One word sums up this brilliant novel: incredible. This novel gets into the premise of how each individual on Earth can adversely or positively affect another individuals life, whether they know it or not. It shows how each life is tied to the others around the world. It doesn’t read like this to begin with, but as the story goes on and develops, it becomes clear that, in Kevin Macy’s dealing with death, life, dream sharing, and all of the strange things occurring in his life, that he is learning how his actions from the past affected numerous other lives he had interacted with in the future. The thing that makes this novel remarkable is that, in his own ways, Kevin Macy has the opportunity to go back in time to save the people his life impacted in a negative fashion. As farfetched as this may sound, it gives the novel a unique edge that many other novels of a similar nature lack.
This is truly a great novel in many ways. The writing is nearly flawless, the story is expertly crafted, and overall, it will make a reader smile a deep, heartfelt smile. Very rarely have I ever read a novel of this caliber. I found Dead Asleep exhilarating and thought provoking.
If it were possible, I’d never sleep again.
Everyone was talking about my dreams—even though I hadn’t told a single soul about them. Wherever I went, strangers were discussing my nocturnal visions. I wanted to chalk all of this up to coincidence, but then, only minutes after a chance encounter with a young woman I didn’t know, after she told me in perfect detail of the dream I’d had the night before, she was killed. And I knew I’d have to figure out what was happening to me.
My only hope was a woman who had a knack for falling dead asleep. With help from Claire, a narcoleptic, I would have to take a sleep-journey into the past and future affecting everyone’s life, including my own.
Some things to know about me—my name is Kevin Macy and I’m a partner in an ad agency in Boston, Massachusetts. I’m divorced, I smoke, and I’m an accomplished alcoholic. Not that it has anything to do with my story, but it’s part of who I am. And in the course of reading about these supernatural and bizarre events, those things will factor in.
Another important note—and this you will have a hard time swallowing, I’m sure—while on this strange journey of discovery, I died. And I mean that in the realest of ways—dead as a door nail—bought the farm—kicked the bucket. You get the picture. Of course being dead didn’t “stick,” otherwise I wouldn’t be able to tell you my curious tale.
DEAD ASLEEP rides the razor’s edge between dreaming and wakeful states, the past and the future, and the lines between life and death.