Summary: When Jack Park received an invitation to Camp Farley, a summer camp promising self-improvement using cutting-edge dream technology, he hoped he’d found a remedy for the repetitive nightmares that had been plaguing his dreams night after night. The camp, however, provided something far different than he’d expected: mysterious visitors, excessive security measures, abusive staff, unexplained technology, and camp courses seemingly bent on leading the campers on a path toward chaos. Katie Frost had endured too much after losing her adored older sister, Abby, to a freak accident. Not long after that, her mother had taken her baby sister and disappeared, leaving her alone with a neglectful father obsessed with, if not controlled by, Montathena Research, his secretive dream-tech business. When her father’s partners demanded that Katie be compelled to serve the company, following a security breach, she stopped caring altogether. The questions increased when Jack and Katie finally crossed paths, the course of events eventually propelling them into a surreal adventure where the boundaries of life, death, and nightmares meet.
I can’t tell you how excited I am for this book to finally be available! R. A. Baxter has been a close personal friend for over twenty years. We jointly created the world this book is set in and it has always been close to my heart. He has been with me on the writing and publishing journey every step of the way, and seeing his book in print makes me very happy. 🙂
About the Author: R. A. Baxter has always appreciated the arts, nature, religioun, philosophy, and all the mysteries this world has to offer. He grew up loving animals, gradually grew interested in all aspects of religion, history, and science, and finally sought to ease his curiosity of the writings of the many authors of the past. His interests led him to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing, a Science of Architecture degree, and a Master of Architecture degree. As an Architectural Specifier, R. A. Baxter spends much of his time manipulating words and instructing builders as to the best way to construct a coherent building. He would rather, however, spend his time with his wonderful wife and children, or lose himself in the imaginary worlds available to those who enjoy reading and creative writing. He and his longsuffering family life in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Bountiful, Utah.
You can see his blog at http://rabaxterauthor.wordpress.com
The story of this book is very long. It started over a decade ago as a co-authored project. But in time, I backed out and left the book to him. There are a few echoes of things I wrote a long time ago still in there, but the text is all his… and much better for it. The world of nightmares we co-imagined is one of the most well developed world building projects in history. I’m including Middle Earth in that. By the time we were done, we had a 110 page encyclopedia, maps, charts, and outlines possibly numbering half-a-million words. (I’ll talk more about that in my next blog on world building.) Seeing all that work bear fruit in such an incredible book has been extremely gratifying.
Review: The imagination and depth of the dream world in R. A. Baxter‘s premiere novel are both intriguing and startling. Where Nightmares Ride shows us that living nightmares, ghost knights, and monsters aren’t as bad as the scheming organizations bent on subjugating their fellow humans. Five stars!