Book Review- Dream of the Serpent by Alan Ryker

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Burning Burning Burning Burning

. .

… I knew for certain that wherever I went, the flames would follow.

That was a little bit creepy, a whole lot disturbing and just so… mind blowing, it was a race to turn the pages faster.

Cody Miller has hit the jackpot in life. He’s on his way to getting an MBA, a job most would have to work years for and the girl everyone wants. Cody has it all until one accident takes everything away from him.
When he emerges from his coma, Cody struggles to get back on track and he knows that it all won’t be the same, he will never be the same.
And as he trudges on, he discovers there’s more going on than he first thought.

We’re all pieces on this board, but I seem to be the only one who notices that we’re going in circles, that the world is not the logical place we think it is.

Dream of the Serpent is one of the most horrifyingly descriptive stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Part of me wanted to turn away but my eyes wouldn’t cooperate. They weren’t going to look anywhere but at the book. Very detailed descriptions usually tend to bore me but I was riveted. There was not a single word that I missed.
It’s terrifying but spellbinding at the same time.

Cody Miller

There was an all out war being fought inside my body, except that the enemy was my body.

I would never ever want to trade places with Cody. The way his accident was described left me traumatized.
I can’t say that I liked Cody but I certainly didn’t hate him. It was difficult to see how drastically he changed. How one mistake remolded him. It’s scary to think how far people will go to find the truth.

The Story
I would have liked the beginning to be a tad bit shorter. I wasn’t bored but I knew that there was some action waiting in the wings and I wanted it to start! However, once you hit around the 40% mark it was all out fuckery. I didn’t even want to blink just in case I would miss something.

All in all, this was an awesome read that I definitely recommend reading. Especially those who love horror & fantasy.


*A copy of this book was generously provided in exchange for an honest review*

Book Details

Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy
Publication date: January 7th, 2014
Book description: Cody Miller is on the brink of having it all: an MBA, a high-powered job in corporate finance, and the girl of his dreams. And then one mistake, one unfortunate accident, takes it all away in the blink of an eye. His future, his health and his hope—gone—up in flames, leaving him the victim of an unimaginably horrific injury.

Upon emerging from a coma, Cody discovers his life and plans have been shattered. As he struggles to find the strength to go on and a reason to live, he slowly begins to realize things may not be as they seem. His life has changed more than he could’ve ever imagined, but someone…or something…may be working beneath the surface…changing the world around him, altering lives and procuring victims…an ancient evil that hides in plain sight and destroys as it consumes.

To uncover the truth, Cody will have to forget everything he thought he knew about reality in order to salvage his sanity and save the life of the woman he loves.

How much would you give, how far would you go, what would you sacrifice, to save the person you love more than life itself? From deep within the flames, Cody Miller is about to find out.

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