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Dreams of the Queen (The Brajj) Paperback – December 28, 2012
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"The alien culture of the brajj is deftly revealed over time. Plot twists at the end are genuinely startling, and leave the reader anticipating the sequel. - IndieReader Dec 2012
"Devotees of the paranormal genre will appreciate Patricks' original work [...] science fiction and magic meld together perfectly. As readers' imagination is put to the test, it's apparent that only the strong will survive [...]the dash of romance creeps in slowly, but doesn't overwhelm or interfere with the plot that will keep fans itching for more."
-InD'Tale Magazine May 2013
"Patricks throws us one curve ball after another while still keeping her characters engaging enough so that we are affected by each loss.[..]deftly paints a picture of each main protagonist with all their glory and faults[..]gripping climax that will have your head spinning and make you eagerly await the next installment of this promising series."- Reader's Favorite June 2013
"Dreams of the Queen... this book is very readable, quite well-composed for self-published fiction, and above all else you can lose yourself in the story and travel through the wormhole with Dr. Baros and her team. I think that is one of the largest accomplishments of this book besides being a really fun, highly readable story. I'd like to emphasize that I think the book is in the top echelon of self-published books.... " A.M. Boyt -scifireviewsandgiveaways.com
About the Author
A PAN member of the Romance Writers Association, a volunteer with Houston's Writespace, and a winner of the Seal of Good Writing from the IndiePENdents for her first published novel, Dreams of the Queen, Jacqueline Patricks' passion for writing began early in life. Before she published, however, Jacqueline traveled a winding path through the U.S. Army, college, over twenty years in 911 as a paramedic, professional teaching, and all the exciting adventures in between. She currently resides with her husband and four parrots and hopes to meet Mark Twain someday since he understands parrot people.
"She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot." - Mark Twain
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoy science fiction and the `Dreams of the Queen' gave me just enough science to be really believable for me. The author is very skilled in building the world in which our heroine, Cass, finds herself in. Cass builds a contained worm hole. Now any science fiction bluff knows about the excitement and possibility a worm hole creates and to contain one on the earth. Exciting.
There is, of course, romance in this story. There is Cass and her boyfriend, Julian. There is Cass and Jeamon, remember the guy in the dream. Oh boy, their relationship gets really hot. I loved the interaction between Cass & Jeamon. Once the worm hole has been created the University brings in the Government. They prepare to go through portal there is fine cast of characters, the boyfriend, her science team and the special ops team. I really enjoyed Captain Charles Lewis, U.S. Army Special Ops. He and Lieutenant Brown could almost have a side story of their own.
There is a truly interesting twist as you get into the story. The character interaction is strong and I was really able to get into the characters. The ending is surprising, but it works. Can't tell as it would ruin the story and I don't want to do that. I thoroughly enjoy the adventure, the characters and story. It was hard to put down once I got into the book. This book is a sleep stealer. I can hardly wait until the next book comes out. I highly recommend this book.
The culture of the Brajj was explored nicely. It was obvious that the author had put a lot of thought into them, and their mannerisms were never lost or forgotten to be mentioned.
Some characters I did like, others I didn't. Lewis, I really liked. He was grounded and was that contrasting point in a story that was almost spiritual in nature. Jeamon was not my kinda guy, but that's just me, lol. Cass was sometimes easy to sympathize with, other times, not so much. She was dynamic and all over the place, which makes her believable. Julian, well, I know we are all supposed to hate him!
There were quite a lot of spelling and grammatical errors, unfortunately. Normally I'm not bothered with a few here and there, but it got to the point where I was subconsciously waiting for more to pop up, and that's always distracting.
The plot slowed down somewhat through the middle of the book, with the romance coming on more strongly. Whether that's a good thing or not is down to personal opinion. I also felt that the focus lingered a little too long on secondary characters. Some trimming could do wonders to both cut back on unnecessary sections, and to speed up the plot progress. Again, personal preference.
At times, especially at the beginning of the book, it was hard to keep up with all the characters and it was confusing to remember who was who.
I think a little more warning about the explicit rape scenes would be appreciated by some readers who could get squeamish. As for the complaints on the gore, I really didn't have a problem with it, it wasn't even that graphic compared to horror genres. There WAS a warning for that, also.
Overall, an exciting read with a flowing narrative, and strong characterization.
What I love about this book: The pacing of the plot, the timing of the section breaks and the weaving of the two worlds. There is no lack of momentum and it is very hard to put this book down.
The characters are flawed. None of them are one-dimensional. At the beginning you think Cass is a self-absorbed, asocial scientist, who's unreasonable demands are very off-putting. You feel sympathetic to her fiancée, Julian. She relies on his stability and his ability to smooth over her rough personality to her superiors. But as the author points out, everyone has an agenda.
Julian's jealousy, both of other male's affection toward Cass and her professional accomplishments, becomes all-consuming.
Meanwhile, Cass's personality softens as she grows close to Jaemon, a brajj, who believes everything he has ever been told about his world. He doesn't understand science and has no desire to do so. His love for Cass he believes is ordained by his goddess, Ta'mat. Even so, he believes it is his duty to his people to present Cass to the Master as his Queen.
Lewis is my favorite character by far. He is military and must accompany the two petulant scientists through the wormhole. Although his degree is in cryptology, the reader has to wonder if his minor isn't psychology. He is able to navigate their temperaments and see the mission through. He is the constant force in this story that changes from moment to moment.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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