Do what we ask, or your wife finds out. There are other players who interact and Will is torn between two groups, both of whom claim to be CIA. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it if you like spy novels. I received this book from LibraryThing. Feb 28, Joanne Robertson rated it really liked it Shelves: I obviously had a moment of madness one day and got a bit "click happy" on netgalley, as I recently looked at my dashboard to find that my "wish to read" had been granted!
I don't remember wishing for this book as its not my normal genre but I am so glad that I did as its lead me to a true storyteller! The Travelers of the title is a travel magazine where Will Rhodes works. He has a fabulously exciting job as a travel and food journalist, while his wife Chloe stays home, although she does still w I obviously had a moment of madness one day and got a bit "click happy" on netgalley, as I recently looked at my dashboard to find that my "wish to read" had been granted!
He has a fabulously exciting job as a travel and food journalist, while his wife Chloe stays home, although she does still work in a much minor capacity for the same publication. One day, whilst on assignment in Argentina, Will meets a beautiful Australian a fellow travel journalist working freelance and for the first time in his happy marriage is tempted by desire for another woman. Another "chance encounter" with Elle, leads Will to make a decision he is definitely going to regret!
This was my first encounter with a Chris Pavone novel but it certainly won't be my last! He is a master of his craft, a born storyteller. Not normally a fan of spy thrillers I was one of the few to start on I am Pilgrim and pass it to my husband with a sorry shake of my head! I was hugely envious of the freedom Will had, living his dream and not even realising how lucky he was!! His wife Chloe, on the other hand, didn't seem to have that same opportunity.
She was the one stuck home, in the house that they couldn't afford to do up, losing out to other women in the cut and thrust of the workplace. Her and Will seem to have lost themselves in a marriage lived mostly on different continents so no wonder they don't seem to understand what they are each going through. The detailing in the novel is very in-depth, it has been well researched and it develops into a really action packed, twisty spy thriller where you never quite know who the good guy is. It's told in short, sharp chapters that really crank up the tension and towards the end I practically held my breath as it all the plot threads came together in an explosive finale.
And a great ending too, I must say! Some reviewers have said this isn't as good as his first two books but if that's the case then, based on my enjoyment of The Travelers, then I will love them too so onto my wishlist they go! I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review so many thanks to them and to the publisher Faber and Faber.
Feb 20, Alexa rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't understand what direction it's going in, nor do I care for a lot of what's happening. I get glimpses of some kind of covert thing going on, but it's never delved into. They're more like fleeting glances. A lot of the writing was aimless and I'm sitting here like "okay I'm ready for the spy action" and I just wasn't really getting it. There's intrigue, but the characters are kind of bland and it was, frankly, boring. This is such a shame since I was extremely excited for this book!
I might let it sit for a while and go back to it, but right now it's not doing it for me. View all 5 comments. Feb 21, Don Gorman rated it it was ok. This one did not quite live up to that standard. The first half of the story is so disjointed you needed to leave bread crumbs to find your way around. You can guess too easily what really happens at the end as well. Thank goodness the action gets wild and wooly for the last pages or so or this would have been a real loser.
Pavone has a lot of talent, I think he just got lost or too cute 2 I got into this book because the first two efforts by this author were just great. Pavone has a lot of talent, I think he just got lost or too cute trying to live up to the level of his prior works in this one. Dec 20, Liz Barnsley added it. Another solid read from Chris Pavone - enjoyable and clever. Full review after the hols. Jan 14, Netta rated it did not like it Shelves: Jan 18, Truman32 rated it liked it.
To say you have to suspend your disbelief when reading The Travelers by Chris Pavone might just be the understatement of the century. It would be much more helpful—and the events in the story much more realistic if you had spent the entirety of your life in a bomb shelter unaware of the workings of modern man and have recently emerged ecstatic that the world is not a burning nuclear wasteland to find this entertaining and very silly spy novel.
Will Rhodes is a globetrotting travel writer unawa To say you have to suspend your disbelief when reading The Travelers by Chris Pavone might just be the understatement of the century. Will Rhodes is a globetrotting travel writer unaware that the magazine he writes for is in fact a top-secret spy agency dating back to World War Two. He is soon compromised on a trip to Argentina, seduced by a foxy CIA operative, and enlisted against his will to provide counterintelligence against his company.
