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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:
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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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  • 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.
  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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