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Deadly Lucidity
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Deadly Lucidity [Paperback]

Julie Achterhoff
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February 18, 2010
Caught in a tangled web of dreams and nightmares, Marie Reilly is being hunted by a psychopath in the dream world she can't escape. Her single ally, a Ranger named Murphy, may be her only hope. He must help her reach the great Fortress, where they've been told there is a way back to her reality. Together, they fight their way through the twists and turns of Marie's mind so she can have her life back. But what of their burgeoning passion for each other? How can she leave the man she has come to love behind in this nightmarish world he has called home as far back as he can remember?

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From the Author

Have you ever woken up from a dream, only to realize that you aren't really awake, but having some horrifying nightmare you believe is real? Well, that's what happened to me one night and I couldn't get the darned thing out of my head! So I did what any self-respecting writer would do and wrote a book about it. The frightening reality is we really don't know what's real and what's illusion in this strange life we've gotten ourselves into. In this book I flesh out what it would be like if we were somehow trapped in a world of pure illusion with very little chance of escape. Now what would you do in a situation like this? Are we dreaming this life or is it dreaming us?

About the Author

Julie Achterhoff has lived all over the place throughout her life. She is the mom of five awesome kids.
She started writing scary stuff when she was young, and kept a few teachers up at night with her stories. A play called "Angel in the House" was her first major effort. Then she wrote a novella, "Native Vengeance," which was published by Demon Minds for their 2008 Halloween Edition. Her first full novel, "Quantum Earth," was published by All Things That Matter Press in 2009, and Deadly Lucidity followed in February 2010. Then she decided to get the rights back from her publisher so she could self-publish, which has worked out great. Earthwalker was the first book she self-published, followed by her previous novels.
Julie lives in California with her son, Sage (now in college!), but sneaks out every night to snuggle with her one and only, Ron.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984421904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984421909
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,553,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars What are Dreams? August 18, 2010
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`If only she could remember her true real life and what had happened in it to cause her to be stuck in her dreams. Was she even a writer? That thought struck her hard. She could have just created that fiction from her imagination, too. She was having an identity crisis. Who was she really? Was she any more real than any of the other dream images that played through her mind? Then she focused on one of the main themes of her recent dreams - the bad man who had kidnapped her. Maybe that kept popping up because it had a grain of reality to it. Maybe she had truly been kidnapped. Maybe she was still unconscious in this guy's basement. Oh, God. That must be it, she thought. But she had gotten away from him in every dream scenario, too, hadn't she? Maybe she had escaped, but was brain dead. No. She wouldn't be able to dream if that were the case. The only other possibility was that she was in a coma? If so, for how long? Her intuition said that felt right, that she was in a coma. If only she could remember what happened.'

Dreams take us to other worlds and dimensions. But what brings these dream about? Are they pieces of memory from our past? And how much do we actually contribute to what happens when we dream? Are we able to add and delete characters. Even during a nightmare, are we able to defend ourselves by conjuring up defense weapons?

In the case of Marie, where is she? Who is she? Who is Murphy? How did he get into Marie's dream? Is everything really a dream or is she simply lost in another world? How will she find her way out of her dream and back into the real world? Can Murphy go with her? What is she trying to accomplish and why is everyone telling her she has to wake up?

They say you dream nightly but only remember a few.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream World Adventure August 16, 2010
There are spoilers in this review If you don't want to have them revealed you better stop reading this article right now and go buy the book. It's worth it.

Deadly Lucidity by Julie Achterhoff is about dream lives. The concept of this book starts out as intriguing and eventually reaches a higher level than that. The narrator, Marie, jumps from one life to another starting at the very beginning of the story. Throughout the rest of the book she is surrounded by real people who are dreams and threatened by other real people who are nightmares. She is chased by an evil baron who wants her in his harem. This baron is always a threat because he can jump between all of Marie's dreams. She is also threatened by clowns, wild animals, and gangs of evil men who try to rape her. She is protected by a "ranger" named Murphy, a marksman who always keeps his six-shooters ready.

Achterhoff's novel really gets going when it is revealed that Marie is in a coma in her non-dream life. Her mother is getting ready to take her off life support. The only way she can come out of her coma is by finding a way out of her dream world and back into reality. She needs to do that before her mother pulls the plug.
Then the book gets even better when Marie discovers that Murphy is also in a coma. He and Clarice, a young girl who is a third coma victim, are all in the same room of the same hospital and all hooked to life support. The dream isn't just Marie's. They are all dreaming it.

Deadly Lucidity is a love story and an adventure. But it is the unusual ideas behind the story that make it such a wonderful read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's Real? October 23, 2010
Schopenhauer said that life is like a dream in that the reality a person creates is merely a reflection of mind. Kant said it, too. Probably, Kant said it first... Anyway, this is the philosophy that drives Deadly Lucidity. It is the story of a woman whose actual dream state becomes a tumultuous but also romantic journey that might become, the reader thinks, her reality. At times, I wanted her to escape; at times, I wanted her to stay. The question that drives it all, of course, is what is real? Her dreams or the life she left behind, which becomes a sort of dream in of itself. A great book by a fellow author at All Things That Matter Press. I'm honored to be in such good company.
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