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Sweet Dreams (Mark Appleton Thrillers #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  800 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
*Warning The WJA series is a cross genre series and may bend or break many rules. If you are set in the traditional ways of storytelling this may not be the series for you. Please use caution and only read if you are of an open mind, and crave something off the map and mind-bending. Mark Appleton is living the American Dream. Beautiful wife, loving daughter, and a high pay ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published November 20th 2011 by Wesscott Marketing (first published November 30th 2008)
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action Fans, Thriller Fans, Sci-Fi fans, Hi-Tech Fans
The author warns that this book is a cross-genre book, I was excited by that but when we did the cross over itself it was not that spectacular, but yes, this book is a bit of a genre mix of crime thriller and sci-fi.

What's the book about?

Mark Appleton is living the American Dream. Beautiful wife, loving daughter, and a high paying job in New York City. But when his family are killed in a accident he must reinvent himself. A year later in the midst of putting his life back together, Mark finds ou
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I won this on good reads, and I loved it.
A Novel of suspense, Mark Appleton is the "Average Joe". Then one day when he takes his family to the supermarket his life takes a drastic turn. Soon he finds himself on the hunt for a killer, and finds himself to be the hunted.

Kirk Weston is a detective with Detroit PD. His life is not what he wants it to be. He finds himself searching for a group known as the WJA. Exactly what they are, he is soon to find out.

Mark & Kirks world will come together wi
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle, net-galley
Mark lost his family in a dreadful incident. When he finds that it wasn’t an accident he is desperate to find the man responsible. Kirk is a detective investigating a case with the FBI. He’s an unhappy man and things don’t get better for him! Their lives are about to become connected by the group WJA. (world Justice Association). They tell Mark that it wasn’t an accident. Strange things are happening- there is a sci fi aspect to the book.
This is a thriller and interesting, if a little hard to ge
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I just read, but holy hell!

Finished ~ Sweet Dreams (Mark Appleton 01) by Aaron Patterson
Completed 8/23/14
4 of 5 stars
423 page Kindle book

I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

In the description of this book at GoodReads, it says the following ~

"Warning: The WJA series is a cross genre series and may bend or break
many rules.If you are set in the traditional ways of storytelling this
may not be the series for you. Please use caution and only read if you
are of an
James Elliot Leighton
May 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book might possibly appeal to readers who like authors who know nothing about technology, religions, foreign countries, firearms - but write about them all. It lacks character development, has poor grammar, plot holes, and apparently has no editing
The plot is ludicrous, the character development cringe-worthy, the dialogue unrealistic, the technology implausible. This person can neither write, nor do research.
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: haveread
I was disappointed because the first half of the book was exciting and intriguing and action-packed. But then the second half of the book became unbelievable and not trustworthy. Characters that had died came back to life? And then I never believed anything that I read anymore so it was not engaging. The moral of the story: Aaron Patterson is no James Patterson.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the idea of this book, liked the action, the characters... Unfortunately, I didn't like the twist at the end. It's a good twist, but it threw me off the story, so the last 50 pages I just skimmed to catch sentences to see how things ended. "It's not you, it's me."

And yes, it would be a great movie.
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Got this free on Kindle and I was impressed! Great story. I enjoyed it so much I purchased the second in the series on Kindle and I'm reading it now. Good guys vs bad guys type of spy kind of story.
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
From the sublime to the ridiculous.
It started so well, but 'taxi' capsules, time travelling and resurrection. Beyond me!
Apr 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm not a sci-fi fan but I do have an open mind. This book started out very good but when the chance of genre happened it all went south for me. I could not figure out who is who and what was going on any more. I also do not like the authors writing style.
Isabella Rutherford
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I am a senior in English IV doing my last book report in high school. The book I chose for this project is called Sweet Dreams by Aaron Patterson. This book has a total of 374 pages, and is published by Wesscoat Marketing. First published November 30th 2008. The cover and name had an interesting hook. I am all for looking at the front of different books and choosing which one looks the best by what is on the cover page. Sweet Dreams earned #1 Best seller in thriller, mystery thriller, hard-boile
Christy LoveOfBooks

Bravo, Mr. Patterson. Bra-vo. I pride myself on being able to predict a storyline early on in a book, and now I have to admit that you got me. I was so not expecting what went on in Sweet Dreams. Wait, let me rephrase that… I thought I knew what to expect, but I was so wrong. To tell the truth, it was nice going on that crazy, loopy ride. I haven’t read many good adult mystery/suspense books in awhile, and Sweet Dreams was a very nice change-up.

Mark Appleton is a very likeable and sympathetic c
Suspense Magazine
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mark Appleton…just an ordinary guy. Or is he? Not since PJ Lawton’s PI Winston Simon have I been so intrigued and in love with a character. The world needs people like Mark and “Sweet Dreams” has got him in spades.

A regular family man who loses the woman he needs more than air, his wife K, and their daughter Samantha in senseless bombing, which he witnessed and barely walked away from himself. Mark now lives a life filled with sadness, loneliness and deep, unabated heartache, trying to make some
Jun 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I started this book with an open mind having read that it was cross-genre and not a run of the mill work of fiction. The opening scene really grabbed my attention but what grabbed it more was the style of writing; Seriously? my 10 year old son could have written this book... Allow me to provide some examples:
"They met at City Baptist one Sunday, which is where Mark was going every Sunday"
"would be home soon and he could almost see K and thought about the smile. He knew he would see it tonight
Marika Charalambous
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog

Sweet Dreams by Aaron Patterson is a book I read earlier this year while on holiday visiting my parents abroad. It’s been a few months since I actually read it, but I do remember it making a strong impression on me.

