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“This book is definitely intriguing...that's probably the best word for it. Intriguing and thought-provoking. The meat of the book concerns remote viewing and the link between the main character's subconscious and reality. Yeah, that's deep stuff. It forces you to think, and I love books like...”see full review » see other reviews »
“The way this author combines past, present future and dreams pulls you into the story. You will not be able to put down this multilayer thriller. Sometimes because you must know what is going to happen next. And sometimes because you must know what happened before. Every time I thought the author can't surprise me anymore, something new happened, adding to my joy of reading. I highly recommend reading it.”Joey Avniel wrote this review Saturday, November 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the 2nd Editon, which has been re-written and re-edited, and is a smoother read than the first edition.”Linda Hawley wrote this review Friday, October 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Listen/read my review here - http://alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/book-review-dreams-unleashed-by-linda-hawley/”Coral R wrote this review Friday, October 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've never read anything like this before! The whole concept of remote viewing is mind-boggling. I remember seeing a TV show once that talked about it and how the government had studied that sort of thing, but of course they didn't expound on it or anything. So it's really interesting to get an inside look at it, even if it's from a fictional novel. I loved the parts involving the CIA; they kept me completely hooked, and when it ended with a cliff-hanger, I knew I'd be reading the next one. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who finds the paranormal interesting.”Edwin Jones wrote this review Friday, October 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is definitely intriguing...that's probably the best word for it. Intriguing and thought-provoking. The meat of the book concerns remote viewing and the link between the main character's subconscious and reality. Yeah, that's deep stuff. It forces you to think, and I love books like that.
I'm also a big fan of books concerning dystopian societies, and Dreams Unleashed definitely falls within that category. But it's interesting because it's not way into the future like most dystopian books are. The present day of this book is 2015, and the government is right at the beginning of a downhill slope into a freedomless society. The author mentions real events happening today and uses those as the beginnings of a dystopia, so it hits close to home; this isn't so far-fetched.
But probably what this author does best is character development. You REALLY get to know every facet of the main character. And there are A LOT of facets. She's about 45 years old and has done a lot of different things in her lifetime so far. She's already a widow (that is of course a rather sad part in the book), she was in the Air Force, she worked for the CIA, she's lived on both U.S. coasts, she is apart of an underground freedom-fighting society, she works for an up-and-coming alternative energy company, and she's a bit of a hippie. Like I said...lots of facets. You also get to know the people she works with, her friends, her family, and her love interest. This story is definitely not lacking in interesting characters.
This is the first book in a trilogy, so the author gives plenty of back story in order to sufficiently introduce us to the characters. I've encountered that plenty of times before, when reading Terry Brooks. Most of his stuff is organized into trilogies, and I've found that the first book always introduces the characters and shows them preparing for the journey, the second book introduces all of the crazy problems and chaos, and then the third book is non-stop action and of course resolves all the problems. I have a feeling that this author will work like that also. This book does end with a pretty crazy cliff-hanger, and I can't wait to see where the second book picks up!”
“The plot of Dreams Unleashed is off and running from the opening scene.
Linda Hawley presents a dystopian view of the Patriot Act, with microchip technology providing a means for government to monitor everyone's lives and undermine their privacy. Set in Washington in 2015, the plot shifts back in time, and switches into dreams, revealing information and posing questions as the plot unfolds.
The heroine, Ann Torgeson, is a woman with a mysterious background and a special power; her dreams are a potent weapon which has her wanted by a government she no longer trusts. Indeed, it is difficult to know just who Ann can trust and every character is suspect.
Ann is a secret member of the GOG anti-government group using her CIA training to undermine the government while maintaining a normal outward life as a technical writer for an energy company.
Woven throughout the story are references to the metaphysical which helps to flesh out Ann's character and explain why her dreams might be so powerful.
By the end we are on the edge of our seats wondering what will happen next. It ends on an unexpected cliff hanger which hooks you into the sequel.
Whether or not you agree with the political statements in the book (it contains current-day political references), the plot is fast paced and keeps you reading. If you like political thrillers and government conspiracy stories you will LOVE this book.
I'm glad to have been enticed back into the political thriller genre with Linda's book. It is a suspense-filled page turner that leaves you eager for book two. A brilliant first novel!”
