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Dreams Unleashed (Prophecies Dystopian Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Hawley
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Dreams Unleashed has been awarded the Grub Street Reads Endorsement.

Dreams Unleashed, Book 1 of The Prophecies Dystopian Trilogy

Book synopsis: It’s the near future, and society is government controlled. Technology tracks everyone, and personal privacy does not exist. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson. When she cracks the seal of The Prophecies, Ann becomes a weapon against the government, which relentlessly pursues her. Question everything is the theme of this dystopian trilogy.


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Raves for The Prophecies trilogy:

"Dreams Unleashed begins brilliantly with a chase scene that rivals Tom Clancy's best work."

"This modern day 1984 is just as riveting as Orwell's novel, but if I had to choose, really choose, I'd take Hawley's series over Orwell any day. Why? Not only has Hawley created a unique futuristic novel, but she's also done much research into current events of our time, weaving them into her story and making it even scarier than 1984 ever was."

"Linda Hawley's skill is right up there with the best adventure writers, and her books are important."

"It's like a present that you are slowly unwrapping layer by layer."

About the Author

The Prophecies series you're reading, or deciding whether you should read, was born just after the author survived a near crash in a passenger jet. Thankfully, she lived to write this trilogy.

Before Linda Hawley became a full-time author, she supported herself as a freelance writer. Her experiences working on diverse projects requiring significant research stretched and refined her composition skills. It also inspired her to become a novelist.

You may be surprised to learn that most of the technologies, conditions, and places in her trilogy exist. It's the characters and their actions that are pure fiction. Writing The Prophecies as accurate faction (a literary work that is a mix of fact and fiction) requires significant in-depth research, but the author was aided by her many years in the U.S. intelligence community. Her government service certainly aided the believability of this dystopian trilogy.

Linda Hawley is hard at work on another dystopian trilogy, called The ReSociety. You can follow her progress at LindaHawley.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: 21st Publishing; Second edition (October 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YIQYIU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,725 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique take on time travel and current events! November 8, 2011
By LuLu
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the 1st edition of this book last summer, so I was prepared for the cliff-hanger ending and I didn't have to concentrate as hard to keep straight whether I was in the present, past or a dream. So as the book progressed it was exciting to me right away. I can't pinpoint the actual editing of the 1st edition, but I did feel that the text was more cohesive and flowed well in the 2nd edition. As I stated earlier, after you get in sync with the dates and time, the action just keeps accelerating right up to the end! Or, should I say "up to the end of this book" because it's part of a trilogy and definitely leads you right in to the next in the series. The concept of putting yourself in another place through a dream was wild, but believable for me. I started clicking through all sorts of possibilities in my head as I was reading. I also liked that the author included current happenings, as close as a couple of months ago, to add to the perception of reality. Tagging people through their driver's license was disturbing, but it gave me something to think about. As I have said before in my reviews, I like time travel. This was a different kind of time travel because you aren't stuck in one place -- unless that happens further on in the series -- but the reader feels that Ann was really in those other places for a time. It was a very interesting book based on a great concept with current events and I can't wait for the next volume to see what happens!!! Luckily I won't have to wait long as the next book, "Guardian of Time" is already on my e-reader.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams Unleashed takes the reader to a new dimension November 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Ann Torgeson is troubled by her dreams. She earns her living as a technical writer for AlterHydro, an alternative-energy engineering firm based in Bellingham, Washington. She lives alone with her dog in a Craftsman-style home which is packed full of high technology and ruled by Sinéad, a sophisticated computer. At first glance, Ann is a forty-four year old widow whose daughter has recently gone to college, but she is far more than that.

"Dreams Unleashed" is Linda Hawley's debut novel, the first in her "The Prophecies" trilogy. She introduces Ann Torgeson, who is a richly textured, multidimensional character. Hawley offers an entertaining voyage through the swells and storms of the not-too-distant future where government and societal forces are threatening everyone's privacy. This novel is both detailed and compelling. Written in the first person, the author effectively draws the reader into her heroine's mind. Ann is a former employee of the CIA. She is an enigma. As the story unfolds, the reader journeys with her as she relives her past and tries to make sense of her vivid dreams.

This is a nonlinear tale which immerses the reader in a tantalizing paranormal mystery. Its twists and discontinuities leave the reader breathless, creating a world where the unexpected is commonplace. Linda Hawley tears down the boundaries which have traditionally framed reality. Her book offers a mind-bending experience which grips the reader and offers a fantastic glimpse of a world beyond our imagining. This is a book filled with cerebral action and metaphysical mystique.