The first book in the Mark Appleton Thriller series, follows Mark, a regular guy with a good job in the true American style, who loses his wife and kid in a senseless bombing that happens just the time they enter the supermarket. Mark is also injured, but he does
Feb 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
From the description I thought that this book would be engaging and entertaining. It had some good ideas within it, such as the entire correctional facility that was killed off at the beginning of the book. However, instead of developing the plot and characters the author seemed to just throw anything he felt like into the chapters. It didn't seem like any of his ideas were thought through and when it didn't work out he just made it out to be a dream. I did make it through the entire book hoping ...more
A Reader's Heaven
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Mark Appleton is living the American Dream. Beautiful wife, loving daughter, and a high paying job in New York City. But when his family are killed in a accident he must reinvent himself. A year later in the midst of putting his life back together, Mark finds out that his family was killed and it was...No accident. Mark will stop at nothing to hunt down the men responsible for the death of his family and what
Reading is my Escape
Jun 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime, thriller
Sweet Dreams - Review  
Color me unimpressed. This book didn't keep my interest much at all. I managed to finish it but let's just say that I didn't enjoy the journey.
The story follows two different men, one a business man and one a police officer. A bombing in a market & a massacre at a prison (that kills only prisoners) manage to bring the two together, in a way, eventually. Whatever. I have to admit that by the time the truth behind everything was revealed, I wasn't that concerned with t
Brenda  Whitner
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent action packed book. Ordinary Mark Appleton sees his wife and child get blown up in a bombing of a grocery store and finds out that it was no accident. The World Justice Association (WJA) contacts Mark informing him of this fact. He then finds out he was brought up to be this assassin.

Kirk Weston, Detroit cop is investigating a prison crime where all of the inmates were killed. It seems that the perpetrators were the WJA. While investigating he gets kidnapped by the associa
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a great book. I was enjoying the story, thinking to myself that it was a good espionage novel when bam, right out of no where, a twist. A twist worthy of a soap opera, never saw it coming at all. The writing is great, definitely keeps the reader intrigued and wanting to turn the pages. Although the setting is the current time there is new technology introduced in such a way that one wonders if it could really be in the development stage on someone's experimental computer drawings somew ...more
Michael E.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Aaron Patterson has created a fun story in "Sweet Dreams", the first in the Mark Appleton series. The main story line does not reveal itself until well into the book, which kept me wondering "where is this guy going with this?" as I read. The action and suspense kept the story moving along at a good pace, and the twists and mysteries kept me engaged. The plot struck my imagination, but didn't go too cerebral or too crazy (although there is a subtle flaw in the plot...). It is a fun and exciting ...more
Heath Henwood
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sweet Dreams
By Aaron Patterson

The book is a mixture of crime thriller and Sci-Fi. I am still debating how well this worked.

Mark Appleton is the central of the book. His family was killed a year ago, and he is hunting down the men responsible for their death. The character is well developed, however the same can not be said for any supporting characters.

While the story starts out reasonably, strange things start occurring, that just make the whole book weird. The end does pull some, not all of it
C. Stuchl
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG, WOW, what a read. This is one heck of a thrill ride from start to finish. My only problem was I couldn't finish it in one night. Mark is one great hero. His life is so perfect until tragic event kills his wife and daughter. Or did it? In his search for the terrorists he discovers his past.
At the same time police Det. Kirk Weston is searching for the people responsible for the deaths of dozens of prison convicts. Two different paths that will cross at the end.
I am going to read this book a
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mark Appleton is an ordinary guy. A regular family man who loses the woman he loves more than air. His wife K and their daughter Samantha are killed in a senseless bombing which he witnessed and barely survived himself. He soon finds himself on the hunt for the killer. Kirk Weston is a Det whose life is not what he wants it to be. He finds himself searching for a group known as the WJA Mark and Kirks worlds come together with a common thread. This is a suspense thiller left me waiting for more. ...more
Balthazar Lawson
Jan 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rick Schworer
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love fiction, but I'm picky with it. I get books from the library all the time and toss them after five pages because they're boring. It's not like I'm a bad reader, I read about 25 books a year, but so many just take too long to get off the ground.

Aaron's book had no problem keeping my attention. There was more than one twist in the book that kept me pretty well glued to it!

You'll like it.
Bri Clark
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciate the fact that I was able to share this book with my son who is 14. He really enjoyed it as well. We can't wait for the next one. The story line is creative and the writing superb. I love the twists and turns of the characters. I like that I have to think giving it that certain umpf. However, it's not so much that the reading is a chore or something you have to hurry up and finish. We are super stoked for Ariel
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I couldn't finish this book. The premise, that there should be a secret society to bring "justice" to the world is scary to me. One o of the first episodes is a case of "food poisoning" that kills all the prisoners in a facility, supposedly all rapists and murderers. With the number of people who have been exonerated lately, this seems very harsh. And it only gets worse from there. Not recommended.
Irma Lero
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fast paced auctioned packed read that had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and was drawn in from the get go. Loved Mark, Kirk and Isis and and the storyline. Every time I thought I figured something out, the author threw in something totally unexpected.

This is my first read from this Author and won't be my last. Looking forward to reading the next book Dream On and his other work.
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