But things start to spin out of control, as they are like to in these stories, and Will begins to question just who is telling the truth? Who can he trust? Malcolm, his long time friend and editor of Travelers? Chloe, his wife who is getting more and more withdrawn, disappearing for days? Or even that foxy CIA agent who has an unpleasant habit of striking Will about the head and upper body?
All this is all frivolous fun, and despite committing the mortal sin of being written in present tense, enjoyable. Pavone is a talented writer. The Travelers is like cotton candy at the state fair—weightless, providing no nourishment yet known to man, and kind of sticky and pink… yet still yummy. Nov 02, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: I definitely recommend this book but with a cautionary note.
Do not imbibe any stimulants before or during the act of reading this book. You definitely won't need any. When I see the name Chris Pavone, I know that I am in for one heck of a journey and this one did not disappoint. I did keep getting confused with all the characters at the beginning.
I'm not sure if it was just me since I didn't read it all in one sitting or what. However, once I did get to sit and read it without distraction, I st I definitely recommend this book but with a cautionary note. However, once I did get to sit and read it without distraction, I still got a little confused. But once I figured out who was who, I was off to the races. I feel The Accident was just a touch better, but that by no means belittles this book. This one was a great read, but I had a good idea of one of the killers way too early in the book.
Of course, I didn't know for sure, so I kept on reading. You never know, I could be wrong. There were still lots of questions in my mind and I needed them answered. I found it was still a great read with a huge WHAT???
Now that, I did not see coming. It was definitely a mind blower. Thanks to Crown Publishing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. Jan 25, Ron S rated it liked it Shelves: A slow moving thriller very much in the mold of the things are not as they appear school of story-telling. A travel writer is recruited to work for the CIA, and the trip down the rabbit hole begins.
The characters are well thought out, and the story unfolds in fairly believable fashion, with a refreshing absence of Ludlumesque absurdities. Unfortunately, Pavone suddenly starts to heap in violence and stretches our credulity towards the end of the book, as though reminded that he was writing a th A slow moving thriller very much in the mold of the things are not as they appear school of story-telling.
Unfortunately, Pavone suddenly starts to heap in violence and stretches our credulity towards the end of the book, as though reminded that he was writing a thriller and needed to do so. I'd have enjoyed this book much more if it had remained more consistent throughout. That said, a pleasant surprise from an author I hadn't read before, wrapped up in a package that I'd expected to be primarily a guilty, brainless pleasure. Feb 16, Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing Shelves: The suspense is intoxicating.
Will Rhodes writes about food for a year-old New York-based business that operates a high-end travel magazine and a bespoke travel agency under the name Travelers. When he started at the company three years earlier, his wife Chloe left her job there because she thought their marriage would suffer if they both worked at the same place. She now works freelance. Will is deeply in love with her and committed to the marriage, but the allure of a strikingly beautiful and seductive woman he meets on the road is irresistible. Yes, we saw this one coming. As the tale unfolds, Will finds himself repeatedly confused, betrayed, battered, and caught up in a high-stakes game of global espionage.
Along the way, we meet rogue agents, a scheming corporate raider, hired assassins, a massive worldwide conspiracy, and enough surprises to fuel a dozen mysteries. Chris Pavone has written a spy story that ranks with the best of them. Nov 03, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was a huge fan of Chris Pavone's previous books and greatly enjoyed this latest addition. The story moves at a quick pace. Much of the action is psychological, not unlike Pavone's other books. While the story's twists aren't entirely unpredictable, the results are satisfying. Will Rhodes, a travel writer, makes a few poor decisions and finds himself at the mercy of a mysterious woman.
Coerced into following her lead, Will may, or may not be working as an intelligence agent. As he completes his I was a huge fan of Chris Pavone's previous books and greatly enjoyed this latest addition. As he completes his assignments, he finds there may be a sinister back story to his travel magazine's international network. My only disappointment was that the three major female characters weren't explored more fully, especially Will's wife, Chloe. Pavone has demonstrated with his previous books that he can write complicated, complex and strong women.
