I bought this book on impulse and by the time I finished my only thought was what is going to happen next! Luckily listening to the authors interview I found out there is to be two more books. Interweaving conspiracy theories with modern technology and mysticism keeps the story constantly moving.
I picked this one up because the early buzz on the book had been very strong. I did sample the reading but only briefly. In short, the plot moves quickly in the somewhat usual dystopian way but if your not a fan of 'the grid' the book works. This reading doesn't. The story calls for various accents - all done tragically bad. The tale does pull you through but buyer beware. The author should sue.
I couldn't put this one down, so to speak. Reality based fiction is a favorite of mine, but this book is especially exciting. It wouldn't surprise me if a screenplay is in the works.
Unfortuately, I have become captivated by the current best sellers involving secret societies and conspriracies. The Traveler is the same basic theme. I, however, found it much more realistic than the other books with similar themes, but then again, you can't compete with Jesus.
I was absolutely entranced by this novel; both story and narration is tight - and the occasional complaint that others have mentioned about the ending is simply wrong; it's not simple - it isn't meant to be. The author does a wonderful job of blending various concepts of spirituality with an (yes) Orwellian technology-infested world. Rather than being a knockoff of Orwell, though; I believe it to be a fine tribute. Lay off the personal criticism and accept the explorations that this fine author leads you on. Highest recommendation!
Twelve Hawks presents a pastiche of all of the threats to our privacy that are extant and spins them into a tale of both the sacred and the profane.
The travelling as described in the book reminds one of "The Cell" (the movie). Travels that Twelve Hawks describes are both fantastic and interesting. I liked the development of the various realms that traveller visit.
Lots of religion and spirituality permeate the text. Unlike Orson Scott Card, Twelve Hawks never preaches in a pedantic and condescending way with a particular agenda. The spirituality is in the story as a force that motivates, protects, and drives individuals. Beliefs of any "others" are not condemned in any way at any point in the book.
Though one reading of the text can make it seem totally paranoid tale of our world today, another more valid reading would see this as a cautionary tale.
I look forward to the future volumes.
As always, Scott Brick does a splendid job reading. He is by far my favorite.
I agree with the other reviewer, this would make a great movie.
I'll jump to the punchline: This book is good, very good. It is very tight with no excess. You know the author is in control and that he is taking you somewhere important. The characters are engaging and the reader, Scott Brick, does a very nice job with voices. His intonation is eminently listenable. The book is an Orwellian vision of the present. Big Brother is "the Brethren" but this Big Brother is more imminent and believable than Orwell's. The book will hit home with anyone who has questioned the socio-political construct in which we live. This book is not an "over-the-top" Sci-Fi fantasy read. There is that element to it but I think people who like LeCarre or even Follet, DeMille and the like, would enjoy the suspense/action/espionage/intrigue side of this novel. You can read this book and enjoyably get swept up in the story of the Travelers and those who protect them but you can also choose to take something more from this book -- a reminder to question everything and to understand real freedom and how to attain more of it. This will be the first of a trilogy. I want to know when the second one is coming. I cannot wait. And though he explicitly warns the reader not to focus on the author but the story, I really am curious about the author. Whoever it really is has a keen and open mind and operates at a high level of enlightenment.
this was an awesome book, but the author was/is just a character. i also, cannot wait until the next volume.