Every now and again I enjoy reading books that might loosely be classified as paranormal or science-fiction. I don't always enjoy these genres but I don't dislike them either. For me the sci-fi and paranormal genres are like candy, I have to be craving it in order to enjoy it. Well I wasn't really in the mood for paranormal/sci-fi when I began reading Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley but I can say that I'm glad I read this book.
Dreams Unleashed is a little difficult to describe because after reading it I'm unsure as to what was a dream and what was reality for the main character, Ann Torgeson. The underlying premise is that Ann has special paranormal skills that ultimately allow her to "remote view." These skills permit her to work as a "spy" for the CIA through the Air Force at a young age. Fast forward 25 years, Ann is now in her early 40s, a widow and mom, and working as a technical writer for a company in Washington state. She is having vivid dreams that seem all too real. She is told that her dreams are being brought into reality because of her special paranormal skills. She dreams of an object that has been lost for years but wakes up with it in her possession. Talk about spooky and strange . . . The action toggles between Ann's dreams and reality as well her past and the present. By the end of the story I was asking the question "what was real and what was a dream?"
Ms. Hawley has crafted a unique story that grabbed my interest and didn't let go until the very end. Some of the future action (set in the year 2015) may seem a bit farfetched but it isn't completely outside the realm of possibilities and therefore becomes acceptable. If you're up for a read that forces you to think outside of the box and you like stories with a paranormal/sci-fi slant, then you definitely want to read Dreams Unleashed. The biggest drawback to reading this book is that it is book one in a trilogy so you'll have to wait to read about what happens in future books.
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