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Dreams Unleashed

(The Prophecies #1)

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It’s the near future, and society is government controlled. Technology tracks everyone, and personal privacy does not exist. The hope for freedom lies in the operations of an underground organization, GOG, which fights against worldwide oppression. Their most powerful weapon is Ann Torgeson, a paranormally-gifted operative. When her powers release the seal of The Prophecie ...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 266 pages
Published October 22nd 2011 by Nouveau Publishing (first published May 20th 2011)
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Jackie Jones
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely intriguing...that's probably the best word for it. Intriguing and thought-provoking. The meat of the book concerns remote viewing and the link between the main character's subconscious and reality. Yeah, that's deep stuff. It forces you to think, and I love books like that.

I'm also a big fan of books concerning dystopian societies, and Dreams Unleashed definitely falls within that category. But it's interesting because it's not way into the future like most dystopian boo
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Edwin
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've never read anything like this before! The whole concept of remote viewing is mind-boggling. I remember seeing a TV show once that talked about it and how the government had studied that sort of thing, but of course they didn't expound on it or anything. So it's really interesting to get an inside look at it, even if it's from a fictional novel. I loved the parts involving the CIA; they kept me completely hooked, and when it ended with a cliff-hanger, I knew I'd be reading the next one. I de ...more
Jackie Jones
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes interesting characters and likes to think
Someone on Amazon said this book was intriguing...that's probably the best word for it. Intriguing and thought-provoking. The meat of the book concerns remote viewing and the link between the main character's subconscious and reality. Yeah, that's deep stuff. It forces you to think, and I love books like that.

I'm also a big fan of books concerning dystopian societies, and Dreams Unleashed definitely falls within that category. But it's interesting because it's not way into the future like most
...more
Collette Scott
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With the passing of the Patriot Act in what seems a lifetime ago, I think many Americans thought everything would be okay. However, Linda Hawley presents a different spin on the invasion of government into the private sector. What if the government was monitoring us via microchip inserted in our driver's licenses? What if the government was listening to every word we said at every time? Ms.Hawley has taken that line of thought one step further with the first book in her series, Dreams Unleashed. ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Ann is a former CIA agent who worked for a secret project using paranormal skills. She currents writes technical manuals, and is a member of the secret group GOG. GOG is all about perserving personal privacy and other first amendment rights. These rights are fast disappearing in this technology obsessed world of 2015 where everyone is tracked through RFID chips in all their id. Ann's life begins to turn upside down when her paranormal skills begin to transform and her dreams seem to turn true. ...more
Paul
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This second edition of Dreams Unleashed really moves along well, and is written beautifully.

The main character, Ann, is really appealing to me. She's independent, a free spirit who's not set in her ways, is mature but still growing. I think there is nothing more beautiful than a woman with her dog, so Ann's dog, Lulu, adds to the story.

I found the remote viewing very interesting, as it explores the potential of the human mind. Of course the Herkimer crystals in the story were facinating. There
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Alan
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I saw Linda Hawley’s book mentioned on Twitter and was intrigued by the title, so I downloaded the Kindle version. It was the first time I had read a full length book on my iPhone. I found the story well written and gripping. I would willingly advise people to read it and I will certainly read the next book in the trilogy. Having said that, a couple of things troubled me in the book and in my relationship to it, so I will try to explore them in what follows.

The story moves backwards
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Heather
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams Unleashed Synopsis:
It’s the future year of 2015, where technology governs life. No one on the globe is free from being tracked through government RFID. The worldwide underground organization, GOG, is the one group equipped to fight against citizens’ loss of privacy. Ann Torgeson is a technical writer working for a tidal energy company—living a seemingly normal life in the Pacific Northwest—when her vivid dreams turn real. Is her training as a paranormal CIA agent when she was only n
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A Book Vacation
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really cool novel. It’s well written, complex, interesting, funny, scary—this novel has it all! Hawley has written a wonderful debut novel depicting the not so distant future with a “Big Brother is watching you” mentality. The government’s involvement in individual lives is scary and, though the book is fictitious, the references to real/current political issues and people aides in making the novel that much scarier for the reader. I was actually very impressed by Hawley’s ability to a ...more
Alleluialu
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author and read it on Kindle for the PC. I had never used Kindle for the PC before and I was a little worried about losing my place when my mouse took off on its own, but it was okay. For the first third of the book, I had to really concentrate to keep straight whether I was in the present, past or a dream. Eventually I got all the threads on the right needles and then the book started to get exciting. The action just kept accelerating right up to the end! Or, shoul ...more
Rosie Cochran
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreams Unleashed draws the reader into its intriguing subject matter. It delves into the paranormal. It adds fuel to paranoid concerns of too much government control and invasion of privacy. It also shows that people will only stand for so much before they rebel.

