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Dream On

(Thor #1)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Dave Bentley was born to be a rock star.

He's a reincarnated Viking warrior, too...

When Dave forms his new band, Thor, there are plenty of sleepless nights for Janice, his on-off girlfriend and mother of his son. Not only must she deal with the thrills and spills of life as a hardworking single mum, but also the imminent return of singer-songwriter A
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by CraniumXpublishing
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Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes it’s your dreams that keep you going and moving ahead in life. Dave has always had the heart of a rockstar, but so far, nothing. It isn’t that he can’t sing, write songs or play a guitar, or that his mates aren’t talented musicians themselves, they just need to find their stride, their niche and the fans will be falling at their feet, right?...Then it came to him, Thor, the perfect name, the perfect attitude and once again, they are on their way to fulfilling a dream, but do they have ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really funny! I did enjoy the trials and tribulations of the band trying to 'make it', particularly the banter between the guys and the TV talent show; also the 'creative workshop', which kind of made me cringe, having been dragged to attend such events, and the daffy Melodie and her attempts to become a celebrity.

Mind you, there were some bits I could really identify with as well, in particular the single mum and her struggles, and the unrequited love on different sides. The scenes
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Twitter friend recommended Tyler's books to me and, after a bit of deliberation, I decided to try Dream On first.

What a fantastic read! Having spent a large proportion of my formative years playing guitar in a small-time band, I immediately identified with Dave's lusting over Gibson Les Paul's and daydreams of playing Wembley arena. The grimy (and often far from glamorous) side of the music industry is also portrayed perfectly and the pressures of 'real' life versus musical ambitio
Susan Buchanan
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had read Ms Tyler's other books and enjoyed them all, so was awaiting this release, which I devoured in a day and a half. Not knowing anything about rock music, initially I was a little concerned that I might not enjoy it as much as the other three books. I need not have worried. After a bit of scene setting and introducing the band, we swiftly engage with single mother, Janice, who I really felt for throughout the book. I'm sure we have all seen this chain of events happen over and over in re ...more
Zoe Saadia
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two weeks in a British movie

I had a wonderful time reading “Dream On”. Every time I had to put this book down (when the life interfered), the characters were still with me - so believable, so down to earth, so alive. I felt like watching a good British movie. I could just hear the characters speaking with this beautiful British accent :-)

“Dream On” is a fast-paced contemporary drama and it’s beautifully presented. The dialogs of the characters were deliciously real. As we
K J Bennett
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OK, I'm a bloke, I do do this romance stuff, ordinarily.

This isn't ordinary.

I bought this book on Kindle after an exchange of Tweets with the author on Twitter. I shall not repeat here what was Tweeted. I was not actually expecting to enjoy it - Terry Tyler is a romantic novelist, after all. I was very much mistaken.

The prose is a joy to read. Ms Tyler gradually sucks the reader into the world of would-be rock star Dave Bentley - the man who never really grew up. It is,
Jenny Twist
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dave Bentley woke up in the early hours with the idea for the perfect band. He would call it THOR and they would all dress up as Vikings. He wrote songs about leaving the homeland and venturing to sea. He was so good at it he began to suspect that he was, in fact, the reincarnation of a Viking warrior. Not that he told anyone else that. He didn’t want people to think he was barking mad. His life was complicated enough as it was.
His wife, Janice, had thrown him out and he was desperately trying
Geoffrey West
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fulfilling, funny, heart-warming and true to life

Dream On is not a book I’d normally read, but I’m truly glad I did. It isn’t chick lit, it isn’t a saga, it isn’t comedy, it isn’t a ‘be true to your principles and you’ll be rewarded’ novel, it isn’t even a love story, it’s a combination of all these things and more. You’re drawn into the narrative because you like the people, and Terry Tyler must be wise beyond her years to recognise the absolute truths behind human motivations and e
Cathy Ryan
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I’ve read several of Terry Tyler’s books and enjoyed them all. This was no exception. Filled with believable, true to life, substantial characters and a convincing storyline, Dream On follows the fortunes of Dave Bentley, an aspiring rock star and creator of the band, Thor. The band members, the banter between them and their desire for success is represented extremely convincingly. Dave is talented and basically a nice guy but the pull has always been the band and his music,
Clive Mullis
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dream On is the first Terry Tyler book I’ve read, and I must say I enjoyed it immensely.

The story revolves around a group of friends who aspire to greater things, but as we know, things don’t always go to plan.

