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by LBS Publishing, 5 September 2018. ISBN 978-0-692-93995-6-(PB)
Look, up in the sky...it's a
bird...it's a plane...it's a mixed-genre novel! That was my reaction as I came
to terms with this second book in the author's Blue Warp series. There is
mystery here, several in fact, but also a psychological thriller, science fiction
and fantasy. All shaken AND stirred by the fertile imagination of N. Lawrence
from the points-of-view of twelve humans and two animals (one of them a texting
cat!), 'Coma Dreams' offers entree into a world where an addict, a serial killer,
a therapist, a law student and his girlfriend (who's joined via ESP to the
addict) take off on a cross-America dash to save retired Colonel Brett Stafford
from arrest by the police of multiple jurisdictions.
Stafford has been in a coma for six months when he's awakened by Brennan
Reynolds. This young man has learned that his addiction to the drug Glow has
given him extraordinary powers, including the ability to heal. He uses his
"tingling hands" to revive Col. Stafford but soon finds that's not all
he's roused. Another entity, confused and violent, inhabits and controls the
colonel, leaving mayhem and murder wherever it goes.
creates alternative realities which are believable and drive the story forward.
Col. Stafford and Talvi, who has somehow been awakened inside his body, both
want to return to the Blue World which nurtured them while they were each in a
coma. Thanks to Glow, Brennan has also visited the Blue World and is almost
lost in that beguiling realm as he tries to help two souls whose blissful
existence he inadvertently disrupted.
this book is the second in a series, it does stand alone. However, the back
story from the first would probably make some aspects of the second more
coherent and satisfying.
all good thrillers, this story is action-driven, although the author offers
insights into the main characters' histories, needs and goals. Mann does a good
job of sustaining the pace, especially toward the end, when most of the story's
threads come together. The Epilogue makes clear that there's lots more to the
Blue Warp series, with just enough loose ends to make the reader want to find
out what happens next.
Reviewer: Nancy Swing
N. Lawrence Mann is an American author.
His works are largely described as suspenseful, but frequently incorporate
components of fantasy, science fiction, and humor. His novel, Full Breach, was the first in The Blue Warp
series, released in 2017. A native of Michigan, Mann was born in Detroit and
spent his formative years in Kalamazoo. Years later, his family moved to
Phoenix Arizona where he attended high school. Mann became an indefatigable
reader and writer at an early age. In fact, he received his first recognition
as a writer in kindergarten, winning a young author's contest. Although this
was not the defining moment for deciding on a career as a writer, it did impact
his subconscious. After spending many years as a songwriter and creating
soundtracks for independent films, Mann returned to school studying film, media
and small business at Arizona State University. While this gave him the
credentials for a professional career in those fields, his desire to create
proved, yet again, too powerful to ignore. He felt the time was appropriate to
turn dreams into goals, and goals into stories.N.
Lawrence Mann currently lives in Boston and often commutes to Los Angeles.
Nancy Swing wins 5-star reviews for mysteries with twisty plots, unconventional
characters and engaging settings. Each book is the fruit of her unusual life
journey, stretching from the hills of West Virginia through the deserts of
Somalia and the jungles of Laos to the olive groves of Italy. Now retired from
international consulting, she's turned her hand to writing and lives with her
husband, nonfiction author Russell Sunshine, on California's Central Coast.