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Dream War [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Prosapio , Irina Ivanova
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Book Description

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...

“A spooky, imaginative novel that takes a universally-fascinating concept and turns it into a delirious adventure.”
~~ Isabela Morales, The Scattering
http://thescattering.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/verdict-dream-war-by-stephen-prosapio/

“Dream War is often gripping on a level that is visceral.”
~~ Oxification
http://www.oxyfication.net/headline/dream-war-stephen-prosapio/

“Comparisons to Michael Crichton are spot on.”
~~ Geoffrey Edwards, author of Fire Bell in the Night

“Fun, fast paced and original escapism!”
Dana Fredsti, author of Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon

“Strong characters, vivid descriptions, and the highest possible stakes. It's original in both plot and treatment.”
~~ Dale Cozort, author of Exchange


DREAM WAR
1980. 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 Fiction
Secondary Genre: Thriller
Word Count: approximately 85,500 words
Page Count: approximately 252 pages

About the Author:
Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. Dream War was a top-five finalist of 2,676 entries in Gather.com’s 2007 First Chapters contest. Stephen resides in Oceanside, California.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"A spooky, imaginative novel that takes a universally-fascinating concept and turns it into a delirious adventure." --Isabela Morales, The Scattering

Dream War is often gripping on a level that is visceral...Prosapio weaves together the disparate threads of science fiction, espionage, historical fiction and even a touch of Christian mythology into an ambitious, well-paced story. --Oxification

"Comparisons to Michael Crichton are spot on." --Geoffrey Edwards, author of Fire Bell in the Night

"Fun, fast paced and original escapism!" --Dana Fredsti, author of Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon

"Strong characters, vivid descriptions, and the highest possible stakes. It's original in both plot and treatment." --Dale Cozort, author of Exchange

About the Author

Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. Dream War was a top-five finalist of 2,676 entries in Gather.com's 2007 First Chapters contest. Stephen resides in Oceanside, California.

His next novel Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is scheduled for release by Otherworld Publications in June of 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Noble Publishing; 1 edition (July 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VTZXAY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Creative! July 27, 2010
By TMoney
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With all the copycat novels and "follow the leader", it's rare to find unique perspectives and stories in fantasy/science fiction these days. The world created in Dream War looks a lot like our own, it even shares some of our history, but it's just a bit different in ways that are wildly creative and entertaining. This book pulls you in and doesn't let go until the last page. And even then you don't want to leave the characters that you've come to know and care about.

Dream War begins back in 1980 just after a new form of terrorism (state sponsored terrorism) had reared its ugly head with the takeover of the American Embassy in Iran. The CIA pulls US Marine Lt. Hector Lopez from a mission to rescue the hostages (Operation Credible Sport - an historical military operation which was aborted) and puts him to work at the Oneirology Institute of America (the OIA to train him to dream link for the purposes of extracting information from the minds of terrorists. The OIA is fictional, but Prosapio uses historical hijackings in 1981 to dramatize the plot.

Later, he weaves another historical event, the kidnapping of US Army General Dozier by the Italian Red Brigades, into the story. And these references aren't gratuitous, they seamlessly blend with fiction (much the way Michael Crichton did) to provide realism to the story. As the story moves into the modern day plot by a (I hope) fictional Italian terrorist group, the Sogno di Guerra (Dreams of War) an offshoot of the Red Brigades, we see the connection of the fictional to the real world, but by then this intricate story has enthralled us in its language and the characters.

I won't give away the surprises in the book, but suffice it to say you'll be kept on the edge of your seat. I read early excerpts of this novel when it was in an online contest in 2007 and am happy to say that it was worth the wait!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster, but readable September 17, 2011
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This book ended up being totally different than what I expected it to be, and I was let down. The premise was fairly interesting, but the plot unfolded like the author was making it up on the spot. The characters were underdeveloped and I found myself not caring about what happened to any of them. There were moments in the book where I felt the author intended a scene to be powerful, but I felt them to be trite and cheesy. Aside from the subject matter, any comparison to King or Crichton is inaccurate. Crichton would have explained how the technology worked and make it believable, and King would string out the horror and make the antagonist truly blood curdling. All that being said, I didn't hate this book, and I think it would be good for a high schooler or a mass consumer of pop fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Read January 1, 2013
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For me, this book falls into the category of a mild amusement. It was worth the purchase price and provided a diversion, but it didn't grab me by the throat and pull me in to the storyline.

The plot itself was interesting, not something that has been done over and over in other novels. One of the better things that the author accomplished was seamlessly pulling in history to support his plot. I think this was a high point of the novel.

