Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening
by John Wayne Falbey
Genre: Techno-political Thriller
Word count: 144,000
Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening is the first in a planned trilogy. One of its premises is that in every generation Mother Nature produces a handful of individuals who are beta models of human beings in future generations. They are more evolved.
What if scientists discovered this anomaly and developed a means of identifying these individuals? What if the intelligence and military communities recruited and trained them to use their extraordinary abilities for the blackest of black ops missions? What if something caused them to focus their bloodlust on an enemy destroying the U.S. from within?
A second premise presents another frightening, but equally plausible scenario. The Soviet Union spent decades and enormous capital trying to subvert and destroy America’s social structure and cultural values. The USSR is gone, but what if another interest with similar goals succeeded to the assets it implanted and left behind? What if the current political turmoil and systemic upheaval is a result of such continuing efforts? Sleeping Dogs explores this frightening possibility with relentless action, crisp dialogue, fully drawn characters, and thought provoking plot twists.
John, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
It’s from a line in a poem by Chaucer, “Let sleeping dogs lie”. The story line of the book involves reuniting a long-dormant black ops group, and that causes all hell to break loose.
Who was your favorite character and why?
FBI agent Mitch Christie. He epitomizes the average Joe just trying to do his job in an environment where he just can’t catch a break, but doesn’t understand what he’s up against.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
It’s a morality tale of good and evil, but each reader gets to decide which side represents good and which represents evil.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about your writing that shows they “get” you as an author?
There are two underlying story lines – one is science-based, one is political. Both are plausible. This book is difficult to put down. A tantalizing mystery that stays on your mind when you’re busy with other matters and pulls you back to it the moment you find an opportunity to resume.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
I can tell you that I loved the book. The book reminded me of a John Le Carre novel with a bit of Philip K. Dick. I can’t wait for the sequel.
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