About the Book
Title: Dream Warriors (Joey Cola, Book 1) | Author: D. Robert Pease | Publication Date: July 7, 2014 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC | Pages: 232 | Recommended Ages: 12+
Summary: 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.
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Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “Dream Warriors”
Dream Warriors received 32 new reviews on Amazon, 26 new reviews on Goodreads, 20 new reviews on the Evolved Publishing website, and 16 bloggers posted reviews on their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
The Reading Room: “I am admitting that as a woman well into middle age I am eagerly awaiting book two in this series to be released in March of 2015. I will definitely have a note on my calendar to be on the lookout for the next gem. If you do not want to wait for March after you finish Dream Warrior, you may want check D Robert Pease’s Noah Zarc Trilogy.”
Trishap (Amazon): “This is another awesome book by D. Robert Pease. The action, suspense, and intense adventures only can compare with the likes of Percy Jackson and Jack McKinley of the Seven Wonders series. Mr. Pease’s wonderful, intense and detailed world of dreams is so wonderful I can’t wait for the next installment to come out.”
Dalene’s Book Reviews: “The story-line of this book is great. The characters are well developed and written. The world building is very good… I will recommend my grandsons read this book, I know they will love it. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and this series.”
Bound 4 Escape: “I will definitely be reading the next book because I HAVE to find out what happens.”
Vailia’s Page Turner: “I must say I was very impressed with this book. Very enjoyable. It even had me jumping off my bed in anxious excitement at one point. A mix of fantasy, action, mythology and our very own dreams.”
Kay LaLone I Love Books!: “I loved this book. Fun characters… This story is full of twists and turns to keep you guessing and reading.”
Jujuberry37 (Amazon): “This was an intricate adventure, with an exciting world, full of action and suspense. Joey’s perspective was refreshing, and the torn emotions he experiences are palpable, as he comes to realise his significance in the all the chaos. I enjoyed this rendition, or what seemed like a take on the biblical story of Joseph and his dreams. I believe this will appeal to a young adult audience, of both guys and girls, with the gripping fights scenes, a little unrequited love and the expert weaving of a very entertaining story. I am looking forward to the next instalment.”
Anna Getz (Amazon): “It is refreshing to read a book with a new story line such as a “dream world.” I wanted to see what will happen next.”
Heart of a Philanthropist (Evolved Publishing): “I really like D. Robert Pease. His humor is subtle and hilarious. His biblical references are mild, yet remind me of the centuries old original stories with a twist. Dream Warriors was a wild ride that I didn’t expect.”
Mommynificent (Tina C., Goodreads): “One of D. Robert Pease’s major strengths as an author is the ability to jump between completely different worlds and he has excelled in that yet again with this one. The dream worlds he creates are mesmerizing in their detail and ingenuity. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in this series.”
Ashley (Evolved Publishing): “This book has it all. Adventure, mystery and engaging characters.”
Oh My Bookness: “Filled with action, mythology, history, fantastic characters and worlds, there is a surprise waiting around every corner for the reader and the Dream Warrior himself. The background, scenes and situations/scenarios that take place are described in a way that allow the reader to visualize with the full compass of their imagination to bring it to life.”
Book Reviews and Giveaways: “This is an interesting book to read that will appeal to underdogs everywhere who dream about being more than they are, something special, something desired. I like how the writing feels natural and makes it easy to feel for the characters. I recommend this for younger adult-ish readers.”
Musing With CrayolaKym: “Author D. Robert Pease’s writing is breathtakingly beautiful. He doesn’t just write words that tell a story. He allows the words to tell a story of their own, vividly painting the world and breathing life into the characters. Nothing is to over the top to cause eye rolling and the quick fluidity of the story will have readers of all ages finding this book easy to escape into and impossible to put down. Definitely pick up a copy, you won’t regret it!”
Susanne P. (Amazon): “Fabulous book, believable characters and modern take on a gripping old plot. I loved it!”
Kevin G. (Amazon): “Dream Warriors contains many popular elements found in contemporary YA fantasy novels; mythology, history, fantastic characters and worlds, overwhelming odds, and a lot of the angst high school kids experience (including me many years ago). “
Naznin Azeez: “If you love action, adventure, mythology and fictional universes, you would love this book.”
Sarit (Goodreads): “A mix of fantasy, action, mythology and our very own dreams.”
Brooke Blogs: “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.”
Susan F. (Evolved Publishing): “The story of Joseph Colafranceschi is an interestig one that is hard to put down because it is well written.”
Rockin’ Book Reviews: “There is plenty of action with a slight touch of romance with a surprise ending. This is the beginning of a series that is sure to be a “hit” with YA everywhere. Especially perfect for 10 and older.”
BeachBoundBooks: “Dream Warriors is an amazing thrill ride. The plot is riveting and the continual twists and turns keep you guessing until the end… I enjoyed Joseph’s journey from a helpless and tormented kid, into a self assured young man who finds his inner strength and finally stands up for himself. I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dream Warriors. You won’t be disappointed!
Sweet Little Pretties: “With plenty of action and a range of fantastic characters there is never a dull moment throughout and alot of surprises for the Dream Warrior himself. This is the first novel of D. Robert Pease’s I read and he is a brilliant writer, I was engaged from the beginning of the novel and this book is perfect for young adults and beyond. Dream Warriors is an exciting look into the great series, and I cannot wait to read Book 2.”
Christy (Amazon): “The characters are very well described, and the story is action packed and exciting! It took me only a few hours to get through this one because it kept my attention and flowed really well. It’s a very fast-paced book that will keep you wanting more! I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book.”
Cyndi F. (Goodreads): “A great ya fantasy book, I must admit this book had me hooked and I read it so fast because D. Robert Pease writes with a style that keeps you guessing, keeps you on the edge of your seat, you don’t no who you can trust, what is gonna happen next, it is so good, there are many surprises waiting for you in this great fantasy ya book. I loved it.”
Amanda’s Books and More (Review by 13 year-old Samantha): “This style of fantasy book wasn’t the kind that I usually read, but it was well written.”
My Devotional Thoughts: “I was pleased to see that this book had a subtle Christian theme. Imagine Joseph from the Bible meets fantasy, and you just might have a general idea for this book. Three is no profanity, no intimate scenes, and young adult fantasy lovers will thoroughly enjoy the book.”
Belinda Hughes: “In this colorful, urban fantasy YA novel, D. Robert Pease breathes new life into the immortal words of Walt Disney, “If you dream it, you can achieve it.” If you like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Mummy and DERELICT, you’ll love Dream Warriors.”
Vincent N. (Evolved Publishing): “Lots of good action scenes and some romance make it one of those books that keep you intrigued. I enjoyed it. Great book for teenage boys. Even better for “geeky” teenagers, or someone who is into fantasy stories.”
Erika M (Amazon): “The author did an awesome job of creating the parallel worlds, and the characterization was amazing! I loved how carefree Alex could be in real life but so solemn in the dream realm. Needless to say the ending of this book took me by complete surprise! I finished it last night but am still in shock LOL Awesomely great read, highly recommend it! And now can’t wait for the second book!”
Linda (Goodreads): “I can’t wait to read book 2!!”
Becca W. (Amazon): “I was not sure what to expect when I first started to read this book but I was so happy that it had everything in it. It was great to see a fantasy novel that also had action. Most fantasy novels are so mystical that they tend to leave out the action to keep the momentum flowing. The author did a great job with having a mix of both things… You will be hooked from the start. I really enjoyed this novel and can not wait to read more in the next one.”
About the Author: D. Robert Pease
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..