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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Twelve Hawks Narrator: David Carradine Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Fourth Realm Trilogy Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780739316375
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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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 2/15/2014

    " I absolutely enjoyed this trilogy. Never heard of the author and he has not written anything since but it was like cinematic in my head. I told the hubby about it so much that he also read it and raved about it. I would strongly recommend it to anyone. I am highly supprised that it was not picked up for a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 2/12/2014

    " This is a book that makes you relook at your reality. who is in charge. I read all three books and recommend it to anyone who will listen. They are so close to our reality its scary. Cell phone, cameras with internet everywhere. You can control and monitor your home from anywhere. We use discount cards and debit cards for every purchase. We are predictable we are already in our prison cells. These books are part of my permanent library I think everyone should read these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Morton | 2/3/2014

    " Loved the premise of this book. Makes you know Big Brother is watching!!! Makes you wonder how much of the rest of it is true....... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 1/27/2014

    " This was recommended to me by a stranger at B&N. It sat on my shelf for almost a year before I pulled it out and read it. When I did, I could not put it down. Parts of it are quite violent and disturbing--especially all the stuff about how we are being tracked and watched and in some ways controlled by those in power with scanners and cameras and microchips. The futuristic society has parts that are not so futuristic as they seem as much of it is really happening. John Twelve Hawks talks about how much of what he writes about sounds like sci fi but is based in reality. There are travelers--they can go to other realms and they move among us, are seen as very wise, become gurus or spiritual leaders because of their advanced knowledge of the universe and its many layers. Then there are the people who want to control everything--they have scientists and money and high-level people in their pocket. They are the "bad guys." Then there are the handful of people who are born into a life of service protecting the travelers. They have a secret society and lots of clever ways to live off the grid in order to avoid being tracked (and killed) and bringing the bad guys to the traveler. When a traveler is in another realm, his body remains behind and appears for all intents and purposes to be dead. That aspect of it reminded me a lot of The Matrix...plus when in the other realms, if they die there, their "real" body dies as well. The female character who kicks butt--she is one of the ones charged with protecting the travelers--reminds me of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She was raised to be a guardian. She is clever and resourceful...wears many disguises, knows how to fool the grid, carries a sword and knows how to pack disassembled weapons for air flight. Her life requires her to be cold and to avoid relationships and feeling. Of course, that all becomes quite difficult as the story unfolds. She's one of the "good guys." The final book in the series was a bit disappointing in how it was all wrapped up--but I still loved the journey! With each book, I could not wait to read the next one. HIGHLY ADDICTIVE! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/25/2014

    " So far, this is quite a good book. I am always wanting more as each chapter ends and Twelve Hawkes switches characters. I look forward to finding out what happens to Maya! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris "Stu" | 1/19/2014

    " Why didn't anyone warn me that this book was a) not very good, and b) part of a series? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 12/19/2013

    " Interesting somewhat paranoiac fantasy with a conspiracy theory thread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/11/2013

    " I loved this book! So nice to finally have a kick butt chick as the hero. Action packed; great storyline. Can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mighty | 12/1/2013

    " 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 Cydney | 10/26/2013

    " I wouldn't have read this because of all the comparisons to "The Da Vinci Code" which i hated. However a friend lent it to me and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerensa | 8/19/2013

    " This is a science fiction book about survelence networks and control. But I like it because it is not too far removed from the types of survelence we see in our world - yikes. "

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

    " This is definitely one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/25/2013

    " I would read this again. In fact I just might soon. Good if you need a reminder about privacy or getting off the grid ... aka big brother thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Arnott | 4/6/2013

    " Audio version: read by Scott Brick "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 1/21/2013

    " Didn't grab me at first but once you got the characters sorted it wasn't a bad book. Got the next one on my tbr so will read that one soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo | 12/24/2012

    " Quite an intriguing (and scary) view of a very probable near future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carmela | 11/2/2012

    " I tried and tried to get into this book, but I just couldn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Clifton | 12/2/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gogo | 9/22/2011

    " You must be a sci-fi, technology fan for this book, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 9/7/2011

    " I'm a huge fan. I'm not going to lie . . . this book made me look around and wonder if I'm a cog in the machine of the matrix. A really insightful piece of dystopian lit. "

  • 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 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.