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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (39 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: July 2007 ISBN: 9780739316405
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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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davis | 1/19/2014

    " A continuation of the book, The Traveler. The Dark River does not disappoint. It is just as action packed and fast paced. The author's imagination is incredible. The different realms are very interesting and are the parts I enjoy the most. Looking forward to the third book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curlywurly | 1/18/2014

    " Not as good as the first in the series (The Traveller) but ends with a fab cliffhanger. Cannot wait for the finale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 1/15/2014

    " Audio -- Bravo for book 2 about quantum physics. I know the writing voice but I can't feel the pulse. Make this into a movie and she/he would have to reveal himself. Who are you? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Houghton | 1/5/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juan Huerta | 12/31/2013

    " I can't wait for the next one in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 12/7/2013

    " Definitely a worthy sequel. It did not fail to keep the action going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 11/2/2013

    " Not quite as gripping as the traveller (the first book in the series), but still a thoroughly enjoyable read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Dakota | 10/21/2013

    " Not quite as good as the first one, but what an opening sequence. It was worth the read right there! I still have to know what happens to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 9/23/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista Loomis | 9/16/2013

    " Not as good as the first in the trilogy "the Traveler" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aleta Varela | 8/31/2013

    " I am enjoying the book, although it is not as fast paced as # one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karolina | 7/24/2013

    " I absolutely adored the Traveller. Therefore, I had rather high hopes for the second book in the Fourth Realm trilogy. But it was a bit of a disappointment, following the last. Still, I must read the third book when that comes out. Must know how it ends I suppose "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 cristol | 6/20/2013

    " Not as good as The Traveler (Book One), but sets up the story nicely for the final book in the trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cydney | 5/31/2013

    " Not anywhere near as enjoyable as The Traveller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Kitchen | 2/14/2013

    " 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Slaydragons | 10/4/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenifer Jones | 4/30/2012

    " After reading the traveler I couldn't wait to start this sequel and I was not disappointed. I am on edge waiting for the final book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 danadickerson Dickerson | 4/6/2012

    " I'm hooked and can't wait for another installment. Either you suspend you're disbelief and dive in or you don't, it's that kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 3/30/2012

    " His series gets better as we go! I am looking forward to read the last one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tia Jones | 3/17/2012

    " I love a good book where people are fighting the "man." I enjoyed the first book and this one I liked even better. It's a light and fast read. There are some inconsistancies and a few problems with the plot but I willingly ignored them because I was enjoying the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bart Simpson | 9/17/2011

    " more of maya and travelers brothers mystery :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie Terry | 5/17/2011

    " I liked it better than the Traveler, can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/4/2011

    " I have been listening to this series on CD read by Scott Brick. I am surprised by how much I'm liking this! Science fiction, but don't let that keep you away. I just started the last title in the trilogy and can't wait to see what happens. Harlequins and Travelers..good stuff! "

  • 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 Hawks

John Twelve Hawks (also known as J12H or JXIIH to his fans) is the author of the 2005 dystopian international bestselling novel The Traveler and its successors, The Dark River and The Golden City, collectively comprising the Fourth Realm Trilogy.

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.