Maybe a Chloe follow-up book could be in the works? Will Rhodes has an almost perfect job. He is an award winning correspondent for The Travelers, an upmarket travel magazine catering to the super rich. His latest assignment is at a luxury hotel in Argentina nestled beneath the Andes; it means that he is sampling fine wine and superb food, and watching the polo. But what starts as an innocent flirtation with a pretty girl he recognises from elsewhere, suddenly becomes far more deadly, and he realises that he has been the target of an operation. Yo Will Rhodes has an almost perfect job.
You can read the rest of the review here Nicely woven spy story where everybody seems to have competing-and hidden-agendas. The putz at the center of the story, Will, is the kind of endearing loser we all want to root for. Sinister bad guys who might be good guys, earnest good guys who might be bad guys, lies, betrayal, deceit Pavone does a great job putting it all together.
Points off for writing in present tense, a prose style which always seems to call attention to itself, and a couple of more points off for some really Good stuff. Points off for writing in present tense, a prose style which always seems to call attention to itself, and a couple of more points off for some really If you like spy stories, give this one a try. Jan 17, David N rated it really liked it.
I loved this book. Pavone has delivered a taut, intricately plotted twister, with 3 dimensional characters you really care about. Lots of twists and turns with a plot that slowly unveils to the reader and the main character simultaneously. Fast paced but just enough line played out at each turn to keep you hooked. Perhaps we are already there. We just don't know it yet.
This book was so fascinating that I immediately ordered books 2 and 3 in the series. His world is a terrifying place, not unlike Orwell's , but totally believable. The Traveler was written 13 years ago and the intervening years have brought us much closer to the frightening world he envisaged.
The science is spot on. I have had this book since it came out, and it literally 'fell off the grid' of my books to read - found it and started reading and could not stop. Deals with a 'futuristic' society where most things and people are monitored and controlled in the fashion of The Brethren. Among the legends of individualism, freedom of thoughts and radical changes for the better, there existed the Travelers - groups of elite souls who can 'astrally project' themselves into different realms and bring back wisdom and enlightment to share - naturally the bad guys don't want that, and had thought the Travelers were killed off - not so - there are brothers in America whose father was a Traveler and they may have inherited the ability - Travelers are protected by Harlequins, super bodyguards, who would give their lives so the enlighted can go forth into the darkness and shine.
A lot has been said about John Twelve Hawks, and the extremes of this society he writes about. I have not gotten his words about the justification of the world he writes about, but I was thinking about it when I was at a stoplight, and the cameras were taking photos of the cars and its occupants. Or the mall, where cameras track you both in and out of stores.
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Or online stores that greet you by name when you come onto their site I am not paranoid. I am not paranoid But it does make you think if this info were abused by the bad guys. The Travelers brothers' journeys are black and white, or shades of grey for Michael who justifies what he does? I look forward to the next installment of this series - Well written. Invest in this one - Amazon even has this one as a bargain book. The question as to who reads this type book seems to have been answered already to quote from Bookmarks above: For everyone else, the "novel's a stunner" People.
For me personally, it's a fictional warning about where we're headed politically and a cleverly conceived warning at that. Whether one considers it a warning or not, it is a fast-paced, entertaining read. Either way, the book is not character driven nor should it be. The main character is the Tabula, a secret society bent on controlling mankind.
The "characters" are props really, used to show how powerful the Tabula is evil and to show how hard it would be or is to win against such odds good. We only learn what we need to know about Winston in Orwell's as well since the "character" in that book was Big Brother and their Thought Police. Whether one labels this book as a techno-thriller with a little science fiction thrown in or considers it an urban fantasy or simply action fiction, it is a thrilling read. Much of the technology mentioned in this book is already being used.
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There are cameras everywhere and they are readily accepted by everyone. Whether they've made us safer is open to debate. Your employer can track which web sites you visit while on line at work and monitor emails. I won't debate the political ramifications of this here but rather point it out as just minor reasons for taking this book's premise just a little seriously.
