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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Twelve Hawks Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fourth Realm Trilogy Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415941577
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In The Traveler, John Twelve Hawks introduced listeners to a dangerous world inspired by the modern technology that monitors our lives. As it ends, Gabriel Corrigan hesitates under the weight of responsibility. His brother Michael seizes opportunity–and joins the enemy. 

The Dark River opens in New York City with a stunning piece of news. Gabriel’s father, who has been missing for many years, may still be alive and trapped somewhere in Europe. Gabriel and his Harlequin protector, Maya, immediately mobilize to escape New York and find the long-lost Traveler.

Simultaneously, Michael orders the Brethren—the ruthless group that has been hunting Gabriel—into a full-scale search. The race moves from the underground tunnels of New York and London, to ruins hidden beneath Rome and Berlin, to a remote region of Africa that is rumored to harbor one of history’s greatest treasures. And as the story moves toward its chilling conclusion, Maya must decide if she will trade everything to rescue Gabriel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • RAVES FOR THE TRAVELER
  • Page-turningly swift with a cliffhanger ending . . . John Twelve Hawks has drawn upon both pop-cultural and literary touchstones and modified them to create a cyber-1984. The New York Times
  • The stuff that first-rate high-tech paranoid-schizophrenic thrillers are made of. Time
  • Portrays a Big Brother with powers far beyond anything Orwell could imagine . . . Political prophecy is rarely such fun. The Washington Post
  • Seductive . . . Quickly hooks you into its Matrix-esque world . . . [Let] the butt-kicking begin. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 2/17/2014

    " Engaging characters, dresses common conspiracy theories in emperor's romantic non-empirical clothes. Fun read but seems pretentious and could be taken seriously by some people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine Coumbe | 2/17/2014

    " After reading the Traveller, first book in the series The Fourth Realm, I was hoping it would be as great a read as the first. I ended up disappointed. The writer's story telling in Dark River was not as sharply focused as The Traveller. The novel seemed bloated and not as tightly written as the first. Although,I absolutely loved The Traveller and felt this book is not completely unfortunate, it does not live up to my expectations. I will complete reading the Fourth Realm series because I love the characters so much and the initial story started in the first book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque Bona | 2/13/2014

    " I preferred the first book, but I enjoyed this one also. It did set up great anticipation for the next book, due in September 2009. I can't wait! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Kitchen | 2/10/2014

    " I've had this one sitting on my shelf waiting to be read since 2007....I'm not going to wait that long to read the last of the trilogy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Rosati | 2/3/2014

    " Really enjoyed the three parts of this series. I found the ideal of the novel brilliant and worthy .. but i felt like the story was rushed to a close and it did not reach the lofty potential i felt it had .. I would however recommend this series to anyone for a scary look into our future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 2/1/2014

    " Cliffhanger ending! I must get my hands on book 3 of this series ASAP! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fred | 1/28/2014

    " Too much traveling and to little fantasy elements. Still I rate it average and will read the 3rd book to see how it ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/14/2014

    " I've been looking for this sequel for a long time, and was thrilled to find it up front at the library. Interesting ideas as well as a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 1/9/2014

    " Second of Hawks' trilogy is even more action packed than The Traveler was. It has probably less story though but luckily its fast-paced, rousing collection of characters and paranoid about all that is around us that wants to control us story is still kicking up a storm. Fun and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wonda | 1/8/2014

    " I had long looked forward to this sequel to "The Traveller." Dissapointingly redundant if you read the first. Slower paced, refers too much to "The Traveler." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dnkemontoh | 1/4/2014

    " Second book in the series. Did not like as well as #1. Seemed as though it took too much time connecting the reader with what happened in #1. Didn't seem as well written or developed. Didn't like some things that happened, I guess I'm learning I'm more of a happily ever after girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Weena | 12/29/2013

    " It wasn't nearly as good as the first book in the trilogy. I hope the final book will be more exciting. I felt like I was just trudging through this one most of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Traveller | 12/25/2013

    " Not as good as Traveller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/22/2013

    " I loved it! I was worried at the beginning when the book jumps into the action right at the beginning, but it settled into a good pace and hit a home run at the end. I can't wait to find the next one and continue. The maker of Mass Effect 3 could learn a thing or two from John Twelve Hawks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 11/22/2013

    " The second in the series. It drifted a bit, but brought me back at the end ....and made me mad he had yet to write the 3rd in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/6/2013

    " Ok, this book was good but my eyes rolled a little at the end when it took the 'traveling' too far by letting Non-Travelers cross over. I will still read the third but the first book was better than this... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 8/12/2013

    " Not as good as The Traveller. Parts of it were really enjoyable, but overall I was disappointed that it didn't move the story forward very much. Still looking forward to the 3rd book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbiesue | 11/24/2012

    " Not as good as the first, but still lots of excitement. A good series to get into "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 7/23/2012

    " This book was definitely more action-packed than the 1st book of the triology. The cliff-hanger ending also has me anxious for book 3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathew Carruthers | 7/7/2012

    " Good read, but definitely read "The Traveller" first. Though fiction, the all-too-real idea that we are blindly giving up our personal freedoms and privacy for the sake of technological convenience and for our own protection is terrifying indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 4/28/2012

    " A continuation of the Traveler, but not as fun. I have high hopes for the final book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Houghton | 12/22/2011

    " Not nearly as good as the first book. Not a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andie Atwood | 8/4/2011

    " Plot is fast paced but not as good as The Traveler. Did spark good conversation about privacy in the modern age, whether it exists, how information gathered about us is used etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 7/13/2011

    " It was less about the Vast Machine and more about the relationships. The ending seemed familiar to me, I'm not sure why, but I do want to read the last book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 6/4/2011

    " Not as good as the first one, but pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " 2nd of 4th realm tril, ok, but middle bk "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 3/8/2011

    " It was good, but seemed more like a set up for the third book than a story in itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/7/2011

    " I'm not usually a sci-fi/fantasy kind of guy; but I got to reading this, and I really enjoyed it. Well written. Intriguing characters. Great read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/23/2011

    " Just couldn't get into this. Stuck with it through most of the CD's but gave in 3 from the end. It just got too wierd and fantasitical for me. I felt as if John Hawks tried to set out a story but ran out of enthusiasm and couldn't make all the threads work or resolve. Some you like, some you don't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/21/2011

    " This was part two of the trilogy and it didn't disappoint! Living off the grid and thinking about the "big brother" type corporations made me start second guessing my use of technology! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/15/2011

    " Loved it even more than the first! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/21/2011

    " Engaging characters, dresses common conspiracy theories in emperor's romantic non-empirical clothes. Fun read but seems pretentious and could be taken seriously by some people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/1/2011

    " Not as good as the first one but good enough to make me buy the third book - some good character development in this one as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slaydragons | 12/20/2010

    " I liked it, probably becuse I needed to finish the story but the characters are not very well developed all though the premise of the story is good enough to carry it through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Sueko | 12/14/2010

    " Not as good as the first, but good enough to propel me to the third to see what's going to happen... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 12/8/2010

    " Still in the middle of reading it but i love the story and mythos behind it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allan | 12/6/2010

    " Pretty good sequel to The Traveller. With the two brothers on different sides, the race is on to find their lost father. "

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About the Author
Author John Twelve HawksJohn Twelve Hawks is the author of the New York Times bestseller THE TRAVELER.
About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.