Dreamers at Infinity's Core
by Christopher Nadeau
Cover Artist: Dark Elf Designs, LLC
Review by Mary Rose-Shaffer
Com Publishing Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780979029967
Date: 05 August 2009
Nadeau's Dreamers at Infinity's Core is based on a fairly familiar conceit: the writer's story becomes "real"-- in this case in a fully realized second universe dubbed Earth Redux. The main actors of the novel are the unnamed narrator/creator and his creations, protagonist Ned, his best friend Eddie, the mystery woman Ned loves, two psychics, and several faceless (literally) gunmen. The first third of the story mostly happens in Ned's mind as developed by the narrator. After the stage is set with the mysterious destruction of Ned's workplace, the real action elements of the story pick up. There are several layers of mystery to solve: Who destroyed Ned's workplace? Where is the mystery woman Ned loves --she disappeared after the explosion? Will they find one another? Who are these faceless men? Whose side are these psychics on? Who is in charge of this world as the narrator's control on the actions of the main characters diminishes? Will they find each other in time to save the world? The adventure in seeking the answers to these questions is a wild, twisted ride.
Although initially put-off by the free use of the "F-bomb" in the first dozen pages, I soon realized that this is a book about men for the most part, real men with male voices. And that includes cursing and, ahem, off-color and bathroom humor. Once one gets to know the characters, the dialogue rings increasingly true. Initially, the narrator's awareness of himself as creator was distracting but leveled out as the story progressed. There is the occasionally platitude: "Even total freedom comes with invisible chains" (15), but overall Nadeau avoids the clichés possible in this kind of story within a story within a story.
As the beginning of a series of adventures--the end page states: "Coming Soon: The next installment in the Infinity's Core saga. Echoes of Infinity's Core – Dreamers at Infinity's Core is a solid start. While I would not call the novel high art, I enjoyed the ride provided by Christopher Nadeau enough that I will look forward to reading the next installment.
Recommended for those who like to play with states of reality and those who like a good adventure.