Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dreamer Book Review

I have a little different kind of book to share with you that I recently read called Dreamer written by Phillip L. Davidson.
Is the Dreamer good or evil?  
As war looms between Britain and Argentina over the barren Falkland Islands, Major David Elliott is having nightmares. Long ago, in a dark jungle near Cambodia, he failed to do his duty. That duty was to execute a member of his team. David’s weakness eventually led to his team’s capture.  
Tortured by the Viet Cong, they revealed the dark secrets of the CIA’s Phoenix program. Forced to leave the service in disgrace, his men now live in the ‘darkness’. What do the dreams mean for them? David’s wife, Sonia, sees them as harbingers of evil things to come. A revolutionary in Argentina before the war, she escaped to America and became a citizen.  
Now, Captain Alvarez, head of the Argentine Secret Police, wants her back. He devises a plan that lures her into returning to Argentina where she is imprisoned on Los Estados Island. Meanwhile, a mystical creature has summoned David and his former team to gather once more to honor the ‘covenant,’ a pact they made with each other when they believed their lives were coming to an end.  
Together, with an errant priest, Father Perez, they reluctantly agree to assault Los Estados and free Sonia. As they travel across Mexico, Central and South America, they encounter the CIA, Contras in Nicaragua, the M-19 narco-terrorist group and the United States Navy; while all along being shadowed by the mystical entity.  
Is the entity God or Satan? Will submitting to the will of the entity allow David and his men to stand in the light of men once again? Is the Dreamer good or evil? You decide.
Okay, this book was a little different for me because half of the time it kept me in the dark as to who these different men were really talking to. At first I thought maybe their old CIA contact really was visiting them and getting them all together to rescue David's wife, Sonia from that awful military down in Argentina.

But, the more I read the book, it finally became clear to me that each man was seeing who they wanted to see or remember who their old friend was. Only David knows the truth about what really happened to Keaton but even he questions reality when he finally sees him for himself. This book does play a few mind tricks, so pay close attention to what is going on.

I will say it's a good book for the story plot is very good. I am just not very happy with the ending because I was very sad that it had to end that way. I think out of all of the people, I was most upset about two specific ones because it just made no sense to me. That and the other innocents who had nothing to do with any of this who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Of course, the evil person in the whole group is obvious from the get go and I could not for the life of me figure out why they let him go with them. I would have rather been one man short then to take him because he ended up causing so much unnecessary pain and death.

To me, they all committed the same things while in Vietnam, so to single one or two out and make the rest pay the price (well, except that one really evil one!) is really not fair. But, I guess life isn't fair, but still. It just sticks in my throat how it ended. I guess you will have to read the book to see for yourself and then I would love for someone to tell me or answer that question!

Gosh, I am just itching to say it all right now because it really did upset me terribly! The ending is just as dramatic as the whole book is and even I did not see the ending coming until it was upon me. All I can is, hold onto your seats while reading this book because every time you think it's going one way, it turns on you.

Happy Reading!

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About the Author: 
Phillip L. Davidson is an attorney who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Karen. He is a former infantry Captain who commanded a group of Cambodian and Vietnamese Kit Carson Scouts on a night ambush team in the Mekong Delta. Phil’s life in the military has provided him with a wealth of war stories.  He has used his creative insight to produce a military action adventure of epic proportions. Dreamer is a must read book. He is currently at work on a second novel.
He is giving away one ebook in your choice of format of Dreamer. Open Internationally. Good Luck Everyone!


Cheryl said...

Thanks for reviewing Phil's book. I've only read the first chapter so far, so your comments intrigue me. I hope your readers check it out.

Good luck to all who enter the giveaway.

Patricia Dugan said...

The book sounds intriguing. I don't really know if I could go "commando" (the term surprised me a bit because it also means to not wear underwear) LOL! Perhaps when I was younger and healthy. Now, it would be beyond my physical capabilities. I'd like to think I'd take the risk, though.

Stephen Alexander said...

Commando has two definitions. The slang one is no problem!

Stephen Alexander said...

Commando has two definitions. The slang one is no problem!