“With the passing of the Patriot Act in what seems a lifetime ago, I think many Americans thought everything would be okay. However, Linda Hawley presents a different spin on the invasion of government into the private sector. What if the government was monitoring us via microchip inserted in our driver's licenses? What if the government was listening to every word we said at every time? Ms.Hawley has taken that line of thought one step further with the first book in her series, Dreams Unleashed. In this tale, Ann is a normal every day woman with special powers that lives in the not too distant future. She resents the government spying on her and is secretly a member of the GOG, an anti-government rebellion group in her secret life, while maintaining an average daily existence as a technical writer in her public one. Our classy heroine also has another secret, and that is that her dreams are potent and powerful and could be used as a government weapon. So there is where the drama begins...
In this first installment we meet Ann: woman, widow, mother of a college student, and hard-worker with a mysterious past. That prior life consists of work in the CIA, where she has been taught remote viewing. With that career long over, she tries to fit into a normal existence, fending off her flirty boss, struggling with the decision to begin an office romance,and making sure her home is safe from government spies. Suddenly she begins having dreams again, and the next thing she knows the government is after her. By the end of Book 1, we are anxiously gripping our seats wondering what is going to happen next. Will she meet the GOG parents? Will the FBI really catchher? Most importantly - is she going to be used as a weapon?
This story flashes back from the past, e.g. 2011 to the present 2015, to fill in the gaps of Ann's existence and give credence to her current plight. In a world that is truly a possible future, Ms. Hawley adds a taste of the paranormal into a frightening social concern. A woman with powerful dreams that leaves the reader unsure who really is trustworthy and who is not, you will eagerly turn each page to find the answers. This is a suspense-filled journey into our potential future that leaves you hanging for more and eagerly awaiting book two. ”
“I will begin by saying this is a book about a woman; not a girl turning woman, but a woman. A mature, accomplished, strong woman, with a charming personality, and great nuance in her behavior (and some very special gifts, to top it off!).
And I believe after I’ve said that you’ll get an idea about my feelings concerning this novel. I liked it, a lot!
My favorite, as it is already obvious, is Ann. She’s just so witty, and fun, and fresh; I wish I were that energetic, and I’m close to half her age (give a couple of years ). Her daughter makes more of a symbolic appearance, more to mark the nest-leaving then actually be involved. All sorts of things change, evolve, and Ann’s right on top of it all. There’s also a potential love interest somewhere in there, but it’s just dangled before your curious nose, probably to be developed in the next book? I hope so.
I loved the ‘paranormal’ tint. Of course, there’s a lot of secrecy, covert operations, and agencies, always agencies pulling and pushing in all directions. But Ann’s abilities are a natural; a powerful gift, that can bring joy and sorrow alike, and great responsibility. I feel she struggles with this weight hanging on her shoulders – she’s not overcome, not at all. But after the struggle, I believe she finds the balance needed to feel more then know what her path should be.
And she makes choices I applauded (hint to the Canada thing. You’ll understand what I mean when you’ll read it.)
What held back some of my enthusiasm is precisely the lack of capitalization on the fact the character is a mature woman. I mean, seriously, if in the next book she doesn’t get together with Paul, I’m gonna start making official complaints, somewhere, somehow!! You just wait and see, Linda Hawley! I demand some action Not in the explicit sens, I mean…oh, you know what I mean!
Seriously though, all that tension, and the build-up, your enthusiasm and eagerness just bubbling… and then the ending comes, and I sort of held my breath and remained stunned! I mean, no way!! I had to do a double take, I had a moment of sheer panic.
But then I thought, hey, this is a series, and Ann is the main character, so all is not lost. Right? RIGHT?? Major cliff-hanger alert, don’t say I didn’t tell you so.
Overall, I do warmly recommend it, it’s a delightful dystopia novel, a pleasurable and engaging read, and I do so obviously eagerly await the next book of Ann’s adventures.”
