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Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Phillip L. Davidson; 3 edition (Dec 3 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0990897710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0990897712
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 735 g
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb32d93d8) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3cc1fe4) out of 5 stars A Must read! Oct. 2 2009
By Lerrgoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This novel is broken down into three separate parts. Part one is the Messenger, Part two is the Leader, and Part three is The Patriots. The main character is David Elliot and his struggles with an incident that took place while on his tour in Vietnam. He was a Green Beret ordered to kill a traitor and he did not complete this mission. As a direct result, some of his men were killed. He is deeply troubled by his actions and has a series of nightmares and flashbacks because of this. Davis is fueled by guilt and remorse for the death of his comrades.
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3a8c030) out of 5 stars I'd Go 6 Easily... Aug. 27 2009
By Glenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although this novel is listed under "religious" fiction, let me first highlight that Dreamer by Phillip L. Davidson is also a great paranormal thriller/adventure story! On a scale of 1-5, I'd go 6 easily.

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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3a8c2d0) out of 5 stars Great Adventure Sept. 13 2009
By tmtrvlr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dreamer is the story of good and evil, heaven and hell, God and Satan, all wrapped up in a military adventure/thriller. Haunted by their past, a group of former Green Berets are gathered together for reasons they do not understand. Troubled by their stint in Vietnam, the group rallies to fulfill an oath they took to a now dead member.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3edecd8) out of 5 stars Mystical Military Suspense March 15 2015
By Cyndi Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dreamer is a bit of a departure for the normal genre I read. Touted as a Military romantic suspense, I’d says its 10% romance due to the plot driver being centered on a man going to the ends of the earth (literally) for his wife. It was a bit slow starting for me and it took me until about 20% before the story started to gel for me. The story centers around a small group of elite men who fought together in Vietnam. In parallel, we are also versed on the Falklands War, spirituality, and stress disorders.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb37b77bc) out of 5 stars Good Military, adventure type book March 28 2015
By Diana's Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Dreamer is definitely an interesting book. It is more of a military, mercenary type story. I have read thrillers, and this book to seem to be more of a war story. The story is broken up in three parts, the first part was really confusing to me, I wasn’t even sure if I would finish the book. I had a very hard time figuring what time period they were talking about. There was flash back to Vietnam and then to the 80’s and maybe present day, not sure on that. I think most of it was centered on the 80s.

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.

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