Dreamer

Paul L. Bates, Author . Five Star $25.95 (327p) ISBN 978-1-59414-642-8

Psychic powers and political intrigue meet in this ever-shifting “companion/sequel” to 2005's Imprint . Simpleminded barmaid Jennie Height's journey to understand herself and her strange precognitive dreams dominates the narrative, wrapping around a core of dissent and power struggles. As her lover and employer, Walter Vellum, rises in the ranks of fighters resisting the oppressive government of an unnamed country whose population is rigidly controlled by any means necessary, scenes of harsh violence entwine with Jennie's spiritual experiences. Many of the interesting characters could stand fleshing out, such as wealthy resistance leader Carpathia Coyle and the young woman named Anastasia whom Jennie innocently calls “the queen of the gods,” and Bates's strength purpose fails to push through the rougher sections of unsteady plot and first person run-on sentences. Despite some intriguing concepts, this blend of dystopian science fiction and paranormal fantasy ends up confused and unfocused. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/07/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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