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Product Details

  • Series: Fourth Realm Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; Lrg edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375434429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375434426
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,617,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The final volume in Hawks's fantasy thriller series, the Fourth Realm trilogy, brings to an end the struggle between the forces of evil, the Brethren-run empire known as the Tabula, and those of good—the Travelers, Harlequins and other fighters of the Resistance. The first book, The Traveler, promised, and delivered, much; the second, The Dark River, was bleak and a bit of a disappointment. With the third, Hawks has returned, somewhat, to the excitement of the first, though those expecting a final, titanic battle to decide the fate of the world will come away frustrated. In the end, the action scenes are too few and too brief, and the explorations into the other Realms don't come to much of anything. Some fans might wish the author had spent less time on the easy-to-understand philosophical underpinnings (e.g., freedom is the essence of our lives—not surveillance and control) and more time on swinging swords. Newcomers should read the series in order. (Sept.)
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Raves for the New York Times bestselling The Traveler and The Dark River

“This novel’s a stunner … You won’t want to put the book down.” —People

“Page-turningly swift … John Twelve Hawks has drawn upon both pop-cultural and literary touchstones and modified them to create a cyber-1984.” —New York Times

“A thrilling sequel … Engaging and relevant.” —Time Out New York

“Portrays a Big Brother with powers far beyond anything Orwell could imagine … Political prophecy is rarely such fun.” —Washington Post

“Constant action … A must-read … Will have you scratching your head wondering what is real … We may well be seeing John Twelve Hawks on the bestseller lists for years.” —Detroit Free Press

The Dark River is a thought-provoking treatise on mind with matter and the increasing loss of our privacy.” —KansasCity.com

“The book lives up to its hype… The plot twists and turns… Scarcely ten pages go by without action… What sets the novel apart is its underlying philosophy… Thought-provoking thrillers are a rarity indeed, but Twelve Hawks has delivered.” —Tampa Tribune


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Customer Reviews

It just seemed a little too pat.
dcbooklover
This is the third book of the trilogy by John Twelve Hawks and it is a magnificent ending to the story that has been unfolding in the first two books.
E. Salley
This book had its moments, but ended with a whimper.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was turned on to the `Traveler' series "way back" in 2005. I was working at a different bookstore then and we, literally, had twelve advanced reader's copies sitting in our break room. They sat there... and sat there... and sat there. One day I picked one up and that's all it took. Literally, the first paragraph had me and has kept hold of me for four years. Having to wait two years between books hasn't been easy, especially since I devour them as soon as they hit the shelves. But I don't mind because I've really enjoyed this series.

`Golden City' was no different. I had my copy waiting for me, tore the cover off like it was Christmas, and told the rest of the world to leave me the hell alone. If you are a follower of this series you will love this book. How can you not? As I stated earlier, it's been over two years since `The Dark River' so it took me a minute or two to get back in the flow. Gabriel, Michael, The Tabula, Boone, Hollis, The Evergreen Foundation, The Brethren, the Harlequins, and my girl Maya. It was so nice jumping back in their lives and adventures.

This book is fun. Yeah, there are some seriously true political undertones here, but that wasn't what I focused on because I wanted... well... to have fun! I read for entertainment and that is what this book gave me. Others will read this and see the brilliance of JTH and his take on how society is slowly losing its freedom in the name of "protecting our safety", but that's up for you to decide. I enjoyed reading about Maya in the First realm, loved the tension between Hollis and Linden, stunned (not really) at the length The Brethren would go to implement their agenda, and Gabriel's travels through the Realms. There are a number of shockers in this book. What he does with Boone... man!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Skippy Jones on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved the first two books and eagerly awaited the last. The book had an amazing beginning and had a lot of potential but it sort of petered out. It seems like the author didn't develop a lot of the book's content and there were a lot of convenient events, "I just happened to hear about an underground river running exactly where we need to go" and, "Oh yeah, there is this super cool computer hacker that can help us". Events didn't have a developed explanation, they just kind of happened. I didn't get a real sense of a climax, It just happened to end and left me with more questions. Where is Gabriel and his brother the cold traveler? are they still in the fire barrier? are they fighting in another realm? Why did they both travel at the same time in the end anyway? It didn't make scene with that course of events, "Tag! you're it! You can't catch me!". Overall a decent book. Just don't put too much thought into it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ride on September 21, 2009
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I haven't been this let down by a series since Stephen King's Dark Tower. The Fourth Realm series was wonderful up until there were only 10 pages left and I realized that there would be no ending. What a letdown.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dcbooklover on January 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the third book in the Fourth Realm Trilogy and my least favorite. While the premise for this trilogy is brilliant, relevant and timely, this final installment was a bit disappointing. I found the narrative to be very disjointed, some of the character discussions to be ambiguous and convoluted, and some of the plot points to be too easy and unrealistic. For example, Gabriel is trying to find a door that Maya can use to come back from the Fourth Realm (Hell) that hundreds of years ago people used to cross over but no one has used in ages. Based on a rumor of one in Egypt, Gabriel magically finds such a door on his first try and brings Maya back. It just seemed a little too pat. That said, the trilogy is well, well worth reading. Many of the characters from these books are unique and fascinating, Maya, Hollis and Alice being only three of them. This is an incredibly original, exciting and interesting trilogy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex C. Telander on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
John Twelve Hawks delivers a lackluster conclusion to the Fourth Realm trilogy, after the great start with The Traveler, and less impressive The Dark River. In his author's note, Hawks feels he has explored his world to the fullest and explained everything he needs to, and while some questions are always apparent at the end of a series, The Golden City leaves readers asking a lot of questions and "What abouts?"

Hawks does a good job of clueing in the reader on who's who, as it's been a couple of years since the last book. The quick rundown: there are Travelers who are able to travel beyond our world into other realms and have existed for a very long time; the Tabula is a group seeking to kill all Travelers and wipe them out; Harlequins are specially trained people appointed to protect Travelers. The Tabula now seeks to complete the Panopticon, which will allow essentially total control and world domination by the Vast Machine. Gabriel, one of the last Travelers, along with his Harlequin, Maya, must work to put a group together to stop the Tabula and bring down the Vast Machine once and for all.

Hawks addresses and resolves the story of the Vast Machine and the Panopticon, meanwhile the "Golden City" of the title is only briefly visited in one of the realms, while in another is a strange place previously visited in The Dark River better known as Hell, while in yet another realm there exists a strange culture of people who consider themselves gods because they have computers and their own Panopticon in place, while the rest of society are simple peasant folk. With no doubt more realms to be discovered, Hawks provides an entertaining simple story in The Golden City, but leaves a large universe relatively unexplored.

Originally written on October 6 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

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