Advantages Interesting concept - good easy read
Disadvantages Not like Da Vinci Code
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This is the debut novel from John Twelve Hawks - an author who reveals no information about himself, and his publisher says only that he "lives off the grid".On the cover of the edition I read was the phrase, "The new Da Vinci Code", and although I don't think that the Da Vinci Code was Dan Brown's best book, I like the easy style reading that a Dan Brown novel provides and so this was the main reason for my selecting the book. This book really has no comparable parts to the Da Vinci Code, but reading it is still very worthwhile.
This book is apparently the first of a trilogy and the author has some incredible work to do if he is to better himself.The plot outline, in it's simplest of terms seems quite far fetched. There are a dying breed of people, The Travellers, who are able to travel to different realms. The Harlequins are tasked with protecting the Travellers as for many centuries The Machine - consisting of large corporations, government's etc who are intent on controlling peoples lives - have tried to eliminate Travellers as they have no control over them. Things change however when one organisation believes that by using Travellers they can gain ultimate control.
The characters in the book are well developed, and the connection between the brothers - believed to be the only remaining Travellers - is very powerful, despite their differences.The plot is easy to follow, but detailed at the same time. I was reading this during my summer holiday and easily devoured it in a couple of days. Each chapter poses new questions, new possibilities, and I found I hard to put the book down - always a good sign!
Whilst the book contains an element of fantasy, the majority of the text is set in the modern world and at times it perhaps comes very close to the truth in some disturbing revelations.This book is compared to The Da Vinci Code with a Matrix style approach. If you enjoyed either of these two books/films, then you are certainly going to enjoy The Traveller. Whilst it is not identical to either of them, this book combines what is great from them both.
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