Saturday, December 22, 2007

One of the best books ever...

Now you may think this is a bold statement, but trust me this book is not only thought provoking but a great tale. 

The Traveller
By John Twelve Hawks


What lies ahead is already here... 

America is a difficult place to live below the surface. But Gabriel and Michael Corrigan are trying to do just that. Since childhood, the brothers have been shaped by the stories that their father has told them about the world in which they live. After his mysterious disappearance, they have been living 'off the grid' - that is, invisible to the intrusive surveillance networks that monitor our modern lives. 

But no-one is as invisible as they would like to believe. 

Nathan Boone, a mercenary, has been tasked to hunt down the brothers. The only person who stands between them and certain death is Maya, a tough young woman playing at leading a normal life. But her background is anything but normal. She has been trained to fight and survive at whatever cost. When she is summoned to protect the brothers, she must leave everything behind if she is to succeed...

If you live in London your picture is taken more than 300 times every day by CCTV cameras. We now have them even on our busses and subway trains, in the shop where I work we have nine cameras recording 24/7.

You will be reading this on your computer that is connected to the internet, your ISP will be keeping a record of sites you visit and the content you download. 

Your e-mail is monitored for it's content and if you receive post that contain certain phrases or words it will notify a government agency and they will put you on a watch list.

It's not only your online content that is being monitored but nearly everything in our lives. Your credit cards record everything you buy on them, some of us have loyalty cards to supermarkets or other stores, this allows companies and maybe even governments to watch what we are buying and how often we buy it. 

We register to vote and have our names on doctors lists, records of us are kept everywhere we work. Our phone companies keep lists of the numbers we call, and where do you think the text we send each other go? you would be wrong to think that they just go from your phone to your friends... They go to the great machine... Take a second to think about it all... 

If your now sitting reading this and you start to feel that your not so alone in that room, that you can almost feel the great machine looking at your life in all it's parts you really should take the time to read this book.

I don't think I will ever look at the world in the same way... Will you?

Click here to go to the John Twelve Hawks website.

Take a look into the world of the author and see what you find...

If you have read the book then this site may open more doors for you, but remember to use simple words and never mention the great machine...

Enjoy the book

Bear. X

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