Sunday, 1 December 2013

Covert Dreams

Good Morning,
 I am not good with Mystery and Thriller Novels. Why? Because I cheat. I always read the last chapter first because I can't take suspense. Tsk Tsk. I am very proud to announce that I was able to restrain myself from doing so with Covert Dreams. Hopefully all the other Thriller cheaters out there read this story without cheating, it's worth it.

Title: COVERT DREAMS by Michael Meyer

Genre: Suspense/thriller/mystery


 #2 on Recommended Thriller/Suspense list at Goodreads

Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal life. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.

Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the blink of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.

COVERT DREAMS is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. What is real, and who is responsible for the terrifying nightmare?

Excerpt 1:

The Munich all around her was bustling with activity. She could hear it from all directions. Munich was a wonderful city, a fun-loving place, the live and let live ebullience of the city emanating from its every nook and cranny. She had had a lovely stay here. All of it had been so adventurous, so new, so unlike life back home in Arizona. She could vividly recall the first time she had ventured into a Munich beer garden, where the liter mugs had been so huge that she had had to lift hers with both hands, and the giggles, from him, until he too had had to use both hands.

The fumbling noises he had been making came to an abrupt halt. He began stroking her cheek again. Gus looked so happy, so young, so full of life. It was so hard to imagine that he could be so heavily involved in all this horror.

Gus smiled at her once more. His eyes were soft, so gentle, so caring, so loving.

Maybe this was some kind of huge mistake. Maybe he wasn't going to kill her after all. Maybe everything would turn out happily ever after. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

But then suddenly she saw it clearly. It was no fairy tale. There would be no maybe. This was real, as real as the mixture of sadness and fear that now flooded her brain.

And then she died, with her eyes wide open, challenging, piercing his to the end.

Excerpt 2:

Man and woman, husband and wife, person to person—they looked into each other’s eyes, too scared to verbalize their thoughts. Onwards they plunged, right into the dark unknown, oblivious to the fact that their lives at that very moment were intertwined with other lives half a world away, in both Munich, Germany, and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Time, gradually becoming their enemy, did a flip-flop, and the now became the then, dying, giving birth to what lay ahead, way beyond the present, biding its own good time, in total control, much like a German panzer unit moving across The Netherlands. Just like the power of Allah under the hot Saudi Arabian sun.

Author bio:

I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT DREAMS - INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE - is set), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES - INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK TWO - is set). I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.
I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town's lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town's pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as COVERT DREAMS and DEADLY EYES was born. I am particularly proud of the fact that these two international suspense thrillers are rated #1 and #2 on the Goodreads Recommended Thriller/Suspense list.
As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two adorable rescue cats.


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Interview with Michael Meyer

1) Do you believe that writing is about "Inspiration and not perspiration"?

 As a recently retired English professor, with my career behind me, I now devote a lot of my time to my writing. Since I already put in over forty years in my chosen profession, I now view my writing as an avocation, as an activity that I really enjoy. For me it is all inspiration. I will never allow writing to become hard work for me. For me, it will always be fun. All of my books contain bits and pieces of people and things that I have observed, things that have inspired me to put words to paper.

2) Which force drives you, motivates you to push yourself harder and farther?
 I have always been fascinated by the human brain. I like to try to reconstruct what must have been going through a person’s mind at the moment of some great tragedy or some wonderfully unexpected event. What must have General Custer been thinking the very second he saw his own death? What went through Captain Smith’s mind the second he realized that his Titanic was doomed? I like to imagine shouting out to historical figures way before tragedy strikes and tell them, “No, don’t forge ahead! No, don’t ignore the ice warnings!” The very act of creating people and being in complete charge of their thinking processes, and then putting them into a situation where they must act—this sort of thing appeals greatly to me, and, thus, I am a writer. The characters and events in my international thriller COVERT DREAMS are people and situations that I have created, and yet they seem so real to life to me. Even now, when I reread my own work, I find myself judging their actions, and empathizing with their plights. This is what forces me onward with my writing.

3) Is writing your goal, passion or just a hobby?
 With my career behind me, my writing now is something that brings me joy. It relaxes me. I like working with words. As a retired English professor, I am now able to put into practice what I preached in the classroom. I receive enormous satisfaction when I receive comments such as the following from people I do not know who have enjoyed my book: "I highly recommend this book to all readers who like to be totally captivated and swept away." – Marilou George, THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW.

4) What are your best and worst experiences in Publication Industry? 
The best thing that has happened to me is that I can honestly say that I am an international author. My books have sold throughout the world. In fact, DEADLY EYES, Book Two of my International Suspense Collection (COVERT DREAMS is Book One), was recently the #1 Bestseller in the International Mystery category at Amazon, which pleased me immensely. My worst experience is probably the fact that I have yet to sell a book of mine in Japan.

5) Who is your ultimate guide?
 I write the kinds of books that I like to read. Thus, I am my ultimate guide. People have different tastes – in everything. I know that I cannot please everyone, but pleasing myself comes first. If that is achieved, then I feel good about what I have written.

6) Do you believe that every writer needs a "Day Job"? 
Some people have been very fortunate, and their books take off, leaving them the luxury to be full-time writers; however, that is very rare. For myself, I am done working now, so I guess you could say that I am able to devote myself full-time to my writing.

 It's sad but it's true. I think it's every author's fairytale that their book will become International Bestseller and they can live in a mansion near a beach or a cottage in forest but mostly it's a fairytale. So if any of the Novel-Worms wanna be an author only because they believe that it's an easy job, think again. 

Let's not get too philosophical, it's REVIEW TIME!

Rating: 3/5

If you are a thriller junkie, especially suspense movies then you will love this book. There is brain washing, mystery inside mystery and parallel stories involving identities. It's a mash-up of all the usual mystery plots. If you are a mystery junkie you will figure it out, there is no mystery at all. Even if you aren't, it still not that hard to guess what's gonna happen. Everything is pretty cliche. 

Writing is good and fast paced so it makes a good Sunday read but if you are looking for some extreme new mystery, this isn't it.

Arushi Raj

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