IMO the book is a warning. Big Brother or the Tabula is watching. And when they finally manage to control everyone outside the party grid and take away all your library books! See all reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews. Published 24 days ago. Published 2 months ago. Published 5 months ago. Published 6 months ago. Published 7 months ago. Published 8 months ago. Published 9 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A group of protectors grew up to keep the Travelers safe from harm. These people are known as Harlequins. With this setup, we meet Maya, a Harlequin, whose father is killed when he tries to pass a mission along to her. She declines until she sees him horribly murdered. Then she takes up her birthright to protect the Traveler, Gabriel. Meanwhile, the Brethren capture his brother, Michael, for their evil experiments. They discover that there are other beings in other planes and they make a deal to trade information for information.
Michael, also a Traveler, is important to their plans. This could be a very gripping tale, and despite flat characters, it still is somewhat intriguing. It does not have the visual power of the Matrix, or even the doomed frustration of or Brave New World. It tries to take advantage of our fears about our own civilization — where our powers of free speech and access to information seem to be under attack constantly, and where our privacy is being compromised for the sake of our protection.
Yes, this is just a story, but I have the feeling it could have been a more moving one, a call to action, more emotionally gripping. But it fails to engage. Mar 18, Steve Coughlan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The first in a series, but neatly tied up at the end, so it can stand alone. Classic plot with an interesting take on history, religion, and modern society Which makes it a very nice read, and I look forward to picking up the sequel when it comes out, which should be real soon now.
Oh, yes, the plot: Maya should be a Harlequin. Harlequins protect Travelle Nice. Harlequins protect Travellers from the bad guys; in this case the secret cabal of the rich and powerful who make the world work the way they want. Travellers disrupt the carefully plans of the bad guys "Tabula" to our heroes, "Brethren" is what they call themselves. We're down to a small handful of Harlequins in the world, and no known Travellers when we start aka "the end of hope for humanity" , and Maya changes things by the time we finish. Essay question for you: Jul 17, Kara-karina rated it really liked it.
Another ridiculously good book that found me by pure chance. All the conspiracy theorists of the world, this book is definitely for you. As I count myself one of the men in the tinfoil hats, that book felt like home. My mom-in-law gave it to my hubby to read and it was gathering dust in our car, until one day I went to work forgetting my own book oh, horror! I was so engrossed in it, I did not put it down until it was finished. Somehow it had the style of Heroes despite a very different plot. I kept hearing this music in my mind, I swear! Maya is a Harlequin, a secret warrior trained since her childhood by her father to live off the grid and to protect The Travellers at all costs.
Travellers are people who can astral travel in other dimensions and come back seeing the world as whole, preaching freedom from control and more harmonious society. This is why they are known as great spiritual leaders and get killed all the time by Tabula - a secret organisation striving for a total control over the world. When Maya is 17 she has to kill a member of Tabula. At that time she is standing guard over one monk - a sort of teacher for travelers, and the murder is as much as in self-defence as to protect her guy.
Shaken, she breaks away from her dad and Harlequins and tries to live a normal life, getting education and starting working in one of London firms.
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All that changes few years later when her dad contacts her asks her to come and meet him in Prague. What happens after that is one phenomenal race against time and almost total technological control of Tabula when Maya has to find the last two travellers on Earth hiding in US and save them before Tabula gets them first. There are so many things in this book that make you stop and think how every new gadget, every new CCTV camera and every new "anti-terrorism law" tighten the noose around our necks.
I find it really interesting as well, that the identity of the author himself is unknown. John Twelve Hawks lives off the grid and talks to his publisher and editor through untraceable Internet connection and satellite phone with a scrambler. No one knows who he is and what he does, and I think it's so awesome! Fantastic book, that makes you think and it's choke full of action as well.
Apr 28, Scribal added it Shelves: I'm embarrassed that I actually finished this book. I thought it was so bad that I morally couldn't trade it in at the local used bookstore the one that has the biggest sci-fi section and enough actual patrons to keep it changing--and they sell new books too. I considered burning it but then I lost interest until I started re-reading some Foucault, and it brought the Panopticon to mind and then this book, which I now have to say: This is the Worst Book I ever finished reading. To cut to the ch I'm embarrassed that I actually finished this book.