Proofreading was good with only one typo noted.

On the other hand, characterization was so-so. I got a little tired of the sarcastic bravado several of the characters exhibited, especially at times when the sarcastic attempts at humor were extremely out-of-place.

For someone who obviously knows the Oceanside, California area, I was surprised at how poorly the Marines were represented from a realism standpoint, from too-young lieutenant colonels to how Marines were being involuntarily discharged in order to be assigned to the CIA. I also noted simple mistakes in geography and times throughout the book (shifting the POV from Italy to California didn't seem to take into account the time difference.)

I would recommend this book based on the plot alone. It may not be at the top of my reading list, but it was still a good effort and worth the read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all... July 5, 2011
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With this being my 2nd Kindle book and for $2.99, I wasn't sure how good or bad Dream War was going to be. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Dream War starts out in the 1980's where the CIA is rumored to be developing experimental technology capable of entering people's dreams and extracting information from them. Enter Lt. Hector Lopez, a marine soon to be turned into the CIA's newest recruit to lead their dream link technology. At first, the intentions of the dream link branch of the CIA, known as the Oneirology Institute of America are to help defend and protect the innocent via dream linking and for a while it goes quite well. Lt. Lopez saves the lives of hundreds of hostages by dream linking into the minds of terrorists and foiling their plans. However, things begin to go awry when a U.S. general is kidnapped by an Italian terrorist group known as the Red Brigades. During one of these dream-link operations into the minds of one of the higher-ups of the Red Brigades, a mysterious portal opens and a entity known as Luzveyn Dred appears and offers Lopez the chance to join him with the promises of rich rewards. Lopez declines and the future of mankind slowly spirals down from there. Unintentionally, Lopez and his team have inadvertently opened up a portal to a dimension with horrific consequences that no one could have foreseen. After the first few years of the missions, Luzveyn Dred begins to appear more and more in the dreams of Lopez and his fellow agents. As team members start dropping like flies after dream-linking missions, Lopez begins to sense something is wrong but what?

Fast forward to the present day, as a off-shoot of the Red Brigades known as Sogno di Guerra plans to murder millions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Receved the book quickly. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Maureen Kleiman
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 Ideas, 2 Genres, 1 Book
There's a lot here that's good. Unfortunately, there are 2 conceits combined into 1 book leaving neither complete or fulfilling. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor Ops
I love the combination of military and paranormal science. Dream research is ripe territory for science fiction. This book is entertaining and well written.
Published 5 months ago by Ron Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Finished reading this yesterday and really enjoyed it. Great cast of characters and a fascinating plot to go along with it. Definitely a book I would read again.
Published 9 months ago by Anna Dobritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
This book is well written, and I got absorbed into the story quickly. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a mix of historical and fantasy-type writing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carly Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars Even Stanley.
This quickly becomes a good v. evil, Zorastarian themed, sci-fi story. It does have many religious elements to it, for instance characters ask if Dred is `the devil? Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. DeKalb
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but had some moments...
Interesting idea, but not a great book. Poor mix of science fiction and religion. All in all, it was still worth reading on an airplane.
Published 20 months ago by D. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Battle
A classic tale of good versus evil, Dream War examines an epic battle, the consequence of combining modern science and ancient mythology, as well as time-space manipulation... Read more
Published 21 months ago by T. A. Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars I Enjoyed It
The book kept me turning the pages. I liked the varied cast of characters and the weaving together of an interesting storyline - it is a great plot and the author does a good job... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Julie Morey
3.0 out of 5 stars Free book. Got what I paid for.
Eh. Interesting premise. Needed more of a finale. Also more closure around the characters.
Goodbye and thanks for all the fishes.
Published 21 months ago by Michael F. Merriman
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Stephen Prosapio was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Chicago. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University.

After reporting for one of the nation's largest fantasy football websites, footballguys.com, Stephen wrote his first novel, Dream War. Competing against 2,676 other novels, it won a Top Five Finalist award in Gather.com's 2007 First Chapters contest. Dream War was released as an eBook in July of 2010. Articles about him and his writing have been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, The North County Times, Today's Local News, San Diego Magazine and the DePaul University Alumni magazine.

Stephen's second novel Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is a paranormal suspense novel about a paranormal researcher--who is himself possessed--forced to team with a rival TV ghost hunting show investigating a 19th century asylum. He uncovers as many dangerous secrets as he does spirits.

Stephen resides in Oceanside, California. He is currently crafting a sequel to Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum that chronicles the Xavier Paranormal Investigators next case.

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