Those Who Dream by Day

Those Who Dream by Day

by Linda Cargill, Gary Cargill



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ISBN-13: 9780979890437
Publisher: Cheops Books
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Those Who Dream by Day 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
CozyLover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a disappointment from start to finish. It sounded as if it was going to be a great read, but it was so poorly executed it failed miserably.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
American Dora Benley accompanies her parents on the ill-fated final voyage of the Lusitania from New York to Great Britain. All three survive the sinking of the ship and continue on their journey to the home of Sir Adolphus Ware, a business connection of Mr. Benley's. Dora meets and becomes engaged to Sir Adolphus's son, Edward Ware. However, the wedding must be postponed when Edward joins the British war effort under T. E. Lawrence, the famous "Lawrence of Arabia." A strange Arab man pursues Dora for unknown reasons, first on the Lusitania, then in England, and finally back home in Pennsylvania. There is a mysterious connection between Lawrence, archaeologist Leonard Woolley, and Sir Adolphus, and this connection provides the motive for Dora's pursuit.I'm sorry to say that I didn't enjoy this book. The narrative didn't flow smoothly, the dialogue wasn't realistic, and the characters didn't react to situations in a logical manner. The characters' odd behavior reminded me of a couple of books I loved in my childhood -- What Do You Say, Dear?, and What Do You Do, Dear? Those two books provide etiquette instruction for children in an entertaining manner, using bizarre situations (such as meeting someone on a tightrope who is traveling in the opposite direction) to illustrate good manners. For example, Dora receives a note at dinner demanding that she return what she had stolen to the first-class lounge at midnight, signed Your Doom. What does she do, dear? Well, having no idea what she was supposed to have stolen, she addresses a polite reply to Dear Doom, and pops down to the first-class lounge at midnight to leave the note where Doom can find it! The Benley family is at breakfast, and a stranger sits down at their table and begins to talk of dangerous munitions aboard the ship and a foul smell in the cargo hold. What does Mr. Benley say, dear? Why, he suggests that the young man join the potato sack race that is about to start, and politely escorts the young man to the deck! And what does the young man do, dear? Naturally, he stands in line to join the potato sack race!If you're interested in a mystery set on the Lusitania, Conrad Allen's Murder on the Lusitania would be a much better choice. If you're interested in mysteries involving Middle Eastern archaeology, you would be better off with the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters, or Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie. If you enjoy books mixing fictional characters with historical people, I recommend the Victorian Mysteries by Robin Paige.
aardvark2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s May 1915, and college student Dora Benley is traveling with her parents on the Lusitania. The Germans have warned passengers that they travel at their own risk during wartime, so everyone is understandably nervous about a potential sinking. The ship eventually is sunk, as we all know, but I could not stick around past page 66 to discover what transpired in this dreadful stinker about sabotage aboard the Lusitania. The writing here reminds me of something a 4th grade student would pen when given an assignment to produce a two-page fiction story (and my apologies to the 4th graders who could do better). The actions of the characters bear no relation to what real people would think/say/do in similar circumstances. Dora, immediately upon embarking, has her room thoroughly ransacked by some unknown person, and instead of reporting it to her parents or ship personnel, says nothing, cleans up the room, and purposely keeps it secret. Why? A man on deck wanders up to the Benley family with a story about seeing some mysterious stranger messing with fuses (a bomb?): ¿That man was standing there playing with fuses. One of them almost went off.¿, and Mr. Benley¿s response is¿get this¿¿Sir, let me suggest you join the potato sack race that¿s about to start on the deck right over there.¿ And the man actually does! Are you kidding me?? Shortly afterward, Dora goes to find and talk to him, and discovers him lying stabbed on the deck (Dora is the one to find him, on a crowded deck in the middle of a potato sack race?). Even though he has a knife sticking in his back, he can talk, walk, and is as good as new later that day. Then Dora is kidnapped and held hostage in a cabin, where THREE times she is able to free herself from her ropes and gag¿what was she bound with, wet spaghetti? Even though she has disappeared, her parents don¿t seem overly concerned and nobody bothers searching the ship for her. On her many escapes from wet spaghetti bondage, she can clearly hear everyone in the hallway talking, but they are unable to hear her yelling and beating on the locked door. Oh, and the first time she breaks free, she doesn¿t think to pick up the phone and call someone for help (the cord is later found to be cut). At this point I decided not to torture myself any more. The fact that I completed TWELVE chapters in 66 pages should tell you something about the standard of writing in this book. Everything in this book is incredibly implausible, and this clunker should be chucked into the trash without delay.
