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Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information. I talk to them using a satellite phone or we communicate through the internet. Your message in the book about the end of privacy in our society is frightening. How much of what you portray is true and how much is pure invention? Email messages are scanned by a program called Carnivore and programs linked to surveillance cameras use algorithms to identify you instantly.
What, if any, suggestions do you have for people who are concerned about identity theft, the Patriot Act, phone and internet surveillance and other invasions of everyday privacy? Some of your characters agitate against the Vast Machine. Would you advise this? This first step is to be aware of what is going on. Most of us have given up our privacy without even knowing it. At some point, we need to express our opinions to our elected officials. The growing power of the Vast Machine is actually not an issue that is tied to a particular political party. The most important thing is that we not succumb to the baseless fear that is used to justify our loss of personal liberty.
People objected when the government proposed something called the Total Information Awareness system: When the name of the program was changed to the Terrorist Information Awareness system — just one new word — all the criticism vanished. The settings in the book are captured in vivid detail—the Charles Bridge in Prague, the California desert, the back alleys of East London.
Was travel a big part of your research? Virtually all the locations in the book are real. The scenes of violence in the book also seem very real — not Hollywood fantasies. I studied martial arts for several years and have fought both in tournaments and on the street. This duplicates my own experience creating the book. Every time I began to write a scene that involved fighting I had no idea if my characters were going to survive.
Family seems to be both a blessing and a curse in the novel. Saved by the blood. Maya loved her father, Thorn, but he also destroyed her childhood. Gabriel and Michael Corrigan thought that their father was killed by the Tabula, but now there are signs that his ghost is alive. A crucial secondary character named Lawrence Takawa changes his entire life in honor of a father he has never met.
What do you think is the role of faith in modern society? There has been a continual battle throughout history between institutions that try to control our lives and those visionaries who emphasize the value of the human spirit. Faith can give us a larger perspective on our own lives as well as the world that surrounds us.
The novel also suggests that Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, even an obscure Rabbi from Poland may have all been Travelers—which begs the question: What if any is your religious affiliation? When I was in my twenties, I was an atheist and proud of it. This is the first book in a trilogy. Sep 04, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was not at all what I expected The author raised tons of important points regarding "big brother" and how easily our every move can be monitored by the "vast machine.
I loved Maya's character the female harlequ This book was not at all what I expected I loved Maya's character the female harlequin wrestling with emotion and destiny. Is her future necesarily bound by the harlequin tradition or is she free to pursue friendships. Being a theologian at heart I was fascinated by the books take on religion.
It basicaly describes the religious experience as being a result of measurable brain activity. They joke about the God in the box and the idea that God is all in our head, and is as explainable as the sensation of smell or touch. I jumped on the sequal: The Dark River and eagerly anticipate the final book in the trilogy.
I read "The Traveler" a couple of years ago and I still think about it occasionally.
The whole concept of what a Traveler can do was kind of New-Agey, but I thought the idea of people trying to live off the grid without anything connecting up to computers was very unique. If you read the blurb, you'd think this was a science fiction novel. I suppose it can be argued that it is a science fiction novel. However, in retrospect, I consider it to be a fantasy novel that uses a lot of modern technol I read "The Traveler" a couple of years ago and I still think about it occasionally. However, in retrospect, I consider it to be a fantasy novel that uses a lot of modern technology.
It has an epic quest, a centuries-old battle between good and evil, swords, and a secret society of knights protecting people with special powers. I call that fantasy even if they use GPS systems, cell phones and computers. I think the biggest problem is the New Age ideas cloaked in the guise of science fiction. As I stated before, this is really a fantasy novel, but it's trying very hard to be science fiction. Unfortunately for the author, he just doesn't get that when one's "light" leaves one's body and crosses barriers that are related to the "elements" of fire, air, water, etc.
He uses things like a quantum computer, monitoring cameras and GPS devices like magical items. In his world, the tools of the Vast Machine have no basis in real science and technology. This is essentially a New Age Conspiracy Theory novel. However, I still found "The Traveler" to be an engaging read despite it's rather obvious flaws. The pacing is good and there's plenty of action. I did downgrade it from 4 to 3 stars though. Even though the whole New Age angle really ticked me off both times I read it, I still liked the plot and the characters.
Jun 18, Elizabeta rated it really liked it Shelves: Conspiracy with paranormal twist, great! Jun 06, Erica Satifka rated it did not like it Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Protected by his What it is: Protected by his bodyguard, an oddly-named "Harlequin" whose family has protected Travelers for generations, they prowl various government buildings reenacting dialogue from The Matrix. His twin brother is an evil Traveler brainwashed by the government. Bet you didn't see that one coming!
