Dream Walker is a unique urban fantasy and ecological thriller set against the backdrop of uranium mining in the USA. Native American spirits do battle with big industry to protect not only the environment, but the existence of all life. The narrative combines Native American beliefs about the dream walker, and hard-nosed science to challenge our ideas about the universe.
Private investigator Hal Jones dreams he visits a world called Luxus where he has a magical eye in his forehead. There he finds a crashed spacecraft and becomes the Dream Walker. He meets a long-dead Native American called Eagle Feather who tells Hal he has no courage or dignity. But Eagle Feather will become Hal’s teacher and guide, and this unlikely relationship will ultimately transform Hal Jones.
When Hal wakes, the last bit is still true – he is an alcoholic who lost his parents as a child, and his wife and daughter as a man. Whereas Eagle Feather is able to subtly influence events using dreams, the Dream Walker is able to travel between different realities using a cosmic pathway known as the Dream-Tree. There’s one more problem, Hal is going blind.
Ruthless corporate Tilaxi Mining Inc. has discovered the means to exploit the Dream-Tree, opening the way to Luxus. In doing so they have attracted the attention of Idril, the last of an alien race devoted to protecting the magical tree, even if it means destroying Earth itself. As Hal uncovers the truth, he experiences strange visions. They contain clues to a global conspiracy involving the servants of Idril. Whilst Hal’s powers grow stronger and Idril pursues his revenge, the boundaries between what is real and dreamed begin to fade.
The Power of Four
The ecological thriller is structured by the five dreams of Hal as he learns who he really is, and is given clues to help him find the servants of Idril. The centre of the dream-map is the Danube Tower in Vienna, which is also where Earth is attached to the mystical Dream-Tree by an invisible stem that Eagle Feather calls a worldwalk. Idril intends to destroy the tower and all of the surrounding city, after which time will cease on Earth.
The feature image shows Hal’s five dreams. Angela and Hal piece the map together, and realise that they are global positions. Each dream is a real-life experience and Hal becomes increasingly drawn into the world where he can see, before returning to darkness.
House of the Eagle
Concerns the awakening of Hal Jones as the Dream walker. A plane carrying the CEO of Tilaxi is blown from the sky. Other threats continue, and a helicopter carrying scientists to a uranium plant in Norway is also brought down. Hal is taught about the Dream-Tree and experiences life in other forms as he uses his powers. A team is put together to combat what is thought to be eco-terrorism and Hal meets professor Angela Healy. There are frictions and a lack of trust, and Angela views Hal with suspicion.
House of the Puma
Is set in a uranium mine in Norway. Hal discovers that the plant is also a cover for one of Tilaxi’s devices, exploiting Alien technology to invade Luxus in search of resources. There is an explosion in the secure unit storing uranium and plutonium samples. On investigation, all the material has been taken, along with the scientists. Lucas discovers later that Idril has taken them.
House of the Dolphin
Focuses on Guam, where further assassinations take place. There are also unexplained events on a military base, including the loss of a Raptor jet fighter and other weapons. Hal begins to uncover the identity of his enemy, but needs more information than Eagle Feather is able to give him. it becomes clear that Idril and his followers are planning something big.
House of Maize
Shifts to Hong Kong. The board of a biotech company owned by Tilaxi are killed during a video conference. The company is another centre where Alien technology is being developed. Hal is fed further clues and heads to Phoenix, where he meets Professor Angela Healy. She is using data analytics to finally identify the killers serving Idril. She discovers the Blackwoods – twins both badly affected by uranium mining who believe they are on a quest to save the planet. The opposite is true.
Is the conclusion of this unique ecological thriller. Months have passed by and Hal is completely blind. The visions have stopped and the investigation has been closed. He is living with Angela, but following a shocking vision insists that they travel to Vienna. Secretly, he is convinced that the worldwalk is about to be destroyed, ending all life. The answer lies at the top of the UNO Building.
As they travel to the tower, Angela is taken hostage by the Blackwaters and the dream walker must use his powers to find his way to the top of the tower alone, merging reality and dreams in order to do so. He manages to reach the top, but Paul and Rosa Blackwater are waiting and the device is on count-down. And he must still face Idril, who is prepared to die to protect the Dream-tree. To fight him, Hal must enter the dream-world.