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Dream War by [Prosapio, Stephen]
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Editorial Reviews


"A spooky, imaginative novel that takes a universally-fascinating concept and turns it into a delirious adventure." --Isabela Morales, The Scattering

Dream War is often gripping on a level that is visceral...Prosapio weaves together the disparate threads of science fiction, espionage, historical fiction and even a touch of Christian mythology into an ambitious, well-paced story. --Oxification

"Comparisons to Michael Crichton are spot on." --Geoffrey Edwards, author of Fire Bell in the Night

"Fun, fast paced and original escapism!" --Dana Fredsti, author of Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon

"Strong characters, vivid descriptions, and the highest possible stakes. It's original in both plot and treatment." --Dale Cozort, author of Exchange

About the Author

Stephen Prosapio received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago. Dream War was a top-five finalist of 2,676 entries in's 2007 First Chapters contest. Stephen resides in Oceanside, California.

His next novel Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is scheduled for release by Otherworld Publications in June of 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Noble Publishing; 1 edition (July 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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With all the copycat novels and "follow the leader", it's rare to find unique perspectives and stories in fantasy/science fiction these days. The world created in Dream War looks a lot like our own, it even shares some of our history, but it's just a bit different in ways that are wildly creative and entertaining. This book pulls you in and doesn't let go until the last page. And even then you don't want to leave the characters that you've come to know and care about.

Dream War begins back in 1980 just after a new form of terrorism (state sponsored terrorism) had reared its ugly head with the takeover of the American Embassy in Iran. The CIA pulls US Marine Lt. Hector Lopez from a mission to rescue the hostages (Operation Credible Sport - an historical military operation which was aborted) and puts him to work at the Oneirology Institute of America (the OIA to train him to dream link for the purposes of extracting information from the minds of terrorists. The OIA is fictional, but Prosapio uses historical hijackings in 1981 to dramatize the plot.

Later, he weaves another historical event, the kidnapping of US Army General Dozier by the Italian Red Brigades, into the story. And these references aren't gratuitous, they seamlessly blend with fiction (much the way Michael Crichton did) to provide realism to the story. As the story moves into the modern day plot by a (I hope) fictional Italian terrorist group, the Sogno di Guerra (Dreams of War) an offshoot of the Red Brigades, we see the connection of the fictional to the real world, but by then this intricate story has enthralled us in its language and the characters.

I won't give away the surprises in the book, but suffice it to say you'll be kept on the edge of your seat. I read early excerpts of this novel when it was in an online contest in 2007 and am happy to say that it was worth the wait!
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This book ended up being totally different than what I expected it to be, and I was let down. The premise was fairly interesting, but the plot unfolded like the author was making it up on the spot. The characters were underdeveloped and I found myself not caring about what happened to any of them. There were moments in the book where I felt the author intended a scene to be powerful, but I felt them to be trite and cheesy. Aside from the subject matter, any comparison to King or Crichton is inaccurate. Crichton would have explained how the technology worked and make it believable, and King would string out the horror and make the antagonist truly blood curdling. All that being said, I didn't hate this book, and I think it would be good for a high schooler or a mass consumer of pop fiction.
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For me, this book falls into the category of a mild amusement. It was worth the purchase price and provided a diversion, but it didn't grab me by the throat and pull me in to the storyline.

The plot itself was interesting, not something that has been done over and over in other novels. One of the better things that the author accomplished was seamlessly pulling in history to support his plot. I think this was a high point of the novel.

Proofreading was good with only one typo noted.

On the other hand, characterization was so-so. I got a little tired of the sarcastic bravado several of the characters exhibited, especially at times when the sarcastic attempts at humor were extremely out-of-place.

For someone who obviously knows the Oceanside, California area, I was surprised at how poorly the Marines were represented from a realism standpoint, from too-young lieutenant colonels to how Marines were being involuntarily discharged in order to be assigned to the CIA. I also noted simple mistakes in geography and times throughout the book (shifting the POV from Italy to California didn't seem to take into account the time difference.)

I would recommend this book based on the plot alone. It may not be at the top of my reading list, but it was still a good effort and worth the read.
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With this being my 2nd Kindle book and for $2.99, I wasn't sure how good or bad Dream War was going to be. As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. Dream War starts out in the 1980's where the CIA is rumored to be developing experimental technology capable of entering people's dreams and extracting information from them. Enter Lt. Hector Lopez, a marine soon to be turned into the CIA's newest recruit to lead their dream link technology. At first, the intentions of the dream link branch of the CIA, known as the Oneirology Institute of America are to help defend and protect the innocent via dream linking and for a while it goes quite well. Lt. Lopez saves the lives of hundreds of hostages by dream linking into the minds of terrorists and foiling their plans. However, things begin to go awry when a U.S. general is kidnapped by an Italian terrorist group known as the Red Brigades. During one of these dream-link operations into the minds of one of the higher-ups of the Red Brigades, a mysterious portal opens and a entity known as Luzveyn Dred appears and offers Lopez the chance to join him with the promises of rich rewards. Lopez declines and the future of mankind slowly spirals down from there. Unintentionally, Lopez and his team have inadvertently opened up a portal to a dimension with horrific consequences that no one could have foreseen. After the first few years of the missions, Luzveyn Dred begins to appear more and more in the dreams of Lopez and his fellow agents. As team members start dropping like flies after dream-linking missions, Lopez begins to sense something is wrong but what?

Fast forward to the present day, as a off-shoot of the Red Brigades known as Sogno di Guerra plans to murder millions.
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