Review of Dead Sleep

Today, I'm offereing up a review of Dead Sleep by Will Swardstrom. In all fairness, I must tell you I had no idea who Will was a year ago. Since then, I've gotten to know him as a fellow indie author and he's just a great guy. He also wrote a great book.

Dead Sleep is the best of what indie books have to offer. It is the account of a simple newspaper man, Jack, who has a special power. Ok, I don't want to give too much away, but this is not a rehash of Superman. Jack is very much a mortal who can be hurt and die. Also, Jack has decided never to use his special power, that is his plan.

Men are great at following plans, until they meet a girl. In this case the girls he meets, and falls in love with, is dead. OK, now I feel the need to let you know his superpower is NOT bring the dead back to life.

This story jumps perspectives, but is mostly written in first-person. I don't know why, but I don't like to read in first person. It's just my thing. Will likes to write in first person. It's his thing. That being said, the first person narrative makes the personal aspect of the book work very well. The focus of the story is not about the super powers, even though that is the primary plot devices. The focus is about the individuals trying to make sense of a world turned upside down. It is a story about love, trust, and loss.

If you are looking for an indie book by someone who will very possibly be a major player in the indie market someday, you want to read this book while you can stills say you read it before the author hit the big time.

I gave this book five stars on Amazon, but I am not beholden to the "star" system here, so I am giving this five zombie heads. OK, now I feel that I need to tell you this is not a book about zombies...I guess it could be argued that it is a book about zombies...but it is not...I so decree it.