He is a runaway Dreamer, but he must stay awake -- or else the universe will be invaded by the Unreals. From his dreams the most popular virtual realities are constructed - but he has disappeared into the underworld. And Alina Nemitz, a top executive of the Nets, will be thrown from her good life in the beautiful city unless she finds him. But that means returning to her shadowy past to find him. The only one who can help her is her ex-lover, Barkas Todd, whom she has ordered executed. And only Mikel Smith, a test-tube spy with no imagination, knows where the Dreamer is - if he doesn't fall victim to the Lady of the Awakening, leader of the Unreals. Meanwhile, Symington, a bizarre recluse in the war-slagged regions Outside, is preparing an invasion of the city. Thus the Dreamer is scared. If he falls asleep, the Unreals - everything that has never existed and cannot even be imagined - will come crashing through his dreams and destroy reality.
About the Author: James David Audlin is an American author living in Panama, after previously living in France. A retired pastor, college professor, and newspaper opinion page editor, he is best known as the author of "The Circle of Life". He has written about a dozen novels, several full-length plays, several books of stories, a book of essays, a book of poetry, and a book about his adventures in Panama. Fluent in several languages, he has translated his novel "Rats Live on no Evil Star" into French ("Palindrome") and Spanish ("Palíndromo"). He also is a professional musician who composes, sings, and plays several instruments, though not usually at the same time. He is married to a Panamanian lady who doesn't read English and so is blissfully ignorant about his weirdly strange books. However his adult daughter and son, who live in Vermont, USA, are aware, and are wary, when a new book comes out.