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 Traveller, 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.
©2005 John Twelve Hawks; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"The author, a gifted storyteller, makes this surreal and vaguely supernatural good-versus-evil story entirely believable....The pace is fast, the characters intriguing and memorable, the evil dark and palpable, and the genre-bending between fantasy and thriller seamless." (Booklist)
"Powerful, mainstream fiction built on a foundation of cutting-edge technology laced with fantasy and the chilling specter of an all-too-possible social and political reality." (Publishers Weekly)
This audiobook is introduced by the author, who declares himself somewhat dramatically as 'off the grid', meaning he exists outside of any governmental control and influence, rejecting technology that can be used to monitor him. This claim is supported by the fact the audio quality at this point sounds like he is talking from a distant bunker using a homemade telephone.
Although a lot of what he says about the dangers of our surveillance society and the way in which our rights are being constantly eroded are credible and should be highlighted, he really didn't need to write this book. If you have an allergy to plot cliches, character stereotypes and books that are written where any storyline is clearly only of secondary consideration to the authors true agenda, then expect to erupt into rashes, boils and whatever other symptoms by which your allergy manifests itself. The story is constantly guided into long, tedious descriptions of 'real' tactics by which the evil government and their shady, murderous operatives monitor and control us all. Ironically, this book would be a case-study in manipulating thought it it hadn't been written using a sledge-hammer ...metaphortically speaking.
Coincidentally, the authors pretentious middle name is exactly the percentage-chance of my reading any other books by him. Is there a conspiracy here?
Finally, and somewhat futilely, I would like to state that I am not a secret government operative, infiltrating Audible with dismissive reviews to discredit 'off the grid' authors who might be getting too close to the truth. No really, I'm not.
What a boring book. I guess it was setting up the next 2 books but it was so boring i didn't bother with the next 2.
Also the narration is just awful
"Not sure why this is a bestseller..."
I ordered this book because it sounded interesting and it was an Audible Bestseller, which is usually a reliable recommendation. I have to say, though, that this was one of the most unsatisfying books I have ever read/listened to. It was very long, and after some 15 1/2 hours, I would have liked the story to tie the details together. Instead, it left so many loose ends it seems like the author just wrote what he did to coerce us into buying a sequel. It took a while to care about the characters, too, and when I finally did, the book ended without telling me what happened to them. I would not recommend this book.
"Good, but not as good as unabridged version."
Interesting and thought provoking. Much better illumination in the unabridged, Scott Brick read version. Well thought out and good interview with the author at the end.
"Ludlum vs Orwell"
Well, I can't say it was a waste to get it but I wouldn't get it again. We've seen this sort of thing before in just about every Robert Ludlum book out there. Big Brother kind of stuff but the author was more concerned about warning us of the dangers than developing the plot and characters. Now, if he went more in depth into the worlds of "traveling" or the "big" computer system the antagonists were using (no plot spoilers), that could have helped. I think when it comes down to this type of "warning fiction", if you can't make the reader care, you're going to get no where. And that is where I'm left, I just flat out didn't care about what all these organizations could do.....maybe I should....hmmmmm.....
"Maybe a movie"
I read some reviews earlier that this would make a great movie and that it would be SO exciting. I think they are probably right. Everything of substance in this book could be set forth in a 2 hour movie. They might even be able to add a few layers. The most interesting part of the whole book occured in the first 30 seconds when Twelve Hawks (synthesized of course) spoke of being "off the grid". A lot of people are questioning wether or not this is a publicity stunt but I think that John Twelve Hawks has to be the real thing. It would take a total shut in who trully believed the machine was watching in order to write this book.
Only someone that absorbed could believe that these characters were even remotely believable. The bad guys (which is what they were, single layered without complexity) in this book had virtually no motivation. I wouldn't necessarily consider this a problem but it left the reader to believe that the "bad guys" truly thought they were helping the world. I love a good thriller but I hate characters without depth.
Maybe Steven Segal could make a good made for DVD movie out of this.
"Remined me of a William Gibson book!!"
I have listened to over a hundred audio book (way over)and I thought this book was great. I didn't check to see who the narrator was and so did not know it was David Carradine until after I had listened to it. Personally, I think actors make better story tellers than announcers do and I thought Carradine did a good job, his style did not get in the way of the story(I did not stop the book to look up the name of the putz that was telling it).
The story was compelling and reminded me of a William Gibson book. His charactors are well developed and and have depth. The story moves along well; I was anxious to get back to listening to it. The only bad thing is that this is book one of three and I want to know what happens to the characters!
The author is more than just a writer of fiction, he lives a lifestyle that is outside the "system", like many of his characters do(there is an interview with him at the end of the book). A little bizzare but he writes very knowledgeably about the subject from that perspective.
Listened to the first 40 pages and gave up.
"David Carradine should not read books!"
John Twelve Hawks was not well served by having David Carradine read his novel. I found his reading style so distracting that the book wasn't worth the time.
"Good story until the end"
I enjoyed the story. It was not inspired, but an OK read. Then, at the end in an interview with the author, I found out that he really believes there is a conspiracy! What a load.
This is the beginning a series of fast pace novels that bring you into a unknow realm of mystery and imagination.
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