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The Dark River (Fourth Realm #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  5,528 Ratings  ·  419 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 02, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Great sequel of The Traveler.
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Javier Núñez
3 estrellas. No ha resultado una lectura apasionante, pero no ha estado nada mal. Y el final ha sido lo bastante intenso como para querer saber que pasa en la tercera parte de la trilogía. Los Seis Dominios prometen dar mucho juego.
Nov 07, 2008 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, modernfantasy
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.
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 09, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Gregory Dilcox
Jan 15, 2016 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.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
Recommended to 🌹Rose☮️ by: Gigi
Shelves: science-fiction
Loved this sequel to The Traveler. These books are a trilogy so this is alot like The Empire Strikes Back with no beginning and no end. However, it was even better than the first book. I can hardly wait till the 3rd. If you like sci-fi mixed with a little spritualism and some Matrix thrown in for spice, this is the book for you.
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, 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.
Deborah Carroll
Nov 03, 2014 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 :)
Ivz Andonova
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Not as good as The Time Traveller but I wouldn't have missed it. Can't wait for the next one.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Remember, one man's breezy summary can be another man's spoiler.

This is the second book in a proposed trilogy about a sightly future world that includes timeworn sub-groups of people such as Travelers (who know how to travel out of their body to different dimensions), Harlequins (people trained in martial arts to defend Travelers), Pathfinders (who help Travelers bring out their talent) and the Brethren (bad guys who want to eliminate all Harlequins and control everybody else by a virtual prison
Dave B.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally finished the second installment of the trilogy by Twelve Hawks. This story was darker but not as eye opening as the first book. As far as I can tell Twelve Hawks follows the same mythic journey outlined by Joseph Campbell. Our hero experiences a reality altering situation and finally accepts the his role in destiny in book one. Book two; The Dark River, our hero must travel through 'hell' and come out the other side after losing a dear part of his humanity but gaining a clear eyed view i ...more
3,5 tähteä, jonka pyöristän nyt tällä kertaa alaspäin, koska Matkaajan kohdalla pyöristin ylöspäin.

Pimeä joki on suoraa jatkoa Matkaajalle, ja tällä kertaa muihin rinnakkaistodellisuuksiin matkaamaan pystyvät veljekset Gabriel ja Michael yrittävät löytää isänsä, joka on sittenkin elossa. Michaelilla on apunaan Koneisto, koko maailmaa valvova ja hallitsemaan pyrkivä järjestö, kun taas Gabrielilla on suojanaan matkaajia suojeleva harlekiini Maya.

Tämän osan kohdalla kiitoksen ja valittamisen aiheet
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
review of audio book. Tldr if you liked The Traveler you'll likely enjoy this. 3.5 stars is more accurate

Narrator continues to do a great job, and a couple of the characters make this worth continuing. a few sections still have the "told not shown" issue but significantly less prominent.

Some of the tech description break suspension of disbelief due to a misunderstanding of how certain things work but it doesn't break the story.
Maya, Hollis, Vicki, and Gabriel make this worth it; The more promin
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ni fú, ni fá...

La intención era leer algo un poquito diferente, y supongo que el aspecto fantástico, quizá un tanto distópico, cumplía en principio la premisa... pero la verdad es que, al final, se trata de un thriller más, para nada tan original como debiera ser o se pretendiera. A lo mejor es que el tiempo no perdona...

Como segunda parte, y sin haber leído la primera, se puede abordar la lectura sin mayor problema. El verdadero problema está en el hecho de no sentir curiosidad por saber cómo s
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The novelty of the story has worn off, and this second part drips with pessimism. Which, I suppose, means there is hope for the third part of the trilogy? The numerous deaths, Michael's ascension into power within the Bretheren and the First Realm (underworld), where no one remembers their past lives all add to the negativity, but I did enjoy Gabriel's experiences with the Free Runners in London, parkour guys who live off the grid. Also, Maya travels to Italy to learn more about access points pr ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
E' una specie di 1984 in chiave moderna, credo non ancora disponibile in lingua italiana. E' il secondo volume di una trilogia, la storia si segue ugualmente anche non avendo letto il primo, ma non aspettatevi una fine senza leggere il terzo (in uscita in inglese nel 2009). Sostanzialmente in un non ben precisato futuro, un gruppo lavora nell'ombra per arrivare al controllo totale della vita della popolazione (tramite videocamere, tracciatura carte di credito, GPS, ecc...), osteggiati dai Travel ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I haven't read the first book and when I saw that this was in a series I was dubious that I would catch up, However I was able to pick the story up no problem!

I'm not going through the plot etc, everyone does. I'm just going to tell you not to be afriad of this book it's very easy to read and with a great story!

I know I'm off to look for the follow up.
Hilary. Mccarthy
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book .Have carried on from the The Traveller this time around and found the pace of the book as good as the first .
It is again thought provoking but also a book that bowls along and is easy to read .
Interesting to see where the next book will go and I have it ready .
Jennifer G
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I was a bit more wishy-washy about the first book (the Traveller). However, I found myself really enjoying the second book. Maybe it is because I had already gotten over my dislike of the more supernatural elements in the story. Either way, this was a fun book.
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His real identity is unknown. He communicates using the internet and an untraceable phone and has never met his editor.

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