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Dream Warriors (Joey Cola Book 1) by [Pease, D. Robert]
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In the dream world, not everyone is what they appear to be.

WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fall 2015 -- Best Young Adult Fiction

[Young Adult Urban Fantasy]

Joseph Colafranceschi is a fifteen-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette, given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams.

After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years. In the dream world, it’s impossible to tell who to trust. As Joey slips deeper into a world of gladiator battles and clandestine missions within other people’s dreams, he catches the eye of a beautiful Egyptian princess.

The only thing that keeps him grounded in reality is his best friend Alex, but even she may not be who he thought she was.

DREAM WARRIORS by D. Robert Pease

Evolved publishing presents the first book in the "Joey Cola" series of YA Urban fantasy adventures. [DRM-Free]

Praise for Dream Warriors:

“I loved Noah Zarc, Mr. Pease’s MG trilogy. And I enjoyed his recent grown up fantasy, Shadow Swarm. But this is his best book yet.” ~ Michelle Isenhoff

“I must say I was very impressed with this book. Very enjoyable. It even had me jumping off my bed in anxious excitement at one point.” ~ J. Rivera

“This was truly an amazing read! Something that I have not read before, which is what I love... ...the ending of this book took me by complete surprise! I finished it last night but am still in shock.” ~ Erika Messer

“A thrilling story of adventure and intrigue with more than its fair share of twists and turns. Joey Cola is a new breed of hero.” ~ Susanne Powell

“Action, romance, magic, and mythology.” ~ Celestial

Interview with the Author:

Q: What made you want to write a young adult urban fantasy series?

A: When I was a kid there was no such thing as YA fantasy. We had some books for kids, like the Hardy Boys series (which I devoured,) but for the most part, if you wanted fantasy, you read what the adults were reading. But nowadays the adult stuff can be a little extreme, so I wanted to write a young adult fantasy novel that teens would love, with all the action, adventure and even a touch of romance, but I didn't want something I wouldn’t want my teens reading.

Q: Is this the first book in a planned fantasy series for teens?

A: Yes. I’m really enjoying my foray into young adult urban fantasy and have some fun ideas for sequels. My plan is to make this a trilogy.

Q: How do you define Teen Urban Fantasy?

A: That’s a really good question. A quick perusal of the titles on Amazon will show a pretty large variation in the types of books shelved under this category. Many seem to be geared more towards moms than their kids. I’d probably say the Joey Cola series is more of a teen fantasy adventure with an urban flavor to it. Urban meaning it’s in a modern setting (NewYork City) but also much of the story takes place in what I call the dream world—a place where the laws of physics don’t apply.

Q: Do you have any other books written, besides this young adult fantasy trilogy?

A: Yes, I have a middle grade science fiction trilogy called Noah Zarc, and an epic fantasy called Shadow Swarm.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Warriors 8 August 2014
By Stacie Theis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Dream Warriors is an intriguing and suspenseful story about a teenager named Joseph Colafrancheschi who discovers an amazing ability which catapults him into a dream world where he finds himself on a mission to save the world.

Joseph is a bright young man whose intelligence has him graduating high school at only fifteen. He has also received a full ride scholarship to MIT in the fall. Joseph sees his whole life unfolding before his eyes and is eager to reach his highest potential. When his father entrusts him with a rare Egyptian stoat strange things begin to happen. Joseph dreams become eerily realistic and he soon learns he has the ability to control them. Joseph realizes things and people are not always what they seem. When the dream world and waking world collide can Joseph protect those most dear to him?

Dream Warriors is an amazing thrill ride. The plot is riveting and the continual twists and turns keep you guessing until the end. The story line is similar to the movie Inception, however Joseph's quest to save the world from eminent danger is more noble than protecting one's wealth through a corporate takeover. I enjoyed Joseph's journey from a helpless and tormented kid, into a self assured young man who finds his inner strength and finally stands up for himself.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Dream Warriors. You won't be disappointed!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His best so far! 29 August 2014
By Michelle Isenhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Noah Zarc, Mr. Pease's MG trilogy. And I enjoyed his recent grown up fantasy, Shadow Swarm. But this is his best book yet.

Just as Noah was a loose parody of the Bible story, so Joey has similarities to the biblical story of Joseph. If you're familiar with those old favorites, I'll let you pick out the parallels--there's a bunch. But Joey soon takes a dive into the fantasy world that's full of originality, fun, danger, romance, and suspense. There are some great twists and turns in here that I never saw coming!

