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Dreams of Darkness (Mondragoran Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Barry James was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1968. He wrote "Dreams of Darkness" while staying awake nights to watch over his baby daughter, as an alternative to the pediatrician's plan to hook her up to a monitor 24 hours a day. Barry currently teaches World History to 6th graders in Tempe, Arizona, and recently completed the sequel to "Dreams of Darkness," entitled "Realms of Shadow." Facebook: facebook.com/barryjamesbooks

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  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 491 pages
  • Publisher: After Hours Publishing (February 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0077VLRDY
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Barry James was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1968. He wrote "Dreams of Darkness" while staying awake nights to watch over his baby daughter, as an alternative to the pediatrician's plan to hook her up to a monitor 24 hours a day. Barry currently teaches World History to 6th graders in Tempe, Arizona, and recently completed the sequel to "Dreams of Darkness," entitled "Realms of Shadow."

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/barryjamesbooks

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linell Jeppsen on May 30, 2012
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Jordan Hanson, a nice guy, and modest book store clerk is slated to be much more than he could imagine. His own parents have sacrificed his soul to the Mondragoran, an alien species, to act as the key to Earth's destruction!
After dying in a bank hold-up, Jordan's soul is overcome by the essence of the Child of Shadows, that entity with the power to implement the Mondragoran's plans, but something has gone wrong! There is a spark of goodness, a certain strength and nobility of spirit within Jordan's soul the Mondragorans never counted on-

This is a powerful, beautifully written and edited novel. It's imagery, and descriptions are staggering and not for the faint of heart. Most importantly, for me, the characters were well drawn. You can feel this young man's courage, fear and hope.

Fine job, and an auspicious beginning for a strong new voice in horror fiction!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucinda on March 30, 2014
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Captivated by the dark cover of this delicious debut, I willingly plunged into a chilling tale of seductive Vampirism and mystical ambiance.
Any fan of authors such as Stephen King will note the eclectic mix of horror and supernatural, which creates such an intoxicatingly rich concoction of sinister narrative. Superstitious mindsets intertwine amid a spooky backdrop, presenting a sense of foreboding as to keep you on edge throughout. Descriptive language and details paint a strikingly clear picture of the setting, so as to bring Barry James' world {including creatures and Demons etc.} to life on the page. Incorporating well-developed characters that are strong and likeable, the engaging plot was deftly woven and wonderfully realised.

The first instalment within the Moondragoran chronicles takes you on a thrilling journey, which is designed to keep you sat in suspense throughout constantly wondering... From appealing Jordan to Lord Ackerman whom you love but equally hate, the story contains distinctly memorable characters whom I cannot wait to see develop more within the sequel. To say that Jordan was having a bad day was a great understatement! The opening of the story grabbed my attention instantly; pulling me into the most extraordinary, richly imagined world of wonder and outlandishness.

I highly recommend this addictive, darkly fascinating novel to readers of horror fiction and paranormal. I would like to thank the author for providing me with an e-copy to read and write an honest, non-biased review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly R on October 28, 2012
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First I want to say that Barry James is very talented with a great imagination. I have never read a book like this before, so I was a little skeptical at first. It is an original concept involving the battle between good and evil. I could actually see the different demons as I was reading. The characters in the story were very well developed from Jordan all the way to Lord Ackerman. He is wrking on the next book The sequel, Realms of Shadow.

"I received this book from the author for an honest review"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By december on September 29, 2012
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I'm really perplexed when it comes to this book. It started off with so much promise. It had really interesting mythical concepts, a creative and imaginative storyline, and very vivid scenes. Unfortunately, that only lasted for a little while before the details bogged down the book and it became a chore to trudge through all the myth.

There's a fine line between enough detailed myth to keep the reader invested and create an atmospheric environment and bogging down the reader with uninteresting and irrelevant information. It's upsetting to me that this book couldn't maintain that balance since it really does have a lot of potential otherwise.

I wanted to like this book, but if I hadn't promised a review, I wouldn't have finished reading it. No disrespect to Mr. James - he has a lot of talent and I appreciate how much thought went into plotting out this novel. I think he would benefit from an editor of some sort helping to keep the pace of the book appropriate. Perhaps the sequel will live up to expectations, but I don't think I'll be checking it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret B. Boston on July 28, 2012
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Here is a novel of huge scope. A bit Lovecraftian (not in language, but in conceptualizations -- the Mondragoran, a Cthulhu-esque conglomeration of evil essences). In another sense, the book reminds me of Sturgeon's MORE THAN HUMAN, as it brings in characters with multiple telepathic/kinetic talents. I like the way James manages to keep the story going at a brisk pace; there are no "bog spots". The last three chapters kept me on the edge of my seat! And there is a symbolic gray dog in the first chapter that reappears at the end and howls...a sign of portent, perhaps -- could there be a sequel?
Some very nasty scenes of torture in this --but good wins out over evil--at least, for the time being! -Marge Simon
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Goosney on February 13, 2012
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This book was a great read, a real page turner!! One of a handful of books that made me do the "off to bed right after this chapter". The character development was fantastic and solidified my sympathy and loathing of the players, which in turn pushed the pages to see what would happen to them next. The plot didn't so much as turn but hung on the edge, always teetering, leaving you anticipating and wondering. The physical details of the characters and peripheral settings was awesome, I felt like I needed a rain coat while reading.

Dreams of Darkness was a great read, I would recommend it to anyone.

Cheers.
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