Canalmania on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although this is the best of the bunch of three early bird reviewer books that I have read I'm afraid from my point of view that's not saying a lot.It was very simplistically written ( I read it in an afternoon) and some of the characters' behaviour was simpy unbelievable. However, where I can understand it is the effect of the war on the young and the lapse of the usual morals of time in the class of society which the book covers.My personal recommendation would be that the authors need to look a bit more closely at developing real & believeable characters. For me the most interesting strand of the plot involved the wooden box and what were eventually revealed as it's contents, perhaps that could be developed in the next book which I hope will be better.All in all a good idea for a plot let down by the executionBut to sum up anyone trying to understand the first world war from the female point of view would be better off with 'Testament of Youth'
l3wilso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would have liked to have read more from this book. I am not sure where the authors were trying to go or if they were in a rush with the book, but there were a large count of errors that should have been dealt with. It did take some time for me to read the book a second time, but I was unhappy with the errors the first time that delayed my reading. The characters need to be developed a bit more into believable one's and the errors need to be remedied. The book just needs more work.
shirley8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not sure what I was expecting when I started to read this book but after the first few pages I thought I was reading a children's story ! The more I read the more silly it got !For such a tragic thing to happen when the ship went down it didn't seem to come over how serious the situation was,no emotions at all in this story.People speak but don't feel anything. When they were picked up they just went for a cup of tea! I also noticed at the beginning how Dora never seemed to bathe or shower before she got dressed,no matter what happened to her,like a typical teenager ! I would be up in arms if someone ransacked my cabin but she kept it quiet and appeared to put all the furniture back,like an upturned bed for instance, herself ! When halfway through the book I was beginning to think it was all a joke and very immature. Sure it wasn't written by a teenager?Hope the second book is better than the first.
arkgirl1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes with a fictional thriller mixing in real WW1 historical events and characters. What a disappointment!This novel tries too hard and fails to concentrate on some of the basics - believable dialogue, credible story development, and characters that have depth. It takes 2 real WW1 situations [the sinking of the Lusitania and Lawrence of Arabia's story] and links them in a clunky way then throws in a random Klu Klux clan episode with no explanation other than the feeling of "We need to kill this character now; how should we do it"?The main character is American Dora and she survives the sinking of the Lusitania. The idea that a saboteur has set a bomb on board seemed a good idea but Dora's involvement [how many times did she escape being tied up!?] and the lack of tension started the feeling that opportunities were being missed. The move from Dora's story to letters telling the story of her lover's work with Lawrence was unsettling as it was a change of style. The love triangle with the aristocratic English patriot Edward and the American Michael, with doubts over the USA's involvement in WW1, both wanting to marry Dora lacked warmth and emotion.Sorry it couldn't match up to the promise of the idea - it could have worked but doesn't .
ddelmoni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this (or tried to) some months ago and really didn't want to write a review. I'll let my mother's advice speak for me -- 'if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all' -- I didn't.
Kasthu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really struggled with what to write in this review. Actually, I struggled to come up with something positive to say, and came up with: the premise of the novel is promising--a thriller set around the sinking of the Lusitania and the Arabian revolts. While onboard the Lusitania, Dora Benley, a college junior and the daughter of a Pittsburgh tire magnate, encounters a mysterious man who demands that she return something she has apparently stolen. Later, the same man is found in the boiler room, tampering with a fuse. Later, Dora¿s fiancée goes missing in the Arabian dessert. The premise is pretty much the only good thing about this novel. On the surface, the book desperately needs a good proofreader and copyeditor, for grammar and consistency respectively. But all the proofreading and copyediting in the world aren't going to help this book with its bigger flaws. The writing style is descriptive in some parts, but then you¿ll have periods of jerky movements where you feel as though something got cut out. The whole book actually feels like a first draft, with inconsistencies in detail throughout. The characters are wooden, and the dialogue is stilted and a little anachonistic (did they really say things like, "yuck!" in 1919?). There were many times when something completely unlikely would happen¿for example, a man would end up knifed in his back, and next thing