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The Traveler

The First Novel of the Fourth Realm Trilogy

by John Twelve Hawks

The Traveler
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    Jun 2005, 464 pages
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    Jul 2006, 464 pages

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Who is John Twelve Hawks? According to his editor at Doubleday, Jason Kaufman (who also edited The Da Vinci Code), nobody knows - not even Kaufman. Twelve Hawks claims to live 'off the grid' - meaning that he lives in such a way that the government can't track him - no credit cards, no driver's license and nothing that would allow the government to invade his privacy.

Kaufman says 'we talk quite frequently [by phone], and I believe he always speaks with a satellite phone ... and a satellite phone is virtually untraceable.' His agent, Joe Regal, adds that Twelve Hawks uses a synthesizer to disguise his voice, so it's not even clear if he is a he or a her. '...

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