Monday, August 27, 2007

The Dark River by John Twelve Hawks

I began this trilogy when the first book, The Traveler, came out in 2005. I feel slightly hooked into the series and plan on finishing it. That said, I would not push this book on anyone. The characters are rather flat and the writing just isn't that good. I can forgive a lot in my junk reading, but this one makes me cringe at times when I run across a less than lyrical passage--okay, way less than lyrical.

So why am I going to finish the trilogy--so many books so little time and all that? I guess because I like the idea of it. I know there are other books out there about big brother watching and the taking away of our freedoms and privacy and people living off the grid, but this one came to me at just the right time after 911 when these started becoming major concerns of mine.

I was still working in a public library at the time and one of the big tenets of public librarianship is the right that our patrons have to privacy. Things happened after 911 that lead me to believe that that privacy was being chipped at from the highest levels of government. I did not then or now think that was right, and John Twelve Hawks got in my brain with his ideas in this area.

You know, these books are fast reads and if the topic intrigues you, go for it, you won't be alone since the book made bestseller lists all over, otherwise, I advise saving your reading time for something with a bit more meat to it.

5 comments:

kookiejar said...

You are right that these books aren't that substantial, but they are kind of fun and do give you some food for thought. I read the first one and liked it quite a bit...now I just have to get around to this one. :)

Lisa Jean said...

kookiejar, one thing about this book that I noticed is that it felt like a middle book--a lot of set-up for a big finale. I am looking forward the the end of the trilogy so I can find out what happens.

kookiejar said...

Oh, well hopefully that bodes well for the end of the series.

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