The central figure, Ann, a widow in her forties, appears an unlikely candidate for the anti-government subversive group called GOG. As the story unfolds, we find Ann to be not only a member, but a vital member with paranormal
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Scott
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley is the gripping story of Ann. She has a bit of a unique history and some abilities that are far from the norm. Her current job has her writing technical manuals for an alternative energy company harvesting the power of the ocean, her job while she was in the service however is highly classified.

Linda has the book nicely organized with each chapter also having a date heading. The dates range from her distant past, recent past, and current day. The book has some r
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I'm reeling from the books ending. I'm just grateful that the second book is due to be released this summer. Linda has definitely left me wanting more.

This book is set in 2015 in the state of Washington. Ann is in her mid 40's. She is a widow and the mother of one daughter. The story deals with a US Government that has taken away the right of privacy. Ann is part of a group that is fighting to regain the privacy of the citizens of the US.

Through flashbacks we are able to
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Dixie Goode
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book along with a lot of others so it sat there ignored for too long. Once I started the first words though, I was hooked and I'm now 2/3 of the way through book two and already wondering what I will do while waiting for book 3. Write, maybe.

This is a book set in the near future filled with enough very current politics and science to feel immediate and urgent. It has wonderful characters and a rapid pacing. It is suspense filled and thought provoking. There are familiar elements t
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Bonnie
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
3.5 stars. Review originally posted on www.handsandhome.ca

The opening chapter in Dreams Unleashed is so intense that I immediately knew that I was going to be in for an exciting read! This book is full of suspense, mystery, action and conspiracy theories. Not only was it an entertaining read but it was so close to real life that it really made me think as well (and if I’m being honest it made me a little paranoid!).

At first I found that the story jumped around a lot and it was difficult to distinguish be
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Mervi
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ann Torgeson is a technical writer for AlterHydro, a company that specializes in alternate energy. She has also vivid dreams of other places where she’s hunted by US government agents. Years ago, she was a CIA agent and trained in the use of her paranormal abilities. Now, she’s starting to suspect that dreams might be more than just dreams.

It’s the year 2015 and because of the threat of terrorism, all countries are monitoring their citizens. RFID chips are commonplace on driver’s lic
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Mindy Stewart
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dreams Unleashed Synopsis:
It’s the near-future year of 2015, where technology governs life. In this dystopian world, governments control their citizens by tracking them with RFID. The right to personal privacy does not exist. The heroine, Ann Torgeson, having been trained by the CIA as a paranormal spy at nineteen years old, has enhanced abilities. Twenty-five years later, she lives a double life: first, as a technical writer for a tidal energy company in the Pacific Northwest, and second, as a
...more
L.E.Olteano
I will begin by saying this is a book about a woman; not a girl turning woman, but a woman. A mature, accomplished, strong woman, with a charming personality, and great nuance in her behavior (and some very special gifts, to top it off!).
And I believe after I’ve said that you’ll get an idea about my feelings concerning this novel. I liked it, a lot!

My favorite, as it is already obvious, is Ann. She’s just so witty, and fun, and fresh; I wish I were that energetic, and I’m close
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Jackie Jones
This book is definitely intriguing...that's probably the best word for it. Intriguing and thought-provoking. The meat of the book concerns remote viewing and the link between the main character's subconscious and reality. Yeah, that's deep stuff. It forces you to think, and I love books like that.

