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Covert Dreams: An International Suspense Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Michael Meyer
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INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE - from the author who involves you in a thrilling Caribbean mystery in Book Two, DEADLY EYES

Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal life. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.

Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the blink of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.

COVERT DREAMS is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from lively Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. What inspired you to write Covert Dreams?

Mike. I love a good mystery. I like to be thrilled. In addition, I have always been intrigued by the relationship the United States has had with Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive societies in the world, where I have been a personal witness to the fact that life here and life there is as different as being on two separate planets. What we take here for a given is nearly always a no-no there.

The area of parapsychology has always intrigued me, and where better to deal with something such as this than in a very hidden-from-the-rest-of-the-world location. The mixture of live and let live as practiced in Bavarian Munich, coupled with the fervent zeal of Arabia, enhanced by American involvement--and the plot just seemed to thicken, drawing me into it as I wrote, without my ever knowing precisely where or how it would end, but loving every minute of it.

Q. What writing technique of yours are you most proud of?

Mike. My answer can be summed up by one of the many readers who have left reviews on my Amazon website: "One last point: at the end of most of the chapters the author used an unusual and effective technique that really won my respect. I felt I was in the hands of a master. Terrific book. I would recommend it to anyone." This particular review really had an effect on me since I had worked extremely hard to perfect this specific technique.

Since COVERT DREAMS has two alternating stories that are linked in a horrifying way at the end, I wanted to keep the reader in suspense the entire journey. I especially wanted to ensure that this would be a page-turner. So what I did was to link each chapter together with endings that would titillate the reader, making one want to hurry on to see what was going to happen next.

Q. Is there anything else you would like your readers to know?

Mike. The locales I write about are real. For instance, COVERT DREAMS is set primarily in Munich and in Saudi Arabia. I have lived and studied in Germany, and I know Munich as well as I know the back of my own hands. Also, I was a college professor at the University of Petroleum and Minerals, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I have traveled extensively throughout Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

NOTE: Thank you for taking time to read COVERT DREAMS. If you enjoyed it, please consider posting a review and then telling your friends about the book. Word of mouth is an author's best friend and is much appreciated.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"I highly recommend this book to all readers who like to be totally captivated and swept away." – Marilou George, THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW

"Don't start reading this book on an evening when you have to get up early the next morning, because you're going to find it hard to put down!" – Nick Russell, author of BIG LAKE

"This story will not disappoint as it sucks you right into these lives from page one and doesn't let go until the last page is turned." – D. Everetti, author of PUNISHING

"Covert Dreams is "I got captured"-reading, as opposed to "escape"-reading." – George Wier, mystery and crime writer

"Covert Dreams had me from the gripping opening scene to the satisfying conclusion." – Dale Roberts, author of IRREFUTABLE

From the Author

One technique that I am particularly proud of in COVERT DREAMS is summed up by one of the many readers who have left reviews on my Amazon website: "One last point: at the end of most of the chapters the author used an unusual and effective technique that really won my respect. I felt I was in the hands of a master. Terrific book. I would recommend it to anyone." This particular review really had an effect on me since I had worked extremely hard to perfect this specific technique. Since COVERT DREAMS has two alternating stories that are linked in a horrifying way at the end, I wanted to keep the reader in suspense the entire journey. I especially wanted to ensure that this would be a page-turner. So what I did was to link each chapter together with endings that would titillate the reader, making one want to hurry on to see what was going to happen next. 

COVERT DREAMS is set primarily in Munich and in Saudi Arabia, both places that I know very well. The locales I have drawn are authentic. The research I did to ensure that the settings are all real came from my own personal observations. I was a student in Germany, and I have probably traveled to Munich on fifteen separate occasions. I know the city like I know my own hometown. In addition, I was a professor at a university in Saudi Arabia, and I traveled extensively throughout the country, which I also know quite intimately. So what I had to do was to somehow link these two extreme cultural entities, the Bavarian ebullient nature and the Arabian ultra religious culture. What I finally came up with, after lots of thought, hard work, and many rewrites was to add an intriguing link between Munich and Saudi Arabia at the end of most chapters. 

One of the two alternating stories mainly takes place in Munich, Germany, where a man who has been haunted recently by a series of lifelike nightmares is frantically trying to discover what is real, and who is who. The second story takes place in Saudi Arabia, where an American professor is frantically searching for his wife, whose very existence has disappeared. The first time I used this technique of linking the two alternating threads together to add suspense was at the end of the first chapter: "Time, gradually becoming their enemy, did a flip-flop, and the now became the then, dying, giving birth to what lay ahead, way beyond the present, biding its own good time, in total control, much like a German panzer unit moving across The Netherlands. Just like the power of Allah under the hot Saudi Arabian sun." 

