Gabriel and Michael Corrigan have always lived "off the grid" -- that is, beyond the reach of the technological surveillance that we all know so well. Their protectiveness is not mere paranoia; it stems from stories that they may be Travelers, prophets and seers who stand in constant danger of discovery and capture. Halfway around the world from their Los Angeles hideaway, a 26-year-old woman has been called on an urgent mission: She must race to California to save two men who may well be the last surviving Travelers.
The Barnes & Noble Review
What did St. Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc, Sir Isaac Newton, Jesus Christ, and Muhammad have in common? They were all most likely Travelers -- inspirational prophets who could disconnect their spirits from their bodies and cross over into other realms in search of enlightenment. In John Twelve Hawks's provocative debut, an ancient battle between good and evil -- fought in the shadows of modern society -- is reaching its endgame. With only a few Travelers left in the world, their ancient foes the Tabulas are closing in on their ultimate goal: to create an Orwellian world where everyone is constantly watched and ruthlessly controlled.
Gabriel and Michael Corrigan have lived their entire lives off the Grid. Raised by an enigmatic father who, unbeknownst to them, was a Traveler being hunted by the Tabulas, the brothers were raised outside of the "electronic cage" of the Vast Machine. But now with their family gone, the brothers find themselves the targets of Tabula assassins.
Like her father, Maya is a Harlequin -- a fearless warrior pledged to protect Travelers at all costs. But can she find and protect the brothers long enough for them to fully realize their abilities?
A cautionary tale guaranteed to raise the paranoia level of anyone who reads it, The Traveler is equal parts spiritual entreaty, psychological thriller, and science fiction adventure. Can satellites track your every movement? Do covert Internet surveillance programs inspect your emails and scrutinize the web sites you visit? Is what we believe to be the true history of the world just a "puppet show for childish minds"? Scary stuff… Paul Goat Allen
The Traveler is written with unlikely buoyancy. The ponderousness that afflicts so many big visionary books does not take hold here. The novel's style is page-turningly swift, and its theories are delivered without pseudoscientific harrumphing. Yet for all of the futuristic details that help shape the story, what holds it together is good old-fashioned utopian sunshine.
The New York Times
Twelve Hawks's much anticipated novel is 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. The time is roughly the present, and the U.S. is part of the Vast Machine, a society overseen by the Tabula, a secret organization bent on establishing a perfectly controlled populace. Allied against the Tabula are the Travelers and their sword-carrying protectors, the Harlequins. The Travelers, now almost extinct, can project their spirit into other worlds where they receive wisdom to bring back to earth-wisdom that threatens the Tabula's power. Maya, a reluctant Harlequin, finds herself compelled to protect two naive Travelers, Michael and Gabriel Corrigan. Michael dabbles in shady real estate deals, while Gabriel prefers to live "off the Grid," eschewing any documentation-credit cards, bank accounts-that the Vast Machine could use to track him. Because the Tabula has engineered a way to use the Travelers for its own purposes, Maya must not only keep the brothers alive, but out of the hands of these evil puppet-masters. She succeeds, but she also fails, and therein lies the tale. By the end of this exciting volume, the first in a trilogy, the stage is set for a world-rending clash between good and evil. Agent, Joe Regal. (June 28) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Fear of an unknown enemy, a constantly uprooted life, and survival tactics are all the Corrigan brothers, Michael and Gabriel, have known since childhood. Now grown and settled in Los Angeles, they are secretly being monitored by the Tabula, a small group of internationally powerful men who have marked them as Travelers, i.e., enlightened prophets able to journey to parallel universes and elude government surveillance. London product designer Maya, trained from her youth to be a Harlequin warrior, avowed protector of Travelers, is now reluctantly answering the call to protect the Corrigan brothers and avenge the death of her Harlequin father. In a centuries-old covert battle to gain complete control of the populace with well-organized fear tactics, the Tabula uses the digital world to their advantage to hunt down the last of the Travelers. With his first installment of "The Fourth Realm" trilogy, debut author Twelve Hawks has created a solid thriller drawing on global situations, high-tech products, and eerily familiar views of spirituality. Although numerous characters are introduced, the steady pace of action continually speeds the reader forward. Recommended for popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/05.]-Joy St. John, Henderson District P.L., NV Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
“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“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