What’s that quote from Jerry Maguire, “You had me at hello”? Well, Mr Dee, you had me at the dedication page – as an invisible illness sufferer, this really meant a lot. I am so happy to be a part of this blog tour, and am grateful to Richard, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part, and for providing me with a copy of the book.
Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.
In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.
Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa.
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.
Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?
Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!
I should probably start by saying that I don’t read an awful lot of out and out science-fiction, but the blurb for this book really grabbed me, perhaps because one of the side effects of my own medication is extremely vivid dreams.
The two points of view, Rick on Earth and Dan on Ecias, were well developed, and I found I was equally invested in both their stories. Much as Rick was, I found I was desperate for him to dream of Ecias, and to discover what was going to happen next with Dan and Vanessa. As the story unfolded I found that I was looking to links between people and names from Rick’s life popping up in some form in Dan’s, and I was trying to make connections between the two and work out what was going on. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering the world of Ecias with it’s strange flora and fauna.
Some parts of the book were brain explodingly complicated (well, for my poor brain anyway), but I kept thinking that everything will make sense by the end of the book. However, as I got closer and closer to the end of the book and no closer at all to answers, I started to get a bit worried that everything was going to be really quickly wrapped up in the last couple of pages. But never fear – what I hadn’t realised was there is a sequel coming, so there is still plenty of time to get to the bottom of everything satisfactorily. I will be keeping an eye out for its release date, because I need answers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon. He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, working as a Marine Insurance Surveyor and as Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.
In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.
Richard is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.
His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. Sequels to Ribbonworld and The Rocks of Aserol have been published, together with a second Andorra Pett story, Andorra Pett on Mars. He also contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection. Richard is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.
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To find out more about this book, why not have a look at the other blogs taking part on the tour.