I'm also a big fan of books concerning dystopian societies, and Dreams Unleashed definitely falls within that category. But it's interesting because it's not way into the future like most dystopian boo
...more
Collette Scott
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the passing of the Patriot Act in what seems a lifetime ago, I think many Americans thought everything would be okay. However, Linda Hawley presents a different spin on the invasion of government into the private sector. What if the government was monitoring us via microchip inserted in our driver's licenses? What if the government was listening to every word we said at every time? Ms.Hawley has taken that line of thought one step further with the first book in her series, Dreams Unleashed. ...more
Avid
I am not a big fan of fantasy or sci-fi, so when I was requested to review ‘Dreams Unleashed’, I tried to read with no prejudice. I was not sure I would be able to do a good review of this book since I don’t read sci-fi. I took this up as a challenge for me as a reader and in the end, I am very glad I did.

Dreams Unleashed is the first book in The Prophecies Trilogy. We have Anne as the main protagonist who is no less than a superwoman. She is an ex-CIA agent who was born with the ama
...more
Vanessa
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbb-review
To begin with, the book really pushed me out of my comfort zone as I’ve never read any other book similar to this. Politics never fail to bore me, which I reckoned is the main theme of the story, although other readers and perhaps even the author herself may not agree with me. So when I read this book, I was forced to understand everything. Nonetheless, from the very beginning, the book kept me intrigued by its mystifying plot and excellent narration. I must laud the author for her ability to wr ...more
Raymond
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started with The Guardian of Time, then read Dreams Unleashed. So by the end of book 2 I already liked the heroine and very much disliked all the scumbags she had to deal with. So when those folks are introduced in book 1, I already had a bias against them. I guess that's why things should be read in order. The first thing that stood out for me was how smoothly the story moves along. We might be moving three or twenty-three years back and then forward again and there is absolutely no stiltedne ...more
Jodie
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The plot of Dreams Unleashed is off and running from the opening scene.

Linda Hawley presents a dystopian view of the Patriot Act, with microchip technology providing a means for government to monitor everyone's lives and undermine their privacy. Set in Washington in 2015, the plot shifts back in time, and switches into dreams, revealing information and posing questions as the plot unfolds.

The heroine, Ann Torgeson, is a woman with a mysterious background and a special pow
...more
Birgit
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing premise, the dystopian genre, and my love for narratives in which the author is jumping back and forth in time to tell the story, always manage to lure me in quite successfully. This was also the case with Dreams Unleashed by Linda Hawley.
The story revolves around Ann Torgeson, a technical writer, with a past of working for a secret project with the CIA and it's this past that is suddenly catching up with her through disturbing and real-to-life dreams.
This first part of
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a slightly cheating review, because everything I said in my first review still stands. The technology is scary and very plausible. There is a definite stance regarding the environment and politics in the book. This stance forms the backbone of the story, and heightens the dystopian-style changes that have happened to the world.

The huge cliff hanger ending still bothers me, but luckily I could start the second book right away, which greatly lessened the impact of it.
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Chris
This book held my attention and was good. I really couldn't get into the spiritual aspect of it -- Chi, chakras, etc. Also, while I enjoy both sci-fi and fantasy, I've been on a mostly sci-fi kick lately, so the parapsychology theme in this book actually turned me off a bit. I guess for some reason I was expecting harder sci-fi and instead found a fantasy series.

I may pick this series up again, definitely a fantasy series worth more attention when the time is right.
Paul
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of a trilogy. The year is 2015. This is a story of government run amok
clashing with individual privacy rights. Protagonist is a forty something woman.
Through dream sequences and reflections we learn about her unique history as a CIA paranormal
and involvement in an individual rights movement.
The story is well written and exciting. I very much look forward to the next
installment which is due out this summer (2011).







Dylan Edwards
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cracker ...READ IT !!
Grace
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it made me cry at one part! i love this book!
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Linda Hawley is an adventurer in every way. She equally loves a good story, a vintage arcade, anything French, and art. Time travel, technology, and the possibilities of the future fascinate her. Her inspiration comes from any person she's ever met, any place she's traveled, and any experience she's enjoyed or survived.

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