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{ARC Review} Dreamwalker by Russell James

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by Russell James
Published by Samhain Publishing on January 6, 2015
Genres: Horror
Pages: 274
Format: eARC
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Two realities. One hope.

What if you lived in two worlds, and could die in either? Pete Holm can. He is a dreamwalker, able to travel to the realm of dreams, including the devastated world of Twin Moon City, where an evil voodoo spirit holds living souls in terror with his army of the walking dead.

In the waking world, drug lord Jean St. Croix knows only the power of the dreamwalker can stop him, so St. Croix vows Pete must die.

Pete is the only hope to rescue the lost souls in Twin Moon City…unless St. Croix kills him first. Can anyone survive when two realities collide?

Pete, a dreamwalker, is torn between Atlantic City and Twin Moon City. He’s struggling to stay alive after he’s caught the attention of two ruthless beings, one drug lord in the real world and another being in the dreamworld. Both have set out to destroy the one person who can ruin all their carefully laid out plans.

I found the story to be more fantasy/paranormal than horror, which knocked my enthusiasm down a bit. Everyone knows I like my horror dark so take my opinion of this read with a grain of salt. This is the softer side of horror, with moments of creepiness. I wish that the magic elements, such as the voodoo, would have been embellished a little bit. As the author said, there is definitely something supernatural and scary about it. I wasn’t able to lose myself in the read as much as I wanted to. I haven’t pinned down the reasoning for that. However, the story was unique and it did keep my attention. It just may be that the concept of dreaming doesn’t really appeal to me.

Russell James’ character-driven novel is imaginative.  It’s sure to please those in search of magic and mayhem in this world and outside it.

About Russell James

Russell R. James was raised on Long Island, New York and spent too much time watching Chiller, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and Dark Shadows, despite his parents’ warnings. Bookshelves full of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe didn’t make things better. He graduated from Cornell University and the University of Central Florida.

After a tour flying helicopters with the U.S. Army, he now spins twisted tales best read in daylight.

His wife reads what he writes, rolls her eyes, and says “There is something seriously wrong with you.”

He has published the novels DARK INSPIRATION, SACRIFICE, BLACK MAGIC and DARK VENGEANCE, the compilations OUT OF TIME and TALES FROM BEYOND, as well as numerous short stories. He founded the Minnows Literary Group.

He and his wife share their home in sunny Florida with two cats.

Drop by the website to kill some time with some short stories.

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