Dream Walker – When Worlds Collide


Summary

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 with hard-nosed science to challenge our ideas about the universe.

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Hal Jones

Private investigator Hal dreams he visits a world called Luxus. There, he meets Eagle Feather, a long-dead Native American, who will become Hal’s teacher and guide, and this unlikely relationship will prepare Hal for the quest that lies ahead. Whereas Eagle Feather is able to subtly influence events using dreams, the Dream Walker can travel between different realities using a cosmic pathway known as the Dream-Tree. There’s one problem, though, Hal is going blind.

Tilaxi Mining

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, a powerful spirit 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 dream and reality begin to fade.

The Power of Four

This ecological thriller is structured by five dreams as Hal learns who he really is, and each time is given clues to help him stop Idril. The centre of the dream-map is the Danube Tower in Vienna, which is 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, sending Earth into darkness.

The dream-map

The feature image shows Hal’s five dreams. Angela and Hal piece the map together and realise that they are global positions. Each dream represents 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 discovers his new powers. A team is put together to combat what is thought to be eco-terrorism and Hal meets professor Angela Healy. At first, there’s dislike, but that soon changes.

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 new technology to invade Luxus in search of resources.  Following an explosion in the secure unit storing uranium and plutonium samples, all the material is 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 . it becomes clear that Idril and his followers are planning something big.

House of Maize

Shifts to Hong Kong. The board members of a biotech company owned by Tilaxi are killed during a video conference. 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.

The Dream-Tree

Months have passed and Hal’s completely blind. The visions have stopped and the investigation has been closed. He lives with Angela, but following a shocking vision insists 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 and the dream walker must find his way to the top of the tower alone, merging reality and dreams. His enemies are waiting at the top and the nuclear device is on count-down. And Hal must still face Idril, who’s prepared to die to protect the Dream-tree. To fight him, Hal must enter the dream-world one last time.

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