The Hitcher

The Hitcher

by F. M. Parker

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Overview

Dan Gallatin, after years of combat as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, returns home to America. The killing he has done and the dead and the dying he has seen has made him a violent man quick to anger and strike out with hard fists. He earns his living by brutal bare knuckle fighting in the iron cages on the Chicago waterfront, and as the peace-keeper (bouncer) at the tough Bank Vault Club in South Chicago. During the day he studies for a Doctorate of Neuroscience at the U. of Chicago. He wants to learn about the human mind and use that knowledge to heal himself of his violent urges, and to help the many veterans whose minds have been warped by combat.

Dan rescues Ethan, a crippled veteran, from muggers. He joins with Ethan to a dream session with Colonel Granville. The colonel has received a severe head wound during combat. By some strange twist of fate, the injury has given him the ability to see human auras, and the strange power to lead scores of injured veterans into dream sessions. In which the crippled vet can run, the blind see, all can make love. During the dreams, the colonel works to heal the damaged minds of the vets. They call him Colonel Dreamer Maker.

Granville sees Dan's aura showing the conflict within Dan, his violent nature and also his desire not to be violent. He hires Dan to find and stop the stalker who calls himself Anubis. Dan is thrust into deadly danger between Granville and the killer Anubis.

Anubis can't dream, and dreaming being essential to humans, hitches onto the dreams of sleeping men. Upon finishing the dream, he kills the sleeper and joins with him on his journey into the afterlife, with each afterlife amazingly unique to each dying man and unimaginably beautiful.

Kristin Childs, a Marine veteran, accidentally shot and killed a woman and her little daughter during a fire fight in Baghdad. She has nightmares in which she shoots the two over and over again. For comfort from another Marine who knows about killing, she goes to Dan. They become lovers. She becomes trapped in his deadly battle between Anubis and Dan and must fight for her life.


FROM DREAM HITCHER
Visible to Dan in the rear of the veterans' hall was a young woman, in her mid twenties he judged. She was totally out of place among the many men. She was wearing a Marine fatigue jacket over black slacks. She appeared extremely weary, her face pale, and holding a drawn, even a haunted expression with the skin tight over the bones beneath.

Dan turned to the colonel who was staring out at the crowd of veterans. The colonel called out in a gentle voice, "Young woman there in the back. Would you please leave?"

"No, I won't leave," said the woman in a firm voice and straightened to stand very erect. "I'm a vet and I've seen combat. I've heard about you and I could use some help to stop my headaches and bad dreams."

"I can see that you're a vet," replied the colonel, "but this session is for men and wouldn't be proper for you."

"Let me be the judge of that," the woman said, her tone even more unyielding.

"I would like to do that." The colonel's voice held a patient tone. "But the men will ask for dreams that I know wouldn't be acceptable to a woman."

A man jumped up from his blanket near Kristin and grabbed her by the shoulder. "You're wasting our time," he said angrily. "Get out like the colonel said."

The man spun the woman around and shoved her toward the door. She jerked free and thrust the man away.

"I'm not leaving," she cried out angrily. "Now keep your damn hands off me."

"You sure as hell are," said the man, and moved to take hold of the woman again.

Dan exploded up from his blanket on the floor and stepped in between the man and woman. He stiff armed the man and stopped him dead in his tracks.

"Easy, fellow. No rough stuff with the girl."

The man swung a quick fist at Dan. Who blocked the blow and glared threateningly at the man.

"You try that again and I'll knock your face to the back of your head."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014388375
Publisher: F. M. Parker
Publication date: 05/24/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 644 KB

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