One other example of my using this technique comes at the end of a later chapter: "Then it happened. They were both emotionally wrought, and the fear was evident in the way in which they clutched one another, neither of them wanting to ever let go, the table--their whole world, in fact--shaking, much like a beer barrel polka in a boisterous Munich beer garden--or a sandstorm in the lonely Saudi Arabian desert."

I am delighted that my readers have found this technique of mine effective because I can tell you that I spent a lot of time making sure that the wording in each chapter ending of COVERT DREAMS was as strong as it could be.

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  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Pacific Books (January 13, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covert Dreams January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first review I've written for Amazon. I'm a very picky reader (that's putting it mildly) and I tend to subscribe to the adage that if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. I'm not sure that's the best policy in life, but it's the one I tend to go with. This book, fortunately, has given me an opportunity to speak out. This is the best book, bar none, that I've read in an eon. It grabbed me by the collar and wouldn't let me go. I read it in three sittings. The voice, the pace, the settings, the highly intriguing plot: they all grabbed me. And the great thing was there was nothing grisly or disturbing. I don't like things like that. What I got was highly intelligent writing with a very compelling plot, and no violence. Bravo. One last point: at the end of most of the chapters the author used an unusual and effective technique that really won my respect. I felt I was in the hands of a master. Terrific book. I would recommend it to anyone.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Michael Meyer's Covert Dreams is a winning combination, high octane, thrill ride not to be missed. B.J. is a married man living a normal life with his wife, has a normal job with an advertising agency, and normal friends and interests until the dreams start to invade and take over his life. The dreams start out as normal everyday dreams except they are about a woman and place he has never seen or visited. All too soon they pretty much take over and ruin his life as he knows it. Dabbie is the woman and Munich, Germany is the place of his dreams that have turned into his own personal nightmares. He tries everything to turn these nightmares off, tries all avenues in the medical profession only to receive no relief. Eventually he decides to travel to Munich to confront these dreams and takes more than the journey he has imagined. Parallel to his problems is another man, Stan, who is going through his own nightmares in Saudi Arabia.

Pick up your copy of Covert Dreams and take this undertaking with B.J., Dabbie, Stan and his wife Valerie. This story will not disappoint as it sucks you right into these lives from page one and doesn't let go until the last page is turned.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting International Thriller December 5, 2011
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I was totally captivated reading this riveting international thriller. I was bounced back and forth from the beer gardens and streets of Munich to the deserts of Saudi Arabia. This story kept me totally involved from beginning to end and all points in between.

B.J. is a happily married man, a career in the advertising business and content with his life. He starts to have dreams about a woman named Dabbie who is a stranger to him and as the dreams progress and continue he discovers that he is the man in the dreams with her. When the dreams turn into nightmares they begin to threaten not only his marriage but his sanity and stability as well. Ultimately, as the dreams overpower him, he sets out for Munich to confront his demons head-on. What happens from that point on is an engagingly powerful set of circumstances that will keep you on the edge.

Stan has just arrived in Saudi Arabia to start a new job and to make a new start with his wife. When his wife does not arrive as planned and there is no sign of her very existence his life is turned upside down as he is thrown into and experiences a nightmare of his own.

The characters are extremely well developed and believable. Their frustrations, fears and panic as they set about on their separate journeys will grab you, fill you with compassion and haunt you as the story unfolds.

I highly recommend this book to all readers who like to be totally captivated and swept away.

Marilou George ~ The Kindle Book Review
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars International Thriller November 20, 2011
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In Greek Mythology, Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy, but the curse that nobody would ever believe her. In Covert Dreams, the characters must have felt much like Cassandra.

B.J. is having a vivid, recurring dream about Dabbie, a woman he has never met in Munich, a city where he's never been. Everyone assures him that it doesn't mean anything, but he knows and we know that it does. Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, a man is going crazy looking for his wife who has disappeared. But all the records show that she never existed and everyone assumes that he is indeed crazy. A diplomat in an Athens hospital has some incriminating knowledge but because of his head trauma, again, no one believes him.

We know it all ties together with a brutal murder in Munich in 1984, but how? The complex plot twists and turns toward a conclusion I never saw coming. If you enjoy psychological thrillers and exotic locals, this is the book for you.

-Lisa Hall Deckert
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious Intrigue! November 12, 2011
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Michael Meyer's COVERT DREAMS is an engaging tale that quickly harnesses the reader into the conspiracy and collusion of foreign intrigue. The characters are sympathetic and so well-written that readers will experience their fears and frustration in not being able to break free of a bad dream. But, is it a dream? Meyer keeps his readers on their toes. Don't be too hasty in thinking you have it all figured out.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream within a dream November 26, 2011
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I really enjoyed Covert Dreams an international thriller that'll play with your mind and make you question the nature of reality itself. For those who love to be immersed in a foreign land and culture this book has it all. The story transports you to Munich to the beer gardens with all their revelry and giant beer glasses then to Saudi Arabia with its massive deserts and Islamic chants echoing over loudspeakers. You can taste the beer and see the mirages on the sand. I enjoyed the sensuousness and excitement of traveling to new places and the fresh beginnings and perspectives they bring through the characters eyes.

Covert Dreams is a psychological thriller that captures the plunge into madness. Detailing the thoughts and emotions of the characters much more vividly than any thriller I've read in recent memory. The pacing and weaving of the dream world with the real world is excellent, slowly twisting and revealing each other. The passion of the characters trying to reach their goals compels you to read on. You feel it on every page. Michael Meyer makes the stakes high then raises them. This is a master at work who keeps your adrenaline pumping in every line.

The characters were well developed and I felt emotionally connected to them, I rooted for them. The dialogue in the book was completely realistic. It was not cliché or overly dramatized as we sometimes see in thrillers. I have always been captivated by the surreal and enjoyed immersing myself in the mysterious world of dreams the story takes us through. Why do we dream, what are these dreams trying to tell us? This motif is woven in subtly surrealistic ways throughout the story.

The story awesomely captures terror and confusion, the feeling of panic and helplessness.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time.
The only reason I'm giving this story two stars is because the writing was okay. I am a speed reader and skipped many lines also in order to get to the end. Read more
Published 12 days ago by CJ Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars lame
Very repetitive…weak story line that was embellished to make it longer...
Published 1 month ago by sherbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller moving at warp speed.
Meet B.J. An average guy, entering middle age with no particular spectacular skill set. He is married. Grew up an orphan goes to work, back home.....
Then he starts to dream. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wanda
1.0 out of 5 stars Covert dreams
Sucks!
Poorly written.
Too long and complicated for the ending.
I would not recommend it to a friend.
Felt bad giving it one star.
Published 3 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite series
Published 3 months ago by Susan Little
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
An intriguing read with an interesting storyline. Michael Meyer crafts a wonderful story that will have thriller fans begging for more.
Published 4 months ago by A. Brantley
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and unique story
This was a great thriller. I took the time to read it through twice and it was even better the second time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pricilla Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an author to put on your must read list.
Covert Dreams: An International Suspense Thriller by Michael Meyer is a fast paced riveting page-turner! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and Gripping
This book was an amazingly riveting adventure. It is not often that you come across a book that is so intense. This book certainly qualifies as a true page turner. Read more
Published 4 months ago by LifeIsGood
5.0 out of 5 stars An enveloping journey
Covert Dreams is a gripping and suspenseful international thriller with a surprisingly human and emotional bent. Read more
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More About the Author

Michael Meyer is the author of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and fears.

His INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION currently has two books: COVERT DREAMS, Book One; and DEADLY EYES, Book Two.

His CONTEMPORARY/HUMOROUS FICTION COLLECTION currently has two books: THE FAMOUS UNION, Book One; and THE SURVIVAL OF MARVIN BAINES, Book Two.

THE THREE KITTIES THAT SAVED MY LIFE was his heartfelt attempt to make things right again in his life after his first wife died, and putting this true story of love down on paper worked. It was something that he knew he had to do. One reviewer says of this book, "This is like drinking tea and honey on a cold day."

TRIANGLE OF HOPE was written as a testament to the fact that sheer determination on the part of people can bring about hope in even the most hopeless of circumstances.

THE SIR RODNEY VIGNETTES is a collection of humorous anecdotal episodes in the life of an Old World Charmer, allowing the English professor side of Michael Meyer to come forth.

He has resided in and has visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to his own published writing. He has literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. He has lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT DREAMS - INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE - is set), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES - INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK TWO - is set). He gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left him. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as he has aged.

Among the many unique things that have happened to him in his world travels, he has walked the streets of Istanbul with a detective, searching for a pickpocket who got him good. He has ridden on the back of a motorcycle in Tehran while the driver, who spoke not one word of English, pointed out all the sights to him. He has wrestled an Iranian soldier who tried to break into his hotel room in Tehran. He has had the paint completely stripped from his car as he drove across Saudi Arabia in a sandstorm. He has stood on the stage of a busy nightclub in Tokyo, singing "She'll be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes" to an audience feeling no pain from the Sake they were drinking. He has been chased by a family of mongooses (yes, that is the correct spelling) on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Croix. And that is just the beginning of his long list of worldly adventures.

As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife, Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.

SPECIAL NOTE: COVERT DREAMS has recently received a Compulsion Reads endorsement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Compulsion Reads, this company specializes in reviewing and endorsing those novels that meet its quality standards based on the fundamental qualities of good storytelling. Many books that the company reviews don't earn their endorsement, so this is a pretty big deal.

You can follow Mike at his Facebook writer's site: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelMeyersWritingLife

Be sure to check out his Pinterest writer's page, which includes numerous audio readings, clips, and trailers of his books:
http://pinterest.com/temmike/#



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