Book Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Dystopian, Fantasy, Audiobook
Book Series: Fourth Realm #1
Released: 7/18/2006 by Vintage
Pages: 464 Price: $15.95 Paperback
Source: I borrowed this audio book from my library.
In London, Maya, a young woman trained to fight by her powerful father, uses the latest technology to elude detection when walking past the thousands of surveillance cameras that watch the city. In New York, a secret shadow organization uses a victim’s own GPS to hunt him down and kill him. In Los Angeles, Gabriel, a motorcycle messenger with a haunted past, takes pains to live “off the grid” – free of credit cards and government IDs. Welcome to the world of The Traveler – a world frighteningly like our own.In this compelling novel, Maya fights to save Gabriel, the only man who can stand against the forces that attempt to monitor and control society. From the back streets of Prague to the skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Travelerportrays an epic struggle between tyranny and freedom. Not since 1984 have readers witnessed a Big Brother so terrifying in its implications and in a story that so closely reflects our lives.
With the populous, anti-establishment mood of the country, this book was a fitting for not only my current mood but the climate in which I find myself living in. This work of fiction was written in 2006, a couple of years before the great crash in the last years of the Bush Presidency and before Obama took office. Having just woken up to the systematic corruption of both political parties so much of what this book talks about, albeit fictionally, rings true to the society we now find ourselves living in. A world where we are controlled and manipulated all to wring the highest profit for those that control all branches of government with their donations.
Okay, all of that aside, this was a thrill ride of a story that felt like a cross between The Matrix, The Da Vinci Code, and a James Bond film. You get rich characters, secret societies, conspiracy theories, action, and a little mysticism to boot. Spanning Europe and the United States we follow the main characters Maya, Gabriel, and Micheal as they are thrust into this secret world going on around them as they discover plots and corruption as they race to protect Gabriel and Micheal who might be the last Travelers in existence and seek vengeance for those that they have lost.
I’m glad I listened to this one for the introduction and ending interview with the author which I found just as interesting as the story itself. Granted I think the ploy of writing this under a pen name is just that a ploy to attract attention, I have to say it worked on me. It added to the mystery and cloak and dagger feel of this story. Convincing me to take a moment and actually think about the themes talked about in this work of fiction and wonder what might actually apply to the world we now live in. Sadly I think many of those themes are probably pretty applicable and it makes me want to fight the system.
Bottom line this was a good book with an entertaining story that might make you think a bit afterward. Even if you don’t buy into the conspiracy theory aspect it is still a good listen, especially if you like books by Dan Brown or David Baldacci or even the dystopian genre with a bit of the supernatural thrown in. I eagerly await the next title in this trilogy that I have put on hold with my library. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
My Rating: 5 Stars