ABOUT THE BOOK:
“A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds …
The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare. Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities. The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.
In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde. His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.”
We meet 25 year old Lieutenant Freddie Williams just after he is injured in an IED attack in Iraq. He struggles to heal his scar tissue: physical, mental and emotional. We see him try to make sense of his new life, both in his waking world and in his dream world. Once Freddie sleeps he has vivid dreams which take him to Stormwind, where he is Prince Frederick, and he has a task to complete within just thirty days, or all will be lost. Lieutenant Williams used to play World Of Warcraft in his free time, before his injury, and this seems to be what is reflected within his dream world. I am not familiar with the game, so have probably missed a lot of the references. His imaginings tend to parallel what he faces in his waking life, and there is an interesting interplay between the two. This book is in the genre of Drama Fiction, and has regular instances of strong language.
The book is approximately 214 pages in length, and a quick and easy read. The story isn’t fast paced, but held my attention nevertheless. The proof reading and editing has been done to an excellent standard. The Point Of View is told from the perspective of the main Character, Freddie. Each chapter alternates between Freddie and Prince Frederick, as we shift between waking and sleeping consciousness. The character development is very good, and the ending well rounded and tidy.
An engaging read, that looks at the effects of severe injury, and has a touch of romance. There is some strong language, but not excessive for the setting and character portrayal. Although it has a strong military flavour, it has little to do with combat. There is an element of fantasy in here too, which offsets the harshness of Freddie’s waking world. All in all a heart-warming story of courage and perseverance. A well written novel that gets a strong 5 out of 5 stars from me.