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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
With The Dream Traveler Book I, author Ernesto H. Lee begins the Out of Time series, a time-traveling, cold-case detective story that impresses with verisimilitude and fast-paced action. Detective Constable (DC) Sean McMillan has a unique ability to travel back in time through the medium of his dreams. However, Sean soon discovers that changes to the past to influence the future can have unexpected and deadly consequences. The past is not the past, the future is not set and nothing in life is certain.
Utilizing personal knowledge and experiences of dreams, the entanglement theory of quantum physics, and a superb imagination, Ernesto Lee introduces unforgettable characters and lays the groundwork for what I believe will be a hit series for fans of science fiction and detective/crime stories. As with all great characters, DC McMillan embodies a likeable personality engaged in battle with criminal elements while keeping his personal demons and unusual talents secret. Other than McMillan, the remaining players are reminiscent of characters in any number of detective/crime novels; the loyal partner, the hard core boss that's actually soft inside, the bad guy bully without redeeming features, et al. These characters, however, are perfect in that they complement the fantastic story and lead character without distraction.
Without giving away a spoiler, the process of McMillan's time travel, both going and coming, is unique in the extreme. Verisimilitude is an important factor in fiction that oft times offends readers sensitive to crude language or graphic violence and/or sex. Lee uses language relevant to the locations and characters' personalities perfectly. For me, it's a highlight in Lee's story telling talent and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.