Dream of the Serpent

Dream of the Serpent

by Alan Ryker



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Dream of the Serpent by Alan Ryker

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.

DREAM OF THE SERPENT, the new novel from Alan Ryker, author of THE HOARD.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937771942
Publisher: DarkFuse
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Alan Ryker is the product of a good, clean country upbringing. Though he now lives with his wife in the suburbs of Kansas City, the sun-bleached prairie still haunts his fiction.

His first DarkFuse release, The Hoard, was published in November 2012.

You can visit his website at: www.alanryker.com.

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Dream of the Serpent 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Dream of the Serpent is more dark fantasy than horror, descending into the darkest breaches of the human mind, and giving us a choice. What if you could make things right? What if all the guilt you ever felt could be set straight? No matter what you did. Clean slate. Would you do it? All it costs is your soul. Cody Miller is seconds away from having it all: the job of his dreams, the girl he’s always wanted, the life he imagined. But then said girlfriend calls him while he’s working in the kitchen of the restaurant he works at, and everything goes wrong. The fryer lights up, and seconds later, Cody is engulfed in flames. He survives, but what is left of him is a burned shell, continuously in pain, his body destroying him. His girlfriend won’t look at him anymore, overwhelmed by guilt for bothering him at the wrong moment. She descends into madness and drugs, hanging out with the wrong crowd. She texts him, and send him emails that give him hope, but still he can’t really forgive her for what happened, or tell her it wasn’t her fault. But then, she vanishes, after mentioning something about a serpent. Next thing Cody knows, he wakes up next to another woman with a whole new set of memories overlapping the ones he had about being burnt. These memories involve his girlfriend disappearing at the night of the party – the night he got burnt, in the other set of memories – and apart from missing her, he’s fine. His life is somewhat on track. But as the memories struggle in his mind, he knows this isn’t his real life. And if ever wants to see the love of his life again, he’ll have to find out who or what the serpent is, and how she got involved with them. But what awaits him as he starts his search, is darker than anything he could’ve ever imagined. Cody is a great character. He’s very human. When he has the accident, he’s angry with the world, and shoots his anger at everyone coming near, which seems like a very human reaction to me. I felt a lot of sympathy for him as he tumbles into a depression. But then, once he has the two sets of memories and notices something is wrong, he finds an immense amount of courage within himself, which I admired. His personality developed a lot throughout the book, and in a good way. The plot was a mix of horror (although not a lot) and dark fantasy. The author has great imaginative skills, and manages to give vivid descriptions. When he described Cody’s burn wounds, I felt like throwing up. The words really make the picture come to life. What I lacked a little though, was the sense of urgency. It seems like Cody dragged himself from spot to spot, and even when he wakes up with a new set of memories, and later on discovers his girlfriend is in terrible danger, there’s no real urgency. As if he has all the time in the world. Apart from that, I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more books by this author.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Strap yourself in for the ride of your life! Starting out dark, intense and horrifically graphic, just when you aren’t quite sure if you can take too much more physical, mental and emotional human suffering, Dream of the Serpent by Alan Ryker jumps the tracks and heads off into the world of what ifs, a world where “do overs” are possible, where the ripple effect can change reality. For Cole, life couldn’t have been better, his future was bright, filled with all the promises that dreams are made of, he was a blessed man, until that one instant where he is literally consumed by the flames of hell and witnesses the destruction caused by one tiny mistake, one fleeting second in time. But is this reality real? Was his torment a dream? Where has his fiancé disappeared to? Has she fallen back into a life of drugs and darkness out of guilt? Has she made a deal with darkness and evil? Can Cole find her and put things right, give her what he selfishly denied her before? Alan Ryker did his homework. His gruesome details of the necessary medical torture a burn victim goes through hits its mark, dead on. Gut wrenching, and vividly described, these scenes are not for those who lack intestinal fortitude or the ability to compartmentalize. Adding the mental dialogue of the victim, trapped in a charred body pushes every emotional button available. But beyond that, the key plot twist is brilliant! Is there duality in existence? Can the events in life’s timeline be altered to provide a more favorable result? Would you risk everything to save another from a possible living hell? Could you make the ultimate sacrifice for love, knowing that all you have dreamed of, planned for and worked to achieve will never come to fruition? Far from a typical tale of horror, there is mystery and a mental web of intrigue that will suck the reader into the vortex that is Alan Ryker’s bold style. How soon you can forget the effects of his powerful writing, well, I’m still replaying it as I write this. I received an ARC edition from DarkFuse in exchange for my honest review.