From Publishers Weekly
This production opens with an unintentionally hilarious interview with the author, who "lives off the Grid," according to his bio, and protectively distorts his voice for a discussion of his book's relevance to the contemporary matrix of governmental and corporate interference in daily life. The author's grandiose paranoia is overblown, but Carradine does a solid job of keeping a straight face with his reading. Carradine's gravelly, folksy voice conveys the twists and turns of Hawks' action-adventure narrative, lending a weary dignity to his tale of Maya, a twentysomething scion of a group of mercenaries whose sworn duty it is to protect the Travelers, a secret group of great men. Maya yearns to break free of her obligations, but she is forced to help Gabriel and Michael, two brothers who discover that they are Travelers. Carradine may not be able to save Hawks' book entirely from its aura of pompousness, but he makes a fine effort nonetheless.
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First in a projected trilogy called The Fourth Realm
, The Traveler
impressed all critics. Twelve Hawks presents big ideas about free will and determinism, good versus evil, social control, and alternate dimensions, all while impressing with knowledge ranging from the New Testament to string theory. Although reviewers compared the novel to the films Kill Bill
, Star Wars
, and The Matrix
with echoes of authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, George Orwell, and Michael Crichton thrown inthey called it wholly original. Given its complexity, the author (a mysterious entity living "off the Grid" whos unknown even to his agent and editor) could have fumbled anywhere. But he didnt, from the sophisticated plot to the compelling heroine. If youre "happy with the status quo, youd probably regard the novel as hippie/trippy New Age Nonsense," notes the Washington Post
. For everyone else, the "novels a stunner" (People
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