Dreamer Paperback – Dec 3 2014
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About the Author
Philip Davidson is a former Vietnam veteran. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge and Vietnamese Jump Wings. He was also a Kit Carson Scout. He was the author of the first SWAT book that has been used to train police across the country and served on President Reagan's Veteran's Affairs Council. His novel Dreamer is military romantic supspense about various wars and touches on the controversial subject of PTSD. Davidson is currently an attorney residing in Nashville, TN.
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David is married to Sunny who travels to Argentina to aid her parents that were arrested. He knew it was a bad idea to let her go there and to his chagrin; she is arrested and held captive. While in Vietnam, an oath is made for the men to unite and come to her rescue. Each surviving member is now been visited by a mysterious stranger, who wants the men to honor the covenant. David is consumed by the visits of a former member named Keaton, who keeps showing up while the men are on the mission to Argentina. Keaton is centered on the good versus evil and every time he appears, the reader is on the edge of your seat.
I really liked this novel; it is very suspenseful and gripping. It is labeled as Christian Fiction, but I just see it as a Military Adventure/Drama genre. True there were religious quotes on almost every chapter, but this seemed to pull meanings from the actions of the characters. The language is a bit strong at times, possibly too strong for a religious person. I only wish that the novel would have had more focus on the fighting in Vietnam that is the only aspect that would have made this novel a 5 star, in my opinion. I do like how the author shows the progression of each of his characters development. He is very realistic in the action sequences of the novel.
David had begun having dreams again. They were flashbacks to his time in Vietnam, which had caused dreams years before just after he had come home. What he couldn't figure out was why they had started again. Sunny had suggested he visit a psychologist; only to have him, too, later appear in one of his dreams! Finally David began to wonder if his dreams were not just dreams, but visions.
One of the main characters in his dreams was Keaton, formerly well-respected Sarge in his group of Green Berets. And then he learned from his psychologist that he had had a visit from Keaton! In fact, David's entire former group had also received a visit from him.
The only thing, though, was that David had been at Keaton's funeral many years ago!
Sunny had received word that her parents had been placed under arrest in Argentina. The location was very dangerous at that time since Britain was threatening war. David begged Sunny not to go, but of course realized that she had an obligation to try to help. However, as soon as she landed, she was arrested, while her parents were freed. It was Sunny and her connection to David that had been wanted. Everybody knew what would happen, she would be tortured to find out what the U.S. planned to do regarding the potential war.
Trying to find out about Sunny was futile. David was astounded that nobody was willing to try to help an imprisoned American, especially, the wife of an officer!
In desperation he tried everything, until he thought carefully about Keaton's visit to Father Perez, his psychologist, and his demand that David meet him at a mansion in Georgia. And it was then that he knew--he was to free Sunny himself, using the plans that Keaton had already set in motion well before Sunny had even left the States.
From then on, adventure after adventure takes place. Sometimes Keaton is there; sometimes he has briefed one of the team personally. And more than one participant of the ongoing battle between good and evil sometimes took Keaton's identity! Each of the men met the "Keaton" that he would follow into death!
Phillip L. Davidson is a former infantry Captain who commanded a group of Kit Carson Scouts during the Vietnam War. His experience has been effectively used to create a novel of action that reflects on the loyalty, camaraderie, anger, frustration and pain of those who participate in war battles. But it is the author's obvious personal experience in faith that moves this book beyond a great adventure thriller to a drama that "must be read!"
G. A. Bixler
Dreamer is an outstanding story that completely held my interest throughout. The story line was action-packed and suspenseful with many unexpected twists. I was impressed with the individual development of all of the characters. Often with a large number of people to keep track of I get a little lost, but with Dreamer every character was unmistakable. Waiting to find out if redemption would come about and determining who specifically Keaton was kept me enthralled.
Listed as religious fiction, this is certainly not your ordinary religious book. Containing some rough language and harsh situations gives Dreamer that gritty realistic essence. I enjoyed the book very much and think that would create much discussion in both religious (not just Christian) and secular book clubs.
It goes back a few years, but I studied history and war. I’m not deeply educated on the war in Vietnam although I did have a class or two where we studied it for part of the term. I’m not particularly drawn to know more about it, but the author made me care about the journey these men took together and the points of the story where they were in Vietnam together helps to show where these men were coming from, especially with regards to loyalty and respect. The central plot becomes a story about a vow these men took honouring a secret code of brotherhood. This “covenant” is brought together, some 10 plus years later, by a mystical team leader. What follows is a political suspense thriller where an Argentine born, American nationalized women is sought by an Argentine intelligence military leader to face interrogation and certain death.
Once I got into the story and connected with the group of men at the center an interesting thing happened. I took note of the philosophical and psychology observations that the author shares with us (via characters of course) and found these musings very profound The author clearly knows about traumatic stress disorders and the anxiety that goes with it. This is something that I myself can relate to the anxiety aspect. I thought the descriptions of the mental and physical responses educational. There is also an element of mysticism in to the story that seems apropos for the storyline - the idea of the human condition and the battle of good against evil in our world.
All in all, the story is very well written and I would recommend this in the genre as a suspenseful military themed book. I wouldn't say there is a cliffhanger, but the ending did leave me wanting to know how the characters would carry on. I would read a follow-up just to know more about what's next for the central characters.
I won’t go into detail on the story as you can read it in the synopsis. But basically a story of a Man whose wife is Kidnapped and how it is put together to get her back. There is plenty of adventure and mystical things happening. Some parts were easy to follow and others were not so easy. Even the ending was good, I think, it left me still not knowing for sure how it ended.
I am glad I read it, and gave a look into a different world, being the military and what happens. If you like Military, war, and adventure this book is for you.