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The Devil's Dream - A Thriller (The Devil's Dream Series #1) Kindle Edition

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Joe Welch opened his eyes feeling like he had never done it before. Light blinded him as if the sun burned in the middle of the ceiling instead of a few light bulbs. He tried to raise his arms to his eyes to partially block out the blinding brightness, but his arms wouldn't move. He tried harder, keeping his eyes closed against the light. His arms still didn't budge and he finally opened his eyes.

"Welcome back, Joe," a voice to his left said.

His eyes moved from the duct tape on his arms to the voice, panic rising with every passing second. 

The man standing to his left, the one speaking, was a ghost. Not human, but something from the ether that had somehow made its way into reality. A bald head, as white as the underside of a sting ray. His eyes were a pale blue, like a dead angel. His body so thin that he couldn't have tied Joe to this easy chair. He couldn't even have pulled the tape from the roll, let alone held Joe down while he did his business.

Joe watched as the man walked to his chair, watched as the man's hand pulled back, and then felt the world around him explode. The slap sounded off into the room around him and he heard Patricia cry from somewhere.

"Focus, Joe. Focus now. I want you to be awake for a few minutes."

I'm here! I'm focused! His mind screamed at the apparition.

All that came from his mouth was, "Mmhea. Mmfohusd." The tape across his mouth blocked any sense someone might have made out of his words.

"No need to speak. I know what you want to say and I'm going to make sure those cops outside can't hear it."

Joe turned his head, looking through a small crack in the blinds and seeing the police car at its normal spot. Out there, not in here. Out there where there was no goddamn apparition.

"HmmHaricia?" Where's Patricia.

"Not too good at listening, huh? I guess that might happen if you grow up without a father. But I am going to need you to listen to me now, because I want you to know exactly what is going to happen here, okay? Your wife, if you turn your head as far as you possibly can to the right, you might be able to see her. She's behind you, taped up the same to a kitchen chair. Go ahead, give it a look."

Joe was already turning, trying to turn his neck and body against the tape that felt as strong as Superman's grip. He could see her, just like the apparition said, see the silver tape around her mouth and her hair hanging from her face. Her eyes were bloodshot and pleading with him, begging him to get up and come over there, to save her from this.

"PHHHMMM." Please.

"No, no. Let's not beg. Not for her, not for you, and not for your child. Let's not do that."

Jason. Where was Jason?

The apparition walked behind him and Joe did his best to turn and follow. The man grabbed the chair Patricia sat on and dragged it across the wood paneled floor.

"Your father took all I had from me. My ex-wife turned me into the police. My son is dead. Everything I had. You understand that right? He took it and then got away with it. Well almost. I made sure no one got off completely." He set the chair down about five feet in front of Joe, where he and his wife could stare at each other. More tears spilled from her eyes. "So, I'm going to take everything from you, Joe. I haven't had any of what I lost returned to me. Not a single thing. They even took my freedom and I finally just got that back. So by taking from you, Joe, I'm going to begin to regain my life. That's fair, right?"

Joe shook his head. He wanted to speak, wanted to beg for this man's mercy. This apparition who had lived in his dreams so many years ago, who had taken his own father, and who Joe had been daring to show up here, was now touching his wife's hair.

"I haven't felt my lover's hair in fifteen years. You can't imagine what that's like."

Joe shook his head harder, back and forth like a child telling his parents no.

"Jason is gone, Joe. It's important for you to understand that. He's not dead, but you'll never see him again. You will probably hear a lot about him on the news, but that will be the closest you ever get to seeing your child again. Your wife though, I'm going to let you see her as long as you can possibly stand. Would you like that?"

Tears came now to Joe, crying for the first time in years. Sweat was dripping off his head despite that the fan spun above and the air conditioner pumped in cool air. Still shaking his head, he struggled again, raging against the tape that held him down. Grunts and caged screams came from his taped mouth, but not a sound was heard outside of the living room.

"Go ahead. Struggle all you want," Brand said, walking into the kitchen.

His wife's eyes opened and looked at him, stopping him in his fit to get loose. He watched as her fingers stretched out from beneath the tape and reached towards him. She wouldn't ever be able to reach him, but she tried anyway. Joe's tears flowed freely and he reached his own fingers out to try and touch his wife.

"Alright, Joe. I hope you're ready for this. I know I am."

Brand stepped in front of Joe and his wife, blocking them off and forcing Joe to stare at the apparition's back. He watched the man's arm jet forward.

Patricia screamed, and the arm came back, then shot forward again.

Back and forth.

Back and forth.

His wife screaming through that sticky, gray tape covering her mouth.

Brand moved away from Joe's wife, revealing what he'd done.

Bloody holes stared out at Joe. Holes that leaked blood down her shirt, down her breasts, onto her legs and then fell beneath her chair. Her eyes were wide open, staring out into the room but seeing nothing. He watched as her upper body hitched, trying to gain air through the lungs that suddenly had new openings in them. Her head twitched, up and down in short motions like she was agreeing with something Joe had said, and a low moan came through the tape. A raspy sound, like the moan was being pulled across a rough patch of concrete.

His wife expired with her blood pooling beneath her.

"There. Now I won't take her away from you like they did me. You can sit here and look at her until your heart's content. That's fair, right?"

The apparition left Joe staring at his wife with eyes that would not stop crying and voice box that didn't seem to work any longer.

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  • File Size: 2143 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500309796
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  • Publication Date: February 6, 2014
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  • Language: English
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David Beers writes thriller novels in Orlando, Florida. When not writing, he obsesses over stories in the news about unexplained deaths and paranormal happenings to the point that his friends and family wonder if he should see a psychiatrist.

