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The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks

Monday, 19 September 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fiction. Audiobook from Random House Audio. Published 2005. Recorded in 2005. Unabridged, read by Scott Brick, 15 hours and 37 minutes. Purchased from Audible.com

The author of this book writes under a pen name to protect his (or her?) identity. There is a interview with the author (with the voice disguised) at the end of the recording where he/she expounds on his/her theories about “living off the grid”. (Which means things like no driver’s licenses, or registering to vote, or owning property or having checking accounts, etc. to stay away from the notice of the government.) Being “on the grid” does not really bother me, so his/her concerns seem a bit paranoid to me. But, perhaps if I went through what Sandra Bullock did in the movie The Net I would have a different perspective on it. Who knows?

As to the book, there were some ideas that needed a bit more fleshing out perhaps (like what the big deal was about travelers – other than a short bit where someone talked about how great a traveler was because he made everyone feel better, it’s really very vague about that part of it and I wasn’t really sure why I should care if they were all gone). It was somewhat predictable in terms of where each of the brothers ended up as well. The book did keep me occupied while I did housework so I was thankful for the diversion. Not the best thing I’ve read lately, but not the worse, either.

Publisher’s summary:
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 shaped by stories that their father was a Traveler–one of an elite group of prophets able to attain pure enlightenment. The Corrigans, who may have inherited their father’s gifts, have always lived “off the grid”—that is, invisible to the intricate surveillance networks that monitor people in our modern world.

Thousands of miles away, Maya is attempting to lead a normal life in London. The attractive twenty-six-year-old designer wants to ignore the fact that she comes from a long lineage of Harlequins–a band of warriors pledged to protect the Travelers at all costs. When Maya is summoned to Prague by her ailing father, she learns that Gabriel and Michael have just been located in California. The brothers may represent the last surviving Travelers, and are in desperate need of protection. Maya is reluctant to be drawn into the solitary, destructive life of her ancestors, but she has been trained to fight since she was a young girl.

Also searching for the brothers is Nathan Boone, a disciplined mercenary working for the Tabulas–ruthless men who are determined to inflict order on the world by invisibly controlling its population. Boone and the Tabulas fear the power of the Travelers, and for generations Tabulas have hunted them down. When Maya flies to California in search of Gabriel and Michael Corrigan, a colossal battle looms that will reveal a secret history of our time.

In this stunningly suspenseful first novel, reminiscent of George Orwell and Philip Pullman, John Twelve Hawks has created a vividly imagined world that runs parallel to our own. Moving at lightning speed from the back alleys of Prague to the underworld of Los Angeles to a guarded research facility in New York, THE TRAVELER goes beneath the surface to give us new insights on history and our own lives.

To buy from amazon.co.uk, click here: The Traveler
from amazon.com, click here: The Traveler : A Novel

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  1. Wednesday, 28 September 2005 at 10:16 pm

    I might like to listen to that one.

  2. Wednesday, 28 September 2005 at 11:51 pm

    Is your iPod authorized for my audiobooks? If so you can just download it from Audible if you want.

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