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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: December 11, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QW758YS
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Dream Warriors: Joey Cola, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Joseph is a bright young man whose intelligence has him graduating high school at only fifteen. He has also received a full ride scholarship to MIT in the fall. Joseph sees his whole life unfolding before his eyes and is eager to reach his highest potential. When his father entrusts him with a rare Egyptian stoat strange things begin to happen. Joseph dreams become eerily realistic and he soon learns he has the ability to control them. Joseph realizes things and people are not always what they seem. When the dream world and waking world collide can Joseph protect those most dear to him?
Dream Warriors is an amazing thrill ride. The plot is riveting and the continual twists and turns keep you guessing until the end. The story line is similar to the movie Inception, however Joseph's quest to save the world from eminent danger is more noble than protecting one's wealth through a corporate takeover. I enjoyed Joseph's journey from a helpless and tormented kid, into a self assured young man who finds his inner strength and finally stands up for himself.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dream Warriors. You won't be disappointed!
Just as Noah was a loose parody of the Bible story, so Joey has similarities to the biblical story of Joseph. If you're familiar with those old favorites, I'll let you pick out the parallels--there's a bunch. But Joey soon takes a dive into the fantasy world that's full of originality, fun, danger, romance, and suspense. There are some great twists and turns in here that I never saw coming!
Joey's father is a well-to-do former ambassador to Italy and the patriarch of a large Italian American family. Joey is the eleventh of twelve sons and routinely persecuted for being the favorite. But when his father gives him an amulet, a family heirloom that traces back to ancient Egypt, Joey suddenly finds himself in a position of strength--as a warrior in the world of dreams. The alternate world, however, is more closely linked to reality than he first assumed. And friends and enemies can't be taken at face value.
This one is appropriately billed as YA. There is some violence, but it's mostly, well, dreamlike. Dream warriors have some great gladiator scenes, but they can't die. Mortal blows simply send them back to wakefulness. But they can be killed if they're followed back to their physical bodies. Also, romance is sweet. There's some very mild sensuality. Nothing I'd censor for my kids (and I'm pretty conservative), but it might be enough to gross out fourth or fifth graders. Language is 100% clean. I highly, highly recommend this one for anyone eighth grade or older.
Joey is a 15 year old genius about to graduate high school and move on to MIT. Picked on by his older brothers but looked upon extra foundly by his father. One day his father presents him with a rare, valuable gift. The next day, after suffering an especially brutal treatment from his older brothers, Joey awakens in a world very different than the one we are most used to. The world of dreams.
Here Joey is told he has special gifts and is taught to fight, change his shape and much more in this world. Yet when he wakes up, he is back in the "real" world. Joey learns fast, especially when he learns his best friend is there. Not to mention he wants to catch the eye of the lovely Cleopatra ('Daughter' of the dream ruler, Pharaoh). Yet this world may not be as wonderful as it seems. There are forces at work and they soon are found manifesting themselves in reality as the world food supply is being destroyed.
All sides seem to look to Joey as if he is a tipping point in the scales. Yet Joey does not know who to trust or even who everyone is. After all, looks can be deceiving! I like how we see snippets of puzzle pieces here that Joey just seems to totally miss. Especially about his own friend and family! A bit naive. Yet I like his character. I really like his best friend, Alex. Very loyal and caring. I soon came to the conclusion of Trust No One in this book. Well, except for Joey since we get the story from his point of view. So it hooks the reader and keeps them guessing!
While I do like Joeys character I never did see how he is oh so smart as to graduate early and go to MIT at only 15. Nothing about him seemed above average. Yes, he can grasp concept of the dream world quicker than others apparently but he also has a special "boost." I hope in the next book his intelligence shows a bit more.
Otherwise I really enjoyed this. There is a bit of romance, some fun fight scenes, lots of "familiar" faces, magic and a hint of mythology. A wonderful blend that I quickly latched onto and held on to the end. As soon as I finished this book, I jumped online to learn more about the next book. I am so impatient to read it!
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