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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,886 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: June 2005 ISBN: 9780739320471
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A world that exists in the shadows of our own. A conflict we will never see. One woman stands between those determined to control history and those who will risk their lives for freedom.

Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The twenty-six-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father, and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins—a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

Gabriel and Michael Corrigan are brothers living in Los Angeles. Since childhood, the young men have been shaped by stories that their late father was a Traveler, one of a small band of prophets who have vastly influenced the course of history. Travelers are able to attain pure enlightenment, and have for centuries ushered change into the world. Gabriel and Michael, who may have inherited their father’s gifts, have always protected themselves by living “off the Grid”—that is, invisible to the real-life surveillance networks that monitor people in our modern society.

Summoned by her ailing father, Maya is told of the existence of the brothers. The Corrigans are in severe danger, stalked by powerful men known as the Tabula—ruthless mercenaries who have hunted Travelers for generations. This group is determined to inflict order on the world by controlling it, and they view Travelers as an intolerable threat. As Maya races to California to protect the brothers, she is reluctantly pulled back into the cold and solitary Harlequin existence. A colossal battle looms—one that will reveal not only the identities of Gabriel and Michael Corrigan but also a secret history of our time.

Moving from the back alleys of Prague to the heart of Los Angeles, from the high deserts of Arizona to a guarded research facility in New York, The Traveler explores a parallel world that exists alongside our own. John Twelve Hawks’s stunningly suspenseful debut is an international publishing sensation that marks the arrival of a major new talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This novel’s a stunner. . . . You won’t want to put the book down. People
  • The stuff that first-rate high-tech paranoid-schizophrenic thrillers are made of. Time
  • A fearless, brilliant action heroine (think Uma Thurman in Kill Bill); a secret history of the world; a tale of brother against brother . . . and nonstop action as the forces of good and evil battle it out. . . . Readers won’t regret taking this wild ride. The Times-Picayune
  • Gripping. . . . Fresh and fascinating. . . . Impossible to put down. Daily News

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri Logan | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed the thoughts about living outside this world, "off the grid." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/10/2014

    " This book is Matrix meets 1984. Have fun reading and stay off the grid "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 2/5/2014

    " The author's paranoia that he mentioned in the prologue, while contagious, got distracting to the point of eye-rolling. The story might have been able to wrap up neatly in one book, but halfway through, it felt like it was becoming a series and the second half of the book was stalling for a cliffhanger. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie Stokes | 2/4/2014

    " Harlequins protect Travelers from the Brethren who are trying to kill them all. Maya is a Harlequin, and because she is always on the run and always being hunted by the Brethren, she cannot afford to trust anyone, form any type of relationship, or stay in one place too long. As a result, I found it very hard to connect with her character, since she comes across as cold. My single star rating is not to say the book is poorly written, but rather that I, personally, just did not like the story. I couldn't even finish reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 obh | 1/29/2014

    " One of the best reads. Do Not miss this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannine | 1/28/2014

    " A must read, especially for those living in a post-9/11 world. You'll never walk past a video camera in the store again without a little twitch of the shoulders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alternate | 1/19/2014

    " It's fun, quick and interesting enough for me to read the second. I wouldn't recommend it to any of my snobby 'bookish' friends as they would likely be appalled at how poorly written it is and how loose the plot gets as time goes on, but I still like it. I like it like I like Alien vs. Predator or Cotton Candy. It's not good, but there's an appeal about it that I can't explain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes Hunter | 1/17/2014

    " this is sort of a weird, "x-files" kinda book, it easily could have been really cheesy (and the author's whole living off the grid thing is really stupid) but the book is good, i'm actually really looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/1/2014

    " This book had so much potential, with the idea of the travelers, but was disappointing. I did like how he wove so many of today's events and technology into the conspiracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Ellen | 1/1/2014

    " Really good story with interesting characters. Too bad it seems to have fizzled out in the sequel and the non-existing 3rd book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 12/15/2013

    " One of the best books I've read. It has almost an apocalyptic feel to it, the setting very influenced by the taking over mankind by an exclusive group trying to take control of the world. "

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

    " Parts are pretty violent but otherwise a really interesting premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) | 9/27/2013

    " Very sci-fi conspiracy theorish. I enjoyed it. Not my usual genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gae-Lynn Woods | 9/19/2013

    " I came across The Traveler not long ago, and remembered how much I enjoyed it the first time I read it. I've just finished it for the second time, and am glad I took the time to read it again! I'll have to look for the second book in the series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mighty | 3/24/2013

    " This is basically the Matrix in literary form and started slow... But it ended really well and so I have been roped in to read the 2nd one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 8/10/2012

    " good read, but it does drag on. not sure if i'll continue reading the rest of the trilogy, but it was enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Clifton | 3/11/2012

    " Very gripping and a bit of a page turner for those of you who like a touch of fantasy fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinna | 2/26/2012

    " Fast paced, action-y, sci-fi-y, matrix-y. Didn't realize it was part of a trilogy and that I have to keep reading to find out what happens... doh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie Terry | 1/24/2012

    " Enjoyable and entertaining. I thought the characters were well developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashleyguercio | 8/17/2011

    " Really cool book. The first in a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime Rush | 6/10/2011

    " A good but grim view of the future, some supernatural stuff, and an interesting storyline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/22/2011

    " This book is Matrix meets 1984. Have fun reading and stay off the grid "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lvolk | 5/19/2011

    " I read all the books in this series. I think there are 3?? There were some strange concepts to try to wrap my brain around in the story, but it was interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/6/2011

    " Read, but sped-read. I think there's a good book in here, I just didn't feel like I understood exactly what was going on, or it wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 5/4/2011

    " Almost so bad that it's good but no, just bad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Tried for a few hours, but just too unbelieveable to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 3/13/2011

    " I read this book in a day. It is packed full of what some people call science fiction but is stuff that is either already being used or is almost ready to be used. Creepy and full of action/adventure. It would be great for both tweens, teens, and adults alike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/11/2011

    " This book had so much potential, with the idea of the travelers, but was disappointing. I did like how he wove so many of today's events and technology into the conspiracy. "

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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.