Note: There is a giveway of this book. Details at the end of the blog post.
Just when the world’s foremost expert on dream analysis, Dr. Elena Burroughs, thinks she is getting her life back under control after losing her position at Oxford University and the man she hoped to fall in love with, she is approached by Rachel Lamprey, the product manager of an innovative new ADHD treatment about to hit the market.
Rachel asks for Elena’s help with a clinical trial participant who has had a disturbing dream foretelling a cataclysmic global financial collapse. But even more alarming is the fact that fifteen people scattered across the globe—including Elena herself—begin to experience the same repetitive, devastating dreams of economic ruin just as one bank crisis follows another, suggesting that these aren’t merely dreams.
As Elena searches for answers in her professional networks, she is forced to form an unlikely alliance with her most vehement critic and is drawn back into the spotlight as the public face of the so-called dreamers. As Elena and her collaborators attempt to discover the dreams’ source, the clock ticks down to devastation. Suddenly, it’s no longer just about the dreams. It’s about survival.
This is a sequel to Book of Dreams, but Hidden In Dreams can be read without reading the first, as there are a lot of new characters. I would recommend reading Book of Dreams first, as there may be a few holes, but it isn't necessary.
Davis Bunn has spun quite a tale in Hidden In Dreams. As the title would suggest, the book is about dreams. Several people are having the exact same dream and the same reactions to the dream. Bunn has brought some very different characters into the story, who find themselves working together in spite of their opposing views about dreams.
With a book like this, I have to be careful not to give too much away, but the plot was a terrific plot. It had to do with the financial system of not just the USA, but of the whole world. Hopefully no one is capable of doing what the bad guys did in this book, but it is sobering to think about what people might attempt to bring about what they want.
All that said, I loved the book. It, and the book that precedes it, are different since they are about dreams and what they mean. Davis Bunn has written a great suspenseful story that deals with current issues of the economy and the world's financial system. I had to finish the book once I started it, and really liked the conclusion of the events and the end of the book.
This is Christian fiction at its best. A great plot and characters, fast-paced suspense, and the author isn't afraid to have Christian characters and content. I'd highly recommend it.
Read an excerpt from the book here.
Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist whose audience spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write. Visit Davis at www.davisbunn.com.
A conversation with Davis Bunn:
Q: How much research did you have to conduct to write this intriguing story?
Q: Why is it important for you to write about such timely themes?
A: Economic uncertainty defines the world we live in. I feel it is important to show how the timeless and eternal messages are applicable to every aspect of our world and our lives. And how the gift of peace and wisdom can be used in every circumstance we face.
Q: When you wrote Book of Dreams, did you have plans for this sequel, Hidden in Dreams?
Q: In writing a sequel it’s always a challenge to include enough back story to satisfy those who haven’t read the first book while still making sure the book stands alone. How do you approach this dilemma?
Q: Why did you choose to end Elena's relationship with Antonio? They seemed like a good couple.
Antonio (from Book of Dreams) belonged to a different universe, far from what was happening here. I had to make a choice at the outset. Would she remain with Antonio, and the two of them experience this together? Or would she be isolated?
Writing a new story is all about two things: facing the empty page, and choices. It is kind of fun to go back and revisit decisions I made eighteen months ago, when first outlining this concept.
Q: You’re writing about two women in this novel. Is it ever a challenge to write from the female point of view?
I discussed my difficulty with her, of trying to make my women sound real. She told me that my trouble stemmed from working on a woman character from the outside. It wasn’t about making women ’sound’ anything. It was all about making the character live from the inside-out.
As I worked on the point of view issue, trying to put my friend’s challenge into practice, I also began going into any meeting with a woman carrying a secret tape recorder, and taping everything that was said. I then went back and wrote out every word. It was perhaps the most boring month of my entire writing career.
But gradually I found that I could ‘hear’ the speech patterns of these women, and reshape them into structures that fitted around what was happening in my stories. And through this exercise, the emotional content that lay behind the dialogue, the person who was expressing herself, became more real, more solid.
And then I met my wife, Isabella. And the process of instruction at the intimate level of a God-centered marriage began to unfold.
Q: In Hidden, Elena and her colleagues are attacked in Miami. After the attack, why did Elena not take more precautions?
Q: Is there another Elena Burroughs book planned?
Q: Why do you write fiction?
I wrote for nine years and finished seven novels before my first was accepted for publication. Simply because I had received a sense of calling did not mean I was ready to serve. First the diamond had to be polished. Hard and painful as that was.
Q: While you are a prolific writer, you also get out there and live too! What’s been your most exciting real life adventure?
Unlimited has now ‘wrapped’, that is, filming has been completed. The producer and director are now deep into the editing process. The film is due for release in September, 2013. I am currently working on the novel, which comes out a couple of months before then.
I had the whole thing backwards here, doing the script first, but it has been a lot of fun, and the concept remains very fresh. So hopefully Unlimited will come alive on the page as well as the screen.
Q: What is your goal as a novelist?
Q: How can readers find you on the Internet?
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I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Note: There is a giveway of this book. Details at the end of the blog post.