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Unquiet Dreams [Mass Market Paperback]

Mark Del Franco
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (29 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015696
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 851,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unquiet Dreams Fueled by a mysterious new drug, Celtic fairies and Teutonic elves battle for turf and power--with humans caught in the middle. As the body count rises, Connor Grey uncovers a vast conspiracy that threatens to destroy not only the city, but the world. Original. Full description

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first one! 2 Feb 2009
By KatiKat
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I highly recommend this book to every urban fantasy fan. It's excellent - it has an intriguing plot, it's set in a very interesting world and the characters are simply lovable. Connor, Meryl, Murdock, Joe... We learn more about them and they become richer and more colorful. A fantastic continuation of a great series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the last one 7 Feb 2008
By J. Nolt - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm REALLY digging this series of urban fantasy novels. The characters keep getting more real, and delFranco's writing is great. Very reminiscent of Kim Harrison's novels, but with less angst and annoying soap-opera relationship drama. "Unquiet Dreams" has just the right blend of action and intrigue, a touch of romance, and the perfect dose of humor.

There are some pitfalls if some of the plotlines don't get a lot more development in the next novel: it's past time we learn more about the "dark space" in the protagonist's head, and his accomplishments don't seem to be respected enough (for good and bad) by other characters. But those problems are very minor so far, and I have faith that they'll be dealt with in a creative and entertaining way-- delFranco is a great writer. That "dark space" surely means important things for our man Connor Gray.

I really didn't want this novel to end, and I can't wait for the next one!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the dream we had in mind... 18 Feb 2008
By Cees Jan Mol - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The previous book was full of promise. What made it really exciting, was the huge-big-problem the hero had: he'd fallen from grace, had completely lost all his magical abilities, his standing in the fey world and still managed to avoid the world from collapsing. Sort of.

This book explores more of the world of Connor. Which, in itself, is pretty okay as it's quite a wonderful, imaginative universe. The adventure is interesting, the characters familiar and yet there are still new angles to expand a world-of-promise.

Right. What really, really, really is a pity that we're not progressing on what's wrong with Connor. Not an inch. We're hardly progressing on Connor coming to grips with his downfall. We learn though, that he has a brother. Who he doesn't get along with.

The main story-line is about Connor not letting go, digging deeper into a crime hardly anyone (but one of his few friends) is interested in. The puzzle falls together quite nicely and Connor (of course) ends up being the hero. But the character-tension that made the first book so strong... I've missed it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving the Weird 7 Mar 2008
By moria2 - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unquiet Dreams is the second book featuring Connor Grey, the Druid without abilities. The first book was Unshapely Things. I recommend reading Unshapely Things first because there are some themes and plot elements that are linked in the two books. Both books are set in an alternate Boston and take place mostly within a portion of town labeled as the Weird, where magicals and non-magicals mix and often clash.

Unquiet Dreams starts of quickly with the murder of a young human boy in the Tangle, the roughest part of the Weird. This investigation is cut short by the discovery of another body, that of Guild director, Alvud Kruge- elf of international importance. The investigation of these two murders lead Conner and his friends on a chase around the Weird and into some of the darker parts of it, including some gang and drug running activity.

Like the first book, this one is very well developed and kept my attention. The plot and characters are strong and coupled with humor. I am eagerly awaiting the next book by Mr. del Franco.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double dose of murder for this crime fighting duo 10 Jun 2008
By R. Kyle - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A young gang member's dead in a field in Boston's Weird, the place where all supernatural breaks loose. Hot on its heels, Connor Grey and Detective Murdock get word that Alvud Kruge is murdered as well.

Who did the deed? And are the two killings related?

The mystery's solid in this second story from Mark Del Franco's series based on supernatural Boston. My only wish is that we could have explored more about Connor's loss of powers and how to restore them. We did learn that Connor has a brother, Cal, who he's not on such good terms. Does his brother's jealousy somehow play into his loss of power?

Del Franco's strength is his characters and ability to describe them. He writes with humor and compassion. "Unquiet Dreams" is not the page-turner I'd expected after reading and loving "Unshapely Dreams" in one fell swoop, but it's still a strong entry into the urban fantasy genre.

Rebecca Kyle, June 2008
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where is this series going? 21 Sep 2008
By Rhianna Walker - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Connor Grey used to work for the Guild. But as a druid who has lost his powers he's not much use to them anymore. They still play their silly games and politicking. When Connor comes in to consult on the murder of a young gang-member in the Weird he has no idea what a twisted web of intrigue he is about to get sucked into. A turf war between elves and fairies is brewing not just in the boardroom but in the streets and everyone caught in the middle is suffering. Just because Connor doesn't have his druidic abilities anymore doesn't mean he can't stop the madness.

I shouldn't have read this book. I had a hard time with the first in the series. Mostly because the author, in my humble opinion, hadn't seperated his own voice from that of his character. It happens sometimes in the first book of a series and then the author gets stronger in the second. Thankfully that was the case. Connor seemed more real to me this time around and I was able to get drawn into the story this time. Del Franco is a good writer, he can set a scene and I like his dialog.

What doesn't work for me as a reader is the plots of his stories. They feel muddled and patched together. I like Connor and his supporting characters but both books have left me with no sense of where this is all going. Will Connor ever get his powers back? At first I thought that was what was the ultimate goal of the series but now I am not so sure. I don't think I can remain interested if each book is just another weak drug related mystery. There are better stories of this ilk being told by other writers.

For now, I'm done with this one. If you like a male protagonist in a great urban fantasy series I would suggest trying Nightlife (Cal Leandros, Book 1) or WebMage (Ravirn, Book 1) which I enjoyed more.
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