The story centres on Dave, and his tangled private life, as he tries to hit the big time with his rock band Thor. Dave is fundamentally a nice guy, though his heart is pulled in two different directions....what he should do, and what he wants to do. The background to this is his ba
Dawn Peers
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-reviewed
Ever since discovering Tyler on the Twittersphere, I've been a firm fan of her work and was delighted when I heard another book was being released.

Dream On takes a different narrative format to her previous works, but is still enjoyably readable and from the very first page the story simply flows.

In a modern society obsessed with celebrity and the fame that is attached to success, Dream On follows the aspirations of the daydreamer Dave and his friends as they try to becom
C.L.R. Dougherty
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dream On is the second of Terry Tyler’s books that I’ve read, and I already have her other two loaded in my Kindle. She’s a competent writer with an easy, engaging style. Her characters remind you of people that you know; you wouldn’t be surprised to find any of them living down the street. Ms. Tyler has a gift for weaving the dreams and everyday frustrations of regular people into spellbinding tales, and that’s exactly what she does in Dream On.

Dave Bentley is a has-been local rock music
Brian Deegan
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cheap-books
This was My second Terry Tyler book and I have to say I am really enjoying her style of writing. They are not my normal kind of books (I am more your post apocalyptic kinda guy) but it was like a peek into other peoples life.. And lets face it there are bits of Dave and Shane in us all. Maybe I wouldn't go on Jeremy Kyle but I did live in Spalding when I was a Kid :)
Kristal & Charmaine
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, contemp-fic
I'm a rock chick at heart...Ask BBH, she knows my deal. So I’ve read a few ‘rock’ inspired books. Various storylines and characters. Contemporary fiction type reads. I enjoyed most of them. And I really enjoyed this one. Dream On intertwines (British) rock music, romance and the normal everyday trials and tribulations we all could face. It was the (very well thought-out) inclusion of ‘everyday life’ that made this book feel really ‘human’ to me. The earnest face of trying to make it in todays wo ...more
Helen Christmas
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I've tried out several genres, from dystopian science fiction, to historic sagas and fantasy, but this book was like a breath of fresh air! No make-believe creatures or futuristic dictators - just real people; salt of the earth ordinary characters and in an authentic British setting, which I could instantly relate to. This novel was a light, easy and entertaining read throughout, with a story which kept me turning the pages. I loved it.

Ms Tyler captures the era of modern li
John Minx
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dream On is a fitting title for this colourful tale of musical ambitions and romantic desires: the vivid drama springing up around a cast of characters who all, in their different ways, are refusing to give up on their long-held goals, no matter how unlikely these appear.
By setting the novel amongst normal working people – far from the idle pastures of Hampstead Heath – the drama intensifies as we delve into the lives of those who somehow need to fit their big dreams around the daily grind
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dave Bentley is a Viking warrior—well, at least he believes he was in a past life, and it’s this that inspires him to form the hard rock band Thor. But Dave’s world is in a bit of turmoil: the mother of his child has kicked him out, he’s sleeping on his band mate’s couch, and to top it all off his former girlfriend Ariel Swan is coming back to town to reclaim his heart. The music contest Raw Talent comes at the most opportune time for Dave to realize his dream of fame, fortune, and Ariel’s love, ...more
Brenda Perlin
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dream On by Terry Tyler is an engaging read about this guy, Dave Bentley who wants to be a rock legend, or to quote from the book, he wants to "play arena rock." With that, he desired the lifestyle that went along with it. When he met Janice Brown, he thought it would just be a "casual, forgettable ship that sailed his way in the night," instead his life changed in unimaginable ways. Without looking back, he was now married and with a baby, Harley, if that isn't rock n roll enough! Still, his dr ...more
Jessie Stevens
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
On a sliding scale of musical ability we have: the violin maestro, one hit wonder popstars, people who love jazz, those who sing only in the shower, dogs and me.

Therefore my reading of Dream On, a book about a rock band trying to make it in England, was all a bit, "Huh? Really? Interesting..."

"Sprogged? Did he just say sprogged? Does that mean what I think it means? Really?"

I find heavy accents to be slightly befuddling, mildly amusing and completely endearing. A/>I
J.D. Hughes
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
You want to be a rock god? Climb aboard Terry Tyler's witty, humorous and charming highway to hell via the Jeremy Kyle Show.

