Because the CIA is secret; it is also insular; because it is elitist, it is also unaccountable.
–Newsweek, October 10, 1994
And with that in mind, readers enter into a story that—like dreams themselves—proves both frightening, otherworldly, and entirely realistic. Part of Dream War’s appeal is the seamless manner in which Prosapio weaves history, myth, and dreamscapes into a whole that raises that classic science fiction question: Is it possible?
With a likeable, fully-fleshed hero (using the subconscious dreamscapes of a person as a tool for characterization, by the way, is brilliant) it’s impossible not to root for facing off against a bone-chilling villain from the depths of one’s nightmares (literally), Dream War takes a wild concept and keeps it grounded in the dramatis personae. Add to that Prosapio’s strong writing and total control of the narrative and we have a spooky, imaginative novel that takes a universally-fascinating concept and turns it into a delirious adventure. And despite a similar incarnation on the silver screen, Dream War is completely original.
Reading Time: One to two weeks.
Recommendation: Do read if you’ve ever wondered that there might be more to dreams than the random firings of synapses. Don’t read just before bed.