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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."

From the Author

At five years old, I fell in love with words. If I were going to clone myself as a writer, I would concoct a cloning recipe which would contain the following ingredients: *Lots of varied life experience, to give enough flavor *World travel experience, for color *Passion, for spice *A few crazy relationships, to create perspective *One or two quirks, to add a little crunch *Deep love, to introduce spirit *Curiosity, to add a little danger *A touch of paranoia, to interject alternate realities *Lots of knowledge about current events, for texture *Pride and humility, to bring human characteristics *A touch of insanity, for interest These characteristics have made their way into the pages that you read. My head is filled with stories, and The Prophecies trilogy is only the first that's on paper. Writing it has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Many of the subplots and undertones of the trilogy came from my own life experiences. I could tell you all about my higher education, my freelance writing experience, and a bunch of other professional qualifications, but do you (the reader) really care about that? My guess is that you care more that I write compelling novels that take you into a new world, if only for a while. Thank you for reading my stories. Linda Hawley P.S. Once you read Dreams Unleashed, I would love to hear your feedback. Contact me 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: #18,653 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I look forward to the sequels July 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Characters
The main character, Ann Torgeson is a technical writer with quite the past and array of secrets. She is definitely a likeable character from the start. Ann has a lot going on and I enjoyed learning more about her as I went along.

Paul is one of Ann's co-workers. At first, I didn't care one way or another for him, but as the story progressed, I began to think he was an okay guy and one I was a bit interested in.

Chow Lai is a mysterious character that comes into the picture in China as a guide. I would easily say that he is the one character besides Ann that I really wanted to know more about.

There are many more characters, but less for GOG, the secret group that I don't want to give too much away on, they aid the story, but don't stand out much for me.

Plot
The plot is well told and keeps its flow going well for the most part. There is always a lot going on in Ann's life and the story itself moves around a few time periods. The writer does a good job of noting at the start of each chapter what year we're going into and where.

World Building
Hawley appears to be developing a nice world here in Dreams Unleashed. I am definitely curious as to where book one is leading. It's a trilogy, but I almost wonder if that will extend beyond two more parts as there appears to be a lot going on. I can easily see spin-offs or off-sets from this trilogy in the future.

Overall
I really got into this book right off the bat. The writing is done well and the storyline was good. Now, I will say that I felt a bit let down at the end as it's a bit of a cliff-hanger, but since this is a trilogy, I will allow that to slide. It does have me wanting more, that's for sure.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing journey of conscience and subconscious
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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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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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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
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