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The Golden City (Fourth Realm #3)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  3,716 Ratings  ·  332 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
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Doubleday Canada (first published 2009)
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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
Sep 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
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
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great third book in the trilogy, even though we didn't get a full closure.
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
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
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Oct 20, 2009 rated it did not like it
***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
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Jul 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Ivz Andonova
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
(когато най-интригуващият въпрос за една книга е истинската самоличност на автора, сте наясно, че нещо не е в ред)

Добре дошли в Мрежата. Ние живеем в нея като нормални членове на цивилизацията. Табулата (или както се наричат сами- Братството) контролира Мрежата (вж. "1984") и тяхната амбиция е да имат пълен контрол над целия свят посредством нея. Арлекините и странниците живеят извън Мрежата, за да останат живи.
Целият текст:тук
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
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.

Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Sep 22, 2009 added it
The ending to this trilogy (the last chapter) was so disappointing. It didn't feel like a real conclusion and the author seemed rushed at the end. Maybe he left it open for a fourth book...
Victoria DiMarzio
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good ending to the story. keeps you on your toes till the end.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Goes deeper into the parallel realms and ends with a cliff hanger with Michael and Gabriel on the other side.
Dec 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, 2011
Conspiracy theories are often very popular. Who killed Kennedy? Who killed Marilyn Monroe? Who was behind 9-11? The list goes on and on. John Twelve Hawks see the way the world is progressing towards a more and more surveillance dominated society with no privacy, as one big conspiracy theory. A group of people are trying to achieve world domination by creating a virtual prison where everyone is constantly being watched and nobody steps out of line. Everything is controlled with no room for indiv ...more
Boris Limpopo
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old
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
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: science fiction fans
Shelves: own-it
This is the 3rd book in the 'Fourth Realm Trilogy'. The trilogy is about 'the vast machine' of personal electronic data, collected by everything we do these days, and the problems of privacy and security that can arise if 'the wrong people' get control of this information. But it's told in a bit of a science-fictiony/fantasy mode, in that there are certain people (Travelers) who, throughout history, have been the ones to move humanity forward and speak up for peace and justice (think Da Vinci or ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Just re-read this series after a few years, and now that I've completed this book once more I think I can appreciate it differently now. It's still not perfect, and the empty plot holes are still there, but if you take the time to read the fine print (ie all of those lengthy speeches from the main characters) which exhausted me too much the first time, then you might get what JTHawks was trying to tell us...Changing the world isn't about huge battles, violence, or one person claiming t
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I didn't find The Golden City nearly as embarrassing to read as The Dark River, and that's a relief. It still had its problems, from small (cicadas don't live in California--they should have been hearing crickets) to big (Gabriel's speech was really boring--how is that supposed to inspire the world?), but overall, nothing was big enough to make me give up on it.

The Matthew Corrigan story is weak. In the end, he served very little purpose, and what purpose he did serve could have been handled if
C.C. Yager
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
The final novel in a trilogy thriller, the forces of good and evil are preparing for the final battle which occurs where? How? Ironically, that final battle is not what this reader expected, and yet, it made perfect sense in the context of the story. The forces of good used one of the methods used by the evil forces, although it could be argued that the forces of good used all the methods used by the evil forces. I thought this a far more interesting "lesson" than the one John Twelve Hawks was p ...more
Barbara Martin
Sep 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Amy Softa
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
The first book in this series was amazing. The second book less so but still good. I’m afraid the third book ranks about the same as the second for my taste. It isn’t that I didn’t like the last book it is simply that neither of the later books measured up to the first. Do I regret committing so much time listening to them? Probably not. Would I do it again? No. That doesn’t mean I won’t check out other titles by this author, I have the feeling that I will find his non-fiction work fascinating.

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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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