I'm old enough to remember a time when the members of Led Zeppelin and Motorhead were lads, so this story resonated with me and even caused me to drag my battered old Vox bass out of the attic. I made some noises that were not good and blew the hi-fi.

'Dream On' is far more than standard chick-lit fodder. The characters feel real and substantial but not overblow
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013, kindle
Don't be fooled by the 4 stars that I've given this book, I really enjoyed it.
It took me a long time to get into it though that's more to do with my crazy home life over the past few months than the book .
I didn't identify with any of the characters, but again, that's not a bad thing and probably because I've never felt the burning drive to be a singer /in a band / famous that some of these have, and I certainly didn't feel that it had a detrimental effect to my enjoyment of this book.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dream on - the story of ordinary people, striving for extraordinary lives...

I must admit, it is highly unlikely that I would pick this book up in a shop - if I'm honest, the 'rock group' thing would probably put me off (not really my bag!) But I was asked to give it a go and so I did...

I'm a huge thriller fan so it was a novelty for me to read something that wasn't full of twists and turns, mystery and intrigue.....a very refreshing novelty.

Tyler depicts 'real
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, but I didn't really like many of the characters. I know I'll be in the minority as a female, but I didn't have any sympathy for Janice at all and I found her a dull, washy character (not a criticism of the writing, as always, Terry has done a great job of making up believeable characters - Janice is plenty realistic enough!). I just can't stand women who pull an "oops, pregnant!" and then wonder why the guy isn't instantly daddy material. I don't necessarily equate "growing up" a ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Terry Tyler is a fantastic storyteller. Using conversation to tell the story can be tricky but Tyler does it so well that it feels like the most natural way to tell the story and I can’t imagine reading it in any other way. There are no unnecessary descriptions of the smallest things, just constant action.

There are so many popular culture references throughout the book and I found that almost every character reminded me of someone I knew – from the wannabe rock-star, to the single mu
Ralph Chatterforth
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Dream On; the writing flows with a nice laidback style that never tries to be pretentious or overly cleverly. The central character, Dave, has aspirations to be a major rock star and we follow his struggle to find fame with his band Thor (you can guess they are of the heavy rock genre by name alone). As Dave pursues his quest for stardom, his personal life is something of a mess – estranged from his partner Janice and with former girlfriend (musically talented) Ariel back on the ...more
Jen Selinsky
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dave Bentley is edging ever closer to thirty, and he still has dreams of becoming a rock star. He and his friends have formed a band called Thor, in hopes of becoming famous and dominating world music charts. Before Dave can conquer stardom, however, he needs to deal with his home life. His sometimes girlfriend, Janice, wants him to quit the music biz altogether and get a stable job so her can support their son, Harley.

Things only get more complicated when Dave's old flame, Ariel Swa
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Terry Tyler created a very believable protagonist in her rock fiction, Dream On. Like most wannabe rock stars, Dave Bentley has dreams. He is well aware of his goals and works to make them come true. But there are several aspects of Dave's character that keep him separated from his aspirations. On some level, he realizes that there are obstacles in his path, but is as knowledgeable of their inner workings as I am of my computer's spam filters.

Dave is easily manipulated by the women i
Andy Angel
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dream On is the fourth novel from Terry Tyler and well up to her usual standard.

The story revolves around Dave Bentley, his partner Janice, son Harley and his Rock Band Thor. Dave has been thrown out by Janice but there are signs they may be getting back together (which they both want)......then Alison (now calling herself Ariel) Swan, Dave's first love turns up back on the scene!

The band, Ariel and her friend all enter a tv contest to find new talent (similar but differe
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book resonates with reality, it hits everyone in one way or another. Dave’s dream is to become a rock star, it’s been that way his whole life, but life gets in the way sometimes and we have to make choices. Dave played in bars and clubs in his early days, meeting girls and playing the field. He meets Janice after his girlfriend Allison drops him to move to Europe. Janice gets pregnant and Dave’s life is about to change, or is it. His son Harley is born. Will Dave keep playing gigs and shoot ...more
Cathy Baker
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting as I could not put it down! Being from the States, I loved the British humor and language and I now want to add twat, bloody and many other British terms to my vocab. The character development was so complete, I felt as if I knew each person intimately. I was sad about the outcome of the programme (another reason I love British novels, the cool spelling) but I am excited as well!

I discovered Terry on twitter, and I am thrilled that the second novel in the series
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