For those who like suspense thrillers that alternate between past, present and future, you'll likely enjoy the format of Dreams Unleashed. The presentation provides the dream-like sensation of being somewhere else before 'waking' up. There are brief moments of confusion and wondering what is real, what is now and where am I? Much like a dream it’s difficult for the rational mind to reconcile these two perceptions, yet they exist. This story has a strong female character, Ann Torgeson, that lives from one perspective an ordinary life, but as things progress the extraordinary pushes to the forefront and complicates the plot. Ann Torgeson's only annoying weakness is the repeated mentioning, or perhaps noting that every male character is attracted to her. I had no idea a self-described granola type woman held so much sexual magnetism? I thought this did Ann’s character a disservice because it provided her with a conceit that I didn't imagine she'd possess and it felt awkward. Dreams Unleashed is a trilogy, which means a lot of set-up and information is given in the first story. Keep that in mind as you digest the scenes and tuck away all the clues that might help you find your way out of this mystery. I found the GOG fascinating, the conspiracy theory relevant, but stumbled on Ann Torgeson's admission to the CIA at eighteen and without a college education. Later, a mitigating circumstance is revealed that explains this but I wish it would have come sooner because my believability radar went on the defense.”
It’s the near-future year of 2015, where technology governs life. In this dystopian world, governments control their citizens by tracking them with RFID. The right to personal privacy does not exist. The heroine, Ann Torgeson, having been trained by the CIA as a paranormal spy at nineteen years old, has enhanced abilities. Twenty-five years later, she lives a double life: first, as a technical writer for a tidal energy company in the Pacific Northwest, and second, as a member of the worldwide anti-government subversive organization, called GOG. When Ann’s vivid dreams turn real, she questions whether the doorway between her subconscious and reality has been permanently altered. When she starts to dig into her past, her present begins to unravel, leading the reader through events that twist and turn everything upside down. Question everything you know is essential in this trilogy.
Like everyone else I am fascinated with stories that give us a glimpse into a possible future for our world...
Dreams Unleashed being the first book in a trilogy that gives us that exact glimpse is a truly interesting and well thought out beginning to the authors Prophecy series.
I can honestly say that if the author had not approached me to read a copy of the book it probably would never have come to my attention and that would have been a serious shame! I quickly took to the character of Ann Torgeson, she is a no nonsense very easy to connect with woman... Being someone who at a very young age started using paranormal abilities Ann grew up and at 18 when her Air Force enlistment kicked in and she was tested for a special branch of the CIA she passed with flying colors and then spent 6 years as a somewhat secret weapon ferreting out information in a unique manner called remote viewing... Years later after her husband dies and her daughter is grown up and away at college Ann is on her own and is still an active member of an organization that does everything within it's power to prevent governments world-wide from taking away personal freedoms from their citizens... Along with her normal day job as a technical writer Ann takes on a few assignments for the organization GOG, one of which brings her to the attention of the FBI at which point her life takes a turn that she was not exactly prepared for...
Showcasing throughout the jump in time from the year 2015 back and forth to 2012 with mentions of events in 1990, 2008, 2009 and 2011 the story encompasses a lot of information from Ann's past and present... There are times when I was a bit confused and then there were times when I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information that I was trying to absorb to keep the continuity of the story in place... This is not a particular favorite way of putting the plot lines in perspective for me but it works if you take your time and do not skim the chapters... (This did not detract from the story but I just do not like flashback/flash forwards in books or movies or television very much. Personal quirk not a flaw.)
All in all from the beginning of the book to the unexpected cliffhanger ending the story provokes the reader to engage their brain, to keep the pages turning to ferret out the secrets that Ann finds, to watch how her relationship with her co-worker Paul blossoms and most of all to find out once and for all what is truth and what is speculation!
Not only are there many modern day references to current and recent past political events but the Mel Gibson movie Conspiracy Theory feel to the storyline is one that grabbed my curiosity and kept me intrigued and reading from start to finish. (when I say feel it means just that, there is no similarity between the book and the movie other than that)
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I have to disclose that this book was an e-arc copy submitted to me by the author for an honest review and that there is no other compensation from her or the publisher except for the review copy and my reading pleasure and enjoyment of the characters depicted in the story.
I recommend the book to anyone looking for an adult read set in the Dystopian genre, one with a very lovely female main character who has an insanely intelligent and cute dog named Lulu who will steal your heart and make you smile every time she appears in a scene... I also recommend this book for anyone looking for a good suspense thriller with a lot of action and dead on scenarios as to where we are heading if governments seize complete control of their citizens lives! ”