Picks and Pans Review: The Traveler

updated 07/18/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By John Twelve Hawks

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This technothriller offers chilling scenarios about the future of privacy—no surprise when you consider that Twelve Hawks (a pseudonym) is a mystery figure who is unknown even to his agent and editor except by voice over an untraceable satellite phone. Traveler is set in a near future when a battle rages between the Brethren, who use technology to control dissent, and the Travelers, prophets who journey to parallel worlds to challenge the Brethren's soulless order. With GPS tracking systems and closed-circuit cameras, the Brethren hunt the Travelers to near extinction before a warrior intervenes. This novel's a stunner: The final third feels thin, but you won't want to put the book down.


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