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Joseph Colafranceschi is a fifteen-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette, given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams.
After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years. In the dream world, everyone is not what they appear to be, and it’s impossible to tell who to trust. As Joey slips deeper into a world of gladiator battles and clandestine missions within other people’s dreams, he catches the eye of a beautiful Egyptian princess.
The only thing that keeps him grounded in reality is his best friend Alex, but even she may not be who he thought she was.
Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease is the first book in a new young adult fantasy series, centering on Joey Cola. Joey is a genius who will be graduating high school early to attend MIT. After receiving a mysterious statuette from his father, things begin to not be what they seem.
This is a wonderful start to a fascinating fantasy world. I loved the concept of the dream world versus ‘reality’. It was awesome to watch Joey transform and become a stronger, more confident person. The descriptions and world-building as well as character-building were rally great. I was caught up in the story and, more than once, wished I could ‘see’ the world that Joey was in, or even be a part of it. I think the book has a great lesson as well, since Joey has to learn to stand up to his brothers and overcome their tormenting.
I really enjoyed reading Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease. I found myself staying up when I had only intended to read for a few moments. This is a book I will be getting for my 12 year old daughter to read, as I think she would really relate to it and like it as well. I am looking forward to the next installment of Joey Cola’s adventures.
About the Author
D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he creates.
D. Robert lives in the gray-skied world of Northeast Ohio with his wife, two kids (a boy and a girl) and two pets (a dog and a cat) and a pond full of goldfish. When not writing he loves to travel the U.S. via RV with his trusty Jeep in tow, or ride the hills of Ohio on his bike..