The Golden City (Fourth Realm Trilogy #3)

The Golden City (Fourth Realm Trilogy #3)

by John Twelve Hawks
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The Golden City (Fourth Realm Trilogy #3) by John Twelve Hawks

A world that exists in the shadow of our own . . . the thrilling conclusion to John Twelve Hawks's Fourth Realm trilogy, The Golden City is packed with the knife-edge tension, intriguing characters, and startling plot twists that made The Traveler and The Dark River international hits.

John Twelve Hawks's previous novels about the mystical Travelers and the Brethren, their ruthless enemies, generated an extraordinary following around the world. The Washington Post wrote that The Traveler “portrays a Big Brother with powers far beyond anything Orwell could imagine . . .” and Publishers Weekly hailed the series as “a saga that's part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic.” Internet chat rooms and blogs have overflowed with speculation about the final destiny of the richly imagined characters fighting an epic battle beneath the surface of our modern world.

In The Golden City, Twelve Hawks delivers the climax to his spellbinding epic. Struggling to protect the legacy of his Traveler father, Gabriel faces troubling new questions and relentless threats. His brother Michael, now firmly allied with the enemy, pursues his ambition to wrest power from Nathan Boone, the calculating leader of the Brethren. And Maya, the Harlequin warrior pledged to protect Gabriel at all costs, is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.

A riveting blend of high-tech thriller and fast-paced adventure, The Golden City will delight Twelve Hawks's many fans and attract a new audience to the entire trilogy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400079315
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: Fourth Realm Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 223,485
Product dimensions: 8.14(w) x 5.26(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

JOHN TWELVE HAWKS is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Traveler and The Dark River.

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The Golden City (Fourth Realm Trilogy Series #3) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Brothers Michael and Gabriel Corrigan are the last known Travelers, who travel parallel universes. They are on opposite sides of a war. Michael cooperates with the Brethren run Tabula, an international cartel seeking world command and control through the Panopticon. However, he has his own ambitious agenda to take control of the Tabula in order to begin his domination of the world through a fear technologically based propaganda campaign identical to what he witnessed on the Fifth Realm by demi-gods. Gabriel has joined the Free Runners, who fear the increase in insidious technology that enables one too many spying, which in turn inhibit freedom. The Tabula name him an enemy of the state along with his allies Hollis, Linden and his beloved Harlequin Maya, whom he rescued from the hell of the First Dimension. The Free Runners must prevent Gabriel's sibling from succeeding, but Michael and his associates control communication technology, which means the Tabula possess mass weapons and espionage capabilities too. The final "Fourth Realm" thriller (see THE TRAVELER and THE DARK RIVER) is an entertaining cautionary tale that is timely as John Twelve Hawks overarching theme is freedom has come under assault by electronic surveillance. The story line is for most part fast-paced and filled with action although can get bogged down by philosophical debate. Still fans will appreciate THE GOLDEN CITY as freedom continues the uphill battle on this realm having lost on other Realms to technological dictators who make 1984 look like minor intrusions. Harriet Klausner
lochnez More than 1 year ago
This is really a review of all three books in the series, not just "The Golden City." I bought "The Traveler" while a member of BOMC. I thoroughly enjoyed it and looked forward to the sequels. I dropped my membership and did not acquire the sequels until recently when I got my nook. I purchased the ebooks based on my opinion of the first. I was disappointed. Realizing all the while that there is nothing original in the storyline other than the juxtaposition of the various elements, "The Traveler" was a good yarn, introducing us to the Travelers, the Harlequins, and the Brethren. People who can move through dimensions is not a new concept. Soldiers dedicated to protecting powerful people is not new. The Brethren could be seen as the Illuminati. But combining them in one story was inspired. The Vast Machine is not new, it existed in Asimov's time. The problem I have with the sequels is that they could have been one book. There simply is not that much going on. The author spends as much time describing the locale as the action. It read in places like a travelogue. He constantly reminded us of who characters were when mentioning them after they had been absent for a few chapters as though our memories were faulty. The denouement of the final book was disappointing to say the least. Finally, having purchased the ebooks, I expected them to be faithful copies of the published books. I found too many places where words were omitted in sentences, or an inappropriate word was in between two other words. There were misspellings as well. In, short, read "The Traveler" but skip the sequels. It's a ripping yarn with plenty of action and food for thought about our eroding privacy. But the sequels don't add anything to it and don't end well.
RLVL More than 1 year ago
John Twleve Hawks has written a provocative and thrilling Thrilogy and when one ponders about Big Brother - one can see the possibilities of it becoming real.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
This series is only slightly above average. Nothing spectacular but worth reading when there is nothing else available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Glad to know how it all comes to a closure....yet still keeps you hanging. Love this book - ready for more.
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Gate68 More than 1 year ago
I thought the story was OK, but not as good as the first book. Some of his descriptions were very tedious. I bought this as a Nook book, and what I found unbelievable and incredibly distracting were the numerous typos, omitted words, and other editorial blunders. If I had bought this as a hardback or paperback, I would have returned it for a refund. It is hard to understand how something with such sloppy proofreading/editing could be released.
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