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Never Dream [Mass Market Paperback]

Scott Charles Adams


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September 1999

Two factions of vampires fight for possession of the Book--an ancient tome that holds the secrets of turning vampires into gods. If it falls into the wrong hands, no mortal life will be untouched.

As a knight from the thirteenth century, Arthur knows what it means to have a code--and it's Arthur's strict enforcement of this Code that's kept vampires safely in the realm of legend.

Terry is an American attending the University of Salamanca until an accidental discovery changes everything she ever believed about her world. She has no idea what she's gotten herself into, and no idea how to get herself out.

Iago's involvement was something no one could have expected or foreseen--and the truth about him will challenge even Arthur's philosophy on dismissing legend.

Some lies are best believed.

The battle has begun.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Scott Charles Adams (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967304504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967304502
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  30 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut from New Author! April 28 2000
By "theladypandora" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fine debut from a new author, man I love discovering new writers! This modern twist on a classic tale is fabulous. ...Never Dream tells the story of 2 vampires and the mortal they get involved. It does poke fun at Anne Rice's novels in a good way such as one vampire insisting to the other that he read Interview with the Vampire to see why mortals would crave immortality and also read about the parts she got right and what she got wrong. The story opens with the Making of Arthur, a knight from France. It continues to the present where we find Arthur, Jennings, and Terry (the mortal) trying to save The Book from falling into the wrong vampire hands. This book left me wanting more...and I hope Scott continues the adventures of these vampires in America.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not just for vampire fans ... Sept. 4 2000
By Nikolette Abbott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I must admit to having some trepidation before I started reading this book -- the vampire tale genre seemed to me to have been "done", with new books on the matter often regurgitations of the old. I read the first two pages of ... never dream, however, and I was "sucked in". Adams has created a fascinating tale that never once reaches back to old formulae or tired storylines; he's developed characters that you come to know quickly and hanker to know more about and woven a story that picks you up and carries you along. The female characters are strong, something seldom seen in books of this genre, the male characters charismatic, and the action of the plot is so engrossing that the first time I read it I nearly missed my subway stop - twice. One of the best things: you don't have to be a "vampire genre" fan to really get involved in ... never dream. It's a well-written, well-designed novel from all perspectives, one that would easily transpose to an incredible action film! I see potential here - potential for a ... never dream series that will answer the questions Adams cleverly winds into his character development, and potential that this young author will be very much talked about in the years to come. Don't miss the boat -- buy this book and recommend it to your friends and family. It's a first edition that, in the future, you'll be glad you own - bank on it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important and recommended! Sept. 20 2000
By Christian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A reader and contributor to Amazon.com came across a review that I'd done for another author, and sent an email saying that I would benefit greatly from reading Scott Charles Adams first novel, "...never dream". Since I recieve numerous recommendations of this sort, most of which turn out to be other authors promoting their own books (not all of which are worth mentioning here), I was very skeptical. It took a few weeks for me to find a copy of "...never dream", and was filled with even more trepidation when I saw the grainy black and white cover with the home p.c. designed graphics. All of that magickally fell away after I began to read...and read, and read. I ravenously devoured this 240-pager in one sitting.
Reading like a serio-comic gothic thriller, "...never dream" deserves a more mainstream release. Taking the legend of vampires and werewolves and treating them like everyday occurances (if you suspend your need for reality every once in awhile), "...never dream" is hugely entertaining. Except for the obvious editing errors (one of the main characters somehow loses his Cockney accent about a third of the way into the story) and somewhat tedious and confusing point-of-veiw changes, this story is destined to become a cult classic.
Arthur Talon, a 700-year-old vampire, is troubled. An ancient book, once in his possession, has mysteriously disappeared. This book, a kind of an "owners manual" for the undead, is a revealing work that, in the wrong hands, is destined to destroy vampire-kind as we know it. And of course, it is about to fall into the wrong hands...the hands of a relatively young and cocky vampire who goes by the unlikely name of Lyle. This short but fast-paced story takes an at once serious and tongue-in-cheek view on the whole vampire genre. Who else would use Anne Rice novels as training manuals for modern-day bloodsuckers? Telling the story from the point of view of most of the main protagonists, the story becomes a bit diluted and trite...but worth plodding through to unearth the little nuggets of delight that are buried there.
Fresh and entertaining, "...never dream" is worth tracking down and owning.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and Compelling Oct. 4 2000
By Larry Berke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I suspect I have read every vampire novel published in the past 20 years. "Never Dream" by Scott Charles Adams is among the handful of the best. The apparent premise has certainly been done before, i.e., good vampires vs. bad, innocent mortals caught up in the events, philosophical conundrums, etc. What makes this novel so fascinating is the way these old themes are made new and refreshing by characters you really like and care about,as well as the amazing involvement of the character Iago. An entire novel could be done on him alone. The quality of vampire novels has diminished in recent years. "Never Dream" not only restores quality to the genre, but sets a new standard. I am delighted to hear that a sequel is being worked on. I suggest Scott Adams drop everything else in his life and work on its completion! Congratulations to Amazon as well for offering it to the public.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like any other vampire book Feb. 3 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not your typical vampire book. It is more of a high-tech cloak and dagger thriller. The characters in this book aren't living in the basement of some creepy old castle worrying that the village priest might come and stake them in the heart. They are way too cool for that. They are slick, savvy, new millenium vampires. I couldn't put this book down.

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