Clinical psychologist and Georgetown University PhD research student Joey "G" Weston has a passion for Oneirology - the study and analysis of dreams. But that passion proves to be a doubled-edged sword when word gets out that G has discovered and demonstrated the ability to consciously manipulate and freely move about in his dreams.
Things heat up as news of his abilities goes viral and entices various governmental agencies to pursue him in an attempt to exploit him...or eliminate him altogether. G quickly discovers the power, tenacity, and unfettered reach of the US Government as he is sequestered by one agency, only to be rescued by yet another, in a quest to validate, test, and exploit his abilities - all in the interest of national security and covert advantage.
G eventually finds that he is not the only one who possesses the ability to travel about and manipulate his dreams when he continues to cross paths with one man who seems to be aware of G's presence while dreaming. The two share glancing encounters at first but eventually confront each other in the alter-conscious domain. G discovers the man to be none other than Khalid Abdul-Hakim, the world's most wanted terrorist. Hakim is none too happy that he has been discovered and is driven to eliminate the one man who can track his movements and thwart his motivations.
In a world where nothing is as it first appears, this clandestine novel brings both reality and alter-reality together in support of parallel storylines that merge into a fascinating ending that leads G to a final encounter with Hakim where he discovers how to rid the world of the elusive terrorist mastermind inside the dream state.
When we listen to an audio book we miss out on any illustrations a book may have, thus when an audio book takes advantage of sound or music bits between chapters, or to emphasize a change in events, the listener gets a bonus. This book is nicely produced, using sound sparely and appropriately to accentuate the experience. It reminded me of my most favorite "production" audio book, Koban 1, and in looking up what the narrator has previously done, there is . . . .Koban 1! This audio book has less of the sound effects put into Koban 1, but the same attention to detail shows.
The action and adventure type of story is probably for people who like alphabet agencies, ex-military contractor characters that bend rules, air pilot extractions in the nick-of-time, and attractive women whose assets are dutifully described in detail, and, of course . . . a liberal use of acronyms and military dude jargon and banter. Despite all that stereotypical stuff, this story (which admittedly had a slow and lackluster start) was very interesting and even had some exciting parts that got my rapt attention to see what would happen next, and who would survive.
The usage of the paranormal is very interesting, although not clearly sticking to definitions - so what was going on in this story? Some combination of lucid dreaming, out of body exploration, teleportation, telepathy, and even materialization.
My only wish is that the characters were just a little more fleshed out - they are somewhere between 2-D and 3-D. This book managed, somehow, to stay positive and avoid dark and explicitly gruesome details that too many action genre authors like to spend time on.