- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477509402
- ISBN-13: 978-1477509401
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,869,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Covert Dreams: An International Thriller Paperback – June 1, 2012
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"Don't start reading this book on an evening when you have to get up early the next morning, because you're going to find it hard to put down!" - Nick Russell, author of BIG LAKE
"This story will not disappoint as it sucks you right into these lives from page one and doesn't let go until the last page is turned." - D. Everetti, author of PUNISHING
"Covert Dreams is "I got captured"-reading, as opposed to "escape"-reading." - George Wier, mystery and crime writer
"Covert Dreams had me from the gripping opening scene to the satisfying conclusion." - Dale Roberts, author of IRREFUTABLE
From the Author
One technique that I am particularly proud of in COVERT DREAMS is summed up by one of the many readers who have left reviews on my Amazon website: "One last point: at the end of most of the chapters the author used an unusual and effective technique that really won my respect. I felt I was in the hands of a master. Terrific book. I would recommend it to anyone." This particular review really had an effect on me since I had worked extremely hard to perfect this specific technique. Since COVERT DREAMS has two alternating stories that are linked in a horrifying way at the end, I wanted to keep the reader in suspense the entire journey. I especially wanted to ensure that this would be a page-turner. So what I did was to link each chapter together with endings that would titillate the reader, making one want to hurry on to see what was going to happen next.
COVERT DREAMS is set primarily in Munich and in Saudi Arabia, both places that I know very well. The locales I have drawn are authentic. The research I did to ensure that the settings are all real came from my own personal observations. I was a student in Germany, and I have probably traveled to Munich on fifteen separate occasions. I know the city like I know my own hometown. In addition, I was a professor at a university in Saudi Arabia, and I traveled extensively throughout the country, which I also know quite intimately. So what I had to do was to somehow link these two extreme cultural entities, the Bavarian ebullient nature and the Arabian ultra religious culture. What I finally came up with, after lots of thought, hard work, and many rewrites was to add an intriguing link between Munich and Saudi Arabia at the end of most chapters.
One of the two alternating stories mainly takes place in Munich, Germany, where a man who has been haunted recently by a series of lifelike nightmares is frantically trying to discover what is real, and who is who. The second story takes place in Saudi Arabia, where an American professor is frantically searching for his wife, whose very existence has disappeared. The first time I used this technique of linking the two alternating threads together to add suspense was at the end of the first chapter: "Time, gradually becoming their enemy, did a flip-flop, and the now became the then, dying, giving birth to what lay ahead, way beyond the present, biding its own good time, in total control, much like a German panzer unit moving across The Netherlands. Just like the power of Allah under the hot Saudi Arabian sun."
One other example of my using this technique comes at the end of a later chapter: "Then it happened. They were both emotionally wrought, and the fear was evident in the way in which they clutched one another, neither of them wanting to ever let go, the table--their whole world, in fact--shaking, much like a beer barrel polka in a boisterous Munich beer garden--or a sandstorm in the lonely Saudi Arabian desert."
I am delighted that my readers have found this technique of mine effective because I can tell you that I spent a lot of time making sure that the wording in each chapter ending of COVERT DREAMS was as strong as it could be.
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Top Customer Reviews
B.J. is having a vivid, recurring dream about Dabbie, a woman he has never met in Munich, a city where he's never been. Everyone assures him that it doesn't mean anything, but he knows and we know that it does. Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, a man is going crazy looking for his wife who has disappeared. But all the records show that she never existed and everyone assumes that he is indeed crazy. A diplomat in an Athens hospital has some incriminating knowledge but because of his head trauma, again, no one believes him.
We know it all ties together with a brutal murder in Munich in 1984, but how? The complex plot twists and turns toward a conclusion I never saw coming. If you enjoy psychological thrillers and exotic locals, this is the book for you.
-Lisa Hall Deckert
Dabbie Hodson is a college student that studying abroad in Munich, Germany. She believed in dreams and parapsychology such as telepathy. She met up with a man named Gus Simpson who only wanted to know more about Dabbie. Yet Gus Simpson was hiding something from everyone including Dabbie. He cared about Dabbie very much. Dabbie was murdered and her case was never solved. Gus Simpson vanished from sight. BJ has been working for Weatherstone Advertising Agency but feels that he's being slowly pushed out of his job. BJ has just landed a huge account for them yet has hardly worked on it because he's being dreaming about the same woman night after night. BJ feels like he's going out of his mind yet cannot stop this from happening. His wife Gina says that he needs to move on from this which is putting a strain on their marriage. BJ continues to dream without end. Stan Halsey is looking for a new leash on life along with his wife Valerie. He goes to U.P.M. in Saudi Arabia to secure their home while he's teaching. He knows that his wife arrived but she has gone missing without a trace. No one believes Stan has a wife because all documents state that he's single which is a blatent lie. Stan is frantic with worry and frustration about his missing wife. He meets a woman named Linda Green who sometimes thinks her name is also Karen but doesn't know why. Linda know that she's been held against her will by a man named Ibrahim Muffani. Ibrahim Muffani is a doctor that is doing experiments on the mind's of his subjects with terrifying results. What is going on? Why is BJ dreaming? Who is Dabbie? Will Stan find his wife? Where is Valerie? Who is following everyone? What is the big secret? Your answers await you in Covert Dreams.
While searching for the answers to the above questions. Ask yourself this:Do you control your dreams, thougths, and identity? Explore this fascinating story of long kept secrets that no one wants to be revealed to the outside world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Then he starts to dream.Read more
Too long and complicated for the ending.
I would not recommend it to a friend.
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