you know, he¿s up and walking like normal! Um, don¿t people normally die or end up otherwise incapacitated if that happened? Then, there was this whole confusing scene on the Lusitania where the mysterious stranger performs something out of Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, without the sex. Then, when Dora¿s in captivity, in a cabin where apparently no one can hear her yell for help, she can hear (perfectly) the conversations of people walking past. Seriously, it was so bad I was laughing. And, the author's obsession with her alma mater was a little amateur and annoying.Dora¿s relationship with Edward Ware is completely forced and awkward, and seemed to be based entirely on sex (I¿m sorry, getting engaged after knowing someone for only two days? Who does that?). Ditto on her relationship with Michael. For a girl who¿s supposedly so intelligent, Dora seems to be a little bit dumb. The villain was a little dumb, too: when Michael comes to rescue Dora, he does so using a set of keys that the bad guy has conveniently left on the table. Earlier, the bad guy, chasing Dora and shooting at her with a gun, yells, ¿stop! Come back here!¿ Yeah, if someone with a gun was chasing me, the first thing I¿d do is go back to them. In summary, then, this boook had an intriguing premise, but the writing wasn¿t good enough to keep me reading past the first 150 pages or so. I used to work as an intern at a literary agency, and I would reject tons of manuscipts of books like this. I'm guessing that there's a fairly good reason for why this novel is self-published.
Bengan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading this book that was supposed to be a thriller, it feels like I have read a book written for girls in their teens. The narrative starts with a voyage on the Lositania from the US to England. Dora and her parents are aboard when the ship is torpedoed by a German submarine.They are among the few who are rescued but the Arab terrorist who committed the crime follows Dora all the way back to USA. The chase continues for the best part of the book, intertwined with descriptions of Doras longing for her fiancé and her reading of his letters.It is not an altogether bad reading but the plot is not credible.I am sure there is people who like this kind of book although I prefer other authors when I feel like reading historical fiction.
tshay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a reader of historical fiction I was looking forward to a mystery that began aboard the Lusitania and ended with T.H. Lawrence. What a suprise, to find some of the worst writting and plotting that I have ever read. As I began to read I likened it to a Nancy Drew book but as I read even Nancy Drew was more believable. The lead character, Dora, Is the most clueless and helpless person in literature. At one point she does't tell her father that someone is trying to kill her for fear of upsetting her mother. She is almost blown up, almost drowned, almost run off the raod, almost stabbed....Everywhere she goes her room is searched and ransacked, but only one person believes that she is in danger. Even after everthing that Dora goes through she still needs someone to explain what the whole "mystery" was all about, Nancy would have figured that out herself.Would I recomend this book?? Not even if you were stranded on a deserted island with nothing else to read. There is to be a second book in the series that takes place in 2014, but I wont be reading it.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story of survival from the Lusitania. A story about a conspiracy about why the Lusitania was torpedoed and the aftereffects of that, particularly on one person, Dora, who is haunted by some strange people in both England and America.Dora was a bit of a brat throughout and didn't appear to learn from her mistakes but compounded them, not offering any support to the men in her life fighting on the front.It didn't quite grasp me but wasn't a bad read.
MissMermaid118 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Soooo disappointing. The description / premise sounded so promising, I was really looking forward to reading this book. The main character, Dora, was not very likable. Actually most of the characters came across as just plain foolish. It was a good idea, just very poorly executed.
Adragon More than 1 year ago
Dora sails off on the Lusitania where a mysterious man kidnaps then tries to kill her. The mysterious man follows Dora to England, America and to the Arabian desert. She meets a Vanderbilt, a famous playwrite and Lawrence of Arabia. What is this mysterious man looking for, and why does he think Dora has the item? All this takes place in a very interesting time, the sinking of the Lusittania, the war to end all wars (WWI) and the Arab Revolt.

I love historical fiction, which is why I wanted to read this book, however the writing, the polt and the shallow characters made it a chore to finish. Dora is such a clueless self-centered person that it's hard to even care about what happens to her. Her father only wants nothing to ever upset her mother and to sue every person he meets. Dora has two men in her life, one she meets on the ship and the other the day after the ship sinks. These two men become intwined in her life, sharing her adventures and mishaps. The writing reminded me of a bad Nancy Drew novel, only Nancy was a much smarter and more interesting character.

This is book one of a two part series that spans 1914-2014, that will follow the decendents of the first book five generations later. I for one will not be reading book two.