The writing in this book is incredibly awful. Dialogue and description flatter than the state of Kansas where the author apparently lives in an underground bunker writing this crap and avoiding the gubmint , stereotypical characters Asian-American character wielding a samurai sword given to him by his traditional father?!?! And worst of all, the book's cover did not indicate that it was the first in a series.
I do not read series books unless the entire series is published I'm not that patient! Stay away from this one, folks. Nov 19, Monk rated it it was amazing. Probably my favorite book of the last couple of years. The Traveler and its follow-up are a very cool blend of techno-thriller and fantasy, and they move along at an incredible pace.
I live a very busy life and usually can read books only in page bites before I pass out at night, but these books are load-up-on-Pepsi-Max-'cause-you-ain't-going-to-bed-brother kind of books. The story arc deals with two brothers and their inherited ability to travel between dimensions, but much of this first boo Probably my favorite book of the last couple of years. The story arc deals with two brothers and their inherited ability to travel between dimensions, but much of this first book is a nifty "chase" novel, with pursuers who have easy access to security cameras, credit card machines, traffic light computers, etc.
I can't let my wife read it The final book came out this fall I just learned , so I plan to schedule a new-year's marathon reading the entire series again. This might be the worst book I've read in years. I gave it an extra star just for being kind of 'neat' in the premise, but the writing leaves a lot to be desired. You can tell when a book is good because it opens your mind to other possibilities. And his book truly did that for me. I loved it so much. Welcome to the world of The Traveler — a world frighteningly like our own. On the Random House website, his biography reads: His name is but a pseudonym.
His publisher and editor have never met him; and he communicates using only a satellite phone with a voice scrambler. It gives people the right to live and think in new ways. Travelers are people born gifted with the ability to travel into different dimensions by means of their light source or soul. People like them, like Gabriel and Michael Corrigan, exercise freedom beyond the limits of norm. Their mere existence spreads awareness to the people. For centuries, the Tabula have worked hard to eliminate their kind.
They are trained warriors, cunning and unblinking killers. Like her father before her, Maya was trained since she was but a child in the art of death. Her fate is intertwined with the Corrigan brothers. She must do everything she can to keep them off the grid. Maya knew who she was: Yes, it would be difficult, but she would stay with Gabriel.
The Traveler is a fast-moving, high-tech, spiritually-complex thriller. View all 4 comments. Nov 11, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked this novel of conspiracy and danger. The series is delving into some eastern areas of belief as it moves. The characters here are well imagined and the story told well. The background of the book I found fascinating.
Anyone familiar with Jeremy Bentham and the idea of the Panopticon would I think find this book interesting. While at first glance it the fears of the character and the situation they struggle against seems very far fetched, the idea of a "virtual Panopticon" becomes far more I liked this novel of conspiracy and danger. While at first glance it the fears of the character and the situation they struggle against seems very far fetched, the idea of a "virtual Panopticon" becomes far more acceptable as you look around. The proliferation of cameras for instance is a fact and in the UK it's actually true that in the city your "virtually" always on camera.
I liked the approach. The book takes an almost paranoid seeming conspiracist view and makes it believable. The individuals in the Tabula and it's overall plans are given but don't become detailed. This works however because they are supposed to be somewhat shadowy. Keeping them so while using them in the story is done pretty well.
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. Was travel a big part of your research? Cheese and Rice, Doubleday, are you freaking kidding me?! 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. See 1 question about The Traveler…. It doesn't hold together well and it's full of holes, but it does run the course of the book and that's a plus.
The idea of the Travelers isn't a new one, and I find it the weakest pivot point in the book. It's handled in a way that holds together and fits into the authors milieu. Still while it works it seems a weak point to me. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I'm not Buddhist or that I disagree with Buddhism. I just think that the story would have worked better as a straight conspiracy piece, especially as the author makes it clear he is at least according to his postscript and so on a conspiracy believer.
The best drawn but also somewhat enigmatic characters in the book and the one that will i think draw more readers in on a basic "action read" level are of course the Harlequins. The book is enjoyable and while I think the series itself sort of plowed into the ground a bit later, this one was good. Mar 25, Jim O'Donnell rated it did not like it.
