The Traveler

The Traveler

A Novel

Book - 2005
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A world that exists in the shadows of our own. A conflict we will never see. One woman stands between those determined to control history and those who will risk their lives for freedom. Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The twenty-six-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father, and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins--a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers. 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 Traveler, 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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday : c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385514286
038551428X
Characteristics: 456 p. ; 24 cm

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fpm
Jun 24, 2015

I couldn't get past the first few chapters with all the gratuitous violence.

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ScorchingSun
Feb 01, 2015

1984 meets Jason Bourne.
A disturbing look at hunger for power and control, with intense action scenes. I didn't smell a whiff of YA fiction (not that YA fiction is necessarily bad).

GeoffAbel Jun 27, 2014

Gah. I couldn't finish it. I have a low tolerance for mediocre writing and this book reads like it was written by a teenager. It should have been marketted to the YA crowd. I'm sure it would be a fine beach book for a 15 year old.

KileyP Apr 26, 2012

This book is unsettling! It's eerie how it draws lines of thought to how seamlessly we've allowed the integration of technologies into our everyday lives - and not questioned the uses that they can be put to. A great kick off to a trilogy, John Twelve Hawks is actually a pseudonym - even the publisher claims they don't know who he really is! If you love conspiracy theory books, with hints of sci-fi and even light fantasy, this action-packed book is definitely for you.

rprivette Jan 30, 2012

part of a trilogy. Clever, engaging. I really became attached to the main characters in the 2nd novel in the series, felt a tad let down after the 3rd. I hope there will be more.

starman77 Dec 26, 2011

Neat ideas, but mediocre execution. It seemed like an amalgamation of things the author thought were cool (which is fine I guess) but the way in which the story unfolded was not interesting to me. The characters were stereotypical and predictable. I kept waiting for the book to pick up but in my opinion it never did. I did finish it and might read the second (and third)...someday.

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Tipper12
Jun 25, 2010

Great story, I got really into it. I wish there had been a little more character interaction but alas... Spooky how closely it resembles reality.

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