Saturday, December 22, 2012

BTS Presents Covert Dreams Blog Tour

Title: Covert Dreams
Author: Michael Myers
Release Date: October 17, 2011
Publisher: Pacific Books
Genre: Thriller

Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal live. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.

Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the bling of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.

COVER DREAMS is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. What is real, and who is responsible for the terrifying nightmare? 

The Munich all around her was bustling with activity. She could hear it from all over directions. Munich was a wonderful city, a fun loving place, the live and let live ebullience of the city emanating from its every nook and cranny. She had had a lovely stay here. All of it had been so adventurous, so new, so unlike life back home in Arizona. She could vividly recall the first time she had ventured into a Munich beer garden, where the liter mugs have so huge that she had had to lift hers with both hands, and the giggles, from him, until he too had had to use both hands. 

The fumbling noises he had been making came to an abrupt halt. He began stroking her cheek again. Gus looked so happy, so young, so full of life. It was so hard to imagine that he could be so heavily involved in all this horror. 
Gus smiled at her once more. His eyes were soft, so gentle, so caring, so loving. 

Maybe this was some kind of huge mistake. Maybe he wasn't going to kill her after all. Maybe everything would turn out happily every after. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.     
But then suddenly she saw it clearly. it was no fairy tale. There would be no maybe. This was real, as real as the mixture of sadness and fear that now flooded her brain. 

And then she died, with her eyes wide open, challenging, piercing his to the end. 

RETIRED ENGLISH PROFESSOR WRITES FICTION - mysteries, thrillers, and humorous fiction I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT DREAMS is set), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES is set). I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.

I spent my early years in a small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town's lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town's pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, i was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense as COVER DREAMS and DEADLY EYES was born. 

As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two other cats. 

My husband read Covert Dreams and could not put it down. I can honestly say I felt the same way in the beginning because I had to force myself to keep reading because the story started out monotonously slow. Once I got through the first part of the book I began to connect with the characters and enjoy the story line more. This may not be due to the authors writing style, it may be due to the fact that I do not normally read thrillers. I’m glad I continued reading because the book became a real page turning experience for me.

I love to travel and with this novel I got to experience Germany and Saudi Arabia through Meyers multiple characters. The plot has lots of twists and turns and requires the reader to really pay attention or you can really get lost in the action. At times the dialogue did get a little drawn out somewhat, but that tends to happen in a lot of books, so it was not a big issue. 

There are some grammar errors and missing words, but not enough to take away from the story or be a major distraction. I would recommend this book to anyone. With lots of thrilling suspense, intrigue, travel, conspiracy, and believe or not, a shot of romance, this book was a great read and kept me guessing throughout as to what was going to happen.

4 out of 5

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