A Novel of the Silent Empire
by Steven Harper
$2.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-1-61138-113-9

In the future, dreams keep the universe running. Dreamers, known as “Silent,” are able to look into other people’s dreams, communicate with other Silent across the galaxy, and speak to aliens. Silent construct dreams for themselves more vivid than reality.

But some dreams have become nightmares…

Kendi Weaver doesn’t know he’s Silent. Hijacked into slavery, he has resigned himself to a life of servitude. Then the discovery of his innate gift for dream communication changes everything. Suddenly Kendi is a very valuable commodity. He is rescued by the Children of Irfan–a society dedicated to freeing enslaved Silent–and taken to their planet, Bellerophon.

But Bellerophon is hardly a safe refuge. A brutal serial killer is murdering Silent in their telepathic dreams, and Kendi is soon embroiled in a world of madness and murder. To catch the killer, he must enter the victims’ dreams…

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From the American Library Association

Harper’s second novel about the Silent — telepaths who communicate through dreams, as in Australian aboriginal myths — takes former slave Kendi Weaver to the Silent haven, the planet Bellerophon. It isn’t a paradise for him, and only partly because he has to adjust to being free and surrounded by fellow Silent. A serial killer is on the loose, and Weaver is quickly sucked into the manhunt. That involves entering the victims’ dreams, and as the killer continues terrorizing and torturing, Weaver’s consequent experience of those dreams endangers his sanity. Nightmare is more character-centered than Dreamer (2001), with Bellerophon rather relegated to the background. The real heart of the story consists of Weaver’s nightmarish journeys in the victims’ dream world, which he must endure long enough to find clues to the murderer’s identity. A thoroughly solid sequel, highly recommended to those who enjoyed its predecessor.

–Roland Green