Thursday, 12 January 2012

REVIEW : Dream War by Stephen Prosapio

Goodread Synopsis:

Decades ago, the CIA developed the technology to enter our dreams and extract information. It was just a matter of time before they took things a little too far...DREAM WAR1980. Hector Lopez joins a CIA enterprise capable of entering dreams and extracting information. Lopez saves hundreds of hostages’ lives by dream-linking to terrorists and foiling their plans. When the Red Brigades, an Italian terrorist group, kidnaps a US General, Lopez and his team execute every technique available for extracting information—including one that links our world to a dimension never meant to be discovered. Present Day. The Sogno di Guerra—a Red Brigades sect—plans the slaughter of millions. And they’ve the help of Luzveyn Dred, the entity ruling the dimension the CIA inadvertently opened a portal to—the Spatium Quartus. Aided by an aging expatriate, a recovering alcoholic, and a mysterious girl, Lopez must overcome memories of past failures and defeat evil—in this world as well as in a dimension of nightmares.Genre: Science FictionSecondary Genre: ThrillerWord Count: approximately 85,500 wordsAbout the Author:Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. For several years, he reported for one of the nation’s largest fantasy football websites, Dream War, was a top-five finalist of 2,676 entries in’s 2007 First Chapters contest. Stephen works as an executive recruiter and resides in Oceanside, California. 

My Review:

Dream War  


My rating 5 of 5 stars
 I loved the introduction to Dream War!  Oneirology: The Scientific study of dreams.... The explanation and historical references hooked me straight away. The main character, Lieutenant Hector Lopez, came across as vulnerable but grew stronger as the story unfolded, especially when we reached the present day. He had an attractive quality where I visualized him straight away. The story was so well written and descriptive that random images continued to leap from the page.
For me 'Dream War' was packed full of Science, Thriller and Fantasy.
The concept of a Government secret project 'Dream Linking' was brilliant. A project that sends Hector and his team on a roller-coaster ride. They unintentionally open a portal to another world where the consequences put the future of mankind at risk, causing the deaths of Lopez's team as the other world starts to intercept their dreams and events start to become more surreal. With the introduction of more characters, places, events, twists and turns, I thought I would get lost. But Stephen Prosapio's writing style has a way of keeping you captivated.
Overall 'Dream War' although complex, in my opinion is a definite page turner.

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