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Motley crew of international athletes save the London 2012 Olympics from the bizarre bomb plot of a crazed dictator.
Paperback, 230 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Long Island Press (first published December 30th 2011)
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Andie Davidson
Jan 09, 2012 Andie Davidson rated it it was amazing
Do you want some light relief from the impending weight of the 2012 Olympics? Or maybe you're not into sport at all. Well, whether you're traveling to or away from the big events (and impossibly crowded spaces), this is a book to take with you, because it's a wonderfully zany side-step. Yes, you'll find familiar characters like Lord Coe, Charlotte Church and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and you'll end up in the opening event - and you'll even encounter a terrorist threat. But that's where the realism e ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Aug 02, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it liked it
Reason for Reading: I don't usually read comedies but the book sounded quirky enough to pique my interest because I *do* like quirky.

This book read like a movie to me; one of those ensemble pieces like "Rat Race" except I imagined it more like something they just don't make anymore. As I read, the book visualized in my mind as an old Monty Python or Carry On movie. Not that the theme is old or anything, in fact it is quite modern. There is a gender-bender theme running throughout (even though th
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MyGoodBookshelf
Apr 11, 2012 MyGoodBookshelf rated it really liked it
(This review also appears on Amazon.co.uk)

*Full disclosure: The author sent me a copy of his novel in the hope that I would review it.*

It's 2012 and the Olympic Games are only six weeks away. Lord Coe however is rather disgruntled to see Tibetan monks caught up in demonstrations outside Westminster- wanting their countrymen to be allowed to compete in the games. As it turns out, they aren't the only disgruntled nation- there's a lot of discontent over the way the games are handled and who is all
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Josh
Dec 19, 2012 Josh rated it liked it
(This was a free read via onlinebookclub)
This review is over 'Dreams of Gold' by Jonathan Chamberlin. This novel was published January 2nd 2012 by Long Island Press.

With the London Olympic Games only six weeks away Tibetian monks are peacfully demonstrating outside Westminster Abbey. It turns out that not only the monks but many nations are disgruntled over the way the games are handled and who is allowed to participate. The Olympic committee decides to hire an official poet (Rowan Jones) of the
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Nancy
Apr 22, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
In a Monty Python-type with a bit of Spy vs Spy tale there are many issues to be dealt with in a timely story of Olympic Gold from the British Empire. Rowan Jones, solitary poet from Wales, is absolutely thrilled when chosen by the Committee to be the Poet Laureate of the Olympics. He is “hijacked” on the way to his presentation by a number of Olympics hopefuls who will NOT, for reasons various and sundry, be representing their countries. However….When Rowan makes his appearance, he spouts off t ...more
Tami
Apr 15, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it
The Olympic Games are about to begin. While the athletes are making their way to England, so are the protesters. So in an effort to distract from the protest coverage, it is decided that there will be an official poet of the games. Unfortunately, even this backfires as the first official poem asks for the denationalization of the Olympic Games.

Dreams of Gold focuses primarily on what happens after this first official poem is presented. All sorts of want to be athletes come out of the woodwork, a
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Nancy
Mar 16, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, first-reads
I won this book in GoodReads First Reads giveaway.

I gave this book 3 stars not because I thought it was a terrific book but for the simple fact that I enjoyed reading it.

The story's premise is simple, underdogs basically saving the world, however, I did find that the story line itself 'which could have had so much potential did not quite meet its' mark.

The characters (and there are many) as well as the story should have been developed more. There was no one character that evoked any sort of comm
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Robin
Mar 09, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it
This is a Monty Python-type with a bit of story. See many issues to be handeled with in a timely story of the Olympics. One person thrilled when chosen by the Committee to be the Poet Laureate of the Olympics. He is confind on the way to his presentation by a number of Olympics hopefuls who will not, for reasons be representing their countries.
Chad Cowgill
Mar 24, 2012 Chad Cowgill rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. It had many different characters and some good humor. It looks like the author had fun writing it. I was very pleased to read it and hope you are too.

Goodreads givaway winner.
Rick Gillispie
Mar 29, 2012 Rick Gillispie rated it really liked it


A very interesting take on the Olympic Games. Lots of great stories all rolled up into one bizarre novel. Lots of great characters. None more important than another.
Jonathan Chamberlain
Feb 27, 2012 Jonathan Chamberlain rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: funny
Well, I guess I'm biased, being the author but I reckon this is pretty good.
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I am a writer who has been hijacked by life. When my daughter, Stevie, exploded into my life with all the problems she had to cope with I ended up founding two charities for children with developmental disabilities (and wrote a memoir of this time in my book: Wordjazz for Stevie) - then when my wife was diagnosed with cancer I had a new battle on my hands - and this led to a series of cancer books ...more
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