To cut to the chase, despite how badly written it is, the truly stupid annoying part of the book is the conceit that a shallow unexplored insight is interesting and important. Why I hate it: The sentence structure is like a first grade reader. The characters are simpler and more cliched than the sentences. Everything else is more derivative if possible and you can sense the author struggling with moving the characters through space. The ideas are old and well-worn, but that's okay. Art reuses, reinterprets, re-imagines, and reinvigorates old concepts. But there's no art here. The characters take the ideas, and spout them like drunk undergraduates at people in general.
And then those people, having been told "the truth," seem to say to themselves, "oh, I never thought of that before. It does have a Plot. It doesn't hold together well and it's full of holes, but it does run the course of the book and that's a plus. It also has a Theme and an Idea.
These are not bad, just not original and not explored in any intelligent way. Mar 30, Laura E. Hall rated it liked it Shelves: I think I'd actually give this a 2. The audiobook reader does a wide range of accents and voices for every character, which makes it very enjoyable. Still, it has its merits, though I actually came to it believing it was a YA novel, so perhaps I'm a bit more forgiving about the whole thing. It reads like an entry-level treatise on paranoid conspiracies, Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon and accompanying social control theories, and Buddhist beliefs.
Feb 15, Kev rated it really liked it. John Twelve Hawks's true identity is unknown, even to his publisher. He communicates by satellite phone and is essentially off grid. And that's the author in real life! In the book people with spiritual and psychic abilities are hunted down whilst the Harlequins who are off gridders are in place to protect them. The first part of the Fourth Realm trilogy is an exciting and paranoid novel with a taste of Enemy of the State that takes the reader on a Pullman style ride through various realities and John Twelve Hawks's true identity is unknown, even to his publisher.
The first part of the Fourth Realm trilogy is an exciting and paranoid novel with a taste of Enemy of the State that takes the reader on a Pullman style ride through various realities and makes the reader aware of just how much we all completely rely on being on-grid and with all that goes with it. Dec 01, Stephanie rated it really liked it. Science fiction meets homeland security run amok meets the next prophet. Featuring a bad-ass woman as the ultimate fighting machine. I'm torn between wanting to see it made into a movie and leaving it alone as a great book.
Listened to it as an audio-book, and the reader was fantastic. He did all the accents wonderfully and really added a lot to it. May 18, Annet rated it liked it. Nice story, but at times I wasn't too impressed and the book couldn't fascinate me the whole time, at times the pages sort of dragged on. Storyline is exceptional though, some unexpected twists in the story makes you curious for more, hope to read part 2 in the summer.
The following is the cover blurb: In Los Angeles, Gabriel, a motorcycle messenger with a haunted past, takes pains to live "off the grid" - free of credit cards and government IDs. Welcome to the world of Th The following is the cover blurb: Welcome to the world of The Traveler - a world frighteningly like our own.
In this compelling novel, Maya fights to save Gabriel, the only man who can stand against the forces that attempt to monitor and control society. From the back streets of Prague to the skyscrapers of Manhattan, The Traveler portrays an epic struggle between tyranny and freedom. Not since have readers witnessed a Big Brother so terrifying in its implications and in a story that so closely reflects our lives.
Of course, in , we all know that, and we willingly participate in the surveillance Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. When this book was written , social media was in its infancy, and, while cell phones were everywhere, smart phones were just beginning to penetrate the public consciousness. This book takes the idea of ubiquitous surveillance and runs with it, creating a multi-tiered society: Over centuries, the Harlequins and Travelers developed an "off-grid" lifestyle: They live "off-grid" under assumed names and false identities.
To live off the grid, one must be completely dedicated to avoidance of the usual comforts, such as an established residence, electricity, and running water; or one has sufficient wealth or knowledge to provide one's own infrastructure for those comforts e. Their off-grid habits weren't perfect: The few remaining Harlequins believe there are no Travelers left. They spend their time in hiding, protecting the knowledge of their class.
Then they hear that the children of the last known Traveler are still alive. The ability to travel between realms is hereditary, and thus is launched a global search for these now-grown children. Unfortunately, the Tabula also become aware of their existence, and finding the potential Travelers quickly turns into a race between two warring enemies.
