Author Linda Hawley
It’s the near-future year of 2015, where technology governs life. In this dystopian world, governments control their citizens by tracking them with RFID. The right to personal privacy does not exist. The heroine, Ann Torgeson, having been trained by the CIA as a paranormal spy at nineteen years old, has enhanced abilities. Twenty-five years later, she lives a double life: first, as a technical writer for a tidal energy company in the Pacific Northwest, and second, as a member of the worldwide anti-government subversive organization, called GOG. When Ann’s vivid dreams turn real, she questions whether the doorway between her subconscious and reality has been permanently altered. When she starts to dig into her past, her present begins to unravel, leading the reader through events that twist and turn everything upside down. Question everything you know is essential in this trilogy.
Review: For those who enjoy suspense thrillers that alternate between past, present and future, you'll be receptive to the format of Dreams Unleashed. The presentation provides the dream-like sensation of being somewhere else before 'waking' up. There are brief moments of confusion and wondering what is real, what is now and where am I? Much like a dream, it’s difficult for the rational mind to reconcile the two parallels, yet they exist. This story has a strong female character, Ann Torgeson, that lives from one perspective an ordinary life, but as things progress the extraordinary pushes to the forefront and complicates the plot. Ann only annoying weakness is the repeated mentioning, or perhaps noting that every male character is attracted to her. I had no idea a self-described granola type woman held so much sexual magnetism? I thought this did Ann’s character a disservice because it provided her with a conceit that I didn't imagine she'd possess and it felt awkward. Dreams Unleashed is a trilogy, which means a lot of set-up and information comes in the first story. Keep this in mind as you digest the scenes and tuck away all the clues that might help you find your way out of the mystery. I found the GOG fascinating, the conspiracy theory relevant, but stumbled on Ann's admission to the CIA at eighteen and without a college education. Later, a mitigating circumstance is revealed that explains this, but I wish it came sooner because my believability radar went on the defense.