Joey's father is a well-to-do former ambassador to Italy and the patriarch of a large Italian American family. Joey is the eleventh of twelve sons and routinely persecuted for being the favorite. But when his father gives him an amulet, a family heirloom that traces back to ancient Egypt, Joey suddenly finds himself in a position of strength--as a warrior in the world of dreams. The alternate world, however, is more closely linked to reality than he first assumed. And friends and enemies can't be taken at face value.

This one is appropriately billed as YA. There is some violence, but it's mostly, well, dreamlike. Dream warriors have some great gladiator scenes, but they can't die. Mortal blows simply send them back to wakefulness. But they can be killed if they're followed back to their physical bodies. Also, romance is sweet. There's some very mild sensuality. Nothing I'd censor for my kids (and I'm pretty conservative), but it might be enough to gross out fourth or fifth graders. Language is 100% clean. I highly, highly recommend this one for anyone eighth grade or older.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adventure into the realm of dreams! 20 July 2014
By Jamie E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
must say I was very impressed with this book. Very enjoyable. It even had me jumping off my bed in anxious excitement at one point. A mix of fantasy, action, mythology and our very own dreams.

Joey is a 15 year old genius about to graduate high school and move on to MIT. Picked on by his older brothers but looked upon extra foundly by his father. One day his father presents him with a rare, valuable gift. The next day, after suffering an especially brutal treatment from his older brothers, Joey awakens in a world very different than the one we are most used to. The world of dreams.

Here Joey is told he has special gifts and is taught to fight, change his shape and much more in this world. Yet when he wakes up, he is back in the "real" world. Joey learns fast, especially when he learns his best friend is there. Not to mention he wants to catch the eye of the lovely Cleopatra ('Daughter' of the dream ruler, Pharaoh). Yet this world may not be as wonderful as it seems. There are forces at work and they soon are found manifesting themselves in reality as the world food supply is being destroyed.

All sides seem to look to Joey as if he is a tipping point in the scales. Yet Joey does not know who to trust or even who everyone is. After all, looks can be deceiving! I like how we see snippets of puzzle pieces here that Joey just seems to totally miss. Especially about his own friend and family! A bit naive. Yet I like his character. I really like his best friend, Alex. Very loyal and caring. I soon came to the conclusion of Trust No One in this book. Well, except for Joey since we get the story from his point of view. So it hooks the reader and keeps them guessing!

While I do like Joeys character I never did see how he is oh so smart as to graduate early and go to MIT at only 15. Nothing about him seemed above average. Yes, he can grasp concept of the dream world quicker than others apparently but he also has a special "boost." I hope in the next book his intelligence shows a bit more.

Otherwise I really enjoyed this. There is a bit of romance, some fun fight scenes, lots of "familiar" faces, magic and a hint of mythology. A wonderful blend that I quickly latched onto and held on to the end. As soon as I finished this book, I jumped online to learn more about the next book. I am so impatient to read it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Warriors Rocks! 25 July 2014
By Kevin Gerard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What nerdy, geeky kid wouldn't want to fall asleep and wake up in a dream world where he morphed into a cross between King Leonidas and the Incredible Hulk? This element of the story alone is enough to draw readers to Dream Warriors.

Joseph Colafranceschi, a boy genius (15 years old and on his way to MIT) gets bullied a lot by his older and much stupider siblings. The book kicks into high gear on the first page, with the twins, Sergio and Igor, chasing him down the street in New York City. Eventually they throw him down a sewer hole - yikes! His Mom, pint-sized but fierce, is on his side and takes the twins to task. Although somewhat absent from Joey's day-to-day life, at the beginning of the story his father gives him a glistening relic peppered with gems of every description. He tells him never to part with the powerful amulet, which has been in the family for generations.

Joey's best pal, Alex, a normal girl at his high school, is a very powerful Dream Warrior. Using the name Boudica, she mops up huge opponents in the Dream World arena. Pease illustrates these battles extremely well, I “saw” them happening in my mind as I read the book. Joey doesn't make the connection between Alex and Boudica right away, but soon he’s spending his nights sleeping his way through battle training as Leonidas and enjoying a titillating fling with Cleopatra. With unpredictable anticipation, Pease skillfully develops the affectionate relationship between Joey and Cleo. Throw her father, Pharaoh Neferirkare Siptah, the story’s most dominant Dream Warrior into the mix and things really start to cook.

An ongoing struggle in the real world is interlinked with battles in the dream world between armies of warriors only Pease could "dream up." Sorry, the pun was too juicy to pass up. My only difficulty with the book lay with this aspect of Dream Warriors. At times I found it challenging to keep up with some of the warriors and their human counterparts.

There are many surprises in Dream Warriors, but you'll have to read the book yourself to discover them. How big is Joey Cola's family and how many of them are players in the dream world? Which of the warriors represent only one side, and which turn the tables for selfish reasons? Does Joey ever get payback against his brothers for tossing him in a sewer?

