Jul 072011

Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley
Rating: 4/5
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

Ann is a former CIA agent who worked for a secret project using paranormal skills. She currents writes technical manuals, and is a member of the secret group GOG. GOG is all about perserving personal privacy and other first amendment rights. These rights are fast disappearing in this technology obsessed world of 2015 where everyone is tracked through RFID chips in all their id. Ann’s life begins to turn upside down when her paranormal skills begin to transform and her dreams seem to turn true.

When I finished reading this, I immediately emailed the author to confirm when the rest of the trilogy would be available. She reassured me the second book would be out this summer, and the third by the end of the year. I needed this information because I loved the book, but hated the total cliffhanger at the end. I totally need to know what is going to happen next!

This is a book that is set in the very near future, and seems totally plausible. Which makes it very frightening. The technology discussed in the book is either currently available, or being developed as we speak. Do a quick Goggle search for RFID and there is plenty to read, and to be worried about.

There is definitely a political stance to the book, but it is tastefully conveyed in a very gripping manner. I can see this book generating discussion (and debates) about a number of different issues touched on in the book.

Something I found surprising and very enjoyable was Ann’s trip to Vancouver, BC. I love reading about Canadian locations, and this was no exception. I could visual the city as it was described. The main location is in the US, but I think the Canadian portion was described in much more detail.

I would definitely recommend checking out this book. The only reason I can’t give it 5 stars is because of the ending. This is not a stand alone book. None of the issues are resolved, and there is a huge cliffhanger. But it is a great read.

  One Response to “Dreams Unleashed”

  1. I admit it, I had to Google RFID after reading this post 😉

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