A decent story, as far as it goes. Not particularly well-written, but not a complete dud. De reizigers, de Harlekijns, de Broeders. Alle drie benamingen die in het boek De Reiziger voorkomen. Deze ongewone namen verwacht je in een fantasyboek of een sciencefictionverhaal. Maar niet in een thriller. Toch is dit wel het geval. Waardoor het de schijn heeft dat het boek een combinatie is van fantasy en thriller.
Omdat het verhaal niet overal even geloofwaardig overkomt, en in mijn ogen ook is, is dit het fantasy-gedeelte van het verhaal. En hierbij dan ook nog eens zwaarden gebruiken en hier ook mee rondlopen In de werkelijke wereld komen achtervolgingen en daaruit voortvloeiende moorden ook wel voor, maar dat heet dan een afrekening en komen vooral in het criminele circuit voor.
De reiziger is niet overal even spannend, maar die momenten zijn er zeker wel. En dat is dan weer de thrillerkant van het verhaal. Ondanks dat de spanning niet door het hele boek voelbaar is, blijft het echter wel intrigeren. Ik wilde in ieder geval wel aldoor weten hoe het vervolg zou zijn en hoe het af zou lopen. En dat ene regeltje maakt me wel weer nieuwsgierig naar het vervolg.
It's a destructive, unachievable goal that has caused a great deal of pain. Very few people can handle freedom. A society is healthy and productive when it's under control. He is desperately worried about the state of our society and how we are being monitored more and more with each passing year, how surveillance cameras are being put up everywhere and how our information becomes more and more availab "Freedom is the biggest myth ever created. He is desperately worried about the state of our society and how we are being monitored more and more with each passing year, how surveillance cameras are being put up everywhere and how our information becomes more and more available to access for more people.
His point of view is expressed throughout the novel - but even more clearly in the short essay at the end of the book, 'How We Live Now' where he talks about the technology used to monitor us now and how it is used - and sometimes abused. I must admit that his talk about smart surveillance cameras that can scan our faces, compare them to databases, put a name to our face and 'cry wolf' if someone walks through a city like London in an unusual way - meaning it will post a warning at a police station or something similar - scared me a bit.
Before reading this book, I felt that if you didn't have something to hide, then it didn't matter if you were being photographed. But when reading a book like this, the great bonus is that it makes you think and I don't care for being photographed and maybe flagged in some way because I don't walk through a city like everybody else. Of course it's an invasion of privacy - but it's also a wish for conformity, an attempt to make us all very similar. And I don't like that - I like individuality, I like being allowed to stand out if I so wish. Now I know for most of us, we don't have time to stand out very much in our daily life but I want to be allowed to do so.
Not only for my own individual pleasure and joy of life but individuality is also needed to make great discoveries, great advances in science etc. I don't like the way society seem to be headed, I certainly don't want my book shopping to be monitored to see if I buy the wrong books, and I do think we're somewhat overreacting to the threats out there. Of course, the state and the government have to protect us - but the price need to be fair. Now when reading fiction where the author has such a strong message he wants to come across with, it sometimes hamper the book.
And it does that in this one as well. When the action stops and one of the character gives a speech - either one of the good guys against surveillance and 'big brother is watching' or one of the bad guys for conformity and constant surveillance, the book slows down and then it picks up pace again when the action continues and there's no more time for talk. But even with that being said, I really like the book. Hawks puts a light on our society, the way we live today, and although it's very black-and-white, it's still illuminating. He distinguishes between four categories of people.
There are of course the Travellers - these are people who are able to cross between the 6 realms we know of. They can leave their physical body and travel to these other realms and through this, they become very wise. Because Travellers can travel outside this reality, they are able to see the walls of the prison, modern technology and surveillance technology have created. This means that not everyone is happy with them. Therefore, we have the Tabula - or the Brethren, as they call themselves - a group of people who have made it their goal to kill every Traveller.
And a group which job has been made so much easier by modern technology - so much easier, that they have almost succeeded in killing off every Traveller - and Harlequins, who are the warriers opposing the tabula. The Harlequins see it as their goal to protect the Travellers and try to keep off the grid, to live as random as possible along the same lines as in Luke Rhinehart 's book The Dice Man.
The fourth group is the rest of us - the citizens, as the Harlequins somewhat contemptuously call us.