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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fourth Realm Trilogy Release Date:
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In The Traveler, John Twelve Hawks introduced readers to a dangerous world inspired by the modern technology that monitors our lives. Under constant surveillance of the ‘Vast Machine,’ a sophisticated computer network run by a ruthless group, society is mostly unaware of its own imprisonment. Gabriel and Michael Corrigan, brothers who were raised “off the grid,” have recently learned they are Travelers like their long-lost father— part of a centuries-old line of prophets able to journey to different realms of consciousness and enlighten the world to resist being controlled. But power affects the brothers differently. As The Travelerends, Gabriel hesitates under the weight of responsibility. Michael seizes the 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 nearly twenty 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. Gabriel yearns to find his father to protect him; Michael aims to destroy the man whose existence threatens his newfound power. 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. 

A mesmerizing return to the places and people so richly portrayed in The Traveler, THE DARK RIVER is propelled by edge-of-the-seat suspense and haunted by a vision of a world where both hope and freedom are about to disappear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Seductive . . . Quickly hooks you into its Matrix-esque world . . . [Let] the butt-kicking begin. USA Today
  • Portrays a Big Brother with powers far beyond anything Orwell could imagine . . . Political prophecy is rarely such fun. The Washington Post
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marisa | 2/20/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce Henderson | 2/19/2014

    " 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 brother and father to facilitate their deaths. Along the way one is assisted by Harlequins, free runners and others willing to be bribed. The other has the power of the Tabula behind him. What I find especially fascinating about this series in how technology that is available today is being used by government and commercial interests in ways that can easily be stretched in the direction of total control, similar to the movie Minority Report. But rather than predicting the future in order to prevent crimes, the Fourth Realm series demonstrates how existing technology can enable access to one's whereabouts and all records kept in some form. With enough electronic storage space, enough computing power and suitable software to search for patterns, the population can be effectively controlled unless you take steps to live off the grid. I find it to be an interesting read that does not delve very deeply into science fiction. Time Magazine described it as "[A] first-rate high-tech paranoid schizophrenic thriller." Yeah, that pretty much says it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pennie | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Traveler. Dark River was a nice continuation of that book and with such an abrupt, cliff-hanger of an ending, I'll definitely be reading the next one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Youndyc | 1/20/2014

    " I finished. It felt like it took forever, but realistically, The Dark River is an easy read. You may wonder while reading this volume 2 of 3 why the characters occasionally turn into such idiots whereas in the first book they were smart and sensible. Or you may get turned off by the repetition of the Panopticon description. Or you may get impatient by how every little thing requires a massively violent response. But you might just find that, despite all that, the story continues - and you might even be curious about how it ends. I find that, unexpectedly, I am. Perhaps I just can't stand to quit a trilogy at the end of book 2. I'm hearing in my head a little voice saying something about suckers and how one is born every minute.... "

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