Not sure why this book is listed as costing 2 credits. Certainly not worth the double price. This book was about as good as the first in the series. The whole off-the-grid-omnipresent-bad-guys plot is a little tiresome, but Scott Brick at least makes even a mediocre book listenable. Any present-day story with any "quantum" computers make me want to gag, but at least the "quantum" computer stayed offline for this story.
As before, John Twelve Hawks totally captures the attention. I listened to this audio as I traveled and was looking forward to hitting the road again to continue with the story. His characters are so fully developed I found myself believing it could really happen. The only bad point is that I now have to wait until his next book!
Close enough to today's reality to be a little frightening. Big Brother IS watching and most of us are complacent enough to accept the small invasions of our privacy. What we sometimes fail to realize is that our rights and our privacy are being devoured in small bites and we continue to accept it so Big Brother continues to take bites. What do we do when its all gone?
I really enjoyed this novel. The additional "good guy" characters (freerunners, Mother Blessing, Linden) were very engaging, and the carryover characters from "The Traveler" also developed nicely. The story is good, and the lead characters are more proactive this time.
Anonther reviewer referenced this novel was dark, and it certainly started out that way, but I actually think there is quite a bit more hope and good in this one -- although you never know who is going to survive!
The only reason I did not give 5 stars is that the "bad guys" are very thin. Michael's surprising betrayal in the earlier novel is never explained in a believable way, and the author's promise to explore the depths of Nathan Boone is not evident to me.
The first realm (where the Dark River is), is more interesting than the second, but the only really interesting characters there are the ones who travel there.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Traveler, and I cannot wait for the next novel...
John Twelve Hawks deserves the highest accolades for this second installment in The Traveler series. It makes you wonder about the society in which we live and where it is headed. How close are we right now to becoming unaware cogs in the "Vast Machine"? It scares the hell out of me! The main characters are awesome and multidimensional. I feel like I really know them all. Gabriel, Maysa, Vickie, and Hollis are like my family. The antagonists: Michael, Nash, Boone, and Mrs. Brewster are evilly scary. But I understand their motivations also. Their lusts for power and control are easily justified with sophsitric arguments that supposedly will make the world safe and orderly. Or maybe, as in Michael, you are just going along with the flow and want your piece of the pie. The idea of realms and Travelers brings into this near future universe religion and mysticism.
I would highly reccomend this book to all readers whether they are Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Thriller fans.
I was in doubt of whether get this sequel to "the traveler", and finally choose to give the doubt a chance.
In this particular case, wrong choice.
I got trough the first two chapters only before abandoning it.
The parts that were not yawn inducing, were irritating. I could find no joy or exitement in this text, better save your moolah.
I enjoyed The Traveller. I even enjoyed the slightly hokey authors phone call from "off the grid". I think that these books address some real issues regarding technology and the assault on our privacy. In a series, I feel that each individual book should be able to stand on its own. "The Dark River" felt as though it was cleaved in two. There is very little closure at the end. The characters grew some but no major changes. I do not know if I will use a credit on number three. Now maybe the latest "Ender" book by Orson Scott Card...hmmmm.
"The Traveller" was so strong that any sequel naturally has less detail and build up - but "The Dark River" does grab you and question what will happen next. Its a great sequel, and it sets the reader up for what I expect to be an amazing finale in book three.
To many corny details and not enough story. Liked the book in general but I listened to this after coming off of " The game of Thrones" and it fell short.