Elysium Dreams

Elysium Dreams

by Hadena James


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He skins his victims alive, taking pleasure from their pain.

In the cold, dark nights of Alaska, a hunter is stalking his prey. Once found, he takes them into the woods and skins them alive, prolonging the experience as much as he can, but the satisfaction always wanes.

Aislinn Cain and the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit have just finished up another case when they get the call. Now they are packing their bags and heading for Alaska in March. The team must overcome the hostile locals and harsh climate to catch a killer before he strikes again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538076613
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 04/11/2018
Series: Dreams and Reality Series , #2
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 732,215
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hadena James began writing at the age of eight. As a teenager, she had several short stories published in literary magazines. She completed writing her first novel at the age of 17.
Hadena graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in European History with minors in German and Russian studies. She has always wanted to be a writer so she also took several classes in creative writing.

Hadena’s primary literary genre is action/thriller. She currently writes two series, both use action/thriller. “The Brenna Strachan Series” uses fantasy and the “Dreams & Reality Series” uses murder mystery as its secondary genre. She continues to explore and expand her writing and hopes to soon produce a comedic action/thriller.

When she isn’t busy writing or running her business, Hadena enjoys playing in a steel-tip dart league. She also loves to travel throughout North America and Europe. Her favorite cities are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. She is an avid reader, reading everything from the classics like Jane Austen to modern writers like Terry Pratchett. One of her all-time favorite books is “Good Omens” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. She writes all of her books while listening to music and the bands tend to get “honorable mentions” within the pages.


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Elysium Dreams 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Horrifyingly Great! The first was good, but this one was mind-blowing. The new chapters when you are inside the life and mind-set of the killer were fascinating and creepy. Aislinn and the Marshals are still the primary component, but now Ms. James' serial killers are also "3-dimensional" characters. This gives a unique insight into both the sociopathic Aislinn Cain and the pyschopaths she helps hunt down. If you liked the first, you'll love this one. However, Elysium Dreams also works as a stand-alone novel. So don't be afraid to try it just because it is the 2nd in the series. It iis written completely different and the new style is great and terrifying.
JaneyMS More than 1 year ago
The author has did it again. I like her style of writing. In this book she has added the twist if letting you in on the thoughts of the serial killer which brings his character to life along with the people who are chasing him down. Aislinn and the group of people who hunt the monsters in today's society each have their own character flaws. Miss James brings such knowledge to the events she writes about I wonder how much research she puts into each book.I have enjoyed reading her books and am looking forward to the next in the series.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Great read! First time to read this writer and will definitely read more of her books.
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I liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nail biter from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to finish this one in one sitting, kept me up all night. What a great bunch of characters. I want to know ever so much about them. Aislynn is an amazing heroine, definitely not the norm, but someone you can't help loving. The story is well written, and I have nothing but admiration for an author who can say so much in so few pages. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a a good grisly crime story. You won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can’t believe I just found Hadena James!? This is the number 2 book in the series, I just purchased tortured dreams number 1 am about to get started. This book was a great surprise. I love the characters and the main has the same name as my daughter which is rare but cool. Going to read now...enjoy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book great author a bit graphi c but that is whst made the story must read more ofkherbooks
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Including the inner monolouge of the killer might not have been the best idea. I could understand if the Marshals found out what he did and then James elaborated on it with the killer's point of view, but she didn't. She simply told the reader what he did and why and how in one chapter without the suspence of them finding it out and figuring it out on their own. That would have really intrigued me... but since it wasnt like that, i merely congratulate you, James on your masterful charater development, as mentioned in the title. Bravo.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
Aislinn Cain is not your typical protagonist. For one, she has a personality disorder usually associated with serial killers; she's a sociopath. Maybe that's what makes her so good at catching them. Aislinn is now several months into her job as a member of the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit with the US Marshals. This time, the team travels to Anchorage, Alaska, to hunt down "The Flesh Hunter", a serial killer who skins his victims alive and leaves behind a signature of a bow and arrow made out of the victim's skin. Aislinn is a magnet for serial killers and this one already has his eye on her. Will she get out of this one alive? Although this is a complete story, I suggest you read the first book in order to get to know the characters, as they are not introduced well in this book. There is mention of Aislinn's stalker and her propensity to attract serial killers, but what we learn in the first book is not re-hashed here. While the editing of this book is better than that of the first book, there are some character inconsistencies with first book: we are now told that Lucas has a photographic memory, but this was not mentioned before; he also has a major phobia of rats in the first book but barely bats an eyelid when he encounters one this time; Aislinn's debilitating migraines are a major part of this book but aren't even mentioned in the previous book. The story is told mainly from Aislinn's point-of-view, interspersed with chapters from the killer's point-of-view (these chapters have names as opposed to numbers). While the identity of the killer is revealed in the second of these chapters, the author manages to maintain the suspense, as we still need to figure out how the SCTU will unmask him. We also get an interesting insight into the killer's motivations. Chilling and suspenseful. Warnings: graphic violence, coarse language, sex scenes. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/03/elysium-dreams-by-hadena-james.html
Donna_Quixote More than 1 year ago
Could not put this down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that had me on the edge of my seat
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very typical mystery, but I enjoyed it enough after reading the first in the series to purchase the rest of this series. The characters are charmingly flawed. The writing is middle of the road, but stories flow well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago