London schoolteacher Cicely Denfeld is used to living a normal, well-adjusted life. When she finds herself haunted by disturbing and unusual dreams, however, she discerns that they are something more than run-of-the-mill nightmares-in fact, they seem to be foretelling a secret reality, one with the potential to affect the entire world.
In her dreams, Cicely experiences the lives of a man named Charles Ryder and his partner Vivian Venables, individuals she has never before met. The partners are investigating a mysterious document taken from a government contractor in the United States, which has the potential to uncover a web of tightly-held secrets, carefully hidden from the public eye.
Not everyone wants these secrets to be revealed, however, and Charles and Vivian must struggle against implacable forces-those who will stop at nothing to keep them from uncovering the truth.
Meanwhile, Cicely is working with a psychiatrist to understand the dreams that have taken over her waking and sleeping thoughts.
Will she figure out how she is so deeply connected to the individuals whose lives she is experiencing in her slumber? And can Charles and Vivian expose a conspiracy of worldwide intrigue before it's too late?
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About the Author
Carlos Valrand is an author and engineer living in Texas. Currently, he is a contributor to the website Internet Looks.
During his engineer career, Valrand has participated in many projects for NASA and the Department of Defense, including the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, and the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Valrand has also authored a variety of documents and technical papers regarding aerospace system functional requirements. Additionally, he has developed and taught courses in dynamic simulations, aerodynamics, and space vehicles.
The Site is his psychological science fiction adventure that twists and tunnels through the strange dreams and seemingly normal life of a young schoolteacher.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found The Site hard to put down. The book opens with a young Englishwoman, Cicely, having a dream in which she is in an unfamiliar room. The phone rings, she answers in a man's voice, and is addressed as Mr. Ryder. After accepting a meeting invitation, Cicely wakes up, dumbfounded. Cicely has other dreams in which she is someone she does not know, either a man, Charles Ryder, or a woman, Vivian. The strange dreams persist, and some are violent and frightening. Increasingly concerned about her mental state, Cicely seeks the advice of her friend Angie, who tries to calm her down. But the nightmares persist, and Cicely seeks help from a London psychiatrist, Dr. McClellan. There is a common thread to the odd dreams: they concern inquiries Charles and Vivian undertake on behalf of an enigmatic head investigator, Mr. Robinson. The inquiries concern a secret document stolen from a US Government contractor. Dr. McClellan prescribes tranquilizers and relaxation exercises, and starts Cicely on a series of psychoanalysis sessions. He thinks Cicely suffers from a neurosis brought about by a repressed experience. Charles and Vivian obtain the document, but it is destroyed by those who want to suppress it. A recovered partial document index references analyses and reports; among these an autopsy report on an Air Force officer, and a thesis by a student named Tieck on an anomaly in satellite imagery of the southwestern Unites States. The leads in the index lead Charles and then Vivian to a secret underground facility in California, an installation operated by people not from Earth. One plotline follows Charles and Vivian, made to work for their captors at the underground facility. Another follows Cicely, Dr. McClellan and their friends in their efforts to understand what is going on. The story draws one into a strange alien culture, mercantile and militaristic, with roots in an ancient empire, that dominates the US Government. Each page makes one wonder what lies ahead, with intrigues, a couple of romantic entanglements, and many twists and revelations as both tracks of the story converge in a spectacular ending. The writing style is cinematic, with detailed descriptions, crisp dialog, and little in the form of introspections. The principal characters are well defined, and the character of Cicely undergoes a dramatic transformation. One can imagine The Site as the basis for a movie someday.