Struggling to protect the legacy of his Traveler father, Gabriel faces troubling new questions and relentless threats. His brother Michael, now firmly allied with the enemy, pursues his ambition to wrest power from Nathan Boone, the calculating leader of the Brethren. And Maya, the Harlequin warrior pledged to protect Gabriel at all costs, is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.
A riveting blend of high-tech thriller and fast-paced adventure, The Golden City will delight Twelve Hawks's many fans and attract a new audience to the entire trilogy.
©2009 John Twelve Hawks; (P)2009 Random House Audio
I have been waiting for this book since the second I finished The Dark River. I even called to complain to Audible when it wasn't available the day that the book was published.
All that being said, I wasn't too impressed by The Golden City, Some of the plot points were resolved to easily and it felt jumpy. I even had to verify TWICE that I was listening to the unabridged version.
I wasn't really thrilled with how the book ended. For the FINAL book, I expected things to resolve, but there are a things left hanging out there. I know they can't all be fairy tale endings, but I was left unsatisfied at the end.
I would still recommend the entire series to friends and family.
I like everyone else waited for this book, but unfortunately this book ends as though there is a fourth book. It's as though the author did not know how to finish the trilogy...and so he didn't!
By all means read this book, because you'll be anxious to know how it all ends..the trouble is, it doesn't! Ah Mr. Twelve Hawks, I cannot believe how unbelievably frustrated you made me feel. The message you were trying to convey was lost...for me because you decided to make the ending so incongruent!
I was impressed with the imagination of the author in respects to his approach to spirtuality in all of his novels. His story telling had a very natural rhythm in the first two novels. Twelve Hawks' story telling reached a high in The Dark River. Plot points seemlessly flowed and felt very real and organic. Unfortuantely, The Golden City, while expanding on some great ideas on the spiritual planes fell short in the story telling dept. It had the feel of an author that was rushed, heavily edited, or lost intrest in his own storyline. The resolutions to the conflicts are barely believeable and utterly unsatisfying. The Golden City is not a bad read, just an extremely dissapointing ending to the story arc created in the first two novels.
Too much lecture on big brother too little entertainment. Particular tieing was the long monologue broadcast from Gabriel. I sure skipped that. It kept me going for a while but at the end I skipped a couple hours.
I really liked book one. But as this series has progressed, it has lost direction. This third part seems somewhat empty. Things come together but its all very predictable and lacking of the cleverness of the first book. Scott reads it well as we expect of him but even he can't put life into this corpse.
JTH managed to keep us hanging in there until the end. He didn't disappoint this reader, either, as The Golden City held a couple of surprises and the same roller coaster ride as before with some new twists and turns. However, I felt the ending was a bit rushed and not as thought out as his first two. I wanted a more polished ending, not too much, but not that little. I have to say it left me a bit "huh". But, wow! What a scary bad guy and what a realistic crisis that pulls Californians into submission. Whoa! Whoever you are, John Twelve Hawks, I like your style! Awakening society with fictional writing that parallels what is really going on right now. Is this really your last book? Say it isn't so!
Seldom have I ever gone through a trilogy that got worse with each new installment, but this one manages it. After greatly enjoying The Traveler and moderately enjoying The Dark River, I was UTTERLY disappointed by The Golden City. Talk about an author 'mailing it in'. The book has no energy, does not resolve earlier scenarios, sets up new scenarios that it does not resolve, and ends with one of the weakest wrap-ups I have ever listened to. Overall it was BORING and I forced myself to finish it because I'd already invested the time on the series. Even if you have gone through the first two books, don't feel obligated to waste your time on this one, it is a total let-down.
I like the characters but some felt awkward in this book.
Hollis was my favorite character. I liked his change to become a Harlequin.
Hollis, probably. All were good
Worth listening to as it is the last in the trilogy but didn't measure up to the other two.
I waited so anxiously for this book, and it was such a disappointment when I finally got it. I loved the first two books, but this one just seemed flat. I fell asleep on it, woke up at the end and had no desire to go back and find out how I got there.
"Long- winded at times"
Having enjoyed the first two books, I wanted to complete the trilogy. However, I found this book read more like a repetitious lecture(by certain characters) than a story at times. It would have been better if the story had been allowed to flow and speak for itself. On saying that, If you have read the previous two books then it is worth reading this final part...but maybe an abridged version? (shortening some of the boring monologues)
The recording itself was good, but the ending was a major letdown for me. Honestly, I'd have been better off just reading the first book, "The Traveller" and leaving after that, whichis a real shame.
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