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Publisher's Summary

Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father, and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers. Gabriel and Michael Corrigan are brothers living in Los Angeles. Since childhood, the young men have been shaped by stories that their late father was a Traveler, one of a small band of prophets who have vastly influenced the course of history. Travelers are able to attain pure enlightenment, and have for centuries ushered change into the world. Gabriel and Michael, who may have inherited their father's gifts, have always protected themselves by living "off the Grid", that is, invisible to the real-life surveillance networks that monitor people in our modern society.
Summoned by her ailing father, Maya is told of the existence of the brothers. The Corrigans are in severe danger, stalked by powerful men known as the Tabula, ruthless mercenaries who have hunted Travelers for generations. This group is determined to inflict order on the world by controlling it, and they view Travelers as an intolerable threat. As Maya races to California to protect the brothers, she is reluctantly pulled back into the cold and solitary Harlequin existence. A colossal battle looms, one that will reveal not only the identities of Gabriel and Michael Corrigan but also a secret history of our time.
Moving from the back alleys of Prague to the heart of Los Angeles, from the high deserts of Arizona to a guarded research facility in New York, The Traveler explores a parallel world that exists alongside our own. John Twelve Hawks's stunningly suspenseful debut is an international publishing sensation that marks the arrival of a major new talent.
©2005 John Twelve Hawks; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"...an invigorating parable, with a cliffhanger ending..." (The New York Times)
"Powerful, mainstream fiction built on a foundation of cutting-edge technology laced with fantasy and the chilling specter of an all-too-possible social and political reality." (Publishers Weekly)
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By holley on 10-03-05

Not sure why this is a bestseller...

I ordered this book because it sounded interesting and it was an Audible Bestseller, which is usually a reliable recommendation. I have to say, though, that this was one of the most unsatisfying books I have ever read/listened to. It was very long, and after some 15 1/2 hours, I would have liked the story to tie the details together. Instead, it left so many loose ends it seems like the author just wrote what he did to coerce us into buying a sequel. It took a while to care about the characters, too, and when I finally did, the book ended without telling me what happened to them. I would not recommend this book.

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By David on 08-17-05

Good, but not as good as unabridged version.

Interesting and thought provoking. Much better illumination in the unabridged, Scott Brick read version. Well thought out and good interview with the author at the end.

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By Peter on 06-08-10

Cliches and Conspiracies

This audiobook is introduced by the author, who declares himself somewhat dramatically as 'off the grid', meaning he exists outside of any governmental control and influence, rejecting technology that can be used to monitor him. This claim is supported by the fact the audio quality at this point sounds like he is talking from a distant bunker using a homemade telephone.

Although a lot of what he says about the dangers of our surveillance society and the way in which our rights are being constantly eroded are credible and should be highlighted, he really didn't need to write this book. If you have an allergy to plot cliches, character stereotypes and books that are written where any storyline is clearly only of secondary consideration to the authors true agenda, then expect to erupt into rashes, boils and whatever other symptoms by which your allergy manifests itself. The story is constantly guided into long, tedious descriptions of 'real' tactics by which the evil government and their shady, murderous operatives monitor and control us all. Ironically, this book would be a case-study in manipulating thought it it hadn't been written using a sledge-hammer ...metaphortically speaking.

Coincidentally, the authors pretentious middle name is exactly the percentage-chance of my reading any other books by him. Is there a conspiracy here?

Finally, and somewhat futilely, I would like to state that I am not a secret government operative, infiltrating Audible with dismissive reviews to discredit 'off the grid' authors who might be getting too close to the truth. No really, I'm not.

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By Matt on 05-06-11

Nothing happens

What a boring book. I guess it was setting up the next 2 books but it was so boring i didn't bother with the next 2.

Also the narration is just awful

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