatori, individui che riescono a...more
First in a projected trilogy called The Fourth Realm, The Traveler impressed all critics. Twelve Hawks presents big ideas about free will and determinism, good versus evil, social control, and alternate dimensions, all while impressing with knowledge ranging from the New Testament to string theory. Although reviewers compared the novel to the films Kill Bill, Star Wars, and The Matrix__with echoes of authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, George Orwell, and Michael Crichton thrown in__they called it w...more
Maya seems to be at first blush a cross between Sonya Blue and Anita Blake. Anyone who reads the female horror writer genre will know what I mean. She is a reluctant hero who dutifully follows in Dad's footsteps as she endeavors to protect the last two known Travelers. So far I love the storyline and the tri...more
Due to this persecution, over the centu...more
Okay, I think this novel came out before Assassin's Creed, and there are some obvious differences, not to mention plenty of other examples in all sorts of media that did this story already, but it was really all I could think while reading the opening chapters. I did a little more research and decided not to continue reading this, since I wasn't that impressed with it. It's a library copy and someone else reserved it, so I'll return it ASAP so...more
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
Comparisons abound to Dan Brown’s books and to them I say “WTF are you smoking? You are literate, right?” The only thing they have in common, outside of the fact that they are both books, and thus both inherently have things...more
One thing I didn't like was how Lawrence was handled. In the end, he made every mistake he could make, even though he knew...more
Very interesting – simply written, but it draws you right in. This novel is described as a dystopian novel – the opposite of utopia, in which the conditions of life are miserable, characterized by human misery, poverty, oppression, violence, disease and/or pollution. It was reminiscent of Big Brother – George Orwell, 1984 – and seemed like a strong warning (albeit a bit preachy at times) of self-sufficiency, our reliance on technology, and the fear of giving the government the power to m...more
To cut to the ch...more
But by framing it as "this is really happening, it's not just a story", John Twelve Hawks makes me look around and wonder just how far-fetched this stuff is. The vast conspiracy network is totally unnecessary for the rest of the dystopian Panopticon stuff to happen. None of the technology mentioned is beyond...more
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...