All 3 books were very compelling, that is, until the end of the third (this book) one. The problem is that it ends way to fast and too many of the answers to the story line are actually not answered.Like the aliens from one of the different realms that are in contact with earth and one of the brothers (which is a MAJOR MAJOR theme of the whole series and why one of the brothers was even necessary and important to the story) is never played out - you don't know anything of what happens with them and its not that he leaves it as something to ponder or is allowing the reader to interject their ideas, he just never follows thru with what they do - AT ALL!!!!! This is just one example of one unaddressed themes, most all the themes are just left , out there.The book seems to be written because John needed to finish the series but was probably put under time constraints which limited his abilities to think enough about where the story was heading and how to end it.All three books lead to the climatic ending which seems to be contained in all of a couple of pages. And its not only that it ends so fast but the way it ends - no cap to the story line. It just ends with a BIG LETDOWNShame on John for such a pathetic end. He should have stuck to his values and not be so overly concerned about the BIG PAYCHECK.Shame Shame Shame!!!I would strongly recommend not getting any of the books. Although they are quite good, the ending is just too much of a paycheck for John and nothing for us.Jim
As always - Very Good.
John Twleve Hawks - He should have hired someone who cared about how to complete the series
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Huge Fan of Traveler and Dark River .. The ending of DR with Maya resigned to kick butt in the whatever realm was great... i loved the whole paranoia shtick.. it vibed with my spirit, however something is different about this third. No energy , JTH seemed to lose his anger and fire that made 1 and 2 fun.. I brought like 6 people to read this series. and all were disappointed by this lackluster conclusion. I guess getting rich from the first two books can take the fire out of your soul.
I enjoyed reading this series. Good solid characters but the ending is not really an ending. The auther, Mr. Hawks, said that this is it. That he will not be continuing this story line. Well, I think that's really too bad since there's a lot more to this story that has remained untold.
Unlike the first two volumes in the trilogy, which kept me completely engaged and on the edge of my seat, the third and final (?) part of the story was a bit of a let-down for me. I supposed I expected more of a definite ending, especially to the Tabula, yet it seems like the third volume is really setting us up for another, follow-on story where, perhaps, freedom will finally triumph.
The Fourth Realm trilogy by John Twelve Hawks is not conventional science fiction by any means. In fact, it is debatable whether it belongs in the science fiction category at all - but I will leave that to other readers to sort out. I picked up the first book (The Traveler) in print form in a used bookstore. It sat on my "to read" shelf for months, until I ran out of anything else to read. As soon as I started reading, I was hooked, and listened to the subsequent two audiobooks. with their excellent narration by Scott Brick. I only wish there were more, as I became very caught up in the story line, the theme and the characters. John Twelve Hawks is a mystery (google the name), which may enhance the reading experience for some. Two remarkable attributes made this book stand out for me: (1) Scott Brick, who is obviously a popular narrator of audiobooks, did an outstanding job with this series, especially with the female characters. I am often irritated by some male narrators who portray all women in silly falsetto voices, completely distracting the listener and making it impossible to consider these characters seriously. Mr. Brick delineates each character well, and the strong female characters in this book are not diminished; and (2) the characters are allowed to grow and develop as the saga unfolds. Whoever John Twelve Hawks is, I hope to read more books by this author.
previous reviews left me hesitant to buy, but it was good. I thought the ending was handled quite well, even though it did leave room for a fourth book. the rants and raves sounded a little like ayn rand, but instead of focusing on capitalism, it focused on government control and loss of freedom. It is certainly extremist in it's view, but it does make you think. It is along the lines of george orwel's "big brother", but with an air of hope for the future, more excitement, and less depressing. I wonder if Big Brother is still required reading in the schools?
I loved the first book, really liked the second but the third is anticlimatic. I enjoyed it and would recommend it for everyone that loved the first. It's still a good read, just not what I expected.
I was really excited to listen to my favorite trilogy and was somewhat dissapointed. the books seemed hurried in some parts, not enough building or layout of the realms for the new readers. ending was up in the air....mabey a 4th book?
didn't keep my interest like the first one.
overall it was enjoyable and I would have read it even if it wasn't good because the fact of the matter is: its John12Hawks, duh!
The first Traveler was one of my favorites. But as the series progressed, more politics and less action.