Before publishing novels, David received awards for his short fiction seen in numerous publications, including the New York Times mentioned Every Day Fiction.

David scribbles weekly on topics from crime to horror movies at his website, He loves interacting with fans through email, hand written letters, and smoke signals, so feel free to contact him!

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Simone on April 13, 2014
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In my literature class we were told to choose a current novel with sic-fi and/or horror characteristics. I chose Beers' book, and was pleasantly surprised by how captivating it turned out to be. This is a fantastic novel, and I highly recommend it!

As cliche as it sounds, you won't be able to put this novel down. Its use of multiple perspectives allows you to understand the intricacies behind the impossible decisions each character faces. Matthew Brand is a murderer, but he is also a grieving father. Brand has a choice, put his son to rest and move on or do everything in his power to bring him back to life.

Beers created a novel that, while rooted in science fiction and horror, ultimately helps the reader understand the importance of family. While his views come off as somewhat harsh in the evaluation of F.B.I. agent Allison Moore, his message is clear: spend as much time as you can with the ones you love, because you never know how much time you will have left.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BirdieTracy on April 2, 2014
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How do you go about stopping a man who is very likely the smartest person on Earth from wreaking havoc? Welcome to the future where if you are valuable enough (say a genetic anomaly or the smartest person...) and get convicted of a terrible crime you are put into a kind of frozen suspension. Just in case you are needed. Later.

Matthew Brand, a man so far beyond conventional intelligence he has figured out how to bring someone back from the dead, is one of the human popsicles kept on ice in a unit called "The Wall". The person Matthew wants to bring back? His son, who was killed by police officers for... nothing. He had committed no crime and was in fact on his way home. The loss of his son and subsequent acquittal of the offers involved in his death put Matthew on the road to "The Devil's Dream" and woe unto anyone who stands in his way. The Wall doesn't have a chance.

The struggle to capture Brand falls to the F.B.I. and you could be forgiven if you wanted to give a bit of a yawn here and think you know pretty much how this story is going to go. Yes, and no. There is, obviously, a process by which law enforcement goes after fugitives and that holds true for the story. Matthew Brand, however, is nowhere near a normal fugitive and the chase is going to be extremely difficult. And messy. Deeply messy.

I found myself a bit ambivalent about Matthew. The loss of his son to the very people who are supposed to be society's protectors who then escape justice was too much to handle. I could sympathize. The reason he was able to escape prison, murder, kidnap, and commit other crimes was due to his incredible intelligence. It was never going to be a level playing field. In the end- well, best to see for yourself.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MizNikki on April 27, 2014
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Matthew Brand is a man on a mission. Imprisoned for killing those he felt responsible for his son's senseless death, Brand was frozen to be studied and eventually die a slow death. However, Brand was a genius and all he's had was time. Time to plan for his escape. Time to plan for more destruction. Time to plan a resurrection.

Brand is now free to bring his son back to life and wreak more vengeance on those he has deemed contributors to his loss; his wife, his child, and the time he's spent locked away.

Matthew's pain runs deep. What are a few more bodies when the end result will bring his son back to him? What happens when a man of extreme intelligence focuses all his anger and hatred at you?


The Devil's Dream is perfectly told. Period. Every character is thought-provoking on some level; the disgraced scientist, the sexaholic abuser, the workaholic agent, the alcoholic reporter. They were real people, dissected and painstakingly displayed for out entertainment.

I have not read such a compellingly told tale in quite a while and I doubt that they affected me the way this one did. Yes, it was brutal and Matthew, the main character, might be too dark for some people, but the author made me feel a certain empathy towards this serial killing, some might say, monster. That's a feat in and of itself.

An eye for an eye is what Matthew knows and this makes him a very scary man. With nothing to live for, I'd be crazy to get in his way. People that get in his way don't live very long and the death he has in store for you won't be quick nor painless.

Everything; the pacing, the plot, the ending, was done brilliantly.

I am in awe.

Highly recommended.

Warning: This is a dark read and no one is safe.

I will definitely be reading more of Mr. Beer's work.

Best read of 2014 so far~

*I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review*
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Simpson on July 14, 2014
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This was a good novel with a very unusual plot. I liked it but there were quite a few typos and grammar errors. They didn't interfere with the readability but it should have been edited before publishing. This is one of my pet peeves. Still, it was a decent read, but maybe not good enough to purchase the second book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Syx on February 27, 2014
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David Beers completely impressed me and that is not easy to do. First off, my rating. I am very reserved with a 5 star so it is not an insult. 4 star is a great book that I likely couldn't put down. I save the 5 stars for a book I will read like I breath air and re-read numerous times over. The Devil's Dream is close! So close.

The plot in this book is unique, the action is high and the details are many. David can paint a picture with words from the beauty the character sees in the world to the blood and grime that accompany his actions. The main character, Matthew, is complex to the point of confusing due to the height of his intellect and while one may identify with his plight in life he is thoroughly reprehensible. One can almost see why he does what he does. Almost! It gives the reader a new perspective to follow the bad guy.

***POTENTIAL SPOILERS! (but only kinda, I don't give anything away)***

What I loved: The integration of the man and technology. This was brilliant. It is easy to imagine the human brain integrating with computer and watching this unfold was fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into his psyche via computer. While the nerd in me would have loved to have gotten more involved and detailed with this, I understand that there was a limit for the sake of brevity. Might have lost interest from some with too much computer science.

I also enjoyed the use of Jeffrey's book to flashback. What a great way to follow a character.

How non-perfect everyone in the book seems to be. It made it more real and thus much scarier. It is hard to continue reading when a book is filled with a picture perfect life. I even started to dislike the protagonist a bit because she seemed hell bent on screwing up her life.
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