Dream Warriors contains many popular elements found in contemporary YA fantasy novels; mythology, history, fantastic characters and worlds, overwhelming odds, and a lot of the angst high school kids experience (including me many years ago). Joey has a brilliant mind, but like many teens, he seeks more recognition and popularity. Every time he falls asleep, he finds both as a Dream Warrior.

The story rates five stars, it was a fun read and I’d recommend it to readers age 13 and up. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Kevin Gerard – award winning middle grade fantasy author
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets so bad that Joey is actually put in the hospital because ... 19 August 2014
By Sarit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A mix of fantasy, action, mythology and our very own dreams.

Joseph Colafranceschi AKA "Joey Cola is a 15 year old genius about to graduate high school and move on to MIT. He is the second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy. His older stepbrothers tend to pick on him, but, His father he looked him very fondly.

It gets so bad that Joey is actually put in the hospital because of their antics.this day his father presents him with a rare, valuable gift, a small Egyptian statuette from pure gold decorated with colorful gems . He told him of his Italian great-grand father's trip to Egypt in 1912 to participate in an archeological dig.He also told him never to tell anyone about the it.

Joey's stepbrothers hurt Joey almost everyday. It is during one of the repercussions of a beating that Joey enters a dream world. The world of dreams.In this world he had been told that he has special gifts. They taught him to fight, change his shape and more.

The concept is that there are many who are normal people in real life but their avatars in To-She can take on disguises and have powers. You can't really knows who has a particular avatar in To-She. It could be anyone. When he wakes up, he is back in the "real" world. Joey learns fast, especially when he learns his best friend is there.

There is also a small love affair - he really wants to catch the eye of lovely Cleopatra ('Daughter' of the dream ruler, Pharaoh).

But this dream world may not be as wonderful as it seems. The line between reality and dreams begin to blur. When the dream world impacts reality and endangers his family.....Joey Cola must step up as their defender. There are forces at work that manifesting themselves in reality as the world food supply is being destroyed. All sides seem to look to Joey as if he is a tipping point in the scales and Joey don't know who to trust.

I liked Alex's Joey's best pal, a normal girl at his high school, which is a very powerful Dream Warrior Boudica (the Celt's warrior queen). She is kind and amiable. Her dress sense is unique and the author describes it well in many instances. Joey and Alex, are brainiacs and, therefore, are outcasts in school.

I liked the parallelism to the biblical Joseph. Both of them have 10 jealous older siblings (not from the same mother) Even, their names remind us the names of the biblical brothers. Simon, Remondo = Reuben Danilo = Dahn and ect, Even their characters seem alike. Simeon and Levi are known as the "twins" , even though they are a year apart, and portrayed as violent bullies.

Joseph's father Jacob love him most of all his sons was like Joey's father. Same like Joseph Joey has a smaller real siblings (Benito = Benjamin and Dianora = Dinah....) from the same mother that he love very much.

Joey gets a statue of many colors from his father, Joseph gets a coat of many colors from his father - both would be very valuable in their time. Joey is thrown into a sewer, and he enters the Egyptian town underground, Joseph discarded into a well and reach Egypt. The President of US meets Joey,same like the biblical Pharaoh; to discuss a dream. And both of them used the dream world to change their statues, and do something about "food shortage".

Any way it was funny how the author dressed this biblical story on a very very patriarchal Italian family (maybe he thought that this kind of family will fit to the same kind of family from old "Canaan").

Both of them couldn't clamp their mouth. when they had to tell their dream The dream about how their 10 brothers worship them - All nine brothers looked up to me—ten when you count Gabino, who finally came around and gazed at me through swollen eyelids. Ten brothers, worshiping the ground I stood on.

I really likes the "feeling" of the "backstage" like: the chasing in te streets of New York City— ...Maybe I’d lost them. It wasn’t like they were hard to put off the scent. All it’d take is some distraction. Heck, even the sound of the ice cream truck would probably be enough to make them forget today was “beat on Joseph day.”....A shadow streaked across the narrow band of blue sky above and in front of me. Maybe my brothers would break their weasely little necks with their parkour nonsense.

I took a quick right into another alley. Brightly colored shirts and underwear hung on ropes between the windows, fluttering in a warm summer breeze that somehow made its way down among the towering apartment buildings that filled this part of the Bronx. I almost laughed at a flowery bra that danced above me as I ran past. Some people had no problem airing even their most private laundry out for the whole world to see. That was not my family at all. We Colafranceschis would rather die than look anything less than perfect......"
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