While the subject matter is very interesting, the book becomes a slog. It is weighed down by its own cliches and overly worn themes. Essentially, there exists a group of people with special powers to cross over to other dimensions. Then there are a group of people who are sworn to protect them. Then there are a group of people working to hunt them down. All this takes place in a very near future dystopian surveillence society future as in Its ba Pretty tiresome tripe. Its basically the Matrix with swords. The Matrix and like There is nothing origional here and that's what I found most annoying oh yeah Those who have the ability to cross over are And the protectors are the Harlequins.
Gabriel and Michael Corrigan are two young men living just beneath the glittering surface of life in Los Angeles. Since childhood, the brothers have been. The Traveller (Fourth Realm Trilogy 1) [John Twelve Hawks] on uzotoqadoh.tk The Traveler: Book One of the Fourth Realm Trilogy and millions of other books.
The most ridiculous aspect to the whole book is the ever so tiresome fascination some people have with a fantasized historical Japan of golden swords and ninjas and secret societies. The Bretheren want to kill all the Travelers and of course the last Harlequin that can defend them is some hot chick named Lara Croft I think someday, someone will do something origional. When the most intriguing question about a book is the real identity of the author, you know something isn't working.
John Twelve Hawks lives "off the grid" and his novel, "The Traveler" is a warning to the rest of us consider doing the same. We may not know it, but our world is just one of many realms, though only a special few people can break the barriers from one realm to another.
These people are called Travelers and they've apparently been at war with a group called the Tabula for years. The When the most intriguing question about a book is the real identity of the author, you know something isn't working. The Travelers are protected by the Harlequins, who consider it a duty and honor to protect them and possibly lay down their lives for them. Apparently, the Tabula are winning the war, using the horrors of modern technology to track down and destroy all the Travelers and Harlequins.
Except for two brothers, both of whom are Travelers. The book becomes a race against time for several players on both sides to try and get to the two brothers. One of them, Michael, is kidnapped and brainwashed by the Tabula. The other, Gabriel is saved and goes to an Indian reservation to begin his Traveler training.
If it sounds like a lot of popular movies you've seen in the last twenty years or so, it's probably because "The Traveler" has borrowed a lot from the best of them.
The story wants to have the same sense of pervasive paranoia that is a highlight of the stories and novels of Philip K. Dick, but it comes up woefully short. Passages about how Maya, one of the last Harlequins, must change her physical features to avoid the vast machine seem to be ripped right out of the page of any good spy thriller of the past twenty years or the Bourne movies.
The story is full of mystic mumbo-jumbo, little of it delved into at any great depth or even explained. Basically, we're supposed to fear the machines and the only way to live is without the intrusion of machines into our every day life. Well, except for the occasional quick jaunt around the Internet to find information The novel plunges forward from one absurd moment to the next without any logic or reason, before coming to a close with a cliffhanger.
It's one that you'll see coming, if only because looking at the number of pages left will clue you in that Twelve Hawks won't have time to wrap it all up in the time he has left. If the story were a bit more compelling, a bit less cliched and the characters anything more than archetypes, I might be a bit more inclined to wonder more about the identity of John Twelve Hawks. Given how pedestrian and cliched the novel is, I find myself wondering if the author is more or less hiding behind the identity of Twelve Hawks not so that he or she won't be discovered by the vast machine, but so his or her name won't be associated with this lackluster novel.
Sep 10, Arminzerella rated it it was ok Shelves: This book got a lot of publicity prior to publication. It was hailed as being phenomenal. It describes a future dystopian society, where privacy and individual freedom are compromised. The government wants in on that action, but the powers of observation and control are held by a group known as the Brethren who have all the cool toys — a quantum computer, the means to tap into all kinds of monitoring devices worldwide, and the ability to make genetically mutated animals.
A group of protectors grew up to keep the Travelers safe from harm. These people are known as Harlequins. With this setup, we meet Maya, a Harlequin, whose father is killed when he tries to pass a mission along to her. She declines until she sees him horribly murdered. Then she takes up her birthright to protect the Traveler, Gabriel. Meanwhile, the Brethren capture his brother, Michael, for their evil experiments. They discover that there are other beings in other planes and they make a deal to trade information for information.
Michael, also a Traveler, is important to their plans. This could be a very gripping tale, and despite flat characters, it still is somewhat intriguing. It does not have the visual power of the Matrix, or even the doomed frustration of or Brave New World. It tries to take advantage of our fears about our own civilization — where our powers of free speech and access to information seem to be under attack constantly, and where our privacy is being compromised for the sake of our protection. Yes, this is just a story, but I have the feeling it could have been a more moving one, a call to action, more emotionally gripping.
But it fails to engage. Mar 18, Steve Coughlan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: