Covert Dreams by Michael Meyer
Book rating: PG-13 (questionable content for children under 13)
BookBios.com (BB.com): What is your book about?
Michael Meyer (MM): Imagine waking up remembering intimate details about a country in which you have never traveled and fluently speaking a language that you have never spoken. B.J. is living the ideal life. He has a great wife, a wonderful job. And yet he is experiencing life-like vivid dreams of Munich, a city he has never visited.
Stan Halsey is a professor in Saudi Arabia, who sends for his wife to join him. She arrives, and, in the blink of an eye, she vanishes, leaving no trace of ever being alive in either the United States or in Saudi Arabia.
Covert Dreams is a fast-paced international suspense thriller that moves from Munich to the burning sands of Saudi Arabia. What is real, and who is responsible for the terrifying nightmare?
BB.com: How did you pick the topic for Covert Dreams?
MM: I have always been intrigued by the relationship the United States has had with Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive societies in the world, where I have been personal witness to the fact that life here and life there is as different as being on two separate planets. What we take here for a given is nearly always a no-no there. It is as if our two cultures come from completely different worlds, so the interaction between the two fascinates me and makes for a good suspenseful read.
BB.com: How is Covert Dreams different from other books that cover the same or similar information?
MM: The setting is authentic. I was a university professor in Saudi Arabia, so I know the country very well. In addition, the book has two alternating story lines, which come together in an explosive way at the end. One of the two alternating stories mainly takes place in Munich, Germany, where a man who has been haunted recently by a series of lifelike nightmares is frantically trying to discover what is real, and who is who. The second story takes place in Saudi Arabia, where an American professor is frantically searching for his wife, whose very existence has disappeared. The first time I used this technique of linking the two alternating threads together to add suspense was at the end of the first chapter: “Time, gradually becoming their enemy, did a flip-flop, and the now became the then, dying, giving birth to what lay ahead, way beyond the present, biding its own good time, in total control, much like a German panzer unit moving across The Netherlands. Just like the power of Allah under the hot Saudi Arabian sun.”
BB.com: What did you like most about writing this book?
MM: I thoroughly enjoyed writing a thriller set in a thrilling part of the world, Saudi Arabia, one of the most mysterious countries in the entire Middle East.
An excerpt from Covert Dreams:
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