One of the dominant threads in the story is a pair of phantom Herkimer Diamonds.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Writer Needs a Good Editor July 8, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The premise is good, so I'm sticking with the series, but the author needs a good editor/proofreader to help with her grammar and her stilted dialogue. She keeps using "who's" for "whose," "discrete" for "discreet," and saying, "the man that" rather than "the man who," to cite the most irritating examples. The dialogue is all in one voice, with no character differentiation, and she spends way too much time detailing her heroine's every move, every piece of clothing, and every inch of her surroundings when it doesn't carry the story forward or serve to develop the character. Again, I say that the premise is good, and Linda Hawley can eventually evolve into a very good writer, at the least, if she can find the guidance she needs. I'm glad I bought it on Kindle and didn't pay the paperback price for it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your seats! What a ride! October 25, 2011
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With the passing of the Patriot Act in what seems a lifetime ago, I think many Americans thought everything would be okay. However, Linda Hawley presents a different spin on the invasion of government into the private sector. What if the government was monitoring us via microchip inserted in our driver's licenses? What if the government was listening to every word we said at every time? Ms.Hawley has taken that line of thought one step further with the first book in her series, Dreams Unleashed. In this tale, Ann is a normal every day woman with special powers that lives in the not too distant future. She resents the government spying on her and is secretly a member of the GOG, an anti-government rebellion group in her secret life, while maintaining an average daily existence as a technical writer in her public one. Our classy heroine also has another secret, and that is that her dreams are potent and powerful and could be used as a government weapon. So there is where the drama begins...

In this first installment we meet Ann: woman, widow, mother of a college student, and hard-worker with a mysterious past. That prior life consists of work in the CIA, where she has been taught remote viewing. With that career long over, she tries to fit into a normal existence, fending off her flirty boss, struggling with the decision to begin an office romance,and making sure her home is safe from government spies. Suddenly she begins having dreams again, and the next thing she knows the government is after her. By the end of Book 1, we are anxiously gripping our seats wondering what is going to happen next. Will she meet the GOG parents? Will the FBI really catchher? Most importantly - is she going to be used as a weapon?

This story flashes back from the past, e.g.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories
I found them to be intriguing. Fast and fun reads.
Kindle is making me write 10 more words before I can post my brief review.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dystopian, Paranormal Storyline With Many Unexpected...
Patience, patience, patience.........Initially slow at first, the story becomes fast paced and fascinating. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Susan Tydings Frushour
4.0 out of 5 stars The plot was good and I enjoyed it but it wasn't real original
Interesting and well developed characters. The plot was good and I enjoyed it but it wasn't real original.
Published 5 months ago by kent
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant change that keeps you thinking
I often judge books by the lingering memories they leave with me after having finished them. This book triggered some new ideas and some lasting insights that have stayed with me,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by William J. Powers 111
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy overlaid on Girl's Own Adventures
Characters are pretty good, some of the action is not bad. Plotting is very weak, since the basic premise makes no sense: If she can really dream accurately of the future she... Read more
Published 9 months ago by James lange
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
I love dystopian especially stories that could happen. Linda Hawley has written this book with reality in mind & I couldn't put it down.
Worth buying.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story line
Good book. I enjoyed the story line and could see Linda Hawley (she is my cousin) in parts of this book. She must have drawn on some of her own experiences to write this.
Published 12 months ago by FMapps
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow at times, but good foreshadowing.
The author knows how to write a convicing story. Good at wiriting cllffhangers. I am ready to see hhow the author brings all of the threads together.
Published 13 months ago by irismedia
4.0 out of 5 stars It isn't paranoia if they really ARE out to get you..
This one drew me in gently and then played about with my imagination to great effect. I liked Ann - I liked the fact she was 44 and a mother, and I liked the fact that this didn't... Read more
Published 15 months ago by gaia
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing journey of conscience and subconscious
Loved it moving on to the sequel!
My kindle fire HD read this book to me and I love it!
Published 15 months ago by James Henes
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More About the Author

Linda Hawley is a published author of several novels in the dystopian science fiction genre.

Before she became a full-time author, Linda Hawley supported herself as a freelance writer. Her experiences working on diverse projects requiring significant research stretched and refined her composition skills. It also inspired her to become a novelist.

The author writes her novels in the "faction" style (a literary work that is a mix of fact and fiction). Most of the technologies, conditions, and places in her novels actually exist. It's the characters and their actions that are pure fiction.

Before becoming a writer, the author spent many years in the U.S. intelligence community. This experience helps her today in creating suspense, perspective, and colorful characters that jump off the page.

Linda Hawley has made her home in the Pacific Northwest, where she and her husband parent their two youngest children.


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Ann Torgeson
Thank you for your question, Jackie. Ann Torgeson (the protagonist in The Prophecies trilogy), has lived a full life. I wanted the events of The Prophecies to occur in Ann's life after she'd experienced a happy, fulfilling life. Part of that ties into the future dystopian world I've created in... Read More
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Remote Viewing
Great question, Ed. I first learned of remote viewing through an acquaintance who practiced it. That got my interest going, and I started my research. What I uncovered rocked me to my core. The CIA did have a remote viewing program for a number of years. What I learned I did include in the... Read More
Nov 2, 2011 by AnAmerican |  See all 2 posts
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