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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,926 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: September 2009 ISBN: 9780739316436
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A world that exists in the shadow of our own . . . the thrilling conclusion to John Twelve Hawks's Fourth Realm trilogy, The Golden City is packed with the knife-edge tension, intriguing characters, and startling plot twists that made The Traveler and The Dark River international hits.

John Twelve Hawks's previous novels about the mystical Travelers and the Brethren, their ruthless enemies, generated an extraordinary following around the world. The Washington Post wrote that The Traveler “portrays a Big Brother with powers far beyond anything Orwell could imagine . . .” and Publishers Weeklyhailed the series as “a saga that's part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic.” Internet chat rooms and blogs have overflowed with speculation about the final destiny of the richly imagined characters fighting an epic battle beneath the surface of our modern world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Raves for the New York Times bestselling The Traveler and The Dark River

    “This novel’s a stunner … You won’t want to put the book down.
    People
  • Page-turningly swift … John Twelve Hawks has drawn upon both pop-cultural and literary touchstones and modified them to create a cyber-1984. New York Times
  • “A thrilling sequel … Engaging and relevant. Time Out New York
  • Portrays a Big Brother with powers far beyond anything Orwell could imagine … Political prophecy is rarely such fun. Washington Post

    “Constant action … A must-read … Will have you scratching your head wondering what is real … We may well be seeing John Twelve Hawks on the bestseller lists for years.
  • The Dark River is a thought-provoking treatise on mind with matter and the increasing loss of our privacy. KansasCity.com
  • The book lives up to its hype… The plot twists and turns… Scarcely ten pages go by without action… What sets the novel apart is its underlying philosophy… Thought-provoking thrillers are a rarity indeed, but Twelve Hawks has delivered. Tampa Tribune
  • A 2014 Locus Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ | 2/12/2014

    " This trilogy started out so wonderfully, and I feel like each successive book has been a little less wonderful. Maybe it's because there's a decrease in action, maybe it got too philosophical, I'm not really sure. This is still an okay book--I didn't dislike it. But it doesn't live up to the promise of The Traveler, not even close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/1/2014

    " I liked this book up until the last chapter. Really it didn't have the same tense feeling like the rest of the book or the trilogy. It just ended because it needed to. I really wish I could know what happened with the brothers since they were the only known travelers, they were the focus of the trilogy and in the end they just disappeared. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 William | 1/29/2014

    " twelve hawks had a great idea for this series. unfortunately, these books are the author telling the reader about his great idea, rather than actually executing it. reads like someone's index-card references. I kept reading, hoping to find some redeeming quality. no avail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 1/21/2014

    " Having a difficult time reviewing this one. Like the other two in this series, it's a real page-turner, but I found myself caring less and less about the characters as I went on. The action continues right up until.. it doesn't. Not super well plotted, and everyone turns into broad caricatures. A disappointing ending, but I still enjoyed reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/7/2014

    " Great series although the first one was the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 12/27/2013

    " Very science fiction. At times, I got caught up in all the science fiction part, but for the most part I enjoyed this book. Sadly it could happen, at least some of it. The ending was perfect, not really an ending at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 12/23/2013

    " A satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curlywurly | 12/7/2013

    " Not brilliant but read it for the closure of the series (not that the ending gave closure....) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 11/20/2013

    " I think Twelve Hawks just wanted to get this third book done to finish his contract... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Castleman | 5/6/2013

    " Not quite as solid as the first two, but still a good read. I feel like he could have done more, possibly even added more depth and a fourth book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 2/26/2013

    " This book was a big disappointment. The best of the three is "The Traveller". The other two are just OK, with the third one being a copout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horizon | 9/24/2012

    " John Twelve Hawks, brings to close this series that takes place in an eerily familiar world. The Evergreen foundation makes an attempt to gain control of the world through manufactured "attacks". If you're a fan of the Traveler series, you wont be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarbjit | 9/20/2012

    " It had to end. Is there going to be another book? Who cares but I hope that they make a film of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaric Pratt | 4/3/2012

    " Better then dark river not as good has The Traveler "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 2/14/2012

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 tartaruga fechada | 10/4/2011

    " You would be better off reading the first book (Traveler) and then convincing yourself that the second and third books were never written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fred | 8/17/2011

    " Overall better than the 2nd book, but in end the series was a bit disapointing considering how good the first book was. The ending was quite satisfieing though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie Menke | 6/29/2011

    " weakest of the trilogy. dragged. main character gone. sort of limbo. kinda bummed about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pariah | 5/18/2011

    " Not a very satisfactory end to the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 4/3/2011

    " Awesome conclusion to this trilogy...Chilling example about what life can be like in the future...hooked to the Vast Machine with no freedom and monitored constantly by big brother. Makes one think... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivana | 3/28/2011

    " If the book is about the necessity to preserve the freedom of the mind, to let the people be creative, to allow for the visionaries, I prefer it if there's at least some creativity in the book itself. Otherwise, what exactly creativity are we defending?

    This one was way too predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 3/7/2011

    " Lots of overtones: spiritual, political. Would rather focus on the adventure than the not-so-subtle messages. It was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/17/2011

    " Not as good as the first two, but I liked the ending and how it delved a little deeper into the other Realms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wale | 2/13/2011

    " It was obvious while reading this book that John T. Hawks had already made his statement with the previous two books in the series but needed some kind of conclusion to the trilogy. This last instalment contained nothing new and read more like an epilogue than a conclusion.
    "

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

    " Long strange series. Maintains tension but conspiracy theory aspects were excessive imho. "

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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.